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Roll-on Deodorant vs. Stick Deodorant

What’s better? Roll-on or stick deodorant?

Although stick deodorants are more popular, roll-ons (opens in a new window) have some great benefits. Knowing what type works for you comes down to your personal preference. At the end of the day, we know you want to stay dry and fresh. While both roll-on and stick deodorants offer powerful protection against sweat and odour, both types carry their own unique benefits. Knowing the difference between antiperspirant and deodorants may give you some insight on what type of protection you need to suit your everyday needs. Once you know the type of protection you require, it may help you determine whether a stick or roll-on deodorant format is best suited for your lifestyle.


So, which is it? Are you a roll-on goddess or stick queen? Here’s a quick guide full of tips to help you choose the deodorant type that’s right for you.

How do stick and roll-on antiperspirant and deodorants compare?

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    Drying time

    Because roll-ons are liquid, the product goes on wet and dries after a few seconds. Now that doesn’t mean that you have to stand with your arms in the air as if you’re at a concert after you apply a roll-on—the product will dry naturally. On the other hand, solid stick deodorants and antiperspirants goes on dry immediately and requires zero drying time. With that being said, if you’re in a hurry, or prefer the feeling of a dry application, a stick deodorant may be your best bet. If you prefer a soft application with a powdery finish and have some time to enjoy the little pleasures in life, choose a roll-on deodorant. 

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    Both deodorants are travel friendly

    Both roll-on and stick deodorants are compact enough to fit in your purse or gym bag. For jet-setters, stick deodorants have one extra travel benefit: since it’s a solid stick, you can put this deodorant in your carry-on during a flight. But, liquid roll-on deodorant lovers, have no fear: Dove roll-ons come in a 65ml size bottle, which is less than the 100ml limit for liquid containers in Canada. So, you can travel worry-free with this format of Dove liquid roll-on in your carry-on luggage, which is great news if you need to freshen up after a long layover or an unexpected delay.    


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    Protection and skin care 

    Whether you’re having a relaxing Saturday with friends or trying to beat an impossible deadline at work, Dove has freshness and protection options to suit your personal needs. Both liquid roll-on and solid sticks come in roll-on and antiperspirant options. Dove antiperspirant roll-on and solid sticks offer up to 48-hours of odour and sweat protection—ideal for those high-stress work days. If you’re looking for a beautifully scented stick that offers protection against sweat and odour, try Dove Powder Invisible Solid Antiperspirant (opens in a new window). If you’re looking for the same in a roll-on format, try Dove Powder Roll-On Antiperspirant (opens in a new window). If you’re looking for similar antiperspirant and deodorant products with other fresh and lovely scents we have lots of options for you here (opens in a new window), check it out!

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    They both care for your underarms 

    Dove offers an ideal balance between underarm care and all-day freshness and protection. Whether you choose a roll-on or stick, rest assured that Dove deodorant and antiperspirant products are infused with ¼ moisturizing cream that will leave your underarms soft and smooth. Both roll-on and stick options also come in a variety of beautiful fragrances to suit your everyday needs. You may also be pleased to know that Dove antiperspirants and deodorants reduces the likelihood of irritation to your delicate underarm skin because it contains 0% alcohol, which makes Dove deodorant and antiperspirants products perfect for everyday use. If you have sensitive skin, have no fear, try Dove Advanced Care Unscented Antiperspirant (opens in a new window)!