The 11 Very Best Women’s Deodorants and Antiperspirants

The 11 Very Best Women’s Deodorants and Antiperspirants

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To track down the best, we talked to dermatologists, athletes, trainers, and sweaty Strategist staffers about the deodorants and antiperspirants they’re using to stay fresh — from the mind-altering natural deodorant one Strategist writer swears by to clinical-strength ones that last up to two days.


Best antiperspirant-deodorant stick

Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant – Cool Essentials

$21
for 4

$21
for 4

Antiperspirant | Cucumber melon | 2.6 ounces (Approx. $2/ounce)

If you don’t need a super-strong antiperspirant like the Dove Clinical Protection, the standard Dove is a classic and solid option. Tamara Pridgett, founder of fitness creative agency Extended Day Studios and host of The First podcast, has been wearing it since middle school and counts it among the products she can’t live without. “It’s my go-to and I need to have it at all times,” she says. “I like it because it doesn’t get clumpy underneath my armpits, and it lasts for an eternity.” The classic option offers 48 hours of antiperspirant protection and has moisturizing ingredients for the skin. Strategist writer Emma Wartzman is also a fan: “I have tried a lot and nothing works better for me than this one.”

$21
for 4

at Amazon

Buy

$12
for 2

at Target

Buy



Best antiperspirant-deodorant stick for sensitive skin

Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant – Sensitive Skin

$25
for 6

Antiperspirant | Unscented | 2.6 ounces (Approx. $1/ounce)

Fitness coach Avamaria Rivas is both a heavy sweater and someone with sensitive skin. To avoid irritation, she only wears deodorant when she leaves the house or teaches fitness classes. Her deodorant of choice is Dove Sensitive, which she found after trying both natural and traditional options. “It’s the only deodorant that doesn’t break me out,” she says. “I also like that I don’t smell and that I stay fairly dry after my intense workouts.”

$25
for 6

at Amazon

Buy

$6


at CVS

Buy



Best clinical-strength antiperspirant-deodorant stick

Dove Clinical Protection Cool Essentials Antiperspirant & Deodorant Stick

$12

$12

Antiperspirant | Cucumber | 1.7 ounces (Approx. $5/ounce)

“This is my longtime favorite antiperspirant, I’ve used it for many years,” says Dr. Jessica Krant of Art of Dermatology. “It does the trick for wetness and odor and never irritates my skin.” Krant recommends the entire Dove Clinical Protection line for heavy sweaters but likes the Cool Essentials scent in particular because of the green tea, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help to safeguard against irritation.

$12


at Target

Buy

$11


at Walgreens

Buy



Best antiperspirant-deodorant gel deodorant

Secret Fresh Clear Gel and Deodorant in Lavender

$6

$6

Antiperspirant | Lavender | 2.6 ounces (Approx. $2/ounce)

Strategist writer Ambar Pardilla likes this deodorant from Secret, which dries down completely clear and doesn’t transfer onto clothing. It’s also long-lasting: “It survived eight-hour shifts when I worked in retail and got me through hour-long job interviews when I was ridiculously nervous,” she says. Then there’s the scent, which Pardilla describes as “heavenly.” She opts for the lavender scent (though it also comes in other scents like rose, coconut, and water lily), which she describes as “subtle but sweet.”

$6


at Target

Buy

$11
for 2

at Walgreens

Buy



Best antiperspirant-deodorant deodorant stick for super-sensitive skin

Vanicream Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

$10

Antiperspirant | Unscented | 2.25 ounces (Approx. $4/ounce)

If you’re super-sensitive, you might want to try Vanicream, which dermatologist Susan Binder of Binder Dermatology describes as “great for sensitive skin.” Despite having a fairly high concentration of aluminum (20 percent), it’s unscented and free of practically any other irritant you can think of. It’s also long-lasting, offering clinical-strength protection for up to 24 hours.

$10


at Amazon

Buy

$11


at Walmart

Buy



Best long-lasting natural deodorant

Schmidt’s Rose & Vanilla Deodorant

$11

$11

Deodorant | Rose, vanilla | 3.25 ounces (Approx. $3/ounce)

Schmidt’s is a big player in the natural-deodorant space, beloved by celebrities, Strat staffers, and dermatologists like Binder, who uses it daily and opts for the rose and vanilla scent. Schmidt’s, like many natural deodorants, uses baking soda to absorb and neutralize odor along with arrowroot powder, which helps to soak up sweat. If you’re particularly sensitive to fragrance, Binder says you might want to skip it because Schmidt’s uses essential oils to scent their products.

$11


at Amazon

Buy

$11


at Amazon

Buy



Best natural deodorant with magnesium

Biossance Squalane + Magnesium Deodorant

$15

$15

Deodorant | Herbal citrus | 2 ounces (Approx. $8/ounce)

If you happen to be sensitive to baking soda, magnesium (a natural antiperspirant and odor blocker) could be a good alternative. This magnesium- and squalane-packed deodorant is a favorite of Pridgett, who says it’s long-lasting (she can go half a day without reapplication) and doesn’t make her armpits feel wet throughout the day. “It’s as close to perfect as it can get.”

$15


at Sephora

Buy

$15


at Biossance

Buy



Best natural deodorant for moderate sweaters

Mindalt More Energy Mood Enhancing Natural Deodorant

$19

$19

Deodorant | Lemon, sage, vetiver, sandalwood | 2 ounces (Approx. $9/ounce)

While Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo isn’t a particularly heavy sweater, she does sweat when she’s stressed. “My body odor tends to follow my moods,” she explains. Her deodorant of choice is this natural deodorant from Mind Alt, which she says both calms her nerves and covers any body odor. The roll-on format applies in thin, quick-drying layers, minimizing transfer and that wet, goopy feeling. The most calming scent, she says, is the sage, vetiver, and sandalwood, which, according to the brand, supposedly gives you more energy.

$19


at Amazon

Buy

$19


at Amazon

Buy



Best AHA deodorant

Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

$16

$16

Deodorant | Citrus, ylang ylang | 2.4 ounces (Approx. $7/ounce)

AHAs have become the popular new ingredient in deodorants, supposedly making armpits inhospitable to bacteria and thus eliminating the funk. It’s pretty successful — I’ve noticed a significant reduction in stink with this one in particular — and comes recommended by the Zoe Report deputy beauty editor Hannah Baxter, who has been using this formula for over a year. The main ingredient in this deodorant is shikimic acid, a natural deodorizer that helps to fight acne. It also contains an assortment of other acids, like lactic and mandelic acids, which help with brightening and exfoliating. AHA deodorants can be particularly helpful for people who struggle with ingrown hairs, as the acids help to keep pores unclogged.

$16


at Sephora

Buy

$16


at Kosas

Buy



Best-smelling natural deodorant

Evolvetogether Natural Deodorant in Tulum

$21

$21

Deodorant | Lemon, patchouli, sage, and cedarwood | 1.7 ounces (Approx. $12/ounce)

Corsillo is also a fan of this deodorant from Evolvetogether, which makes some of our favorite disposable masks. “It goes on more like a body balm than a deodorant and makes my armpits feel really soft,” says Corsillo. “It keeps me dry, knocks out any body odor even on the hottest days, and it’s clear, so it doesn’t leave any white marks.” And while the formula’s great, Corsillo says the best part is the scent. She likes the scent “Tulum,” which has notes of lemon, patchouli, sage, and cedarwood. “It’s a bit Topanga canyon and a bit fresh lemon water at the spa.”

$21


at Evolve Together

Buy


Some more women’s deodorants we’ve written about

Hannah Bronfman's go-to deodorant (that doubles as perfume)

$19

Buy
at Amazon

A natural deodorant with a smooth, gel-like feel

$18


$18


at Amazon


$18


at Dermstore

Ellie Kemper's favorite natural deodorant

$18
for 4

$23

now
22% off


$18
for 4

at Amazon


$3


at Walmart

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