The best men’s deodorant and antiperspirant 2018: stay dry and fresh throughout the day

Whether you're sweating it out at the gym or perspiring over that presentation at work, deodorant is your friend

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As a teenage, a can of Lynx probably sufficed, but having successfully made the transition from boy to man, now comes a time where more thought needs to go into what you’re spritzing onto your armpits every day. 

Choosing the best men's deodorant for you

The underarm area is actually pretty sensitive and just because one spray may be good for your friend, doesn’t mean it won’t potentially cause your pits to come out in a terribly itchy rash. If you’re prone to that kind of reaction, a deodorant specially formulated for sensitive skin may be the direction for you. 

Some men are more prone to sweating than others; whether it’s because their sweat glands are always in hyper mode, they become hot easily or because they feel anxious under pressure. If that’s the case, make sure you purchase an antiperspirant deodorant, and there’s no shame in purchasing an extra strong one either, if those armpits are a real problem. 

If scent is of the utmost importance, many of the designer brands also have a deodorant range. Often, they have the same scent as their popular aftershaves.

Our list features a range of the best men’s deodorants; expect a mix of products from designer brands, specific beauty brands and some that you may never have come across before but are known in the industry to meet a requirement – whether it’s sensitivity or excessive sweating. 

If you’re stuck between choosing a roll-on or spray can, roll-ons deliver the active ingredients straight to the pit, and are a common application method for treatment to excessive sweating. 

Spray cans aren’t as direct in their application, which is great for all-round area protection and for quickly freshening up before the big presentation at work. In the end, it all comes down to personal choice.

1. Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino Deodorant Stick

A designer deodorant with a fragrance as fresh as sea air

Specifications
Best for: Luxury
Type: Roll on
Alcohol free: Yes
Lasts: 24 hours
Reasons to buy
+Citrus fresh and slightly floral+Roll on stick for direct application
Reasons to avoid
-Not antiperspirant

American designer Tom Ford has created this fresh deodorant for that aftershave scent after every application- perfect if you’re conscious about the way you smell. 

You should be able to distinguish a blend of citrus, floral and amber notes, which give it that fresh but masculine scent and if you love the scent that much, there’s a wider bath and body collection that you can dip into. For the pure luxury, we give this deodorant our number one spot. 

2. L'occitane eau des baux stick deodorant

A bacteria battling deodorant with a mysterious woody scent

Specifications
Best for: Preventing bacteria
Type: Roll on
Alcohol free: Yes
Lasts: 24 hours
Reasons to buy
+A heady, woody scent+Kind to skin
Reasons to avoid
-Won't prevent excessive sweating

A strong alternative to our first pick, this deodorant from beauty brand L'occitane is recognised for its woody, aromatic scent, which according to reviewers, does a good job of masking pongy pits. 

Aluminium, alcohol and paraben free, it’s kinder to skin than other deodorants, and should be considered if you’re worried about the effects of aluminium on your underarm area.

3. Vichy Homme For Sensitive Skin

A strong antiperspirant with a gentle touch for sensitive skin

Specifications
Best for: Sensitive skin
Type: Roll on
Alcohol free: Yes
Lasts: 48 hours
Reasons to buy
+Reduces sweating+Soothes skin
Reasons to avoid
-Not very fragrant

If you’re looking to stop sweat, this Vichy antiperspirant should do a good job. Although it’s antiperspirant, it’s still kind to the pits, with the inclusion of oligo-zinc, which is known to soothe the skin from discomfort. 

Another upside, no white marks means you won’t be reaching for a flannel to wipe the antiperspirant stain off of your clothes just before you head out the door. This product doesn’t have much of a fragrance, so if you’re looking to emit a fresh scent wherever you go, something more powerful may be on the cards. 

4. Driclor Solution Roll On Applicator

This solution helps to stop excessive sweating

Specifications
Best for: Excessive perspiration
Type: Roll on
Alcohol free: No
Lasts: Days
Reasons to buy
+Prevents sweating+Lasts for days
Reasons to avoid
-Can sting on application 

If you’re sick and tired of soaking wet pits, this product could be the solution. Be warned – it means business – so don’t use it if your underarm skin is sensitive or broken otherwise it’ll sting like hell. 

It takes 1-2 weeks to do it’s thing, then if you want, you can use intermittently with a regular deodorant or antiperspirant. If you’re tempted to over apply, don't. Reviewers report of armpits becoming sore if overused. And of course, this isn’t about smelling flowery, this is about preventing sweat. 

5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Deodorant

If you’re a fan of the fragrance, you’ll love this deodorant

Specifications
Best for: A fragrant spray
Type: Spray
Alcohol free: No
Lasts: 24 hours
Reasons to buy
+Apply as a freshen up+Musky scent
Reasons to avoid
-Not antipersperent

We’ve had citrus, wood and now we have musk with this men’s deodorant from Chanel. If you’re a fan of the cologne, this could be a great alternative for everyday where, as it’s lighter and slightly less heady than a full dinner date-worthy spritz. 

If you’re new to the scent, you can expect a hit of mandarin followed by woody cedar and heady musk – a scent that reviewers find masculine but not too overpowering. You can purchase it as a stick or a spray, depending on your preferred method of application. 

6. ManCave Deodorant Stick

Naturally derived, and avoidant of bad stuff

Specifications
Best for: Ethical underarms
Type: Roll on
Alcohol free: Yes
Lasts: 24 hours
Reasons to buy
+Full of naturally occurring ingredients+Vegan friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Won't prevent excessive sweating

If you’re paranoid about what products you put on your pits, we don’t think you’ll have much to fret about with this product. For starters, it’s paraben, sulphate, aluminium and alcohol-free, so it should be fine for sensitive skin. 

It also contains plenty of naturally occurring ingredients, including Acai Fruit Oil, peppermint and lime, which produce a fresh scent that should keep you stink-free all day. All natural ingredients are derived from plants, too, which means it’s fine for vegans.

8. Recipe for Men Alcohol Free Antiperspirant Deodorant

An alternative if you deem our 4th pick too harsh

Specifications
Best for: For BO and excessive sweating
Type: Roll on
Alcohol free: Yes
Lasts: 24 hours
Reasons to buy
+Controls sweat and smell+Alcohol-free
Reasons to avoid
-Scent isn't particularly strong

Excessively sweaty armpits are a nightmare so if our fourth product looks a little too harsh for you, this one has a softer approach. It’s alcohol free for starters, which takes away some of the chemical impact, and it contains anti-irritating allantoin and shea butter instead of harsh chemicals to control bacteria. 

Driclor doesn’t have a scent, either, so there’s no whiff of freshness. However, the Recipe for Men deodorant has a light scent to help you feel fresh throughout the day, as well as sweat-free.