Unless you’re a man or European, you’ve likely never tried spray deodorant. Since the ‘70s, North American women have been slathering their armpits with creams, sticks, gels, crystals and roll-ons while the rest of the world simply spritzed—and not without reason. When aerosol deodorants were first introduced to the market, many contained chlorofluorocarbons, which released chlorine into the atmosphere and damaged the ozone layer. Today, these have been replaced by less harmful chemical additives, encouraging a new generation of sprays.
So, why switch over? While other popular types of deodorant are still effective, there are a few benefits to using a spray. First, it’s super easy. Just point and shoot. Also, most are made with quick dry formulas that absorb faster than, say, a traditional stick. So, you don’t have to worry about staining your clothes, and you’ll get that immediate fresh feeling. Also, you can share sprays without feeling gross. Hands up if you’ve forgotten to bring your deodorant to the gym or on a business trip. With a spray it’s not weird asking someone if you can borrow a spritz. It’s kind of like sharing perfume.
Thinking of giving it a try? Here are some of the most popular options on the market right now:
This old-school beauty trend is making a serious comeback
Dove Dry Spray in Cool EssentialsWhy try it: No wet armpits here! This stuff goes on dry, but it is infused with moisturizers so pits are smooth and never flaky.
Lasts: Up to 48 hours
$6 at Walmart Dove
Weleda Rose DeodorantWhy try it: Kate Hudson uses this spray, which smells like a garden and is free of antiperspirants like aluminum salts.
Lasts: The bottle suggests reapplying throughout the day, so not very long if you’re doing a lot of activities.
$19 at Well.ca Weleda
Weleda Citrus DeodorantWhy try it: This uses lemon peel oil to purify pits and is travel-sized for easy re-application.
Lasts: The less active you are the longer it lasts.
$12 at Well.ca Weleda
Erbaviva Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant SprayWhy try it: An organic formula with essential oils like sandalwood, ginger and grapefruit that reduces perspiration and naturally fights underarm bacteria
Lasts: Reviews claim it will get you through a sweaty Power yoga class.
$20 at Erbaviva Erbaviva
5. Aubrey Calendula Blossom DeodorantWhy try it: Calendula oil, antioxidant vitamin E and arnica get rid of odor-causing bacteria, while calamine keeps things nice and dry.
Lasts: According to customer reviews, this lasts all day—even when you’re gardening!
$9 at Erbaviva Aubrey
Bumble & Bee Organic Lemongrass Rosemary Natural Spray DeodorantWhy try it: Instead of chemicals, this spray uses quadruple-distilled grain spirits, organic lemongrass and rosemary essential oil to combat stank.
Lasts: All day they say.
$11 at Bumble & Bee Organics
Degree Women MotionSense Sheer Powder Dry Spray AntiperspirantWhy try it: It’s instantly dry after you spray it, since it contains a sheer formula that won’t leave smudges on clothes.
Lasts: 48 hours of protection
$5 at Walmart Degree
Aesop DeodorantWhy try it: It’s aluminum-free and contains eleven essential oils including lavender, eucalyptus and clove to keep smells at bay.
Lasts: Recommend re-applying every few hours
$35 at Aesop
The Green Beaver Company Lavender Deodorant SprayWhy try it: An unbeatable combo of sage oil and Canadian-grown organic Labrador tea eliminates existing odours in addition to preventing new ones.
Lasts: You’ll be good all day long.
$8 at The Green Beaver Company The Green Beaver Company
EO Organic Deodorant SprayWhy try it: Vetiver, bergamot, grapefruit, geranium, lavender and cedar wood oils create a cooling sensation under your arms and will leave you feeling fresh.
Lasts: Apply throughout the day for little bursts of freshness
$8 at Well.ca EO
Lafe's Organic Just For Mom Deodorant SprayWhy try it: Designed specifically for expectant mothers, the organic formula is packaged in baby-safe, BPA-free plastic.
Lasts: Full 24-hour protection
$11 at Well.ca Lafe
Crystal Essence Lavender & White Tea Body SprayWhy try it: A combo of lavender and white tea creates a relaxing scent while fighting odour.
Lasts: Reapply as needed
$6 at Well.ca Crystal Essence
Sukin Natural DeodorantWhy try it: Aluminum and paraben-free, this spray is infused with tangerine, mandarin and lavender oils and vanilla extract to leave you smelling and feeling fresh and clean.
Lasts: From morning to night, reviews claim
$12 at Well.ca Sukin
Mirai Purifying & Deodorizing Body SpritzerWhy try it: Japanese persimmon extract eliminates odours while green tea and astaxanthin keep you fresh all day long.
Lasts: 24-hour protection
$14 at Mirai Mirai