Best Deodorants & Antiperspirants

For most of us, putting on deodorant or antiperspirant can be a bit of a mindless step in our morning routines. But when it comes to smelling so fresh and so clean, whether you’re getting the best protection from your deodorant may be another story. Continue Reading...

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No Pong

No Pong 🏆 2024

4.6  (1,617)
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Kay Kay
Kay KayNSW2 posts
  Original
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Hi Kay Kay. Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback on your experience with No Pong deodorants. We're so sorry to hear that the No Pong Original has caused some sensitivity. We're sending you a private message so we can better assist you.

Lavilin Underarm Deodorant Cream

Lavilin Underarm Deodorant Cream 🏆 2024

4.5  (602)
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Om A.
Om A.
  Women
Didn't work AND Made in [Content Removed]Finished using the whole jar and didn't work unfortunately. Also this product is made in [Content Removed], not Australia as advertised. I was shocked to find its made in [Content Removed] once it arrived. Clearly says made in [Content Removed] on the package. Felt ashamed my money had gone towards [Content Removed] and [Content Removed]. Show details
Lavilin Foot Deodorant Cream

Lavilin Foot Deodorant Cream

4.8  (29)
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Suzi K
Suzi KQLD3 posts
 
MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant

MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant

4.0  (64)
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Jen H
Jen HQLD2 posts
  Oats & Honey
Fresca Natural Deodorant

Fresca Natural Deodorant

4.7  (23)
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Bella
BellaQLD
 
Dove Go Fresh Scent Deodorant

Dove Go Fresh Scent Deodorant

4.0  (26)
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Mye
MyeNSW36 posts
 
Lovely smellI have been using the roll on version of this product for years. Found it to be effective without irritating my armpit. I like its smell too. Show details
Dove Original Deodorant

Dove Original Deodorant

3.7  (39)
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Chrissy Lulu
Chrissy LuluNSW3 posts
 
Suddenly itching from thisI've been using this for years and suddenly, in the last couple of months, it has started causing itchiness to the point that I had to throw it out. Has the company changed the formula or something? Anyway, I'm so disappointed because I used to love this but am now on the hunt for a replacement. Show details
Rexona Women Clinical Protection

Rexona Women Clinical Protection

4.1  (23)
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Lily
Lily2150122 posts
 
Nivea Pearl & Beauty Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

Nivea Pearl & Beauty Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

3.8  (28)
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Jessica
Jessica
 
It’s badWhenever I apply it within 30 minutes i get huge sweat stains even in cold weather and leaves you smelling like sweat Show details
Rexona Men Clinical Protection

Rexona Men Clinical Protection

3.3  (56)
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Toby
TobyQLD3 posts
 
Smells like cat peeUsed the same smell in the stick formula until shops stop stocking it. Got this one on special as I didn't want to pay 14 on my first use and definitely regret it. Smells like the packaged car pee in a stick. Hate using it definitely not going to buy Rexona again. Show details
Ego QV Naked Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

Ego QV Naked Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

4.6  (12)
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Gavin
GavinVIC5 posts
 
It's ok. I still sweat through it and the nozzle often doesn't workIt's pretty good at stopping odor but I often sweat through it.

The most annoying thing though is the spray nozzle stops working properly once half the can is empty. I've tried cleaning it as instructed but it still doesn't work properly. Won't buy it again. Show details

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Peter S
Peter S2 posts
  Tea Tree Deodorant
DisappointedI found that I smelled strongly of fly spray for a few minutes, and then any deodorant effect wore off quickly. Show details
Mennen Lady Speed Stick

Mennen Lady Speed Stick

4.6  (10)
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Opinions Matter.
Opinions Matter.242 posts
 
Nivea Deodorant Pure Invisible

Nivea Deodorant Pure Invisible

3.8  (16)
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suzi
suziQLD
 
NIVEA invisible for BLACK&WHITEThe spray lid doe's not work unable to get Deodorant out second time this has happened to me also asked friends and they were unable also it do's leave a white mark when I have bought it before.
Regards Suzi Palliser Show details
The Body Crystal Deodorant

The Body Crystal Deodorant

3.8  (13)
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Guile S.
Guile S.Victoria2 posts
 
Lynx Deodorant Body Spray

Lynx Deodorant Body Spray

2.8  (34)
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Peterkirgan
Peterkirgan32 posts
 
Their not bad !!!I find that my favourites in lynx are the Africa & Australia fragrances but I do wish they still made the aftershaves!!! Show details
Redwin Anti-Perspirant Aluminium Free Deodorant

Redwin Anti-Perspirant Aluminium Free Deodorant

2.5  (46)
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Elke  D.
Elke D.
 
Ego QV Naked Deodorant

Ego QV Naked Deodorant

2.7  (26)
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Veronika
VeronikaACT153 posts
 
Rexona For Women Deodorant

Rexona For Women Deodorant

2.2  (79)
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nrsnat
nrsnat6 posts
 
Sukin Deodorant

Sukin Deodorant

2.2  (98)
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Melissa B.
Melissa B.
 
ReactionAs previous review, used for a few days and thought this is great, no heavy sweating and no BO smell, but noticed raised bumps rash type on skin in areas that sweat a lot or have high heat areas, don’t recommend due to this reason and seeing others have reported same issue
Purchased at Woolworths 6/4/24 Show details
MiEssence Tahitian Breeze Roll-on Deodorant

MiEssence Tahitian Breeze Roll-on Deodorant

2.9  (17)
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Georgia O
Georgia ONSW3 posts
 
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Crystal Body Deodorant

Crystal Body Deodorant

3.5  (11)
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Lazmaz
Lazmaz
 
THE BEST!!!I never write reviews but I have to on this one. The best deodorant I’ve ever used. I apply once in the morning and do not smell for the rest of the day. I’ve never used anything like it. Best product ever. Show details
MyAura Organics All Natural Deodorant Stick

MyAura Organics All Natural Deodorant Stick

2.0  (208)
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BarryBonsai
BarryBonsaiTAS
  Rose Vanilla Jasmine
Dry Idea Sport Aerosol for Men

Dry Idea Sport Aerosol for Men

5.0  (5)
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Lazza
Lazza
 
Why stop production/distribution in Australia. Nothing is as good as itWhy stop production/distribution in Australia. Nothing is as good as it. Show details
No More Sweat Antiperspirant

No More Sweat Antiperspirant

2.7  (18)
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Abraham A.
Abraham A.NSW8 posts
  Verified Total Body
Mitchum Clinical

Mitchum Clinical

1.9  (134)
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Singulla
SingullaSA18 posts
  Cool Fresh for Men
Terrible product doesn’t work at allDoes not work at all complete waste of money, when I contacted the company thinking maybe it was the batch I had purchased they did not respond so obviously just another complaint. So many other options that do work stick with them. Show details
Native Deodorant

Native Deodorant

3.1  (10)
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Sally Smith Bennett
Sally Smith BennettAU2 posts
 
Totally disappointed in NativeBought this for years as was the only deodorant worth buying. So disappointed they no longer include Australia in their quota. Would’ve made a few sales here I should imagine. Amazon and eBay should be ashamed of themselves selling it for the prices they are. Show details
Dove Clinical Protection

Dove Clinical Protection

3.8  (6)
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Melanie S.
Melanie S.NSW5 posts
 
Woohoo All Natural Deodorant Paste

Woohoo All Natural Deodorant Paste

4.8  (4)
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eMs321
eMs32110 posts
 
Alana B.
Alana B.NSW2 posts
 

Woman applying a roll-on deodorant

Deodorant vs antiperspirant

While most of us know what deodorant is used for (a way to show that unwanted guest with the initials B.O. the back door), you may not know how deodorants and antiperspirants are different. In a nutshell, while deodorants reduce odour, antiperspirants eliminate sweat and odour altogether.

Deodorants

These aim to reduce the number of odour-causing bacteria that form when you sweat. They do this by adding a layer of product on top of the bacteria, to mask the smell. Deodorant contains antibacterial ingredients and usually fragrance, to assist with achieving a more pleasant smell.

Deodorant can be better than antiperspirant if your main aim is to stop odour caused by sweating.

Antiperspirants

Antiperspirants prevent you from sweating altogether, by blocking sweat glands and pores with aluminium compounds, which include other chemicals like zinc.

This keeps you dry, and eliminates the bad-smelling bacteria that shows up when you sweat. Antiperspirants, like deodorants, often contain fragrances.

Antiperspirants are the best option if your main priority is to stop excessive sweating. However, some research has shown that there may be health impacts of using antiperspirants.

Types of deodorants

Deodorant sprays

Sprays release a misty spray from an aerosol can, which you direct towards your armpit to apply. This is usually the preferred type of deodorant for most people.

Pros
Dries quickly on skin, making them a convenient option for busy days.
Available in a wide variety of fragrances, allowing you to create a signature scent without the price tag of a perfume.
Cons
Often use harsh chemicals.
Puts chemicals in the air that can trigger allergies and asthma symptoms.
Less accurate application method, as more spray can end up in the air than on your underarms.

Roll-on deodorants

These are applied using a rolling ball. When you roll the ball onto your armpit, it releases a thin layer of liquid or gel deodorant or antiperspirant.

Pros
Considered more effective than spray deodorants, as direct application onto the skin means better coverage.
Compact packaging options mean you can easily pop a bottle of roll-on into a gym bag or handbag.
Cons
Goes on wet, due to the liquid or gel content. You might have to wait a few minutes for it to dry, or wet marks or white stains can appear on clothing.

Stick deodorants

In terms of packaging, these look similar to roll-on deodorants, but their shape is usually less circular and more oval and wide.

Deodorant sticks are made with a solid deodorant inside them. They’re kind of like a soap in deodorant foam, with a creamy texture that you rub onto your skin. This forms a layer that is meant to keep sweat at bay.

Pros
No drying time required, as stick deodorants have a naturally dry formulation.
Compact design makes them easy to carry around with you during the day.
Cons
Can block pores, especially if the solid deodorant has a thick consistency.
Non-sticky texture means that some stick deodorants don’t adhere properly to the skin.

Natural deodorants

These come packaged in plenty of creative forms. You can get natural deodorants in a spray bottle, but these are less common. Roll-ons, stick deodorants and the types of deodorants outlined below are more common when it comes to natural deodorants.

  • Powder deodorants look similar to a little bottle of talc powder, with little holes at the top like buttonholes. You tap some powder onto an outstretched hand, then pat it under your arms.

  • Solid deodorants are most common in stick form. Some other, less common forms of packaging include solid deodorants in tubs, which you scoop out with your fingers and slather onto your underarms, or in deodorant bars, which look a bar of soap that you rub onto your underarms.

  • Crystal body deodorants contain one ingredient - potassium alum, also known as natural mineral salts. These have antimicrobial properties, and are known to kill underarm bacteria. While crystal deodorants contain aluminium, the molecules of alum are too large to be absorbed by skin. This means they don’t block pores, making them different to the aluminium used in antiperspirants.

Things to think about when choosing a deodorant

Allergies or Sensitivity

It’s not uncommon to experience reactions to deodorants and antiperspirants. These come in the form of mild irritation, sensitivity, or allergies.

It’s often a good idea to inspect the ingredients list of a deodorant before buying. Common irritants include chemicals used in heavy fragrances, parabens used as a preservative, propylene glycol - which gives deodorant an adhesive quality, and lanolin - a moisturising ingredient.

It’s not just chemicals that can cause reactions - natural ingredients can be the culprits, too. For example, lanolin is a waxy substance from sheep’s wool that can cause contact dermatitis, and bi-carb soda causes skin reactions in some people.

Longevity

If you don’t want to worry about re-applying throughout the day, nabbing a long-lasting deodorant is the way to go. Brands make claims about the longevity of their product, such as 24-hour or 48-hour antiperspirant protection.

It can help to do independent research by reading reviews, which can either support or contradict these marketing promises of a high-longevity product.

Drying time

Most people apply deodorant after showering, just before they’re about to race out the door and begin their day. If you’re often in a rush or don’t have the time to wait around for your deodorant to dry before dressing, choosing a deodorant with a quick drying time can be useful.

Some deodorant types are naturally more quick-drying, such as dry sprays, as well as stick and solid deodorants.

Fragrance

Most deodorants and antiperspirants have at least a small amount of fragrance in them, which can be strong or subtle on the nose.

Choosing a deodorant with a noticeable fragrance can go some way in saving you from sourcing a separate perfume. If you’re someone who appreciates respecting your signature scent, you can choose a deodorant that complements your favourite perfume. This makes it easy to layer them.

For those who experience skin irritations or allergies, choosing a fragrance-free deodorant can go some way in preventing discomfort caused by scents - especially the chemicals in synthetic scents.

Size and packaging

The packaging of a deodorant includes considering a few things. Firstly, the size of the product can aid in its convenience or hinder it. For example, a small 50mL bottle of roll-on or an aluminium tin of solid deodorant is easy to cart around in a small handbag. A large can of spray deodorant or a deodorant bar may be more tricky.

Other considerations include the transparency of packaging. Is it see-through or opaque? This can help you know how much product is left before you need to re-stock. Last but not least, the eco-friendliness of packaging is something to consider, as the use of plastic vs biodegradable packaging ingredients adds up over time in terms of environmental cost.

Is deodorant bad for you?

Aluminium in deodorant

There have been many claims that deodorant - or, to be more accurate, antiperspirants - are bad for your health.

This is because most antiperspirants contain aluminium salts. Aluminium is the active ingredient in antiperspirants that plugs up pores or reduces their size - which stops sweat being released through the sweat glands.

Aluminium is effective for this purpose, and is often used in clinical strength antiperspirants. However, there has been some scientific research to suggest that ongoing use may be a contributing factor in causing breast cancer. This research states that aluminium can leach from the skin into breast tissue.

The research is currently inconclusive, with the Cancer Council Australia refuting the link between antiperspirants with aluminium and cancer.

However, for some people, this is enough of a reason to switch to aluminium-free deodorant. The surge in popularity of natural deodorants is a testament to this.

Armpit detoxing

Advocates against the use of antiperspirants state that blocking the sweat glands (the purpose of antiperspirants) means the body no longer has a natural way of cooling itself down. This causes the sweat glands to become stressed, and chemical residues and other toxins to build up under the skin.

Detoxing armpits can be a way to release these toxins.

This involves going cold turkey on your chemical deodorant, allowing toxins to freely leave the body. Odour will spike in the second week of the detox, but then should gradually decrease, until you end up after 5 weeks with no odour.

While some ex-antiperspirant users might think enduring this malodorous state of affairs for 5 weeks is not worth it, an armpit detox could be something to consider if antiperspirants have given you reactions like skin irritation, redness or allergies.

Benefits of completing an armpit detox include less smell when you sweat, and less sweating overall. It should also make it easier to switch to a natural deodorant, with less reactions.

Wrapping Up

Finding the right deodorant can be a fun discovery when you take the time to think about a few things before buying. Consider first what you value most in a good deodorant or antiperspirant - protection from odour, preventing excessive sweating, a natural ingredients list, that dry underarm feel, smelling lovely… or all of these! Along with reading reviews, weighing up these priorities can help inform your choice and leave you smelling and feeling fresh all day.

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