Deodorant: Ratings of Sources
Editors at WellandGood.com recommend nine natural deodorant brands they evaluate based on how well they kept them feeling fresh through crowded subway rides and spin classes. Editors offer feedback on scent, ingredients, texture and application, noting that because the nine natural deodorants recommended don't contain antiperspirant ingredients, they won't prevent you from sweating.
TheActiveTimes.com puts 20 antiperspirants to the test in a New York City summer. Testers rate each deodorant for scent, ability to combat sweat both during and immediately following exercise, and an overall rating based on their cumulative performance over a 24-hour period. Twelve tested brands earn solid feedback, while eight didn't live up to expectations. As this review is a few years old, not all recommended brands are still available.
Jennifer Velez, who says she doesn't usually participate in strenuous exercise, tests eight natural deodorant brands over the course of a month in sweltering hot temperatures. She ranks them in order of preference and discusses how each deodorant smells, her experience with application, and overall effectiveness. Four of the eight tested brands earn mostly positive feedback.
Hayley Mason and Jessica Amaris name 11 top-performing deodorants and four brands that don't make the cut based on feedback from readers at TotalBeauty.com. Each deodorant receives an average member rating (on a scale of 1 to 10) and a quote from a reader explaining why it works well – or doesn't.
Real Simple tests 50 antiperspirant-deodorants to identify the best brands. Overall, eight antiperspirant-deodorants are recommended, including one winner and one runner-up in each of four categories: solid antiperspirant, roll-on antiperspirant, gel or cream antiperspirant, and spray antiperspirant. The testing methodology isn't described, and the descriptions are brief, although informative.
Amazon.com sells hundreds of deodorant and antiperspirant brands, including many all-natural brands. A surprising number of deodorants earn ratings of 4.4 stars out of 5 or better in 500 or more owner-written reviews, and several others earn slightly lower scores among thousands of reviews. Consumers offer feedback on protection, application, texture, issues such as staining clothing, and other opinions on real-world performance.
Like Amazon.com, Walgreens.com sells hundreds of deodorant brands. One useful feature is the ability to sort results by type, such as solids and gels, dry spray, roll-on deodorant, natural and organic, and body spray. While many deodorants sold here have just a handful of reviews, several deodorants have accumulated feedback from thousands of consumers.
Walmart.com sells an array of deodorants and antiperspirants, many of which have accumulated at least a few dozen reviews. As on other retail sites, a few standout brands have accumulated hundreds of consumer reviews at Walmart.com, although the reviews posted here are typically brief.
Editors at GQ test eight deodorants on how well they hold up during a sweaty basketball game. One deodorant brand is selected as the winner based on a "female sniff test," a blind test in which a female sniff-tester chooses the participant's armpit that smells best.
Devin Hopp puts six natural deodorants to the test by wearing each brand for a full day. Each is awarded a letter grade and is accompanied by a description which includes feedback on scent, whether a deodorant leaves residue behind, application, and how fresh the tester feels at the end of the day. Three deodorants earn a grade of A-, while only one earns an A grade.
A Cup of Jo editor Caroline Donofrio tests five natural deodorants during a hot New York City summer, rating each on a scale of one to five. Four of the five earned poor or middling scores, while the highest-rated natural deodorant earns four out of five stars.
Kat Stoeffel tests 11 non-aluminum deodorants after learning that the yellowing armpits of her blouses aren't caused by sweat but by a chemical reaction between laundry detergent and the aluminum found in many antiperspirants. Most of the deodorants she tries are not recommended, but one clear winner emerges as well as one "recommended" and one "highly recommended" brand. While it's a few years old, many of the deodorants included in this roundup are still available.