Finding the right deodorant can be a tricky enterprise (one we’ve tackled numerous times before), so we’ve decided to crowdsource the problem by tracking down the deodorants of various famous people, some of whom spoke directly to us and some of whom have talked about their favorites elsewhere. Below, 19 celebrities on their favorite stink repellers, from Erykah Badu on crystal deodorant to Jessica Alba on Alba Organics (no relation).
“I won’t lie. If I have to walk a red carpet or give a big presentation, I’m reaching for that trustworthy but toxin-filled Big Name Super-Strong Antiperspirant. You can’t risk pit stains in those high-pressure situations, and the nontoxic deodorant formulas just aren’t there yet. For now, my strategy is to layer my conventional antiperspirant over a natural, nontoxic deodorant (Alba Organics—no relation!—is my current favorite.) I figure that way I’ve got a layer of from the aluminum and triclosan in most mainstream brands. On regular days, it’s natural all the way.” — The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, 2013
Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief, Allure
“My first foray into the world of natural deodorant several years ago left me seriously disappointed. It was stinky and sticky and pilled into little white balls. Needless to say, I was not eager to give it another go. To my surprise, however, I fell in love with two products: Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant Cream [Editor’s note: We have many fans of this one] and Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Lavender & Sage, which both smell lovely. Application is still not as roll-and-go as most people like. But they’re a great addition to my cabinet for days when I’m not, say, doing any public speaking or running three miles in balmy weather with a hangover.” — Allure, March 2017
“Both [Naturally Fresh and Schmidt’s] deodorants are the best ever. The Schmidt’s one is a miracle. Just a pea-sized amount of the cream takes care of everything. It’s so good with odor— even if you don’t have time to take a shower it helps. I do notice that it can stain white clothes yellow, so when I’m wearing white I use the Naturally Fresh deodorant.” — Allure, January 2016
“There is a natural deodorant I use called Fat and the Moon. It’s a really small company, but it’s wonderful. It’s a little pot of deodorant I keep with me — it’s like coconut oil and baking soda, so it moisturizes and stays on, but it also soaks all the bacteria and takes away the [odor], and then there are a couple of essential oils in there, which are amazing.” — Refinery29, April 2016
“I have Old Spice deodorant for work. I don’t want Jennifer Lawrence to faint. I wore cologne from when I was, like, 8. First it was Polo, like my father. Then Drakkar Noir. Then it was Banana Republic Classic. My first girlfriend loved the smell, so I wore it for her. Then I hosted this trek show, and we were gone for three weeks, and I started to smell myself. And I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s what I smell like? I kind of like it.’” — People, November 2011
“I don’t understand this analogy, none of this applies to me, this is clearly made for not marketed to me, and yet I love this deodorant until I die. It’s the eastbound and down of deodorants.” — Facebook, January 2014 (Referring to the quote on the back of the Old Spice stick, “For the man who knows that when you make it to the end zone, you act like you’ve never been there before.”)
“I’ve been using this unscented deodorant for a million years and I’ve never had any problems with it. I appreciate that it’s a roll-on. Somehow it works even though it doesn’t have aluminum that regular deodorants do. I have to say, though, I’m not a big sweater, so I don’t think I’m in need of something incredibly heavy-duty. Actually, my boyfriend sweats a lot, and he uses it, too — I mean, he uses his own, obviously.” — The Strategist, November 2016
“I put it on, I went running … Nothing! Perfect. I want to applaud my new sponsor—I don’t know where you guys are from, I don’t understand your formula, I don’t know why you got it right, but I am no longer using Dry Idea, I am using Crystal Rock Deodorant, exclusively—this is not a paid for commercial.” — The Howard Stern Show, July 2012
“Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are my usual workout days. I have a trainer come in and we do stairs and weights. I’m kind of old-school with the workouts because that’s what works for my body. And I use Secret Deodorant. I know that’s really bad and I should be using some type of aluminum-free deodorant, but I don’t want to smell bad!” — Into the Gloss, February 2014
“When it comes to natural deodorant, I don’t use anything with aluminum, but I also find that the natural deodorants are never strong enough! With other natural deos, I always felt like my skin was dry, but Judy Greer recommended this to me (I guess she’s my deodorant guru). She told me it’s the only one that works, and it’s true. I don’t have to reapply. It’s all-natural. It’s light and smells good. I do everything Judy Greer tells me to do.” — The Strategist, February 2017
“I also put on my deodorant, which now, I’m loving the Degree Ultraclear Black + White Dry Spray, because I can get ready from the gym and even sometimes in the car without worrying about any marks on my clothes.” — The Cut, June 2017
“You have to stroke underarms 100 times on each times. But then you don’t have to put no more on for three days. If you don’t know how to use your rock deodorant do something different. It’s a crystal, it’s an actual crystal. It neutralizes the skin. It has to send a signal to the big brain so neurologically you can stop being musty.” — The Breakfast Club Power 105.1, November 2015
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best women’s jeans, rolling luggage, bed sheets, coffee makers, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.
Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.
Get the best of The Strategist delivered to your inbox.