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12 Most Popular Body Powders for Men

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Body powders are one of the best kept secrets of the well-groomed man. They keep you fresh, dry, and smelling good.

A body powder (sometimes referred to as talc) is going to absorb moisture, prevent chaffing, relieve itching, and soothe any skin irritation; it's perfect for guys who are on-the-gone, prone to sweating, or live in humid climates.

All you have to do is sprinkle a little bit of powder on the areas of your body that collect moisture (under arms, pubic area, feet).

For you single men out there, this is a must have before you go out on date night, especially if you're expecting any sort of romantic interlude; you'll really peak the interest of your date with private parts that smell of seduction.

If you happen to be on of these guys that use baby powder--stop. It doesn't smell right on a grown man, so if this is you, it's time to graduate to the big boy powders. There are some really awesome body powders on the market; one my personal favorites is Balla Powder.

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Anti Monkey Butt Powder
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Anti Monkey Butt Powder
Anti Monkey Butt Powder with Calamine
Anti Monkey Butt Powder with Calamine
Amazon Price: $4.24
List Price: $8.99

Anti Monkey Butt Powder

Anti Monkey Butt Powder was introduced to the market in 2003 as an all-over body powder to help absorb excess sweat and reduce frictional skin irritation.

This brand of powder is ideal for for butt busting activities such as truck driving, motorcycling, bicycling, horse back riding, and extreme sports. It provides temporary relief from itching and soreness related to chaffing.

The main ingredients are talc powder, calamine powder (for anti-itching/anti-chaffing), and fragrance. The fragrance is said to be a floral scent (an odd choice for a product primarily marketed to men I think).

I've never tried this powder, but compared to some of the other powders on the market, I think this is a generic brand, nonetheless, a great product, based on many 5-star customer ratings featured at Amazon.

Anti Monkey Butt Anti Friction Powder retails for $8.17 on Amazon.

Balla Powder
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Balla Powder
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Balla Powder Talc For Men, Original 100 g
Balla Powder Talc For Men, Original 100 g
Amazon Price: $13.50
List Price: $15.00

Balla Powder

Balla Powder is one of my personal favorites, and a powder I use regularly. It's relatively new to the market compared to some of the others, and is considered a more premium brand of talc.

Balla Powder is marketed primarily for use on your balls--yes, that's right, your scrotal sac. However, it's really an all-over powder, and can be used anywhere...Balla just markets it as a ball powder I think to get more attention and customers.

The main ingredients are talc and zinc--the powder is ultra fine and smooth so it glides well onto the body. Balla offers the product in the original scent, an unscented formula, and get this, a tingle formula! Yes, you can make your balls tingle with talc. I have tried the tingle formula and it does feel good, but the tingle doesn't last that long. Today, I just use the original formula.

I love the smell of the original formula, it's a cool, masculine scent--perfect for a guy, and it really does keep your jewels dry and ultra smooth.

Balla Powder retails for $12.99 on Amazon.

Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Talc
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Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Talc
Caswell-Massey - Sandalwood Talc 3.5 oz.
Caswell-Massey - Sandalwood Talc 3.5 oz.
Amazon Price: $15.95
List Price: $12.00

Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Talc

If you're looking for a powder that's a bit more distinct in scent, then you may want to try the Casswell-Massey Sandalwood Talc.

This finely textured Italian talc is exotically scented with the sandalwood scent. The only ingredients in this powder are the talc itself and the sandalwood fragrance.

You'll find that this is another highly-rated, 5-star body powder out there. Some men report that the scent is too pronounced, but there are others who also say that it's just right and not too strong.

Personally, I have not tried this powder, but would love to because I do like the exotic smell of sandalwood.

Caswell-Massey - Sandalwood Talc retails for $22 on Amazon.

Clubman Pinaud
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Clubman Pinaud
Clubman Pinaud Finest Talc Powder, 9 Ounce (Pack of 3)
Clubman Pinaud Finest Talc Powder, 9 Ounce (Pack of 3)
Amazon Price: $9.11
List Price: $14.97

Clubman Pinaud

Manufacturing talc for over 200 years, Clubman Pinaud is probably one of the most well-known talcs given it's heritage (though I do consider this to be a generic talc).

This is basically the talc the barbershop uses--it's your grandfather's talc (not a bad thing, just different), but I'm not sure the scent is as modern as many of the up-and-coming metrosexuals would prefer. I would suspect that the target audience for this type of talc skews 50+.

This is an all-over talc, so can be used all over your body. Key ingredients include Talc, Zinc Stearate, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Zinc Oxide. The most obvious thing about the ingredients, is there is so many of them, and that makes me wonder if this really is the best for skin (especially if you're looking for something that's going to help with any skin irritation).

However, Clubman Pinaud does have a strong following, and there's no shortage of high-praise among die-hard loyalists.

Clubman Pinaud Talc retails for $6.39 on Amazon.

Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder
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Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder
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Gold Bond Ultimate Body Powder, Comfort, Aloe, 10 oz.
Gold Bond Ultimate Body Powder, Comfort, Aloe, 10 oz.
Amazon Price: $3.54
List Price: $7.30

Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder

Gold Bond has really changed a lot over recent years--it's not the same company with those corny jock-itch commercials. They really have stepped up their marketing and product awareness to reach a broader audience.

I think a lot of men were turned off by those commercials in the 80s (thinking that it was only a jock-itch product, when in reality, Gold Bond is no different than some of the other powders, in that it's an "all-over" powder that can be used anywhere to prevent chaffing and skin irritation while absorbing moisture.

I never had a chance to smell the Gold Bond powder of the 80s (that was marketed for jock itch), but the new stuff they are making now in the white bottle smells wonderful. It's a fresh, clean scent that's a bit alluring I think.

This is a talc-free formula, so no talc--it's all finely textured corn starch. However, I will say that even finely textured corn starch doesn't feel as smooth as talc to me (and perhaps I just haven't felt the right kind of cornstarch powder).

This is a great body powder though--can be used all over, works well, rubs on smooth, and smells great. The scent is the best thing going for this product--it truly is unique, and something your significant other will notice.

Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder retails for $7.87 on Amazon

Gold Bond Medicated Powder
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Gold Bond Medicated Powder
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Gold Bond Triple Action Medicated Body Powder -- 10 oz
Gold Bond Triple Action Medicated Body Powder -- 10 oz
Amazon Price: $5.75
List Price: $8.99

Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder

Gold Bond is an iconic American brand that has been around for over a hundred years.

Gold Bond also offers a medicated powder that can be used daily and all over your body. It comes in an original formula and extra strength.

There are two active ingredients in this powder that make it special: menthol (anti-itch) and zinc oxide (skin protectant).

This medicated powder is quite popular and known to relieve discomfort from minor cuts, sunburn, insect bites, scrapes, prickly heat, minor burns, rashes, minor skin irritations, and will even dry oozing of poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

They also offer the same medicated product but with a cooling effect, in addition to a foot powder.

Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder retails for $9.48 on Amazon.

Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder
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Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder
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Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder

Jack Black is a premium skin care line for men, and one of two men's skin care lines that's making body powder for men (the other is Matte for Men, shown further down).

Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder is an all over powder, like most other powders, designed to minimize chaffing, absorb moisture, and relieve any discomfort from skin irritation (and this formula does that all naturally).

This powder is a talc-free formula made from ultra-fine pure cornstarch and certified organic cucumber, green tea, and lavender. There are no parabens, fragrance, or colorants; this is the best option for guys who have sensitive skin.

I have not tried this product, but the reviews are somewhat mixed on this. Some men love it and love the smell, and then there are some guys that like the powder, but don't like the smell. I'm usually on the fence when it comes to certain organic scents. I'd have to smell this before I buy it...nonetheless, Jack Black is a wonderful and well-known men's skin care line, so I don't doubt that it's a great powder.

Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder retails for $19 on Amazon.

Jewel Dust Body Powder for Men
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Jewel Dust Body Powder for Men
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Jewel Dust Body Powder for Men

Jewel Dust is one of the newest talc powders to come to market--the company first introduced it's product in 2007. Similar to Balla, Jewel Dust has taken a "make your balls smell good to get some" approach in its marketing strategy (which I think is very smart). More guys need to be using body powder anyway, they just don't know it, and well, sex sells...

Even though male genitalia plays a large part in their marketing, this is an all-over powder that can be used anywhere on the body to absorb moisture, fight odor, relieve itching, and prevent chaffing.

Jewel Dust uses cosmetic grade talc that's ultra fine and smooth. The ingredient list includes talc, zinc oxide, and fragrance. Zinc oxide is a skin protectant, used to fight oder and prevent itching. The fragrance is a masculine scent, though I'm not sure what that exactly means (which they described that on their website, as I have not tried the product).

Jewel Dust retails for $14.75 on Amazon.

Johnson's Body Care Melt Away Body Powder
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Johnson's Body Care Melt Away Body Powder

Johnson's Body Care Melt Away Stress Body Powder

This is my second best favorite body powder. I discovered this gem while on a trip to Thailand. Unless your in Thailand, you won't be able to pick this up at your local store, however, it is available on Amazon

The powder is scented with lavender and chamomile. Now some guys would consider a floral scented product in a purple bottle as something that's girly, but I think the scent is quite neutral, fresh, and clean.

As I've noticed with many products in Asia--they are lightly scented and not overly floral (if even floral at all), so it's really just the essence you get in the products. I find the scent to be quite alluring and seductive.

Johnson's Body Care Melt Away Stress Body Powder retails for $15.58 on Amazon.

Matte for Men Body Powder
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Matte for Men Body Powder

Matte for Men Man Powder

Matte for Men’s “Man Powder” is another new body powder that has been recently introduced to the men’s market (and one of the more expensive powders).

This is an all-over powder that can be used anywhere and great for absorbing moisture, fighting odor, preventing chaffing, and providing relief from itching.

Man Powder is another talc-free formula made from corn starch, baking soda, tricalcium phosphate, aloe barbadensis, and fragrance (which is a light citrus scent). While I have not tried the product, I am a fan of the all-natural ingredient list. I think this is the only brand to use baking soda to control odor and aloe to soothe the skin.

Matte for Men Man Powder retails for $22 on Amazon.

Snake Brand Prickly Heat
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Snake Brand Prickly Heat
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Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder Classic 150g
Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder Classic 150g
Amazon Price: $3.56
List Price: $13.99

Snake Brand Prickly Heat

Snake Brand Prickly Heat is a product of Thailand, and the Thais no better than anyone about tropical heat and humidity. I'm actually going to be trying this product soon, so I will provide a second update.

Similar to the Gold Bond Medicated Powder, Prickly Heat too is an antiseptic and medicated powder. It's key ingredients include menthol, camphor, triclocarban, perfume, kaolin, and talc. Menthol is for anti-itching and triclocarban is anti-bacterial ingredient.

While Prickly Heat is the name of the powder, Prickly Heat is also a skin condition that causes itchy inflammation of the skin, typically with a rash of small vesicle, common in hot moist weather.

Whether you have prickly heat (the skin condition), this is still an everyday, all over body powder that you can use, the medication in the formula will really help relieve skin irritation.

Snake Brand Prickly Heat retails for $17.07 on Amazon.

Sween Body Powder
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Sween Body Powder
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Sween Body Powder
Sween Body Powder
Amazon Price: $2.93

Sween Body Powder

Sween Body Powder (formerly Fordustin) is probably not that well known and is generally found in medical supply companies and in hospitals. However, for those who do know about it, generally rave about the quality of the product.

Like some of the other aforementioned powders, Sween Body Powder is a non-caking cornstarch based powder that can be used to absorb moisture, relieve itching, and prevent chaffing.

You will also find that Sween is quite popular among men who do manscaping around the pubic area; a little known secret is that you can use body powder as a dry lubricant when using a body groomer, so many men actually put this on their skin before they begin shaving.

Sween Body Powder retails for $7.38 on Amazon.

Men's Body Powder Comparision

Brand
Made From
Scent
Price
Anti Monkey Butt Powder
Talc
Light Floral
$8
Balla Powder
Talc
Oak Must, Mint, or Fragrance-Free
$13
Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Talc
Talc
Sandalwood
$22
Clubman Pinaud
Talc
Barbershop
$6
Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Powder
Corn Starch
Clean
$8
Gold Bond Medicated Powder
Talc
Eucalyptus
$9
Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder
Corn Starch
Masculine
$19
Jewel Dust
Talc
Masculine
$15
Johnson's Body Care Melt Away Stress Body Powder
Talc
Lavender
$16
Matte for Men Man Powder
Corn Starch
Light Citrus
$22
Snake Brand Prickly Heat
Talc
Classic and Lavender
$17
Sween Body Powder
Corn Starch
Clean
$7

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KoiHdez 4 months ago from New Jersey

You know...I never knew about body powders and it's uses. Very interesting read.

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