Most guys would be forgiven for thinking that their choice of deodorants comes down to either what’s on sale at the supermarket or that can of obnoxious spray that came with the fragrance gift pack they got for Christmas one year.
However, this is just not true. Men’s grooming is a huge business, with quite literally hundreds of companies dedicating either an entire section of their product range to men and some brands now only cater to men, providing clinically-proven products to help combat a number of everyday needs.
Nowhere is that more prevalent than with deodorant. It’s an everyday necessity for many, helping to combat sweat and body odour, something that plagues men worldwide. You would have likely noticed the terms deodorant and antiperspirant being used together or separately, and the fact is, they are two different things. A deodorant works more by masking the smell of body odour and using ingredients formulated to keep you feeling fresh.
Antiperspirant, meanwhile, uses ingredients to try and prevent you from sweating in the first place. These, however, can mess with the body’s natural process of sweat excretion and could end up causing more harm than good. Ideally, you want to invest in quality deodorant with an effective scent – some do include antiperspirant properties too, for the best of both worlds.
We’ve rounded up some of the very best men’s deoderants to buy right now, and while they may cost a little more than what you would find in the supermarket, they offer longer-lasting scents and natural, more skin-friendly benefits.
Anthony for Men has long been a big name in grooming with its range of scientific, functional and modern products, and their deodorants continue this trend. Alcohol-free, aluminium-free, and, interestingly, fragrance-free, Anthony’s deodorant uses botanical and herbal extracts to help neutralise odours while being safe on your clothes and your skin.
One of the first men’s grooming brands to really take the dive into deodorants is Molton Brown. The brand has recently changed the formula of its deodorants, seemingly removing the antiperspirant properties they once rocked, but the collection on offer today still provides effective odour control. The Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel fragrance of this particular stick is about as fresh as they come. A winner for men.
New Zealand-based Triumph & Disaster is the brainchild of Dion Nash. The brand is committed to giving guys an extensive range of grooming products, all made from locally-sourced ingredients and scientifically-proven methods.
The Blanco deodorant doesn't work by preventing you from sweating, but instead gently masks the not-so-wonderful smell of sweat produced from your pits by tackling the bacteria head-on, with notes of bergamot and lime. Other ingredients include Kawakawa, a native plant, aloe vera and baking soda, which acts as an alkaline to fight the bacteria.
One of the chief problems of buying supermarket brand deodorants is the inclusion of aluminium in their formulas, something that’s been heavily linked to causing cancer. Baxter of California Deodorant gets around this, forgoing a normal antiperspirant for naturally detoxifying ingredients that don’t stop you from sweating but help to neutralise the odour-causing bacteria that guys all dread. This is achieved through natural tea tree and witch hazel extracts, while comfy, yarrow and chamomile extracts take care of the skin underneath, leaving a citrusy, herbal scent.
Kiehl's apothecary has been producing all manner of body-related products since 1851. The company's Body Fuel antiperspirant and deodorant is part of the Body Fuel collection, which provides an invigorating feeling to the skin whenever it's applied. Quick-drying and with 48-hour odour control, complete with an energising aroma, you'll be smelling fresh for days.
Grooming brand Jack Black – no affiliation with the American actor and musician – offers an extensive range of grooming products for men with all types of skin, so it's no surprise to find they have a couple of deodorants in their repertoire. The Pit Boss antiperspirant & deodorant uses the brand's much-loved All Over scent and is made up of ingredients scientifically proven to combat sweat and moisture. It's available in a travel size too, so you can easily pop one in your work bag.
Agent Nateur puts an incredibly heavy focus on natural products. Everything is made from organic or wild-crafted ingredients, all of which are clinically proven to fight a number of skin conditions.
The Holi(man) No.5 deodorant is an aluminium-free unisex deodorant made from coconut oil, beeswax and raw honey, to name a few ingredients. These work together to help kill bacteria produced when sweating, leaving you with hydrated, clean-smelling pits.
American apothecary Malin + Goetz was founded in 2004 and has since expanded to other world cities including London and Hong Kong, as well as being found on various airlines, in hotels and and in gyms. The brand's eucalyptus deodorant uses, you guessed it, eucalyptus. This, combined with citronellyl, helps to neutralise odours and makes it suitable for all skin types.
US grooming retailer Grooming Lounge not only stocks a selection of some of the biggest names for men in grooming, but also has a line of products of its own, many of which are award winners. Their Greatest Pits deodorant uses eucalyptus, and is especially suited to sensitive skin types. You're left with a cool and soothing feeling and fragrance that lasts all day.
Producer of some of the very best men's colognes, Le Labo is a high-end beauty company that makes some of the finest grooming products around. The company's roll-on deodorant is simple to apply and leaves a residue-free, fresh-scented finish that lasts all day. It's not cheap but a great option for men who like a little bit of luxury.