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Welcome to our big deodorant test 2022. Here we present all the deodorants we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best deodorant for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a deodorant.




The most important facts

  • Deodorants come in a wide range of fragrances, from sweet to characteristic.
  • Unlike antiperspirants, deodorants do not prevent perspiration. In everyday life, however, the two product names are used synonymously.
  • Deodorants come in different forms. You can buy them in liquid or solid form or as a spray.

The best Deo: Our Picks

We looked at various products and compared them with each other. These deodorants are our favourites:

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a deo

What is deodorant?

A deodorant is a care product that is supposed to eliminate unpleasant body odour (in the form of sweat), especially in the armpits.

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Deodorant is perfect for preventing and masking unpleasant body odours. (Image source: 123rf.com / 28987926)

The bad odour is masked by various fragrances and some ingredients also ensure that the bacteria that contribute to the formation of odours are strongly regulated.

Deodorants that contain aluminium also inhibit sweat production by applying a thin layer of this substance to the sweat glands, thus closing them off.

How is a deo used?

Unlike an antiperspirant, there is no specific time of day to apply a deo. However, it is recommended to apply the deodorant directly after washing or after the morning shower.

Depending on the form of deodorant, you spray or apply a layer of deodorant to your underarm skin. The drying time varies from product to product. For example, a roll-on deodorant needs much longer to work than a deodorant stick or spray.

Which deo is suitable for which skin type?

The choice of deo spray should be made according to your skin type, as the skin in the underarm area is more sensitive than other areas. We have provided an overview of the different skin types and their characteristics in case you don’t know your skin type.

Skin type characteristics
Normal skin characteristics for normal skin are: supple, fine-pored skin and a rosy complexion. Here you should use O/W products for care, that means products with little oil and a lot of water.
Dry skin Dry skin lacks moisture and is not very elastic and tends to itch. Here, products with a lot of oil and little water, i.e. W/O products, should be used.
Combination skin Combination skin is the mixture between normal and dry skin. The skin is shiny and tends to have impurities, especially in the T-zone between the forehead, nose and chin. W/O products should also be used here.
Oily skin Oily skin is characterised by shiny, large pores and a tendency to blackheads and pimples. For oily skin, you should use O/W products and facial toner containing alcohol.

What is the mode of action of a deo?

The main difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant is the way it works, because a deodorant only covers up bad odours, while an antiperspirant ensures that perspiration is suppressed.

So a normal deodorant does not reduce sweat! If you want dry underarms as well as a good scent, you should use an antiperspirant!

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Decision: What types of deodorants are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of deodorants:

  • Spray
  • Roll-on
  • Cream
  • Crystal
  • Stick

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the best deodorant for you.

What distinguishes a deo spray and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Together with the roll-on, the deodorant spray is probably one of the most popular deodorant variants. The simple and even application is only one reason to choose this product.

Advantages
  • Even distribution
  • Fresh feeling at the touch of a button
  • Convenient to take along
Disadvantages
  • Contains environmentally harmful greenhouse gases that pollute the ozone layer
  • Deodorants with alcohol can cause a burning sensation when applied directly after shaving

For people who sweat a lot, a deodorant is recommended that combines the fragrant properties of a deodorant with the antiperspirant properties.

What distinguishes a roll-on and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Many people find roll-on deodorants unhygienic because they come into direct contact with the skin. However, if the product is applied to clean skin directly after washing, this is not the case.

Advantages
  • Applied directly to the skin
  • Higher concentration of active ingredients
  • Provides an immediate feeling of freshness
Disadvantages
  • You have to wait until it is absorbed before putting it on
  • Not everyone likes the wet feeling after application

To avoid unsightly white marks, be sure to let the product soak in completely before getting dressed.

What are the characteristics of a deodorant cream and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As deodorant creams do not contain alcohol, they are particularly suitable for sensitive skin types.

Advantages
  • Very good for sensitive skin
  • No direct skin contact with the container
  • Can also be used well on hands and feet
Disadvantages
  • Some products can be a little greasy
  • Creams with paraffins do not allow the skin to breathe as well

Again, let the cream soak in well so that it can do its job on the one hand and there is no greasy residue on the skin or clothes on the other.

What distinguishes a deodorant crystal and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The crystal must be slightly moistened before use and is then applied directly to the underarm skin. Allow the crystal to dry thoroughly after use.

Advantages
  • Contains no preservatives
  • Does not leak
  • Is fragrance neutral
Disadvantages
  • High aluminium salt content
  • Can clog pores and cause spots under certain circumstances

They are completely odourless and develop their effect through the salts they contain, which prevent perspiration.

What distinguishes a deodorant stick and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Due to its consistency, the stick is a perfect holiday companion and does not cause any difficulties even in hand luggage, as it is a solid product.

Advantages
  • Non-drip consistency
  • Is applied directly to the skin
  • No feeling of wetness
Disadvantages
  • One tends to apply several times
  • Is often perceived as unhygienic

It is better not to apply the stick too thickly, so that it lasts longer and you do not run the risk of clogging the pores through excessive use.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate deodorants

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate deodorants. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective product.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Ingredients
  • Fragrance
  • Aluminium

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a device based on the criteria or not.

Ingredients

The ingredients always differ slightly according to the respective forms of deodorant:

Deodorant form ingredients
Spray mostly alcoholic active ingredients, fragrances, propellants, moisturising elements
Pump spray aqueous alcoholic solutions, perfume and glycols
Roll-ons emulsifiers, gel binders, disinfecting biocides (ethanol or chloride compounds), care components
Stick gel-like structure of soap and glycols, care and fragrances

If you prefer natural ingredients, you should use natural cosmetics or simply make your own deodorant. You can find instructions on how to do this below.

Fragrance

When it comes to fragrance, deodorants come in a range of styles and notes, from subtle to distinctive, and of course feminine and masculine fragrances. They can be roughly divided into :

  • Floral
  • Oriental
  • Citrusy
  • Aromatic
  • Woody

Most deodorants release their fragrance as soon as the wearer starts to sweat. Sweat stimulates the fragrance molecules contained in the deodorant, which are then dispersed and mask the unpleasant smell of perspiration.

Aluminium

There are deodorants with and without aluminium salts. If aluminium is contained, the deodorants are usually called antiperspirants because they ensure that the armpits remain dry.

Aluminium is also contained in deodorant crystals; the list of ingredients often contains the term “alum” or “alum”, which also includes aluminium compounds.

As the ingredient aluminium is nowadays often criticised for causing breast cancer or dementia, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment recommends that an adult should not consume more than one milligram of aluminium per kilo of body weight per week.

According to a toxicologist, however, this amount is probably already exceeded by the application of one dose of antiperspirant, without taking other environmental influences into account.

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