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What to Look For

Deodorants and antiperspirants are two different products. Deodorants mask the scent of body odor, while antiperspirants block the production of underarm sweat. Look for deodorants that have a pleasant scent that can mask the regular body odor that you produce. Look for antiperspirants that have clinical or near-clinical strength to prevent sweat from staining clothing and putting out an unappealing scent. Consumer recommends Mitchum Clear Gel Antiperspirant as one of the best antiperspirants on the market. This antiperspirant blocks the production of sweat and odors. Good recommends Degree Men Ultra Clear Antiperspirant & Deodorant Gel as a high-performance hybrid between deodorant and antiperspirant. Good Guide recommends Axe Body Spray Tsumani as a high-quality drugstore brand of deodorant. This deodorant also comes in stick form.

Common Pitfalls

The problem that many people fall into when choosing a deodorant or antiperspirant is not knowing which formula they need. If you sweat a lot, then antiperspirants are best for you. If you sweat only a little but still have problems with odor, then a deodorant is the best formula. Some antiperspirants can cause blocking of the pores in the armpits, which can cause rashes or other skin problems. If you have a reaction to an antiperspirant, try a deodorant instead, or try a natural deodorant that contains no pore-blocking chemicals or ingredients. For some people, over-the-counter deodorants may not be strong enough. Ask your doctor about prescription-strength deodorants if you cannot find a brand that works for you.

Where to Buy

Except for a few prescription brands, all men’s deodorant and antiperspirants can be purchased from drugstores and grocery stores. Walmart and Target have some of the largest selection and lowest prices for deodorants. is also an excellent place to find deodorants. This online-only store offers discounts on many popular brands of deodorants and antiperspirants. These stores offer brands such as Old Spice, Axe, Degree, Mitchum, Arrid, Gillette and Speed Stick.


Most deodorants and antiperspirants are inexpensive. Prices range from $3 to $12 per container at most stores, as of summer 2010. Mitchum Clear Gel Antiperspirant costs about $5. Degree Men Ultra Clear Antiperspirant & Deodorant Gel costs about $4. Axe Body Spray Tsumani costs around $5. Unless you have a prescription brand of deodorant, you should not have to pay more than $10 for a single stick or bottle of deodorant or antiperspirant.

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Brenda Priddy

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.