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One of the perks of being a runner is that lovely post-run stench—and it really comes into full bloom after long runs. But running doesn’t have to be a smelly affair! After testing armpitfuls of formulas, we promise one of our six favorites will leave you feeling shower fresh, even during the dog days.
Secret Clinical Strength Sport Fresh
$12 for 2.6 oz., secret.com
Pros: It’s available in four forms—smooth solid, clear gel, invisible solid and spray—and it works harder the more you sweat. This deodorant-antiperspirant combo fights smell with scent and is available at all major grocery stores.
Cons: If you grab either solid choice, there is potential for those annoying white streaks on your favorite dark shirt.
Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant Fresh Apricot
$5 for 2.25 oz., tomsofmaine.com
Pros: We love Tom’s for the unique and pleasant scents they offer, including lemongrass and lavender. But fresh apricot takes the bite out of any post-run stink.
Cons: It leaves you slightly sticky and goes on more like a gel than a white solid.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Lavender
$14 for 2 oz., lavanila.com
Pros: The stylish packaging complements the elegant mix of vanilla and lavender in this all-natural choice. Go for the “Spring Deo Trio” on the website and grab grapefruit and lemon for $30 extra.
Cons: The natural formula yields a higher price point, and some white streaks may sneak onto your darker shirts.
Easiest to Apply
Dermadoctor Total Nonscents Ultra-Gentle Antiperspirant
$22 for 3 oz., dermadoctor.com
Pros: Heavy sweaters, take note! The rounded roll-on is easy to apply, with quick-drying results that last all day (really!).
Cons: This is a scent-free, non-deodorant choice—which means that sweat is blocked, but natural morning breath from your pits may need a little extra attention. We like combining it with our favorite deodorant for a long-lasting, sweet-smelling, double-duty result.
Best All Natural
Earth Science Naturals Natural Deodorant Tea Tree & Lavender
$7 for 2.45 oz., earthsciencenaturals.com
Pros: The gentle lavender scent of the aluminum-free product left testers feeling fresh —and the price point is friendlier for a natural choice.
Cons: The application process is a bit runny—body heat is quick to melt the clear gel upon contact. It’s best worn with shirts loose around the upper arm area.
Lady Speed Stick Invisible Dry Powder Fresh
$4 for 2.3 oz., colgate.com
Pros: This less-expensive option leaves more room in your budget for running gear while minimizing odor worries with its delicate fragrance.
Cons: White residue is a potential with this glider—we recommend applying it on completely dry skin and sporting with a tank or light-colored tee.