The Best Deodorants for Body Odor

While sweating is both healthy and natural, most of us can do without the odor that accompanies sweat. Human perspiration is actually odorless. It's the bacteria on the skin that causes body odor when it comes in contact with sweat dripping from the pores. Most body odor can be thwarted with over-the-counter deodorants, which both mask the odor with fragrance and combat the bacteria that cause the smell.

Deodorants combat the bacteria that cause body odor. Credit: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant and Deodorant

Secret's Clinical Strength Antiperspirant and Deodorant is recommended by as their best overall choice to combat body odor and named by Real Simple as the best heavy-duty deordorant. This deodorant is just a notch below prescription strength, and a single application can last for an entire day or longer. It also contains moisturizing agents, which combat the dry skin and irritation that may accompany other brands.

Ban Shower Fresh

Esquire magazine named Ban's Shower Fresh as one of the best deodorants for men. They particularly like the clean and soapy smell that combats body odor all day. It's available as an invisible solid, and also contains antiperspirant agents to help control sweating.

Gillette Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant

Consumer Search also recommends the Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant from Gillette, especially for heavy sweaters. The Gillette deodorant is also just below prescription strength, and it is available in 1.7 oz. rub-on sticks. The active ingredient in this mix is aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex, and it has been shown to reduce wetness and odor for an entire day after application. It also contains a scent that leaves you smelling fresh throughout the day.

Suave Everlasting Sunshine Clinical Protection PROsolid

Real Simple singled out Suave Everlasting Sunshine Clinical Protection PROsolid as the longest-lasting deodorant for women. Suave's antiperspirant-deodorant has a light floral and vanilla scent and should keep you dry and smelling sweet for 24 hours.

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