Here It Is—Your One-Stop Shop for the Best Deodorants on the Market

There's nothing more challenging than finding a deodorant that really works for you. Deodorant isn't just a beauty product—it's more like an everyday essential, regardless of who you are. That being said, deodorant is also an extremely personal choice. Everyone is looking for something different in a deodorant, whether you want to opt for a pick that keeps your underarms dry or simply masks odor or you want a spray or a stick. Before we dive into the best deodorants available, let's break down some key things to know.


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What's the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant?

"'Deodorant' and 'antiperspirant' are often used interchangeably, but there is actually a key difference between the two," says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, board-certified dermatologist. "While both protect against body odor, antiperspirants traditionally use the ingredient aluminum, which keeps you dry by controlling the flow of sweat to avoid the feeling of wetness under your arms. Deodorants do not use aluminum and rely instead on other ingredients to reduce odor and to help you feel fresh throughout the day."

Antiperspirants actually stop sweat from the source. "Antiperspirants contain aluminum-based salts that form a plug within the sweat gland, preventing wetness from reaching the surface of the skin," says Josh Zeichner, MD, board-certified dermatologist. "Antiperspirants do not actually decrease the amount of sweat that you make."

You've likely heard the term "natural deodorant" thrown around. Natural deodorants are aluminum-free options that utilize natural ingredients like cornstarch, coconut oil, and other naturally-derived ingredients to help eliminate odors and curb wetness. Keep reading to find our favorite antiperspirants and deodorants.

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Best Fragrance-Free:

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Best Spray:

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Best Without Baking Soda:

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Best for Sensitive Skin:

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Best Drugstore:

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.