Nothing says "tried and true" like an endorsement from some of the best-smelling people we know. As follows are the results of an archive deep dive into the Top Shelf corner of the site for deodorant recs—the best of the best for your next basketball game, night out on the town, or stressful situation.
Emily Weiss: “I’ve been wearing Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deodorant, which is the weirdest choice because it has a coordinating fragrance and body wash. Lady deodorants can smell a little bit like feminine-hygiene products, but it works so well.”
Joséphine de la Baume: “I love Shiseido products—I use Shiseido deodorant; it just smells really good. I think a deodorant is just as important as a perfume, you know? Have you ever made out with someone and then you smell their deodorant and you’re so repulsed? [Laughs] It’s just something to think about. This one smells good and it works. I’m terrible because I should use one that’s more organic, but then again, I don’t know how much those organic crystal ones are just marketing. I’ve tried a couple, and I don’t think they work so well, and they’re messy. I would rather smell good than smell like an onion.”
Alexa Chung: “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.”
Brendan Fallis: "My girlfriend told me to try her crystal deodorant. I was a little nervous that it would do nothing because it has no scent. I also had a few 'hair-pulling' experiences (I didn't realize you need to moisten the stick before use). It works so well, though. And, even though I use it daily, in the last year it doesn't look like I've even used any, so it's affordable too!"
Hannah Bronfman: “I use Weleda—it’s a rose spray. I’m very picky about my deodorants. I probably didn’t wear one for a long time because it’s hard for me to find one that works well with my body, and this is amazing. I’m really into it.”
Alessandra Codhina: "I’ve been using this Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient antiperspirant cream and I like it, but it’s weird, because you have to wait and let it dry, and I’m just standing there nude with this cream in my armpits, but then when it’s dry, it just works."
Ana Kras: “I don’t like regular deodorants because they have some ingredients that are really bad, and the white streak thing is gross. Then my aunt from Stockholm got me a piece of rock. At first I was skeptical because it was a rock, but she told me to wet it. It was great, you could wear synthetic clothes and still never smell bad.”