5 of the best smelling deodorants for men
Because no one wants to catch a whiff of your BO
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 30 2019
Choosing a nice-smelling deodorant is an essential part of your personal care kit of grooming products, and it's just as important as picking a beautiful cologne since it needs to mask your body odour throughout the day with something more nose-friendly.
If you're not sure whether to go with a roll-on stick deodorant or a deodorant spray, there are benefits to both, and for the most part, it really comes down to personal preference. Deodorant sprays can be applied liberally all over the body, and they dry quicker than other formulas, making them a great choice for busy gents rushing out the door in the morning. On the other hand, roll-ons are great for a more precise and targeted approach… just don’t forget to let it settle on the skin before putting a shirt on or you could be left with stains on your clothing.
There are also two types of 'deodorants' - aluminium antiperspirants (which plug your sweat glands to stop excessive sweating) and natural deodorants, which simply mask body odour with a fresh scent (and only contain natural ingredients). Both have their pros and cons - which you can read up on here.
Now that you're across all your options, it’s time to find the right scent. Here are our picks for the best men's deodorants and antiperspirants that smell amazing. Yep, add to cart immediately.
If you’re… a workaholic
You’ll like: NIVEA Men Antiperspirant Roll-On Deodorant Everyday Active Fresh
Why: If you’re someone that needs the most effective protection around, then this 48-hour formula from NIVEA that's loaded with dual antiperspirant actives will do the trick.
If you’re… a classic kind of guy
You’ll like: Blue Stratos Deodorant Spray
Why: Featuring a powdery blend of oak moss and lavender, you’ll feel instantly calmer after a quick spritz all over of this spray deodorant.
If you’re... a minimalist
Why: This antiperspirant roll-on boasts clinical protection, meaning it is strong enough to protect you all day long (yep, for up to 96 hours!), and the scent is subtle enough that it blends in softly with your favourite cologne. Plus, it also contains moisturising benefits (yep, it's like skin care for your body with clinical strength protection rolled into one!).
If you’re… the adventurous type
You’ll like: Old Spice Swagger Deodorant Stick
Why: Love the smell of zingy citrus and bergamot? Then this 24-hour formula is the best antiperspirant to keep up with your active lifestyle. (Hint: Its scent has been compared to YSL’s cult Rive Gauche fragrance).
If you’re… not one to fade into the background
You’ll like: Lynx Africa Deodorant Body Spray
Why: Far from its teenage-esque predecessors, this aerosol deodorant features a masculine scent of amber, African spices, and fruity undertones that is surprisingly irresistible and totally worthy of trying.
If you... prefer natural products
Why: Just because it's a natural deodorant doesn't mean it won't work as well as other men's antiperspirants on the market. Schmidt's is one of the best natural deodorant brands and this aluminium-free deodorant is made with plant-based powders, like arrowroot to effectively remove moisture, as well as magnesium and charcoal to detoxify the area, and baking soda to kill odour-causing bacteria. It also contains coconut oil and shea butter, which are gentle and nourishing on sensitive skin.
If you're... a perfectionist
Why: Hate how your deodorant can stain your clothes? Us too, which is why you should reach for this one from Rexona. The brand promises zero white marks all thanks to its anti-stain technology, and protects you for up to 48 hours.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.