Despite your best efforts to avoid it, it's pretty inevitable that you'll encounter the big white deodorant marks that seem to occur every time you wear something black, especially your coveted little black dress, or LBD. You may try contortionist's poses and positions to avoid those dreaded white streaks from ruining your black dress, but perhaps the better method is to choose deodorants that don't stain at all.
Degree Ultra Clear
Arguably the most popular stain-free deodorant that is universally approved for little black dress moments is Degree Ultra Clear. This brand is heavily praised for its sweat-combating formula, but the Ultra Clear deodorant is just as impressive at eliminating those pesky white stains. What makes Degree Ultra Clear one of the leading deodorants to ensure that your LBD stays in perfect condition is that the special formula goes on clear on contact and remains after it dries.
Dove Go Fresh Energizing
The Dove Go Fresh line of deodorant offers different formulas for wetness protection, underarm discoloration, prolonging stubble and alleviating white marks on your clothing. The Dove Go Fresh Energizing deodorant is formulated with grapefruit and lemongrass to make it smell soft and feminine, but the most important thing is that it manages to stay underneath your arms and not on your clothes, specifically your LBD. It also dries fairly quickly, so you don't have to wait several minutes to put your dress on and go about your day.
Secret Flawless Clear Crystal Clear Gel
In terms of quick-drying deodorant that also keeps your LBDs stain-free, few are as effective as the Secret Flawless Clear Crystal Clear Gel. This deodorant goes on completely clear and fully dries in less than two minutes. This means you can put this deodorant on while you're doing your hair and makeup and be sure not to stain that LBD you've been dying to wear. An added bonus is Secret Flawless Clear Crystal Clear Gel has a clean powder or soft floral scent.
Dermadoctor Total Nonscents
One of the main reasons that many women forgo deodorant is because they have sensitive skin and find that most brands severely irritate it, causing a rash, or provide minimal control against odor and wetness. Well, Dermadoctor Total Nonscents is a deodorant that not only is ideal for sensitive skin, but also dries quickly and clear, leaving no white-mark residue on your LBD. This deodorant is pricier than drugstore brands and is largely available online, but the benefits to your little black dress are worth it.
L'Occitane Refreshing Aromatic Deodorant
Featuring a light feminine scent and the essential oils of mint, pine and rosemary, L'Occitane Refreshing Aromatic Deodorant is another effective way to wear deodorant without ruining your LBD with unsightly white stains. This formulated deodorant may look like a powdery, white solid, but it dries like a clear formula. As for odor protection, it lasts all day and into the evening, even though the scent it provides is very soft and subtle.
Danielle Jennings began writing professionally in 2005 and is an expert in fashion, entertainment and lifestyle journalism. She has written for "Jezebel," "Creative Loafing" and "Haute Living." She attended Clayton State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies.