The 10 Best Deodorants for Women to Buy in 2018

Stay smell-free while you sweat

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The one thing that can kill your workout mojo faster than a lack of water is a stinky stench that goes hand in hand with embarrassment if you suspect the culprit giving off the potent aroma is well, you. Luckily there are a ton of odor-fighting options out there, including medical grade antiperspirants, natural aluminum-free versions, spray formulas, and more, so whenever you feel the need to freshen up (or refreshen) before or after breaking a sweat, these products will have your back—and your underarms, too.

When purchasing an antiperspirant or deodorant, it is best to shop with what you need in mind—do you just want something to stop you from sweating? Then an antiperspirant is what you need. Need something to stop the smell? Shop for a deodorant, or if you are looking for both (like most), shop for a combo. No matter your preference, here, the best deodorants and antiperspirants for you.

Best Overall: Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, Nourished Beauty

With patented “NutriumMoisture” technology and a ton of additional moisturizers, you can forget about wet gels that literally dry out your pits as they protect when you meet Dove’s Advanced Care Antiperspirant. Especially in the frigid temperatures of winter, our skin needs nourishing more than ever, and Dove’s 0 percent alcohol formula takes this into consideration first and foremost. This antiperspirant deodorant formula works for up to 48-hours so if you forget to put on one day, you are still covered.

Most reviews praise it for its light floral scent, ability to minimize sweat production, and soothing effect. Also, every Dove product sold goes towards self-esteem programming for girls. We can’t think of a better deodorant purchase that gives back than this.

Best Natural Deodorant: Schmidt’s Deodorant Rose + Vanilla Deodorant Jar

Nearly 5,000 reviews couldn’t say enough positive things about Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla Deo Jar. It seems to have gained a cult following for its lack of aluminum, propylene gycol, parabens, and phthalates, and inclusion of shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, cacao, bergamot essential oil, Vitamin E, and hop extract. Although it may take some getting used to—it’s a paste that you can spread under your arms with the tiny spatula it comes with or warm up with your fingers before applying—users can’t get enough of it once they’re hooked. Plus, unlike other natural deodorants, this one is known for keeping you smelling like new for a longer period of time (even post-workout), and for not leaving white marks on your clothes or yellowing the armpits of white tees. Finally, something we can get on board with.

Best Clinical Strength: Secret Clinical Strength Smooth Solid

If you lead a super active lifestyle and are in need of an antiperspirant that can keep up with you, Secret’s winning clinical strength version is worth your attention. Not only is it consistently the #1 awarded (and doctor recommended) antiperspirant/deodorant among beauty magazines, but it has 4X stress sweat protection versus the wetness protection other antiperspirants promise to deliver. And if you’re not privy to what stress sweat smells like, well consider yourself lucky, because it’s the worst kind of sweat that comes from a different gland.

Secret provides 48 hours of freshness (and a feelin’ good attitude about your pits), via its odor-fighting capsules and “Adapt and Respond” technology that tracks your sweat levels throughout the day, adapts the level of protection, and helps stop savage scents before they start.

Best Aluminum-Free Roll-On: Crystal Deodorant Essence Mineral Roll-On

An invisible solid stick that glides on and is void of harsh chemicals? Hand it over. Crystal is one of the oldest and most trusted natural deodorant lines out there, and judging by the 2,000+ reviews (most of which are 4+ stars), we can see why. Unlike some other clumpy aluminum-free formulas, Crystal goes on smooth without flaking or crumbling and the best part is, it also conditions and moisturizes delicate underarm skin thanks to essential oils and extracts. It also protects from odor for up to 24 hours and is free of artificial fragrances, but comes in many yummy-smelling scents—in addition to the unscented version—such as: lavender and white tea, vanilla jasmine, chamomile and green tea.

Best Scent: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Antiperspirant/Deodorant

Consumers love Donna Karan’s deo stick in her signature Cashmere Mist scent because it acts as a two-in-one antiperspirant and fragrance, controlling wetness and perspiration while making you smell like you just left the perfume counter (even if you actually just left the spin studio). A blend of jasmine, lily of the valley, sandalwood, and musk, it’s everything you’re looking for if you’re heading straight from class to cocktails—or anywhere where showering first isn’t an option.

Best Baking Soda-Free: Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda-Free Deodorant Cream

If you have issues with baking soda and other natural formulas that include it, give Meow Meow Tweet’s BS-free grapefruit cream a try. It's a mix of potent plant oils and mineral powders (with a sweet citrusy scent), and is great for anyone with sensitive skin who gets irritated easily, especially after a hardcore gym session.

Ingredients like dietary magnesium and arrowroot help tackle moisture and neutralize odor, but it’s also packed full of wild-crafted botanicals such as: citrus sinensis (sweet orange) peel oil, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, and citrus limon (lemon) peel oil. And if you’re extra concerned about the environment, you’ll like that it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and handcrafted in the USA with biodegradable, zero-waste packaging. It also comes in a no mess paper push-up stick if you don’t want to deal with the jar. A+ for effort.

Best Spray: Degree for Women Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray, Active Shield

Tested every gel, solid, and cream out there? Consider a sprayable antiperspirant deodorant that doesn’t leave visible residue and or affect sensitive post-shave areas with direct application. Degree’s spray is dermatologically tested and alcohol-free, plus it goes on instantly dry for a non wet-meets-icky feel. The “MOTIONSENSE” technology also releases bursts of freshness exactly when you need them, like after clocking miles and getting a little grungy in the great outdoors.

Best Antiperspirant: Arrid XX Roll On Antiperspirant Deodorant

 For some, a deodorant, which prevents body odor, doesn't quite cut it. If you want a product that prevents you from sweating altogether, try Arrid XX Roll On Antiperspirant. 

This antiperspirant uses 16% aluminum chlorohydrate to stop sweat in its tracks. The scent is unisex so if you're not into floral or fruity deodorants, this one from Arrid is a great option. The rollerball makes application easy and one reviewer says this is the best anti-sweat product she's used, even trumping the clinical strength deodorants she's used in the past. For a deodorant that lasts all day, try Arrid's gel formula.

Best Gel: Secret Scent Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Clear Gel

Deodorant stains can be a major pain, especially if you're putting on a freshly washed, dark colored shirt. Bypass the issue completely with a gel deodorant, like this one from Secret. 

This antiperspirant goes on as a clear gel and dries down so you don't have to worry about annoying white marks. The gel is infused with little bead that are meant to better fight odor. It is great for all skin types and comes in a variety of scents, like SoVery Summerberry and Cocoa Butter Kiss.

Reviewers say this deodorant gets the job done even of the sweatiest of days and that all of the scents are pleasant without being overpowering. Another reviewer mentioned that the formula dries down quickly as well.

Best Long Lasting: Degree Women Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick

Sometimes, we can forget to put on our deodorant or simple don't want the nuisance of having to reapply. Enter Degree's deodorant stick, which promises to keep you dry and odor-free for a whole 48 hours.

Reviewers vouch for the deodorant's long-lasting abilities and say the scent is a pleasant one that smells of vanilla.

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