Most men don’t really give that much thought to their deodorant or antiperspirant. They look at the offerings at the aisle, maybe pop a few caps and give each a quick whiff, and then make their choice. Or they stick to the same deodorant they’ve had since their pit hairs first sprouted. But if you’ve been using the same brand since puberty or are just blasé about the brand of choice, you’re missing out. Not only are there are so many products today — from natural deodorants to pastes, roll-ons, gels, sprays, and even towelettes — but the best deodorants for men are tailored for specific needs. Want to smell good? The choice matters.
The first factor to consider is whether you purchase a deodorant or antiperspirant (or both). As the names suggest, deodorants fight the stink, while antiperspirants use small amounts of aluminum salts to block your pores from sweating.
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The other factor to consider when choosing any men’s deodorant is skin irritation. Although you might need to practice trial and error to find a formula that works for you, Dr. Ken Howe of Wexler Dermatology in New York City says that certain ingredients, usually scented ones, are the common culprits. These include geraniol, an alcohol found in rose oil and other essential oils; eugenol, a scented compound found in clove leaf oil; hydroxycitronellal, another popular synthetic fragrance ingredient; and propylene glycol, a petroleum-based compound that is sometimes used to give deodorants or antiperspirants a slippery feel. Another culprit is aluminum. No, there’s no big, convincing studies that it can cause cancer or Alzheimer’s, but it can cause irritation among those with sensitive skin.
So it’s time to get a new product. Here are some of the best men’s deodorants, antiperspirants, and, yes, ball deodorants to consider.
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Best Deodorants for Men
Natural, affordable, and effective — how often do those terms end up next to each other? But Every Man Jack has done it with its Deodorant line, combining cotton extract and witch hazel to dry your pits while incorporating lichen extract — a natural antibacterial agent — to kill stink where it starts. It's then scented with sandalwood essential oil for a manly finish.
Best Antiperspirant for Men
Break out the big guns. Harry's makes a ton of our favorite grooming products, but it's industrial-strength antiperspirant could keep the condensation off a cold coke on a summer's day. (Yeah, it's that good.) The 24-hour protection smells of yuzu, bergamot, and charcoal.
This deodorant is perfect for sensitive skin, doesn't stain your armpits, keeps you dry, and smells stellar. Plus, it includes matcha and moisture-wicking arrowroot powder. This specific product contains aluminum as the active ingredient to block sweat, but there's also one without it.
Vanicream's moisturizers and sunscreens are often recommended by dermatologists for patients who need something gentle but also effective. If you have sensitive skin but aren't ready to switch to a deodorant-only product, their gentle combo product may be your unicorn.
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