It’s no news that spray deodorants have been around for years.
Their existence has always been like the middle child of deodorants, often forgotten and overlooked to their stick and all-natural brothers.
But alas, as often as that middle child is overlooked, there are some great things that are happening with spray deodorants and no one is paying attention!
They have begun to evolve in recent years where they aren’t nearly as off-putting as the older generations and in some instances, the best spray deodorants go on completely dry without leaving that cold and wet uncomfortable feeling.
To make sense of the spray deodorant market, we put together this comprehensive and in-depth look at all the top brands on the market.
From those that only rely on a few natural ingredients, to those scientifically designed to combat sweat, we found a few spray deodorants to fit any man’s preference.
Best Spray Deodorants For Men To Keep Your Pits Fresh
This Dove Men+Care dry spray deodorant is one of the best spray deodorants that you can get for the money. With a sub $10 price tag, it will leave your pits feeling fresh upon application. What’s more, is that this deodorant is classified as a ‘dry spray’ therefore there won’t be any feeling of wetness when applied. Given its absence of alcohol, it won’t feel cold when applied either (just be sure to spray at least 6” from your pits).
If you are looking for a budget spray that can easily be purchased online or at your corner drugstore, consider this spray deodorant by Dove Men+Care.
For additional coverage, be sure to check out their highly reviewed body wash as well.
If there was the Barbasol of spray deodorants, it would be this one by Arrid XX. Not that it’s ineffective or inferior (as it has made this list), however, it’s simply just one of those tried and true brands that just simply gets the job done – and effectively at that.
This incredibly dry spray that goes on virtually invisible, will be a great way to keep your pits dry while relying on the Aluminum Chlorohydrate (18.4%) compound to keep you feeling comfortable under your arms. The 6.0oz cans are incredibly affordable allowing you to have one for your gym bag, bathroom cabinet, and anywhere else you can think about without breaking the bank.
For men who may have sensitive skin, but would want a deodorant spray that doubles as an antiperspirant will likely take notice of this offering by Brut. Packaged in its distinctive emerald green canister, Brut’s spray contains only 8.8% of Aluminum Chlorohydrate. As seen in the above chart, most spray antiperspirants contain around 20% of this aluminum compound.
With the reduced concentration of Aluminum Chlorohydrate, you can expect about 24 hours’ worth of protection, rather than the 48-hour protection claimed by other top antiperspirant sprays reviewed.
Rivaling both Brut and Old Spice in manliness, this deodorant spray by Clubman delivers that classic barbershop scent that so many men often desire and seek out. Primarily known for their highly popular aftershave lotions, this spray from Clubman is one of the highest peer-reviewed deodorant sprays on our list.
The one primary sticking point to this spray is that it’s only a deodorant spray and not an antiperspirant. Some men have used an unscented antiperspirant coupled with this deodorant spray to get both the sweat protection and good scent they are striving for.
Antiperspirant aside, it’s a great smelling solution that men will surely love.
With a very similar ingredient profile to the Thai Deodorant, this mineral salt-based deodorant from Crystal Rock is a terrific natural spray product. Beyond the mineral salt which will naturally deodorize a smelly pit, it contains a natural blend of spices that will emit a subtle herbal scent (they do make an unscented spray as well). While going on clear, this product is great for men looking for a product highly touted by vegan and natural fans everywhere.
Made from the same company that owns Dove Men+Care, Unilever, comes another dry deodorant spray for their Degree Men brand. While very similar in nature to the Dove Men+Care dry spray mentioned above, this spray by Degree features Aluminum Chlorohydrate as the active ingredient. Compared between the two, this one carries just a slightly higher concentration (3.1% increase), which will be better suited for men with a more active lifestyle.
When coupled with a top-notch body spray (that provides a light fragrance), this antiperspirant spray by Degree will be a great addition to your gym bag when hitting the weights or doing some cardio while at the gym.
If you are looking for that classic manly scent that Old Spice has perfected over the years, then this spray deodorant is worthy of your consideration. Within the 6oz canister (definitely not TSA compliant), it delivers extraordinarily well based on value alone.
As a note, some men have said that there might be too much of a ‘cloud’ of antiperspirant mist that forms when applying this stuff post-shower. Therefore, it may likely be best to apply this in a more open area if it’s a bit overwhelming for you.
Men looking for an all-natural deodorant that doesn’t contain any aluminum compounds, nor any butane or other obscure sounding ingredients will like this deodorant from Thai Deodorant Stone. Very similar in nature to the Crystal Body Deodorant that we reviewed, the Thai Deodorant spray relies on mineral salts to stop foul-smelling pits from ruining your day.
It’s important to understand that this deodorant isn’t an antiperspirant, therefore you will sweat when this product is applied. In addition, this Thai Deodorant spray contains water. When applied, it won’t go on dry so it will take some time before you can immediately put on your best undershirt.
How Do Spray Deodorants Differ From Your Standard Antiperspirant Stick?
To be quite honest, not a whole lot.
You see, many antiperspirants rely on an aluminum compound to effectively clog your sweat glands to prevent any sweat stains from appearing under your arms throughout the day.
This same active ingredient is found in the best antiperspirant sprays that exist in the marketplace.
Therefore, instead of getting the aluminum compound in stick form, it now has just been transferred to spray form for easier application.
But isn’t aluminum in deodorants supposed to be bad for you?
As we, recently covered in this detailed post comparing antiperspirants and deodorants, the answer is not exactly.
Unfortunately, back in the email forwarding heydays of the late 90s and early 00s, there was a slew of misinformation regarding the dangers of aluminum in antiperspirants. It was claimed at the time, that the aluminum compound found in antiperspirants was clogging the pores (as it should) and subsequently preventing the release of toxins from your body.
The buildup of toxins was thought to be linked to breast cancer among women.
To further put this myth to bed, the National Cancer Institute conducted scientific research on the manner and was unable to find a direct link between aluminum and breast cancer (source).
So, lo and behold, the misinformation has been spread and effectively spurred an entire ‘natural’ movement for deodorants.
Many natural deodorants are pretty good, but you have to remember, antiperspirants and deodorants are two completely different things.
Antiperspirants block sweat and deodorants mask the smell.
Many of the popular antiperspirants on the market (think Old Spice, Dove Men, etc.) contain both antiperspirant and deodorant properties (i.e. stops sweat and leaves you with a nice scent).
When we go over the best spray deodorants below, it’s important to keep in mind that they share the same properties as antiperspirants and deodorants.
Common Myths & Questions About Spray Deodorants
Of course, given their general rarity in the men’s grooming lineup, there are naturally some inherent questions that men may have before buying one of these canisters.
Here are a few popular ones that we found across the web:
Are spray deodorants safe to bring in your carryon when taking an airplane?
Per the TSA Blog, spray deodorants are safe to bring on an airplane. However, they do have to adhere to the same restrictions that are given to liquids (3.4oz or 100ml). As you will see below, many of them violate this size rule.
Can a spray deodorant give you cancer?
While we are not medical experts, this common question is likely due to the misinformation that was spread about aluminum and breast cancer.
Will a spray deodorant put a hole the ozone?
Back in the 70s when aerosol cans were wildly popular and hairspray was all the rage, the aerosol cans of yesteryear contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). This extraordinarily harmful chemical was removed from products through the Montreal Protocol where 197 countries signed the agreement.
To answer in short, no, no aerosol cans contain this harmful chemical.
What is a ‘dry’ spray deodorant, isn’t it still wet?
Dry sprays sound like an oxymoron, however, what makes them ‘dry’ is that they are absent of both alcohol and water. Therefore, when you spray it a few inches from your pit, the solution hardly leaves a harsh cold feeling when applied. Also with the absence of water, you won’t have to worry about ruining your favorite undershirt.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.