Freshen Up With the Best Spray Deodorants

Our best overall pick is Dove Original Antiperspirant Dry Spray

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We all sweat—some of us more than others. And the choice of how to deal with perspiration (and the smells that come with it) is a personal one. If you prefer spray formulas or just want to branch out from the everyday stick, you've come to the right place.

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Our best overall pick is Dove Original Antiperspirant Dry Spray, which is dermatologist-approved and is effective against wetness and body odors. If you prefer something without fragrance and aluminum, consider Public Goods Crystal Deodorant Spray, which helps you stay dry and comes in a convenient pump bottle.

"A spray deodorant is an aerosolized formula of a stick," says board-certified dermatologist Hysem Eldik, MD. "It can sometimes be applied more broadly, quicker, and dries faster." However, he explains, the active ingredient in both types of antiperspirant (the stuff that prevents wet pits¹) is usually the same.

"Antiperspirants will cut back on both smell and the amount of sweat by actually blocking sweat ducts due to the aluminum," Eldik tells Byrdie. There are also some aluminum-free options, which will be labeled simply as deodorant, not antiperspirant. "A deodorant will focus on scent more than excess sweating."

We conducted hours of research on the best spray deodorants. We tried some of the top-rated formulas out there, our testers taking note of how well they went on, as well as how effective they were against wetness and odors. Our team then combined these results with our own research of fan-favorites plus dermatologist-recommended picks to create this list.

Ahead, find the best spray deodorants to keep you feeling fresh.

Best Overall: Dove Original Antiperspirant Aerosol Dry Spray Deodorant

Dove Spray Deodorant

Amazon

What We Like
  • Dries quickly

  • Doesn't leave streaks

  • Dermatologist-recommended

What We Don't Like
  • Contains BHT

The Dry Spray formula promises to keep your pits not only dry but also odor-free for up to 48 hours. And though it prevents wetness, it leaves your underarms moisturized. As Eldik mentioned, there are lots of options, but the light, slightly floral Original scent is an all-around winner.

Active Ingredients: Aluminum chlorohydrate | Amount: 5 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

What Our Experts Say

"I like Dove spray deodorants because of how fast they dry, sparing any white streak, They come in multiple different scents, which are fresh and long-lasting." — Hysem Eldik, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Best Budget: Sure Antiperspirant Deodorant Spray

Sure Antiperspirant Deodorant Spray
What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Prevents yellow stains

  • Lasts 48 hours

What We Don't Like
  • Contains BHT

Sure is an affordable pick that keeps wetness and pit stains at bay for up to two whole days, leaving a completely invisible layer and a light, pleasant scent.

Active Ingredients: Aluminum chlorohydrate | Amount: 6 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Drugstore: Degree UltraClear Black + White Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray

Degree Spray

Target

What We Like
  • Doesn't leave streaks

  • Prevents yellow stains

  • Long-lasting

What We Don't Like
  • Contains BHT

Degree reigns in the drugstore deodorant category. This antiperspirant delivers a truly clear finish that won't streak your favorite black dress as you're heading out the door and promises not to leave yellow stains on your white t-shirts either.

Active Ingredients: Aluminum chlorohydrate | Amount: 3.8 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Unscented: Crystal Mineral Deodorant Spray Unscented

Crystal mineral deodorant spray
What We Like
  • Natural formula

  • Kills odor-causing bacteria

  • No white residue

What We Don't Like
  • Not as effective as aluminum

If you prefer unscented formulas, go with Crystal. A favorite of Ashley Graham's, this spray deodorant battles stinky bacteria with natural mineral salts and promises not to leave a white residue.

Active Ingredients: Potassium alum | Amount: 4 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

What Our Testers Say

“I didn’t notice excessive perspiration or smells come day five—which, in New York in September, is quite the feat.” — Hallie Gould, Product Tester, and Byrdie Senior Editorial Director

Best Splurge: Dior J'adore Perfumed Deodorant Spray

Dior Deodorant

Selfridges

What We Like
  • Kills odor-causing bacteria

  • Nice scent

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Contains BHT

I you can swing the price, it might be fun to treat yourself to Dior J'adore. The spray formula kills odor-causing bacteria with alcohol and leaves your underarms smelling like an expensive bouquet of flowers.Plus, it doubles as a light perfume for those who want their scent incorporated into their deodorant.

Active Ingredients: Alcohol, fragrance | Amount: 6.8 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Aluminum-Free: Lululemon Selfcare Anti-Stink Deodorant

Lululemon Selfcare Anti-Stink Deodorant

Lululemon

What We Like
  • Absorbs odor

  • Kills odor-causing bacteria

  • Travel size available

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers with sensitive skin noted it burned

If you prefer aluminum-free sprays, Lululemon is your best bet. The brand's Anti-Stink Deodorant calls on zinc to absorb funky smells while prebiotics tackle odor-causing bacteria.

Active Ingredients: Zinc, prebiotics, tapioca starch | Amount: 2.4–4.2 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

What Our Experts Say

"The most important ingredient to avoid is benzene. There have been multiple recent recalls of spray deodorant products that contain benzene."Hysem Eldik, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Best Crystal: nakd. Thai Crystal Deodorant Spray (AAPI)

nakd. deodorant

Amazon

What We Like
  • Natural formula

  • Kills odor-causing bacteria

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

The "crystals" in this deodorant are actually a type of salt called potassium alum. This earth-sourced ingredient is naturally antibacterial, so it keeps the germs that cause body odors away. Even though it's a more expensive option, we think the price tag is worth it for a natural formula, if that's your preference.

Active Ingredients: Potassium alum | Amount: 3.3–8.5 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Aerosol: Nivea Pearl & Beauty Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray

Nivea Pearl Spray

Amazon

What We Like
  • Absorbs odor

  • Leaves skin soft

  • Lasts 48 hours

What We Don't Like
  • Contains BHT

Nivea Pearl & Beauty is a proper antiperspirant-deodorant that prevents wetness, absorbs odor and leaves your underarms silky-soft. What's more, you'll stay dry for up to 48 hours.

Active Ingredients: Aluminum chlorohydrate, talc | Amount: 5 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Pump: Public Goods Crystal Spray Deodorant

Public Goods Crystal Spray Deodorant

Public Goods

What We Like
  • Kills odor-causing bacteria

  • Doesn't leave streaks

What We Don't Like
  • No scented option

Public Goods makes a fantastic pump option. This minimalist pump bottle contains bacteria-killing crystals (aka potassium alum) to prevent underarm stench. The clear formula won't leave any streaks behind either.

Active Ingredients: Potassium alum | Amount: 4 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Ursa Major Sublime Sage Natural Spray Deodorant

Ursa Major Sublime Sage Natural Spray Deodorant

Amazon

What We Like
  • TSA-approved size

  • Doesn't leave streaks

  • Nice scent

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Going on a trip? In addition to being small enough to pass TSA carry-on requirements for liquids, this spray bottle calls on pre- and probiotic enzymes to tackle funky-smelling germs, then leaves a delightful lemony sandalwood scent in its wake.

Active Ingredients: Saccharomyces ferment | Amount: 1.8 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Organic: EO Organic Lavendar Deodorant Spray

EO Organic Deodorant Spray

Walmart 

What We Like
  • Nice scent

  • Eco-conscious company

What We Don't Like
  • Not as effective as aluminum

This organic deodorant kills odor-causing bacteria with ethanol, then graces your underarms with a lovely lavender-grapefruit scent derived from pure essential oils.

Active Ingredients: Ethanol, essential oil blend | Amount: 4 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Long-Lasting: Degree Advanced Protection Deodorant Spray

Degree Advanced Protection Deodorant Spray

Amazon

What We Like
  • Absorbs odors

  • Prevents wetness

  • Lasts 72 hours

What We Don't Like
  • Contains BHT

If you need something to last you as long as possible, Degree Advanced Protection is your best bet. This no-nonsense antiperspirant keeps you dry and smelling fresh for up to 72 hours.

Active Ingredients: Aluminum sesquichlorohydrate | Amount: 3.8 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Full-Body: Visha Skincare Cheek 2 Feet Body Spray

Visha Body Spray

Amazon

What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Kills bacteria-causing odor

  • Dermatologist-developed

What We Don't Like
  • Some might find tea tree scent off-putting

When you need to freshen up post-workout or don't have time for a shower, reach for Visha's Cheek 2 Feet. This deodorizing body spray leans on tea tree oil and witch hazel to expel the stinky bacteria in your sweat while alcohol absorbs odors.

Active Ingredients: SD alcohol 40, witch hazel, tea tree oil | Amount: 4 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Final Verdict

Our top pick is Dove Original Antiperspirant Dry Spray, a long-lasting, dermatologist-approved formula that tackles both wetness and body odors. But if you want something without fragrance and aluminum, or just prefer a pump bottle, go with Public Goods Crystal Deodorant Spray.

Meet the Expert

New York dermatologist Hysem Eldik, MD, of Marmur Medical in New York, treats a broad range of skin-related conditions, including excessive sweating.

What to Look For in a Spray Deodorant

Ingredients

Many deodorants rely on things like mineral salts, aluminum, or alcohol to offer odor protection. And they may be scented using essential oils or synthetic fragrances. Some of these ingredients may be irritating, so be sure to scan the label for potential irritants before buying. And talk to your primary care provider if your skin gets irritated after you use a new product. 

Long-lasting protection

Most deodorants promise odor protection lasting anywhere from 12–72 hours. So if you’re looking for enduring coverage, keep an eye out for options in the 48- or 72-hour range. (Otherwise, just remember to reapply frequently!)

Antiperspirant

If you’re hoping to cut down on sweat as well as odor, you might want a deodorant that doubles as an antiperspirant. Not all deodorants do. So be sure to keep an eye out for the word antiperspirant, either in the product name or description.

FAQ
  • How do I know which deodorant is best for me?

    You'll want to decide on a new deodorant based on two factors: whether you're seeking antiperspirant coverage or not too, and how intense and long-lasting you want coverage to be. Antiperspirants make that clear on the label, and if you want a longer-lasting product, look for words like "shower to shower" or "extra-strength."

  • Is spray deodorant bad for lungs?

    You definitely don't want to intentionally inhale any spray product, whether deodorant or hairspray. If you're a healthy person, the amount of fumes from spray deodorant shouldn't be concerning. However, if you have asthma or other breathing problems, you may want to opt for a stick deodorant.

  • Is it bad to wear deodorant everyday?

    It's totally normal and acceptable to wear deodorant everyday. If you're worried about over-applying deodorant, experts suggest using it at night instead of in the morning, for it to be as effective as possible.

  • Why do my armpits smell no matter what deodorant I use?

    If you feel like deodorant isn't properly cutting down your body odor, you might not be using the right product for you. Some experts think it's best to have a deodorant wardrobe. That's because your needs may vary depending on the weather, time of year, your stress and activity levels, and more.

Why Trust Byrdie

Theresa Holland is a commerce writer specializing in cosmetics, lifestyle, and wellness. She interviewed a dermatologist for this story, who offered product recommendations and insight into ingredients. Before making the final selections, she looked at dozens of options and referenced several peer-reviewed studies on deodorant effectiveness. Of the above brands, Theresa has personally tried products from Dove, Degree, Nivia, Public Goods, Sure, and Ursa Major.

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