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Top 13 Deodorant Reviews

By: Angela Stringfellow on January 03, 2018

Deodorant: Ratings of Sources

Editors of Reviews.com, March 31, 2017

Editors at Reviews.com started with a list of 200 deodorants and anti-perspirants, scrutinized ingredients and talked to dermatologists to narrow it down to 32 finalists that they put to the test to identify deodorants and antiperspirants that apply smoothly and leave no residue behind. Editors name the best antiperspirant and the best natural deodorant for women.

Editors of Reviews.com, Aug. 17, 2017

Reviews.com editors hand-tested 23 natural deodorants, after narrowing down the options by talking to a dermatologist, a chemist and two natural deodorant creators. Editors select the best natural deodorants with aluminum-free formulas based on scent, ease of application, and residue.

Lisa Elaine Held, May 26, 2017

Editors at Well+Good 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.

Hayley Mason and Jessica Amaris, Not dated

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.

Bora Chang, Not Dated

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.

Contributors to Amazon, As of January 2018

Amazon 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.

Contributors to Walgreens, As of January 2018

Like Amazon, Walgreens 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.

Contributors to SheSpeaks, As of January 2018

SheSpeaks is a community where members to test and review products, take surveys and participate in discussions. About 20 deodorants are listed here, many of which have accumulated a few dozen to hundreds of reviews. Reviewers rate products on a scale of one to five stars and also provide written feedback, although most reviews are brief.

Marianne Mychaskiw, April 21, 2017

Marianne Mychaskiw recommends six natural deodorants that won't let you down after searching the market for deodorants containing only organic ingredients. It's not clear what other criteria were used to select the recommended products, however, and there's no written explanation on what makes each recommended deodorant a winner.

Contributors to Walmart, As of January 2018

Walmart 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, although the reviews posted here are typically brief.

11. GQ
Editors at GQ, Aug. 18, 2015

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.

Caroline Donofrio, July 22, 2014

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.

Deven Hopp, Aug. 4, 2015

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.

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