(Original story published on Tuesday July 23rd, 2015 on FashionMagazine.com.)
It’s typical to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with your antiperspirant. Of course, we eagerly reach for the stick day after day (particularly in this steamy, sticky summer heat), but we also have our fair share of beef with it. Like, was it necessary to go all white and bally, behind our backs? Or to be completely MIA by happy hour? Or run off and leave a mark on our gorge silk numbers? As much as we’d like to think all is fine and dandy, we just aren’t happy with this disloyal companion. This relationship isn’t working.
And so, we’re officially on the market to find our new match. One that we can rely on, trust and, like, have fun with.
Ahead, we’ve gathered the best antiperspirants and deodorants in a variety of formulas that offer an array of benefits, so you can find the one that was made for you. From a budget-friendly pick that provides 24-hour protection, to a natural, roll-on option that actually works, we have five winners lined up that won’t let you down.
BACHELOR #1: A Fuss-Free (and Budget-Friendly) Winner
For a pick that offers dry protection against wetness and body odor for 24 hours, go with Degree’s Dry Protection. At only $4 and available at your local drugstore, it’s a no-fuss pick that’s equally convenient and effective. What we love about this formula is that it’s both an antiperspirant and a deodorant. Meaning, it works to minimize smell and help you sweat less, instead of simply targeting one or the other. Plus, it comes as an invisible solid, so flaky residue is a non-issue.
Degree Dry Protection ($4, degreedeodorant.com).
BACHELOR #2: An Extra-Strength Saviour
Looking for something a little stronger and allows you to be your true (sweaty) self without backlash? Go for Secret’s Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant. It offers 48 hour protection against odor as well as clinical wetness protection. Boasting a super strong formula to stop odor before it even begins, it remains sensitive enough that it won’t irritate skin.
Secret Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant ($8, drugstore.com).
BACHELOR #3: A Gentle Gel Formula
If your underarm area is a little on the sensitive side, go for the Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Cream by Kiehl’s. It comes in an unscented, extremely gentle cream to offer 24-hour protection against sweat and odor. It leaves skin soft, soothed and conditioned, resulting in a smoother surface after shaving.
Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Cream ($18, kiehls.ca).
BACHELOR #4: One that Doesn’t Smell Like a “Cool Breeze” or Some Fruit Concoction
Here’s one for the lazy girl: Why not kill two birds with one stone? Apply a spritz of perfume and a dose of underarm sweat and odor protection, with Carven’s Le Parfum Deodorant. Coming in an easy-to-use spray bottle, this freshly-scented formula provides a light mist to leave you feeling comfortable all day long. Boasting notes of neroli, mandarin blossom, white hyacinth, jasmine, ylang ylang, sweet pea, and white sandalwood, this designer deodorant offers a sophisticated scent, instead of your standard fruity, breezy drugstore finds.
Carven Le Parfum Deodorant ($40, sephora.com).
BACHELOR #5: A Natural Pick that WORKS
If you’re looking for a natural option, Dr. Haushka’s Vegan Rose Deodorant is the way to go. Featuring a gentle formula with deodorizing ingredients, it includes zinc ricinoleate to reduce odor, and sage and hazel to absorb oil without clogging pores. It’s free of synthetic fragrances, preservatives, mineral oils, parabens, silicone, and PEG, to offering extra care to sensitive skin.
Dr. Hauschka Vegan Rose Deodorant ($25, thebay.com).