Deodorant vs Antiperspirant
A lot of people confuse deodorants with antiperspirants, but it’s actually fairly simple.
Antiperspirants aim to stop you from sweating by blocking your sweat glands and usually use aluminium as an active ingredient (which can stain your clothes).
Deodorants, on the other hand, focus more on masking the bad odour. With a deodorant, you’ll still sweat like normal, but you’ll smell nicer.
Types of Deodorant
A lot of people don’t know the difference between deodorant types. Common questions include: “What’s the difference between roll on vs spray deodorant?” or “what’s the difference between girls deodorant and boys deodorant?”
Stick deodorants are usually the best for travelling and storage, and have the best control when applying, but can often cause white stains on your armpits.
Roll-on deodorants are stored in a ball-top bottle with a liquid or gel solution inside. They’re arguably the hardest to apply, but usually don’t leave you with stains or a detectable smell.
Spray deodorants are easy to apply and no frills, but tend to smell a little overpowering. Some companies claim up to 48-hour protection, so sprays can be very convenient, but watch out for the sometimes overwhelming aroma once you first spray them on.
Paste/cream deodorants aren’t as popular nowadays, but there are many good ones out there made of natural ingredients and are great for women with sensitive skin.
Check out our list of the best natural deodorants here.
Top Ten Best Deodorants/Best Antiperspirants for Women
Dove has been producing their deodorants for well over a decade, and their expertise shows. This stick antiperspirant is clinical grade, so you can be sure of some seriously strong antiperspirant effects, making this one of the best deodorants for sweaty women who just want a dry shirt at the end of the workday!
The Dove Clinical Protection line has the trademark Dove smell. Dove’s products are dermatologically tested, so there sure to be gentle on your skin.
Secret’s Original Invisible Solid deodorant lives up to its name. This antiperspirant stick is easy to apply and leaves no clumpy residue behind, as well as very little scent. Secret deodorant may not be the best smelling antiperspirant, but the subtle scent does not grow stronger throughout the day, unlike many other deodorants.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is the first aluminium-free natural deodorant on this list, but it won’t be the last. This stick deodorant is not an antiperspirant like the last two, but still keeps you feeling and smelling fresh without the use of aluminium, propylene glycol, parabens, or phthalates.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is absorbed easily and leaves you without the greasy or sticky feeling that some other deodorants have. It is also certified vegan and cruelty-free.
If you’re a more active woman, then Mitchum’s antiperspirant roll-on is perfect for you. Mitchum’s powerful no sweat deodorant is formulated for the active woman, and will keep you dry and comfortable for up to 48-hours.
The powder fresh scent is very subtle and pleasant smelling, and users swear by its antiperspirant qualities even in extremely humid weather.
Native Women’s Deodorant is one of the better stick deodorants on the market. Coming in a wide selection of scents, this deodorant is aluminium free and includes many healthy ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and probiotics.
The Nivea Pearl and Beauty spray is an effective daily antiperspirant for women. Although it is an aerosol spray, this deodorant has a very soft, light smell. It keeps you dry throughout a normal day, but may be a bit lacking for sporty women who sweat a lot. Although I can definitely say that this is definitely one of the best smelling antiperspirants on the market.
Fresca Natural Deodorant is a roll-on that is aluminium free and animal cruelty-free, and perfect for vegans. This unscented deodorant contains Vitamin E and is blended with aerated salt, to keep your skin healthy and odour free all day.
It does come in other scents, but we recommend the unscented deodorant, especially for those with sensitive skin or noses.
Earths Purities is one of the few brands that strive for a sustainable, organic experience with their products, and their roll-on organic deodorant is no exception. This deodorant uses no artificial ingredients and is amazing for vegans and women concerned with their carbon footprint.
This deodorant is free of bicarbonate soda and is hypoallergenic, as well as being cruelty-free.
MooGoo’s Fresh Cream Deodorant is a breath of fresh air. With a very natural scent, this organic deodorant keeps your armpits healthy and odour free. MooGoo is aluminium free and only uses natural, organic ingredients; perfect for sensitive or dry skin!
MooGoo’s commitment to a philosophy of health is a great boon in their favour, especially in a world that cares more and more about individual health.
In the competition for the best natural deodorant, No Pong takes the first place. Although it is a paste-based deodorant, we feel that this deodorant is good enough to still deserve the number one spot.
No Pong is all natural, aluminium free, and is low fragrance, meaning that what you’re putting on your body won’t interfere with your natural processes. Many users swear by its deodorizing properties, and the fact that it’s Aussie made is the icing on top of the cake for this excellent deodorant.