Deodorant is one of those products that you don’t think much about, but if you’ve ever forgotten to put it on in the morning, you know how important it is to your daily grooming routine! All it takes is one smelly, sweaty, uncomfortable day without deodorant to make you realize how much you need a fantastic-smelling deodorant in your life!
And if you haven’t found your signature scent just yet, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a list of what we think are the very best smelling deodorants for men. They’re a combination of bold, masculine scents and understated refined fragrances to meet the interests of the billions of men out there.
Not only that, but we’re offering only products that perform well. What good is a deodorant that only smells good the first 10 minutes you wear it? We want to make sure you’ll have the odor coverage you need to get through the day. So here are our favorite best smelling deodorants for men.
1. Blu Atlas Deodorant
There was very little contest when it came to our number one choice: Blu Atlas Deodorant. While this is a lesser-known brand in the health and beauty industry, it’s an up-and-coming name that deserves attention.
Blu Atlas produces all-natural skincare and hair products, including this all-natural odor-prevention product. As you can see from the label, there’s no aluminum to block your pores, but it still works to neutralize bacteria-causing odors and keep you smelling great.
The scent is understated but refreshing. You’ll get a hint of coconut, which comes from the coco-caprylate, a gel emollient that softens and smoothes your skin. You’ll also smell citrus undertones from the natural aurantium bergamia fruit extract. Candelilla wax, which also helps smooth the skin, brings all the scents together for a sweet, sexy scent perfect for both men and women.
Get it on the Blu Atlas website for $12 when you subscribe for monthly delivery.
2. Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
We also really like this all-natural deodorant from Malin + Goetz. While it doesn’t offer the same skin-smoothing and protecting features as Blu Atlas, it’s still a worthy contender in the natural deodorant universe.
The scent is eucalyptus, so it has a cooling menthol scent that’s pleasing to both the nostrils and the armpits. It cools and soothes your skin. If you shave, it’s an excellent after-shave product to reduce redness and ingrown hairs. Throughout your day, the menthol will continually kill bad bacteria and leave behind a fresh minty smell instead.
If you don’t like the eucalyptus scent, you can also get the original bergamot, but it’s not as popular among customers.
Let’s also consider the all-natural aspect of this deodorant. It’s free of aluminum, alcohol, parabens, and baking soda. It also goes on clear and doesn’t leave a residue or stain your clothing. It uses natural ingredients like essential oils to kill odor-causing bacteria and protect from smells.
Because it’s all-natural, you likely need to use the product for two to three weeks before your body gets used it. You actually might sweat more during this “detox” period because your body uses the sweat to rid the pores of aluminum buildup that a regular antiperspirant uses. This is true of any all-natural deodorant, so keep that in mind when you use it.
3. Alpine Provisions Fir + Sage Deodorant
This aluminum-free deodorant from Alpine Provisions is a crowd-pleaser when it comes to fragrance. The scent is naturally-derived from balsam fir and sage essential oils, so it’s potent and easy on sensitive skin.
These oils serve a double purpose, as they’re skin clarifying ingredients that help your body better detox after using antiperspirants containing aluminum. They draw out the chemicals quicker, so it’s a less painful and faster process.
It’s still an excellent deodorant that uses baking soda instead of aluminum to absorb sweat and kill bacteria that can cause odors. There’s also a healthy array of probiotics in the formula, which can help to balance out your skin’s pH levels. This is great if you have sensitive or dry skin in your underarms.
If you’re all about products that also help the environment, you’ll love this brand. Not only are the ingredients sustainably sourced, but the packaging is as well. The tube container is paperboard rather than plastic, so it’s recyclable and biodegradable.
4. Salt & Stone Natural Deodorant
Not only is the packaging of this product sleek and sexy but the scent is also. Santal and vetiver work together to create an irresistible, masculine smell.
Santal is another descriptor for sandalwood, which is the dominant scent here. You might also notice vanilla flower, jasmine petals, and white muguet as mid-notes in the fragrance. It also features undertones of tonka bean and amber crystal. All in all, it’s a white-collar scent on a blue-collar budget.
The ingredients are also all-natural and cruelty-free. There’s no aluminum or baking soda, so it’s great for sensitive skin. It’s also free of dyes, synthetic fragrances, parabens, and alcohol. It’s made in the USA and vegan.
Salt & Stone focuses on creating products that are clean and good for you and the planet. Their ingredients are sustainably sourced, as is the packaging. You can enjoy an effective, great-smelling deodorant without worrying about your environmental footprint.
5. Dr. Squatch Bay Rum Deodorant
Dr. Squatch is a fun brand that actually delivers. They have excellent deodorizing products, especially when it comes to the smell. Though there are many scent options for their natural deodorants, we’re partial to the Bay Rum scent, as are most of their customers.
This product has an “Odor-Squatching” formula that attacks harsh scents without nasty chemicals. There’s no aluminum, and it’s chock-full of natural ingredients that protect and nourish the skin, like charcoal, arrowroot, and probiotics.
Bay Rum is our favorite scent. It’s a unique mixture of citrus, cinnamon, clove, and pine. It’s reminiscent of island fragrances with enough spice and woodiness to give it a clearly masculine tone. It’s a complex aroma without an equal, which is why it’s high on our list.
Other great-smelling options include Wood Barrel Bourbon, which includes bourbon, spice, and oak for a rugged yet refined scent. Birchwood Breeze is a woody scent with–you guessed it–birchwood extracts. Pine Tar smells excessively masculine, like a pine tree.
6. Art of Sport Deodorant
If you need a high-performance deodorant that will keep you smelling fantastic, even through the most strenuous workouts, try Art of Sport Victory. It contains motion-activated scent granules that continually release a strong, masculine scent as you move. While it’s not an antiperspirant, it’s a powerful deodorant that will kill bacteria before it causes a stench.
We like the Victory scent, which has primary notes of menthol from eucalyptus. It smells pleasant, and it’s cooling during your workout. Eucalyptus is also strong enough to cover any odors from bacteria that might emerge during your exercise.
Natural botanicals like matcha and arrowroot powder are at the heart of deodorizing technology. They help to neutralize bacteria and wick away moisture that could attract bacteria. So even though it won’t clog your pores with aluminum, it still has won awards for balancing excessive sweating.
You’ll also appreciate the clean formula, as it lacks aluminum, phthalates, and parabens. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free. If you have sensitive skin, this dermatologist-tested product should be fine for you, too.
Art of Sport offers several other scents if eucalyptus isn’t your style, including citrus-scented Compete, shower-fresh Rise, and sandalwood-based Defy.
7. Tom’s of Maine Deep Forest Deodorant
Tom’s of Maine has something of a cult following for its outstanding products that are sustainably sourced and well-packaged. Their Deep Forest-scented deodorant is no different. It offers up to 24 hours of protection, neutralizing odors and replacing them with essential oil fragrances.
Deep Forest smells just like you’d expect, with strong woody notes taking center stage. The deodorant uses slow-release technology to continue fighting odors all day long and covering them with the forestry scent. You could also try Mountain Spring or North Woods if you don’t love the Deep Forest fragrance.
While the scent is fantastic, that’s not what sets Tom’s of Maine apart. This health and beauty brand has made incredible strides in sustainability. All of their packaging is plastic-free, keeping our oceans and landfills cleaner. It’s vegan and never tested on animals, and the aluminum-free formula is better for your body.
8. Every Man Jack Sandalwood Deodorant
We love the Every Man Jack brand for its products and its sexy packaging. It’s clean, inviting, and masculine. And their fragrances are good too, particularly the sandalwood deodorant.
Customers love the woody sandalwood scent, saying that it keeps them feeling fresh all day. It includes lichen extract, which is a natural antibacterial to neutralize odors. Mixing that with the essential sandalwood oil creates a powerful signature scent that could be your new go-to.
Every Man Jack prides itself on using all-natural ingredients, with 99% of this deodorant being plant-based and naturally derived. Customers say that this product does a great job deodorizing and reducing sweat without irritating their arms.
Great scent. Natural ingredients. No irritation. What’s not to like?
9. Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant
With a name like Oars + Alps, you’d expect this deodorant to smell incredible. And it does. It contains odor-preventing ingredients that do their job without the help of aluminum. It’s an award-winning formula that’s proven time and again to keep you feeling clean and fresh all day.
The ingredients list is free of aluminum, alcohol, phthalates, talc, baking soda, and parabens–all things you don’t need for a good deodorant. It goes on clear and won’t stain your clothing, so it could be a game-changer if you’re still using sticky, aluminum-filled deodorants. And it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
The scents are all excellent, but we love the deep sea glacier variety. It’s a citrus and amber scent that has cool undertones. It’s ideal if you run hot throughout the day. It’s also a strong but not overbearing scent, so you can smell great without drawing too much attention.
10. Jack Black Pit Boss Premium Antiperspirant & Deodorant
Jack Black offers a full skin care and hair care line for men that’s worth your time for both the scent and the performance. Their Pit Boss antiperspirant and deodorant has a gentle, easy-apply formula that will keep you dry without irritating your skin. And the odor protection is long-lasting and top-notch.
There’s no aluminum in this deodorant, but it will still keep you cool and reduce your sweat production throughout the day. It’s an invisible solid that won’t stain your clothes, and it doesn’t take more than one or two swipes on your underarm to work all day.
The fragrance might be described as clean yet manly. It’s not overbearing, so you won’t be able to smell it from across the room, but it’s still a noticeable scent. Clear citrus undertones tie well with spicy overtones for a fantastic masculine scent.
Our biggest complaint is the price. It’s a great product, and we love the smell, but most customers say it’s not worth the $19 price tag. It appears that you’re paying a little extra for the luxury brand name.
11. AXE Phoenix Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick for Men
Axe has an excellent reputation for performance and fantastic fragrances. Their Phoenix 48-hour deodorant is no exception. While many of Axe’s signature-scented products contain a more spicy, woody scent, this one is a sweeter, more refined fragrance. It features notes of lavender, citrus, and geranium. Those notes are blended with subtle wooded scents to create a sought-after fragrance the ladies will love.
This stick deodorant isn’t considered all-natural, as it uses aluminum to stop sweat in its tracks. But if you’re okay with that, it’s worth checking out. It only costs about $3.50 per stick, so why not give it a try?
12. Old Spice Bearglove Deodorant
While not everyone likes the smell of Old Spice, it’s hard to make a list of the best men’s fragrances without putting it on there. It’s been a signature scent for millions of men for decades, and there’s just no replacing that spicy aroma for some.
Bearglove is a new fragrance that’s sweeter and less masculine but still popular. You’ll detect notes of spiced apples amongst the woodsy undertones that make Old Spice fragrances so recognizable.
The deodorant is effective, too. It uses triple protection to give off a bold scent throughout the day and reduce sweat and odors. It all comes in a classic invisible solid that goes on smooth and works all day. It’s a basic product, but it works!
13. Harry’s Stone Men’s Deodorant
Harry’s started out as a humble subscription shaving company, but they’ve expanded their repertoire, and our noses are grateful. This extra-strength antiperspirant does its job of reducing sweat and neutralizing bacteria.
The lingering scent is a mix of citrus and minerals. It’s a simple, classic scent, but it’s timeless. The bergamot and yuzu scents mix with charcoal to effectively overcome any odors that might push through this deodorant’s defenses, so all anyone will smell is a great deodorant.
The invisible solid glides on smoothly without staining your clothing or feeling sticky. It’s also suitable for those with sensitive skin.
14. Dove Men + Care Clean Comfort Deodorant
Those with dry, irritable underarms might appreciate this without aluminum that hydrates and protects the skin. It also smells fantastic, giving you up to 48 hours of fresh-smelling pits.
Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort deodorant is an invisible solid that won’t stain your clothing because it doesn’t contain aluminum or dyes. It’s also free of ethanol and Dove is globally recognized as a brand that doesn’t test on animals.
We like this deodorant for its clean linen fragrance that’s pleasing to all who smell it but in no way overpowering. It won’t replace your signature cologne, but it’ll complement your natural musk to eliminate odors.
This stick formula also relies on moisturizing components like vitamin E and Dove’s patented Triple Action Moisturizer to prevent your pits from drying out and becoming irritated. You can be comfortable all day knowing that you won’t be dealing with body odor, and you’re not drawing attention with an overly powerful scent.
15. Degree Men Original Antiperspirant Deodorant
If you’re not ready to try a brand you don’t recognize, go with one of the most trusted names in men’s deodorant. It’s not an all-natural solution, and you’ll find aluminum among the list of ingredients. But many men swear by it for its ability to keep them dry and deodorized.
This original Degree Men’s deodorant is supposed to last up to 48 hours. It uses special scent-releasing technology to release bursts of fragrance by degrees. As you move and sweat more, it’ll release more bacteria-killing, odor-covering scent for up to two days to keep you clean and fresh.
It’s a classic invisible solid that won’t stain and goes on smoothly. It’s an antiperspirant that’s supposed to hold up to even the heaviest of workouts, though you might want to reapply it after a heavy sweat.
You can find this in pretty much any drug store or order in bulk from Amazon for around $2.50 a stick.
16. D&G Light Blue Pour Homme Deodorant Stick
If you’ve tried all the drug store brands and they’re simply not cutting it for you, it’s time to go with a luxury brand. Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue deodorant is a refreshing scent to keep your pits smelling amazing all day long.
Light Blue is D&G’s signature scent, so you can add their cologne and body wash to your skincare regimen as well, if you like. As a deodorant, it’s an invisible solid that goes on clear. It’s not an antiperspirant, and it contains mostly natural ingredients, so you’ll need to treat it as such when you put it on.
The scent itself is unique, and while most men like it, not all do, so it might pay to get a tester of the cologne at a department store before you buy it. It’s a Mediterranean-inspired scent with crisp bergamot, mandarin, and grapefruit citrus at the forefront. The heart notes include rosemary, pepper, and rosewood, which give it a deeply masculine scent. The base includes woody toans of oak moss and musk wood for a sexy signature scent unlike any other.
Light Blue also comes in a women’s fragrance line, which is complementary for the men’s line. If you’re looking for his and her deodorants, consider giving this one a try.
17. Calvin Klein Eternity Deodorant
Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein is another luxury deodorant that could be your new signature scent. It’s everything you’d expect from a basic deodorant–an invisible solid that glides on clear. It’s without alcohol and aluminum, and it acts as an odor-reducer, not an antiperspirant, so it won’t eliminate sweating.
What we really like about this one is the scent. It’s a refined masculine scent that appeals to anyone. Top notes include green botanicals, mandarin, and lavender with mid notes of jasmine, basil, geranium, and sage. This sweet and spicy scent has base notes of sandalwood, rosewood, amber, and vetiver, so it’s extremely masculine and sexy.
Like D&G’s Light Blue, CK’s signature scent, Eternity, comes in a line of products and fragrances for both men and women. So you can use this deodorant to complement the woman in your life and create your new signature scent.
Overall Best Smelling Deodorant for Men: Blu Atlas
Now that we’ve completed our review of the best smelling deodorants for men, we wanted to round it back to our favorite: Blu Atlas.
We like this option not only for its fragrance but also for its quality and effectiveness. As an all-natural product, it’s great for you and the environment. It goes on smoothly and doesn’t stain clothing.
Best of all, it’s a bargain compared with some signature scents on this list. While you’re paying more than drugstore brands, you’re getting the quality of a luxury deodorant. We think that’s something worth noting!