DEODORANT TYPES: ROLL-ON, STICK OR SPRAY DEODORANT
Most of us can map our lives through the types of deodorant we’ve used. There were the aggressively perfumed sprays of the teenage years, that doubled up as a flirting technique along with sticky hair gel and awkward conversations. Or perhaps you can remember the talcum powder in your grandparents' cabinet that left a floral puff in the bathroom whenever it was used. Or the time you experimented with a rock crystal at Uni to keep you smelling fresh.
The beauty industry has caught up a lot since then, and we’ve all started to educate ourselves a bit more. Everyone’s wary of excess plastic packaging and dangers of aerosols which is why we take our natural deodorant choice very seriously.
We’re here to help you navigate the crowded shelves of self-care products.
First up – do you know the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant?
Before we take a deep dive into stick, spray, and roll-on deodorant, let’s first get to know the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant. The main difference between the two is their intended purpose. It’s all in the name. Deodorants deodorise, which simply means that they stop you from smelling, and antiperspirants “stop” you from perspiring. Nearly all antiperspirants on the market contain an aluminium compound, which works by blocking every sweat gland in the armpit to prevent you from perspiring - something we do not recommend.
However, different types of deodorant can have different effects on your skin and body. But what are the pros and cons of each, and which one should you use?
Stick deodorant: it’s small but can stain
A stick antiperspirant normally comes as a stick of gel or a solid formula that aims to reduce underarm wetness and control body odour. It is made by blending a whole load of active ingredients with waxes, oils, and sometimes silicones, and moulding the mixture into stick form.
Pros of Stick Deodorant
- Travel friendly – ideal for hand luggage
- Controllable coverage – you can control the amount you use
- Discreet – can be applied subtly underneath your clothes
Cons of Stick Deodorant
- Staining – can leave marks on your clothes
- Plastic and non-recyclable packaging (yes even if it’s a “refill”)
- Runs out quickly
- Unhygienic - using the same applicator means bacteria can accumulate.
Roll-on deodorant: stain-free but sticky
Similar to the stick deodorant, roll-on deodorants are a useful pocket-size solution. They’re made from liquid or gel ingredients that are rolled onto the skin, but they can leave you feeling damp under the arm.
Pros of Roll-on Deodorant
- Pocket size – convenient and discreet application
- Controllable coverage – can use less product for better results
Cons of Roll-on Deodorant
- Wet – takes ages to dry
- Sticky – can leave some residue on clothes if it isn’t dry
- Difficult to reapply – tricky to add more when wearing clothes
- Non-recyclable packaging
Deodorant spray: quick to dry but hard to pack
When we’re talking roll-on vs spray deodorant, sprays can be easier to apply and feel a lot drier. Most companies claim that it offers 48 hours of protection and can dry within seconds, but it’s also not the best for the environment. While many manufacturers have improved their formulas, some research shows that it is still bad for the planet and our health.
Pros of Spray Deodorant
- Easy to use – can be used on other parts of the body
- Dries quickly – you don’t have to wait long after application to get dressed
- Reapplies easily – can be sprayed inside clothes easily
Cons of Spray Deodorant
- Pollutant – We now know that aerosols aren’t good for the environment
- Spray can be overwhelming if applied in a small space
- Bad for sensitive skin – can be harsh on skin, especially after shaving
So which one to choose? Will you think we’ve gone totally mad if we say none of the above!? We have good reasons to show you why your life will change when you start using a Deodorant Balm.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BALM
Have you ever heard of a Deodorant Balm? We’re delighted to introduce you to the term because we’ve spent a long time creating it. A Deodorant Balm is a great way to prevent body odour whilst also caring for your skin.
Taking a pea-size amount, massage the balm into the skin with your fingers or using our applicator (CAUTIONS). Just like using a moisturiser on any other part of your body – you can also use deodorant balm on your chest, neck, back, or any place that needs it (also because it smells delicious). It doesn’t feel sticky and absorbs instantly. A few other benefits include:
- Multi-use on all skin types
- Stops body odour
- Travel size
- Applies easily under clothes
- Absorbs instantly
- Controllable coverage
- One application a day - no top-ups needed
- Smells like a fine fragrance and not like a teenager.
With our clever combination of natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, calendula oil and a smidgen of sodium bicarbonate (sometimes called baking soda), you’re not only being good to yourself, but the planet too. And with The Assistant, you can squeeze out every last drop so you waste nothing and keep your deodorant going for around 2-3 months. We also deliver all of our deodorants in plastic-free packaging so you can be sure to reduce your single-use plastics.
It’s all down to personal preference so it’s up to you to find the secret ingredients for great-smelling pits… but we can make the decision a whole lot easier for you to ditch the alternatives that just don’t deliver. No dramas.