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What type of deodorant is best for you?

When shopping for deodorant in your local pharmacy or grocery store, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the variety of choices. Even if you’ve figured out whether you’re a gel, powder, spray or stick person, you also have to navigate all the different benefits, such as sensitive-skin and eco-friendly options, aluminum antiperspirants vs aluminum-free deodorants, products designed for teens, or for excessive sweating…the list goes on.

In short, there’s a huge number of options out there, to suit every kind of body and need. So if you’re wondering what type of deodorant is best for you and your lifestyle specifically, we’ve got the lowdown on all the main products out there.

Dry spray

Best for: If you’re on the go

When you glide on a gel or stick deodorant, you have to give the product a little time to dry before dressing, to avoid white marks on your clothes. If you’re in a hurry, try Dove Invisible Dry Spray Clear Finish Antiperspirant. Its caring, ¼ moisturizer formula dries almost instantly (meaning no white marks), and it smells gorgeous, too. Just like Invisible, all of our dry sprays dry instantly and are perfect to put in your purse to keep a burst of freshness at hand, wherever you’re going.

Unscented and 0% alcohol

Best for: Sensitive skin

If you’ve ever found your skin feeling uncomfortable after using deodorant – or you’ve even had a rash – an alcohol-free or unscented deo will offer the care you need. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick Unscented Sensitive and Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant Stick Sensitive are designed for sensitive skin. The antiperspirant prevents sweating, while the deodorant allows you to sweat. Both care and protect from odor for up to 48 hours and are formulated with 0% alcohol and ¼ moisturizers to care for skin and prevent irritation, even after shaving.

Clinical protection

Best for: Gym enthusiasts

If you’ve ever wondered what type of deodorant is best for excessive sweating, clinical-strength antiperspirant deodorants can offer the protection you need. Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant, Original Clean has a fresh, clean scent and is ideal for gym sessions, hot commutes, or simply to give some extra protection to those who feel self-conscious about sweat, day-to-day.


Best for: First deodorant

When teens start using deodorant for the first time, it can be an emotional time that may affect their self confidence. Dove has designed a range of deodorants specially for them, to keep them feeling confident while they experience this moment of change. Dove Teens Aluminum-Free Deodorant Stick Melon Punch features a fun and uplifting scent, and provides reliable odor protection, while being kind to delicate skin to prevent irritation.

Dove Ultimate/Sticks

Best for: Skincare enthusiasts

For those who are passionate about skincare, Dove Ultimate stick deodorants are a great choice. As well as using a revolutionary water-based formula with glycerin for silky, soft skin, it’s formulated with six times more humectant moisturizers to cleverly strengthen your skin barrier to help restore sensitive, irritated underarms to their best condition. The range features delicious scents including Coconut and Sandalwood, Gardenia and Aloe and Jasmine and Vanilla, which are perfectly complemented by other Dove products, such as Dove Body Love Pampering Care Shea Butter Body Lotion.

Care by Plants and Refills

Best for: The environmentally conscious

Dove’s first-ever plant-based deo contains 99% natural-origin ingredients. Dove Care by Plants Lemongrass Deodorant Stick provides 24 hour odor protection and the scent is made with 100% natural origin fragrances, is cruelty-free and vegan, and features 96% recycled packaging. If you’re looking to cut down on waste, refill kits such as Dove Stick Deodorant Refills 0% Aluminum Coconut & Pink Jasmine Refill Kit are made from 98% recycled plastic, and are a great way to join the reusable revolution.

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