The 11 Best Smelling Deodorants For Men in 2024

<p>We also have to note here that deodorant’s job is not to completely stop sweat. Antiperspirants are different because they must contain aluminum in order to block the sweat glands under your arms. Deodorants, while many contain sweat controlling ingredients like baking soda or tapioca starch, will not actually stop you from sweating, but they will stop you from stinking. These <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/grooming/g26860168/best-natural-deodorant-for-men/” target=”_blank”>best smelling deodorants</a> do just that and then some. The fragrances on this list rival your cologne collection—exactly the way a deodorant should.</p>”/>

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Best Smelling Luxury Deodorant

Patricks ND1 High Performance Natural Deodorant

ND1 High Performance Natural Deodorant

Best Smelling Luxury Deodorant

Patricks ND1 High Performance Natural Deodorant

This may be a high price tag for a deodorant, but consider this: the scent is so good it could rival even your fanciest cologne. Not only does it help control odor without aluminum and addresses the sweat issue with ingredients like Amazonian clay and tapioca starch, but the elevated scent will have you sniffing your pits all day (but not, like, in a weird way). Reserve it for special occasions or hot dates.

Key Ingredients Tapioca starch, coconut oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil

Best Smelling Roll-on Deodorant

Le Labo Deodorant

Deodorant

Best Smelling Roll-on Deodorant

Le Labo Deodorant

This roll-on deodorant feels nice and smooth on your skin (it’s the glycerin in the formula) and rolls on clear, which is always welcome. As for the scent, it’s what you’d expect from a brand like Le Labo: fresh, citrusy with a touch of clean lavender and anchored with tonka bean. Think of it as the perfect fresh, springy cologne, but for your pits.

Key Ingredients Glycerin, fragrance, alcohol

Best Smelling Spray Deodorant

Dove Men + Care Aluminum Free Deodorant Spray

Aluminum Free Deodorant Spray

Best Smelling Spray Deodorant

Dove Men + Care Aluminum Free Deodorant Spray

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We love a spray deodorant simply for the ease of use and this aluminum-free version is no different. It provides excellent coverage and no weird residue to stain your clothes. The eucalyptus scent is fresh and woody, but smells more natural and elevated than your typical drugstore “fresh” scents.

Key Ingredients Alcohol, fragrance, glycerin

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Best Smelling Sweet Deodorant

Native Natural Deodorant

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Best Smelling Sweet Deodorant

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Coconut oil and shea butter give this deodorant its smooth texture and tapioca starch helps soak up wetness, but the real draw here is the scent. If you’re a vanilla guy, this one is sweet and rich, but not overpowering. In fact, for a coconut and vanilla scent it’s surprisingly lightweight and subtle.

Key Ingredients Tapioca starch, magnesium hydroxide, coconut oil, shea butter

Best Smelling Citrus Deodorant

Huron Deodorant

Deodorant

Best Smelling Citrus Deodorant

Huron Deodorant

This sensitive-skin friendly aluminum-free deodorant gets the job done, but really the draw is the scent. The elevated citrus-forward fresh scent, that also includes notes of eucalyptus, mint and juniper, smells what you’d expect from deodorants double the price. It smells too good to use every day—but use it every day.

Key Ingredients Propylene glycol, fragrance

Best Smelling Deodorant For The Gym

Bravo Sierra Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant

Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant

Best Smelling Deodorant For The Gym

Bravo Sierra Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant

This high-performance deodorant works overtime to control odor and sweat (thanks to absorbent cassava powder) even during the most strenuous workouts. Swipe it on before and after you train to enjoy the smooth woody sandalwood and sweet fig fragrance that, dare we say, smells pretty elegant for a deodorant.

Key Ingredients Propylene glycol, tapioca starch, glycerin, fragrance

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Best Smelling Fresh Deodorant

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

Eucalyptus Deodorant

Best Smelling Fresh Deodorant

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

This deodorant is so beloved around the Esquire offices that you could basically use it as currency. It smooths on clear and keeps you well-scented all day long with the fresh, herbal spa-like scent of eucalyptus. It’s the deodorant that we reach for over and over because it just smells that freaking good.

Key Ingredients Propylene glycol, glycerin, eucalyptus leaf oil

Best Smelling Woody Deodorant

Hume Supernatural Aluminum Free Deodorant

Aluminum Free Deodorant

Best Smelling Woody Deodorant

Hume Supernatural Aluminum Free Deodorant

Not only is this baking soda-free deodorant suitable for sensitive skin, but the smokey, woody scent of tobacco, leather, and cedarwood is almost a literal interpretation of “out west”—in a very good way. You’ll wonder why they haven’t bottled it and sold it as a cologne (seriously, why haven’t they) and then you’ll be impressed by how well this stuff actually works.

Key Ingredients Propylene glycol, fragrance, aloe leaf juice, prickly pear seed oil

Best Smelling Extra Strength Deodorant

Salt & Stone Natural Deodorant

Natural Deodorant

Best Smelling Extra Strength Deodorant

Salt & Stone Natural Deodorant

What makes this deodorant extra strength? It offers 24 hour odor protection, which is honestly pretty rare for a natural deodorant, but there’s also a generous helping of fragrance that goes on strong, but doesn’t overpower. The rich scent of santal (aka sandalwood), vetiver and amber smells like your fanciest fragrance and helps mask odor for hours… and hours.

Key Ingredients Probiotics, hyaluronic acid, tapioca starch, coconut oil

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Best Smelling Herbal Deodorant

Aesop Herbal Deodorant Roll-On

Herbal Deodorant Roll-On

Best Smelling Herbal Deodorant

Aesop Herbal Deodorant Roll-On

This alcohol and aluminum-free deodorant also comes in a spray, but we’re partial to the roll-on because it provides just a bit more coverage. Plus, it gives you more of the fragrance to enjoy, which is fresh and herbal with a slight resinous undertone that smells natural and green.

Key Ingredients Glycerin, lavender oil, rosemary leaf oil, sage leaf

Best Smelling Designer Deodorant

Dior Sauvage Deodorant Stick

Sauvage Deodorant Stick

Best Smelling Designer Deodorant

Dior Sauvage Deodorant Stick

It’s the earthy, spicy Sauvage you know and love, but in a deodorant. Need we say more? Swipe this on when you don’t want to use your spray or as a starting point to a layering extravaganza. The good thing is that it’s subtle enough that if you do add your spray on top, you won’t be overpowering like a department store fragrance counter and by itself it’s surprisingly subtle.

Key Ingredients Propylene glycol, fragrance
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