Don’t sweat it: I tried & tested 7 deodorants for you

The last thing you want to worry about during the summer months is shvitzing all over the show. I’ve been working my way through all the deodorants in my beauty cupboard to help you find the best buys, reviewing the products based on efficacy, scent, and whether or not they caused any irritation. Take a look.

Top choice: Nivea Protect & Care Anti-Perspirant

R19,99 for 50ml roll-on

This new launch from Nivea promises 48-hour protection with a mild, alcohol-free formulation. I really liked the fresh, clean scent which is similar to the Nivea Creme, and I found it worked well to keep me dry throughout the day even during hot and humid weather. I also found that this product didn’t irritate my skin at all and my underarms felt soft and comfortable.

It’s also nice and affordable so overall I give it a thumbs up.

Shield MotionSense Anti-Perspirant in Fresh Confidence

R28,99 for 50ml roll-on

This is a clever innovation from Shield. The anti-perspirant has been formulated with motion technology – tiny micro-capsules that burst when activated by friction, releasing a fresh scent. That means when you’re moving around, you get a release of fragrance. Clever.

It is a really effective roll-on. In general Shield is a good option if you need something stronger. I did experience some slight itchiness and irritation after wearing it for a week, so be careful if you have sensitive skin. I should also mention that Shield has a tendency to stain white clothes. I wasn’t crazy about this specific fragrance either (this was the product we received at the launch), which I found a bit too powdery and musk-driven. However there are other variants in the range that are more appealing.

Mitchum Advanced Anti Perspirant in Oxygen

R31,95 for 50ml roll-on

This alcohol-free formulation gives you 48-hour protection and it has a lovely fresh, bright scent. I found it perfectly effective, keeping me dry throughout the day. I felt some slight irritation after a few days but I could live with it. I prefered the roll-on variant to the gel stick, which I found became a bit messy after a couple of uses.

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Dove Original Anti-Perspirant

R19,95 for 50ml roll-on

I think this is an effective and affordable product and I was specifically drawn to the fresh, subtle fragrance. It is alcohol-free, kept my dry all day and I experienced no irritation while using it.

Go natural: Earthsap Lavender & Rosemary Deodorant

R49 for 50ml roll-on, supermarkets and faithful-to-nature.co.za

I have tried a couple of “natural” deodorants and mostly I have been let down. This one was surprisingly effective. There were times when it didn’t keep me completely dry but it did neutralise bad odours and most of the time it kept sweat under control as well.

It contains cetyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol derived from coconuts that isn’t irritating in the way that SD, denatured or ethyl alcohol is. It has also been formulated with nourishing vegetable glycerine, sunflower, soybean and wheatgerm extract, and lavender & rosemary oil as fragrances.

Overall I was really impressed with this product and would definitely reach for it again if I want to opt for a natural deodorant.

Garnier Mineral Invisible Anti-Perspirant

R15,15 for 50ml roll-on

One of my pet peeves around deodorants is the fact that it stains my clothes. This one from Garnier is anti marks/stains/ fading, and it really didn’t leave any residue or yellow marks on my clothes. It is alcohol-free, has a lovely fresh scent, and it kept me dry all day.

I did experience quite a bit of irritation after a few days of continuous wear though so steer clear if you have sensitive skin.

Vichy Anti-Perspirant Treatment for Intense Perspiration

R170 for 50ml roll-on

This deodorant is alcohol-free and has been formulated to reduce intense perspiration without irritating sensitive skin. It was effective at keeping me dry, had a lovely fresh scent and I didn’t experience any irritation while using it.

I do find the price a bit steep for a deodorant however.


I hope this post helps you pick the best deo on your next trip to the shops. If you have any other recommendations, comments or queries, please pop them in the section below. I would love to hear from you.

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