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’m a sweater, which is not very attractive. I’ve tried so many natural deodorants and found that, while many smell nice, few work as antiperspirants. Schmidt’s keeps me dry. I notice no visible sweat, and even in warmer climates, I’m sure I am still dry when I wear it. Rose vanilla is my favorite scent: It smells nice, you know it’s there, but it’s not overpowering.” — The Strategist, May 2019
“A unicorn product. I’ve worn it for years. It’s just a non-aluminum based earthy, artsy-fartsy deodorant that fucking works. There’s nothing like the crystal reek you get after an hour and a half when you’re trying to avoid aluminum. That doesn’t happen with this. It used to be this annoyingly crunchy paste, but now they make it in stick form — the flavors are lovely and down to Earth. The rose one is just great because if you sweat in it, you smell like a rose instead of cat urine. I’ve worn it for 14 or 15 hours under hot lights, so I’m a believer.” — The Strategist, November 2017
“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
“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 definitely use deodorant every day—the Pomegranate Crystal Essence Natural Protection Mineral Deodorant. I think it works, but I’m also not very sweaty. You have to use it for about a week and then it starts working. That’s the only one I can use because I don’t want armpit cancer.” — Into the Gloss, March 2014 (Chung also told The Strategist about 8 other products she can’t live without.)
“I’m also a sucker for the Crystal Deodorant, but I prefer the spray because I don’t like to have to get the stick wet in the sink.” — Elle, January 2019