Best deodorant for men UK: The best men’s deodorant for all skin types
Looking for the best deodorant for men? We’ve got you covered with roll-ons, sticks and sprays for every budget and skin type
D uring lockdown, sales of both women’s and men’s deodorant reportedly slumped as people were spending days on end at home. Yet, as the restrictions lift and we’re set to come face-to-face with colleagues, friends, and loved ones again, many of us may be looking to sort out the stench. Either that or having had the chance to live a little more sustainably in the wake of Covid, it’s got us reaching for more natural deodorant alternatives.
With this in mind, we’ve handpicked what we consider to be the best deodorants for men, from the likes of Mitchum, Dove, Wild and more. There should be something here for all budgets and skin types but if we’ve missed out your favourite, or you’d like us to review one brand in particular, let us know!
To help get you started, we’ve listed what to look out for when shopping for deodorant for men, or you can scroll straight to our best men’s deodorant list.
Deodorant for men: What to look for
When it comes to men’s deodorant, not all are created equal. They vary wildly in price, come in the form of roll-ons, sticks, aerosols, and creams, and some suit different skin types. That’s before you even factor in if they’re natural or not.
The main difference to look out for when shopping for men’s deodorant is how it is described. We should also point out that women’s and men’s deodorant work in pretty much the same way. The only difference is usually in their price and packagaing. And their fragrances. This means that if you don’t want to buy deodorant for men, exclusively, you can buy one for women and vice versa.
A product labelled “deodorant” protects against odour, but doesn’t block sweat. A product labelled “antiperspirant” uses a chemical to block sweat
The only real difference in men and women’s body odour is that bacteria feasting on male sweat are believed to produce higher levels of a rancid chemical called 3-hydroxy-3-methylhexanoic acid (HMHA). Meanwhile, female sweat creates more of the 3-methyl-3-sulfanylhexan-1-ol (MSH) chemical. This is more reminiscent of onions or tropical fruit.
It is possible to make your own deodorant, by mixing coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda and essential oils. Or you can buy products that combine antiperspirant and deodorant in one, to keep you smelling good while keeping you dry.
How does deodorant for men work?
Sweat itself doesn’t smell, but when it comes into contact with the skin, and the air, bacteria can form. It’s this chemical reaction that causes body odour. Deodorants tend to be more gentle on the skin. This is because they let sweat through but then neutralise any smell.
Antiperspirants use a chemical called aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. This is the active ingredient that blocks sweat from the sweat glands.
Many people are moving away from aluminium-based antiperspirants because they can be quite harsh on certain people’s skin. They can also impact the environment, and it’s the aluminium salts in such products that leave yellow stains on clothes.
There are brands, including one called Wild, which have found natural alternatives to these salts. You can read more about that further down.
Best deodorant for men UK
1. Mitchum Invisible Men Pure Energy – £2.99
2. Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort – £1.70
3. Wild For Him Pack – £25
4. Vichy 7 Days Anti-Perspirant deodorant – £9.50
5. GoBo Natural Aluminium-Free deodorant – £9.99
6. SAMFARMER Deodorant – £4.50
7. Native deodorant – £24
8. RINGANA FRESH deodorant – £20
9. Salt & Stone Eucalyptus & Cedarwood – £18
10. Clinique for Men Anti-Perspirant DEO Stick – £16.50
11. Bulldog Natural Deodorant – £3
1. Editor’s Pick: Mitchum Invisible Men Pure Energy
£2.99 | Buy now from Boots
Mitchum is widely known for making effective, long-lasting deodorant. In fact, its slogan since 2007 has been: “So effective you can skip a day.” This antiperspirant-deodorant is ideal for men that like to go camping or go to festivals for a few days, with the lack of shower facilities. It is the ideal ‘fresh’ companion.
If you’re the man that likes to keep things simple, too, this is the best men’s deodorant. It has a hint of a fresh smell that isn’t overpowering and it’s highly rated because it doesn’t leave whites on clothes. It’s also great for sensitive skin.
Buy now from Boots
2. Budget Buy: Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort
£1.70 | Buy now from Boots
This deodorant doesn’t contain alcohol, it is kind to skin and gives 48 hours of protection. The Care side of this men’s deodorant’s name comes from the fact it contains Dove’s moisturising formula to ensure the skin isn’t left feeling dry and sensitive.
It leaves no white residue on clothing, the fragrance isn’t strong, and it keeps you fresh all day long. In fact, Dove claims it can keep you fresh for up to 48 hours, if need be!
Buy now from Boots
3. Luxury Buy: Wild Deodorant For Him Pack
£25 | Buy now from Wild
Wild is a sustainable brand that sells refillable, aluminium-free deodorant sticks. You can buy these natural sticks on subscription, or as one-off purchases and they come straight to your door. All Wild refills are made of biodegradable plastic and when you first sign up or buy from Wild, you’ll get an aluminium-alloy case that you keep for life.
There are a number of scents to choose from including the following, and a subscription starts at £12. Alternatively, you can buy For Him and For Her packs.
- Orange Zest
- Coconut Dreams
- Jasmine & Mandarin Blossom
- Rose Blush
- Fresh Cotton & Sea Salt
- Mint & Eucalyptus
- Lavender Haze
- Bergamot Rituals
The For Him pack contains three scents – Mint, Bergamot Rituals & Orange – in an aqua-coloured case for £25.
This men’s deodorant is a roll-on cream that has been dermatologically approved. Wild’s formula contains tapioca starch, an absorptive powder, and antibacterial baking soda. Both perform the same roles as aluminium salts.
This natural option is great because it doesn’t block pores and keeps you fresh all day long. You can read more in our Editor-in-Chief’s Wild deodorant review.
FURTHER READING: Wild deodorant review: Is it worth it?
Buy now from Wild
4. Vichy 7 Days Anti-Perspirant deodorant
£9.50 | Buy now from Lookfantastic
If you’re particularly sweaty, or you have sensitive skin, this deodorant from Vichy is definitely worth a go. Firstly, it’s a cream so it’s super easy to apply, gives great coverage and a little goes a long way.
Known as a “micro-refined deodorant”, this anti-perspirant uses active ingredients that are twice as small as traditional ones to help increase the targeting of sweat pores and penetrate more deeply.
Vichy claims this anti-perspirant gives “guaranteed protection up to seven days” – hence the products’ name – and while we haven’t felt confident enough to go a full week without topping it up, there has been a marked and noticeable in both the amount we’ve been sweating, as well as any odour.
Plus, the more you use this, the better the results get. It’s not cheap but it’s far from expensive, especially when compared to other entries in our list of the best men’s deodorants, but you get a lot of value for money. What’s more, this deodorant is suitable for men and women so you could share with a partner or family member if you’re reluctant to spend a tenner straight off the bat.
Buy now from Lookfantastic
5. GoBo Natural Aluminium-Free Deodorant
£9.99 | Buy now from Amazon
Natural, aluminium-free deodorants have become a major trend in 2021 and GoBo’s take on it is both different, and refreshing. Literally. The roll-on deodorant contains glycolic acid, a so-called alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA that penetrates the skin to exfoliate the top layer and remove any dead skin cells.
It’s very common in skincare products and is renowned for helping to clear blemishes and balance skin tone. When added to the ingredients in this entry in our best men’s deodorant list, the glycolic acid kills the bacteria found in sweat to neutralise odour. GoBo can also be used in other areas of the body that gather sweat.
Other natural ingredients include arrowroot, to absorb moisture and help keep your skin dry, and vegetable glycerine to keep the skin hydrated. You can buy a fragrance-free version of GoBo (pictured) as well as versions that smell like orange blossom, jasmin, and rosewater.
Buy now from Amazon
6. SAMFARMER Deodorant
£4.50 | Buy now
SAMFARMER Skincare is the brand from cosmetics scientist, and Dad, Sam Farmer. Fed up with beauty and grooming products playing to gender stereotypes, Farmer wanted to create a range of gender-neutral products that would suit both his son and daughter.
He also knew that the collection had to be gentle enough for young skin, and take into account the many changes that our bodies go through during puberty and beyond. With this in mind, he created a range of six essentials, each one designed in gender-neutral colours and clearly labelled with the letter of the product. As you can see in the above image of the SAMFARMER deodorant.
This deodorant comes with a fresh, citrus scent – in fact, all products in the range have the same gentle fragrance – and uses a vegetable derived ingredient that reduces the odour causing bacteria while halving the amount of anti-perspirant active ingredients. This makes this deodorant gentle enough for young, as well as sensitive skin, without ever sacrificing its odour-fighting properties.
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7. Native Natural Deodorant
£24 | Buy now from Amazon
Native Deodorants sit in a similar ilk to those made by Wild. They come in a range of scents and only use natural ingredients to keep you feeling and smelling fresh. These include coconut oil, shea butter, and baking soda but never aluminum, phthalates, or talc. It has a smooth, non-greasy application and you can opt to buy the deodorants on subscription, or as a one-off ($12 each). This natural deodorant can also be used by men or women.
- Lavender & Rose
- Cucumber & Mint*
- Coconut & Vanilla*
- Eucalyptus & Mint
- Citrus & Herbal Musk
- Sea Salt & Cedar
- Lilac & White Tea
- Powder & Cotton
- Earl Grey & Mulberry*
- Cherry & Vanilla Macaron*
- Oat Milk Latte
- Matcha & Sweet Cream*
- Candy Cane*
- Fresh Mistletoe
- Sugar Cookie*
- Cotton & Lily*
All the scents marked with an asterisk are also available in a formula suitable for sensitive skin.
The brand Native is American which means that if you’re buying in the UK or Europe, the shipping time may be considerable. That said, international shipping is free when bought directly from Native, and you can get three deodorants for $30. This means that even if they take a while to arrive the first time, you should have enough to last until you’re ready to order again. Native additionally sells a plastic-free range of the same deodorants. This pushes the price up to $36.
Alternatively, you can pay £24 for a single deodorant from Amazon UK. This is quite a markup on the US price but if convenience and speed is more important to you, this may be the way to go!
8. Ringana FRESH deodorant
£20 | Buy now from Ringana
If you’re not familiar with Ringana, it’s an Austrian-based firm that develops top-quality, sustainable products out of its lab in Hartberg. It’s won many, many awards for its sustainable packaging and commitment to the best, freshest skincare, dental care, and supplements.
We’ve been putting a number of items in the range to the test and will be adding more on these soon, but we felt that its FRESH deodorant deserved a place in our best men’s deodorant list in the first instance.
Not too dissimilar to the consistency of GoBo’s entry, Ringana’s FRESH deodorant is a creamy white, water-in-oil emulsion that smells like frankincense and contains oils and silica to help nourish the skin, all while eliminating odours. In particular, it uses natural ingredients such as lemon verbena, orange fruit water and sodium bicarbonate alongside zinc oxide and walnut extract to keep you feeling fresh.
It’s aluminium-free and promotes the skin’s natural sweat-regulating function.
Buy now from Ringana
9. Salt & Stone Deodorant for Men
£18 | Buy now from Amazon
Salt & Stone is a natural skincare range developed by a team of chemists. The founder is Nima Jalali, a former professional snowboarder. After experiencing the harsh environmental impact the weather and elements can have on the skin and body, he created Salt & Stone.
This long-lasting natural deodorant for men helps protect for up to 48 hours. It comes with added hyaluronic acid to help moisturise the underarm. While probiotics help neutralise odour, arrowroot powder helps absorb moisture from sweat. Salt & Stone contains no toxins, aluminium, alcohol, parabens or synthetic fragrances in its vegan products.
Buy now from Amazon
10. Clinique Antiperspirant Deodorant for Men
£16.50 | Buy now
This deodorant is fragrance-free and protects you from odour and wetness all day. It dries quickly and leaves no staining on dark clothes. We love that there are no frills with this best men’s deodorant. It’s a simple roll-on stick that does as promised and looks good.
Buy now from Clinique
11. Bulldog Natural Deodorant For Men
£3 | Buy now from Boots
This all-natural deodorant gives 24hr protection. Being a natural deodorant, it lets the body do its thing and because Bulldog believes sweating is an important human process. One that cools and detoxifies the body, it doesn’t restrict the glands.
Bulldog sells four fragrances in this range but we’ve opted for the original deodorant for men because it’s a blend of citrus, mint, eucalyptus, cedar and patchouli. It’s also kind to skin and dries quickly, leaving no stains.
Buy now from Boots
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