Like many people who choose to wear deodorant, I used to base my purchases on how nice I thought something smelled. Sometimes that led me to great products, that were cheap, went on effortlessly, and left me smelling like a tropical vacation. Other times, not so much. It took me years to figure out that the best deodorants for women can actually do more than just smell like fruit or flowers. In fact, some of the best deodorants for women can be found in the men's section — because sweat nor scent discriminate against gender. (Hello, sandalwood and cedar!)
Unlike antiperspirants, which are used to prevent sweat, deodorants are formulated to stop the bacteria that cause odors. Since sweat itself isn't what causes odor, it all comes down to your body's unique flora — the natural bacteria that live on the skin's surface. Because our armpits are moist, warm, and prone to sweat, they're pretty much ground zero for bacteria, which can be both good and bad, and some of which can be odor-causing.
Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with odor — many people prefer their natural scent, and wearing deodorant isn't mandatory. But, if you'd rather minimize body-odors, finding a reliable deodorant that is safe and effective, well, that is easier said than done.
Scents aside, a great deodorant can nourish your skin, soothe irritation, and for the eco-conscious, the animal-lovers, or the chemical-adverse the ingredient list can even suit your lifestyle.