From metrosexuals to manscaping, the guys’ grooming industry has exploded in the last decade or two. But even if you’re not the kind of dude who follows a Patrick Bateman-esque regimen of toners and masks, your deodorant is due for an upgrade.
Yes, “best-smelling deodorant” is an oxymoron. But these nine deodorants are the perfect blend of scent and protection.
MALIN + GOETZ “EUCALYPTUS” DEODORANT
You’re not 16 anymore, and you don’t want to smell like a 16 year old. Malin + Goetz offers this fresh, subtle scent for dudes who want to impress the women they’re close with … not every Tom, Dick, and Harry within a two-block radius.
ACQUA DI PARMA “COLONIA” DEODORANT
What George Clooney probably wears. This citrus-scented deodorant is for the man who wants to smell like he just showered … on his yacht … docked somewhere on Lake Como.
TAYLOR OF OLD BOND STREET SANDALWOOD DEODORANT
There are two types of people in this world: those who love the smell of sandalwood (woody, creamy), and those who shrug their shoulders. Many, many people fall into the first category. This is one of the few sandalwood-forward deodorants on the market from one of the grand old names in men’s grooming.
JOHN VARVATOS “VINTAGE FRAGRANCE” DEODORANT
A spiced, earthy scent that doesn’t overpower, this offering from cologne-maker John Varvatos is a classy upgrade from the overly musked sticks you’d find in drug stores and supermarkets.
JACK BLACK “PIT BOSS”
Strong in every sense, this is a great deodorant for a guy who needs serious odor masking and likes to substitute his underarm stick for cologne, not supplement it.
POLO “BLUE” DEODORANT
A classic, refined scent combined with an alcohol-free deodorant that won’t irritate sensitive skin. It would be very at home in a country club locker room next to your Omega and a few shelves above your Topsiders.
CAROLINA HERRERA “212” DEODORANT
Its scent is perfect—and perfectly subtle—for summer. Cut grass and citrus above some spicy, mossy undertones. Not inconsequential: chicks dig it.
ENGLISH LAUNDRY “SIGNATURE” DEODORANT
Old-school cologne notes of bergamot and cedar are propped up with lemon and lavender. The kind of scent that will smell a little different on everyone—but great on anyone.
MENSCIENCE “ADVANCED” DEODORANT
Some dudes want their cologne to make a statement for them without a lot of side-chatter from their other grooming products. For those men, the best-smelling deodorant is the one that doesn’t smell at all. This Menscience offering is also free of aluminum, a known skin irritant and possible carcinogen.