7 Things To Consider When Buying Deodorant

7 things to consider when buying a deodorant

You wouldn’t think that choosing a deodorant would be hard. The truth is that there are so very many choices, which can make it difficult to find the best one for you. After my second daughter was born, my go-to deodorant stopped working for me. It was not pleasant. With some trial and error, I found another one that is still going strong for me. You too can find the perfect deodorant for your needs by using the following tips to help you find what’s best for you.

1. How Much You Sweat
Here’s what clued me in to the fact that my deodorant had stopped working. Suddenly, I was sweating all the time, which wasn’t normal for me. Once my new mom foggy brain cleared, it hit me that I needed a different product. If you sweat a lot, you probably need an antiperspirant rather than deodorant, which stops sweating rather than just masking the scent. If you only sweat when you’re really active, you can likely get by with standard deodorant.

2. Type
The type of deodorant you choose is largely a personal preference. There are a few basic choices, including gel, stick, roll on and spray. I can’t stand the stick version, but am totally comfortable wearing gel deodorant. Try a few products of various types to find out which one you like the best.

3. Alcohol Content
Here’s why deodorant works. It often contains alcohol, which makes your armpits inhospitable to bacteria and germs that cause body odor. For the most part, that doesn’t pose a risk to you, but alcohol can be drying to your skin, so you might find yourself with itchy, flaky skin in your armpits if the product you choose has a high alcohol content.

4. Scent
I cannot stand baby powder scented deodorant! I don’t notice it on other people, but when I wear it, it’s all I can smell all day long. If you have scent preferences or aversions, it makes sense to give deodorant a sniff test before purchasing. You can usually get a sense of what it smells like by just taking the lid off, but not the hygienic cover on the actual product. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it!

5. How It Works
The only real way to know if deodorant is going to work for you is to try it. Unfortunately, that means you might wind up spending money on a couple that just don’t do the job. If you’re looking for something new, pick up a couple of options. That way you won’t have to trek back to the store if the first one fails you. Fortunately, deodorant only costs a few dollars so you aren’t going to go broke.

6. Ingredients
It’s always a good idea to read through the ingredients list before buying any product you’ll apply to your body. That includes deodorant. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin or some type of contact allergy. If you worry about the items that make up deodorant, you can find natural versions or even make it yourself.

7. Safety
Remember when you heard that wearing deodorant would give you breast cancer? Research has since proven this wrong. However, some types do contain triclosan, a potentially harmful ingredient. For the most part, doctors say that wearing deodorant is perfectly safe and you don’t have to give it up to stay healthy.

 What’s your favorite kind of deodorant? I love Degree because it activates when I move more so it always offers protection. Do you have any other tips for buying the right deodorant? Share in the comments section below!


  1. March 17, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    I personally don't sweat a lot, but I am pretty cautious when choosing deodorant. I used to get almost any anti-antiperspirant and it would work for me, but since last summer I've done a lot of research on Alzheimer's and one of the causes is aluminum in the bloodstream. So now I only get non-antiperspirant and try to limit drinking out of cans. TOMS brand has really nice scents and I use Old Spice if I'm working out. Making your own with a high percentage ethyl alcohol works really well as an anti-antiperspirant as well!

  2. March 19, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Sweating is no fun, I wish I wasn't sweating much, but I'm not that fortunate. Fortunatelly, there is so many great deodorants out there today and different other treatments that can help us to prevent sweating. I haven't heard of TOMS brand, but familiar with Old Spice, which works amazing. There is so many great homemade recipes for making your own deodorant and I'm looking forward trying it one day!

  3. March 20, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Nice post, I like Degree too!

  4. March 20, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Great tips! I love Dove deodorants and have been pretty lucky in the sweat department, I don't sweat too much. x

    Amy | The Perks of Being Amy

  5. March 21, 2015 / 4:13 am

    Kiss my Face Active Life is my favorite, you can find it in Whole Foods along with TOMS.

  6. March 22, 2015 / 12:33 am

    Thank you Julia for suggestion. I'll definately give it a try.

  7. January 4, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    At the moment I'm using the Invisible Dry by Dove. I've also tried Mitchum ones.
    I am always in the hunt for the best one as I believe after some time the skin gets used to them and they stop being effective.
    Stella from a Looks & Travels

  8. sally
    June 26, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    My favourite is Mitchum anti-perspirant deodorant. I have tried many and this is by far my favourite. It is great when you are in situations that require dry armpits (interviews,date). I also find that it is gentle on my skin and does not cause skin irritation dryness as a lot of them do

    • July 25, 2016 / 1:14 am

      Thank you for a great suggestion Sally! I haven’t heard of Mitchum deodorant and should definitely do some research. Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂