I Put These Deodorants Through the Ultimate Experiment

When it comes to deodorants, we all have our favourites. Some of us swear by antiperspirant aerosols no matter how many people they choke in the changing rooms in the process. Some prefer the heavyweight chemical-laden drugstore cream deodorants. And then there's the natural guard: Those who look for labels that omit dubious aluminium, opting for the smell-masking power of natural botanical ingredients instead. But which deodorant is the best?

I decided to get (mildly) scientific about this whole thing and devise an experiment that would crown the winner once and for all. So I gathered together a selection of the deodorants I see most often in kit bags at the gym as well as the ones the Byrdie UK team swears by and put them through what is arguably one of the most hardcore challenges any deodorant could ever face: a spin class. Keep scrolling to find out how I devised my experiment.


Over the course of five days, I attended a 45-minute spin class at London's Boom Cycle (a class known for its relentless high intensity—if you live in London, I recommend you try it) to test each one. I showered before each class to set a level playing ground and applied no more deodorant than I usually would each day. I even got pretty technical, calling upon a calorie tracker as a measurement of how hard I pushed myself in each session. You've got to be fair about these things.

Now I'm not saying you should skip out of the gym and into the office without even a splash of the shower in between. Of course, you shouldn't. But what I am saying is that if these deodorants can withstand a sweaty spin class without leaving me in a puddle of sweat and smell, then they'd have little bother seeing you through that big presentation, jam-packed tube ride or even a nerve-racking first date.

Now for the results. Keep scrolling to find out which deodorants passed (and failed) the spin test.