I’ve tried a lot of flavored, scented, and odor-free condoms, and here are the best condoms that don’t smell bad that won’t ruin sex for you and your partner.
Protection has always been a thing to take extra precautionary measures when having sex with your lover.
But nowadays, people like to diversify their choices regarding contraceptive methods. You have diaphragms, pills, injections, etc.
And some even opt for abstinence.
BUT, no one beats the use of a classic condom. It’s iconic, and frankly, it’s the most associated contraceptive device when people think of protection during intercourse.
And for this review, we’ll be setting our sights specifically on condoms that DON’T smell.
Whatever it is, it’s all about those odorless options you need to make your sex life better.
You won’t be going “OMG, what is that?” like Cardi B when doing it for the first time. Instead, you’ll be ready, set, and focused.
So without further ado, here is our list of the top 10 condoms you should buy for a fun and smell-free night.
Best Thin & Odorless Condoms for Sex 2023
Lifestyles SKYN Elite
LELO HEX™ Original
Trojan Supra Bareskin
Lelo HEX Respect XL
Lifestyles SKYN Large
LifeStyles SKYN Extra Lubricated
Now Lelo has taken their innovative, sleek approach to sex toys into the world of condoms, and I for one am here for it.
The Lelo HEX condoms are made in a lattice of hexagonal cells, which make the whole thing much stronger than you’d think was possible.
The extra fortitude means they can be made extremely thin – like, crazy thin. Combined with the inner grip that keeps it in place, you can roll one on and forget about it right away.
They’re also shockingly durable, which is a good thing, too – in the unlikely event that one does tear, the hex design makes it harder to notice a hole in the condom. So it’s always worth double-checking for peace of mind, if nothing else.
Even though they’re made of latex, there’s not much of a smell to them. If you hold one up to your nose and take a sniff, then you might detect a faint whiff, but it’s like 10% of the smell of a regular condom.
Also, don’t hold a condom up to your nose and sniff it. Kills the mood.
Interested in learning more? Read our in-depth review here.
SKYN is one of the best-known brands when it comes to non-latex condoms. The SKYN Elite condoms are made of polyisoprene, a synthetic rubber that behaves like latex but without any of the allergens.
That means they’re suitable for people who can’t use latex… and it also means they smell better.
Since it’s a synthetic rubber, it doesn’t have the proteins that cause the distinctive latex smell, so it’s a win for the sensitive noses and the sensitive genitalia.
They’re very thin and extra soft, so there’s a more natural feeling wearing them than you get with ordinary latex condoms, too.
Polyurethane condoms are the other popular latex-free alternative. They don’t transfer heat quite as well as latex or polyisoprene, but they’re safe and effective. And they have basically NO SMELL at all!
These Trojan Supra Bareskin condoms are some of the best polyurethane condoms you’ll find.
The best thing about them is you can use them with oil-based lubricants, which you just can’t with other condoms. Oil-based lubes feel better and last much longer than water-based ones, so that’s a big plus.
They can be awkward to put on when you first try them, but here’s the trick – use BOTH hands. One holds the tip, and the other rolls the condom down the shaft.
It’s easy once you get the hang of it, and they feel comfortable and enjoyable once they’re on.
If you dig the hex design from Lelo, but you’re on the larger end of the phallic spectrum, then you’ll be a fan of the HEX Respect XL.
It’s got all of the same benefits – neutral odor, incredibly thin, won’t break – but in a LARGER package, so to speak.
They come with anti-slip technology. That means it won’t slip around or come off at any point. It also helps you forget that it’s even there. Condoms tend to make themselves known when they start moving around, but there are no worries about that here.
If you have a very large penis, these might not be the best fit for you despite the name.
They’re definitely big, but they’re not huge. And they don’t stretch as much as you might expect, so if you’re hung like a horse, you might want to look elsewhere.
These are a great choice for the aforementioned very large gentlemen. The SKYN Large condom is a big size and is made of super-stretchy material that won’t let you down. It’s even better than the typical choices for big guys, like Magnum.
The texture is great, too. They feel natural and comfortable with no fuss and very little slipping going on.
They come pre-lubricated with a light citrusy smell, which might not be everyone’s favorite but smells a hell of a lot better than latex.
Yet another polyisoprene offering from Lifestyles, these ones come with extra lube that makes insertion easier. Ideal for a quickie or if you just happen to need less friction.
They’re durable and reliable, and despite being so stretchy, the fit always manages to be skin-tight.
Because of all the lube putting them on can be a slippery affair, so make sure you’re wearing it right before getting started to avoid slippage.
These Trojan Her Pleasure Sensations condoms aren’t what you’d call thin, but you wouldn’t guess from the feeling.
The design and shape help to make the fit feel more natural for most guys, which can actually feel better than some of the super-thin condoms you’ll find. Fit is just as important as thickness.
They also have subtle but useful ribs to increase your partner’s sensation and pleasure. Some ribs can be a bit too much and actually be distracting, but these have the right balance – they’re stimulating but not distracting.
A good choice for both partners, as long as you’re not obsessed with odorless – the scent is MUCH FAINTER than the usual latex smell, but it is still there a bit.
Durex are best known for their latex condoms, but they also make non-latex.
Take these Avanti Bare Real Feel condoms. They’re made of polyisoprene, which feels natural and soft while being durable for most kinds of sex.
The only smell comes from the lube, which isn’t offensive to the nose. And they fit very securely. There’s no chance of one coming off unless it’s completely the wrong size for you.
While they feel good and are easy to ignore, they aren’t actually that thin. It doesn’t make much difference to the feeling – they’re still great – but if you’re obsessed with microns of thickness, then you might find them disappointing.
If you want to be fully protected, you need to wear condoms during oral sex as well.
But no one likes to suck on a shaft covered in latex, do they? (Well, some people might, but they’re the minority.)
That’s where flavored condoms come in. These condoms from Durex are some of the best-tasting and smelling you can find.
They come in strawberry, banana, and orange flavors. The taste is more like candy than the actual fruit, which in my opinion, is even better.
Just take care to buy some other condoms for the actual sex. Like most flavored condoms, these contain sugar, which, as any woman will tell you, is a recipe for infections and general grossness.
If you’re not sure what features you’re after, but you know for sure you don’t want to suffer the scourge of latex condom smell, then these are a good place to start.
They’re thin, comfortable, don’t smell bad, and are easy to put on and remove.
Pretty much everything you need with no bells or whistles. Just remember to get some extra lube for longer sessions and jump right in!
The Odorless Condom Buying Guide
What do you need to know before setting out on your epic quest to have sex without the gross smell? Read on and find out!
We can divide condoms up by material into latex and non-latex.
- Latex – This is the standard material for most condom manufacturers as it does pretty much everything you need a condom to do. It’s stretchy, can be made incredibly thin, blocks semen and bacteria and other nasties, and it’s cheap.
The main drawbacks of latex condoms are that they tend to smell because of enzymes and proteins in the material and the fact that some people are allergic to latex. They might get a rash or, in extreme cases, a full anaphylactic shock reaction. Not very sexy.
- Non-Latex – there are 3 most used materials:
- Polyurethane is a plastic that makes effective condoms that prevent pregnancy and STIs while also not smelling of latex. It slips and slides a bit more than latex does since it lacks the grip, and it’s also a bit more expensive, but it’s a good choice for most people who don’t want the smell or are allergic.
- Polyisoprene is a synthetic rubber that doesn’t have any of the compounds, proteins, or enzymes that might cause an allergic reaction. It usually doesn’t have a significant smell, and it’s a bit stretchier than latex, so it’s suitable for larger penises too.
- Lambskin is pretty much what you’d expect from the name – it’s made from sheep intestines, so it’s a natural animal product that won’t cause allergic reactions. However, it doesn’t protect from STIs and is not vegetarian-friendly. Also, to be honest, the idea of it is kinda gross.
Condoms have numerous features, such as:
- Scented – common scents include citrus, fruits, and desserts. Usually, this is the lube that has a slight smell to mask the latex and lube odor, but effectiveness may vary. Plus, there’s usually a lingering latex smell afterward with many brands.
- Flavored – Designed to make oral sex safer and more fun, these have tastes like fruit, candy, or dessert flavors like vanilla or chocolate. But remember! Don’t use these for vaginal or anal sex as they usually contain sugar, which is a recipe for a yeast infection.
- Thinness – From extra thick to ultra-thin, condoms have a lot of variation. Extra thick condoms are better for anal sex as they’re less likely to tear, and they’re also handy for sensitive guys who need less stimulation to keep themselves from finishing too fast. Thinner condoms do the opposite – they give you more stimulation and heat transfer for a more intimate and close experience at the cost of being slightly less safe for rough sex.
- Textured – Condoms can be ribbed, dotted, or have pouches, frills, or who knows what else! All of this is in the name of you and your partner getting more stimulation and thus more pleasure out of your condom choice.
We also have a standalone guide on the best condoms that you may want to try.
Always check that your condom is the right size for you. Take your own measurements (length and width) and try to find a condom that’s about the same size. It doesn’t need to be exactly the same, but closer is usually better.
Think about fit, too – the shape of the penis is just as important as how big it is when trying to find a good fit. For example, if you have a larger head, you’ll want a condom with more of a dome shape to accommodate.
Why Do Condoms Smell So Bad?
Condoms get their, uh, distinctive smell from a combination of the natural compounds in latex, lube, body heat, and various bodily fluids. All of these combine to give many condoms that smell you know and probably don’t love.
If you’re looking for more condom options that are tasteless and odorless, you can check out our guide here.
How Do You Get Rid Of The Latex Condom Smell?
Unfortunately, getting rid of the latex condom smell isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Certain enzymes in the material tend to stick around!
Washing thoroughly with a good proper soap (not shower gel) is your best bet, but even then, expect there to be traces for some time after. Just think – you had sex, that’s why it smells like that. Good for you.
How Long Does Latex Condom Smell Last?
If you don’t clean yourself properly, the latex condom smell can last up to a few days. It might last for a day or so with adequate hygiene, but it won’t be noticeable after a good wash unless you’re standing naked and doing the wiener helicopter.
Now you know the best condoms that don’t smell and how to pick out the best fit for you. Don’t let stench put you off your game!