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Gel vs solid deodorant: Which is better for you?

Along with brushing your teeth and taking a shower, applying deodorant is a crucial step in our morning routine. Whether you choose a deodorant because it’s gentle on skin, dries instantly or smells amazing, the choice is yours.

But have you ever wondered – what’s the difference between types of deodorant? Is gel deodorant better than solid? Which is better, gel or powder deodorant? Well if you have, it’s your lucky day – because we’ve got the answers you’re looking for right here.



How do deodorants work?

When it comes to deo, one thing we all have in common is that we want to eliminate odor, feel fresh, and stay that way for as long as possible, so we have the freedom to forget our underarms. But with so many different deodorants out there, it can be hard to know which one’s right for you.

How do deodorants work? Sweat itself doesn’t smell bad, as it’s a clear liquid with no odor. The problems begin when the natural bacteria on our skin breaks down the sweat, creating that mal-odor.

While the active ingredient contained in antiperspirants creates microscopic gel plugs that physically block your sweat, giving you protection against wetness, deodorants only target bacteria which cause mal-odor, keeping you smelling fresh.

Gel vs solid deodorant

What’s the difference between gel and solid deos? Both go on pretty much the same way: open the lid, twist the bottom of the pack, and swipe onto your underarms.

The difference is in the formula and texture: gels are known for taking longer to dry, while solids like Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant are a non-irritating, moisturizing solution which dry instantly, leaving your underarms dry before you get dressed. Gels are alcohol-based and can cause irritation, especially after shaving.

Even though gels usually appear clear, when they dry they turn white, just like solid deodorants, and could leave marks on your clothes if you need to get dressed in a hurry. Those who are in a rush should try an invisible product like Dove Advanced Care Sheer Fresh Antiperspirant as it’s proven to leave no white marks.

Spray your way to freshness

Spray deodorants are an excellent alternative to solids for long-lasting protection. They’re quick and easy to use (no waiting time while they dry), and are less likely to leave white marks on your clothes, particularly if you opt for an invisible product like Dove Advanced Care Invisible Dry Spray. If alu-free is your preferred option, try Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant Spray.

What about other types of deodorant?

Some women choose a powder deodorant, often because they want to use a more natural product on their underarms. The downside to these products is that while they soak up sweat, they usually aren’t as long-lasting or effective as solids, gels or sprays. In addition, powder deodorants contain baking soda, which can be quite aggressive on skin.

If it’s a gentler product you’re looking for, maybe because you suffer from skin sensitivity or irritation, Dove Ultimate Antiperspirant Deodorant is a water-based formula enriched with Glycerin. Its formula delivers effective protection against sweat and odor while protecting your delicate underarm skin from irritation.

It also comes in a range of nature-inspired scents, including Jasmine and Vanilla, Coconut and Sandalwood, and Peony and Rose Water.

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