Deodorants and Antiperspirants Buying Guide

After puberty hits, it's never okay to not wear deodorant! Deodorant  and antiperspirant  are a must for all adults, unless you want to smell and sweat. Why not smell fresh and stay clean and dry all day long? There are some differences between these two products. Use our guide to know exactly what you should be looking for and also read our top picks.
  • Deodorant
    • As the name implies, deodorant is designed to cover up any unpleasant odours and to prevent them from occurring. Deodorant does not prevent you from sweating and perspiration.
    • You can use this under your arms, but also on other parts of the body that you would want to smell nice.
  • Antiperspirant
    • These prevent perspiration, which in turn prevents any odour.
    • The active ingredient found in most antiperspirants is Aluminium Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Glycine.
    • Your best bet would be to go for a combination antiperspirant/deodorant , which would stop sweat and keep you smelling great.


There are a few different forms that you can get deodorant and antiperspirant in. Here are the pros and cons of each:

Stick : A classic solid or gel form  that is best when it's invisible, which helps avoid stains.

Roll-On : This is great for moisturising your skin, but it's not the best coverage you can find.

Spray : Lightweight and refreshing, but most of the time is deodorant only. It's good for use during the summer.

The Ratings

Most products usually fine, but it really stinks (pun intended) when you choose the wrong one. Here are our picks for the best products out there. It's important to remember that what works on some might not work on others. Everyone has different body chemistry,so not all products will be effective with yours.


Dove deodorant/antiperspirant  is great for sensitive skin since it's a great moisturiser. Works for everyday use, but get something stronger if you're hitting the gym.

Arrid deodorant  is just fine. Their clear antibacterial gel  is even better.

Lady Mitchum Clear Gel  is better than the Super Solid  antibacterial version.

Secret's Platinum Protection  provides strong protection while working out, and also keeps you smelling nice throughout the rest of the day. Another similar option is Lady Speed Stick .

Degree  is a tried and true product that keeps ladies smelling fresh from school to the gym to the office. The only downfall is that it can leave some white residue.


Axe  has an amazing smell, and as the commercial says, it will attract the ladies. You can also try Tag , a very similar product.

Old Spice  is a classic and reliable product, however sometimes the smell can be a little strong.

Gillette Cool Wave -This entire product line will keep you your freshest.

Adidas : Nothing can be more sporty than a deodorant from Adidas. This one is great for working out. Keep it in your gym locker.

Clarins  might sound like it's for the ladies, but it's soothing for your skin and won't clash with your cologne.

Gender Neutral

While Kiss My Face  usually makes great organic products, their Liquid Rock Deodorant  wasn't that great.  A Crystal Stick Deodorant  is much better.

Tom's of Maine  is an all natural brand that is a favourite among organic lovers and average folk. Jason Aloe Vera Gel  is comparable.

Sure : A basic product, but it keeps you dry and smelling clean. Plus, the smell won't overpower perfume or cologne.

Arm and Hammer  is an all natural product which uses baking soda as its active ingredient. While it doesn't have any moisturising qualities, it is great at combating odour.

Arrid  comes in all forms, smells nice, and is inexpensive. Overall, it's a great buy.

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