“ Brand: Dove / Type: Deodorant Stick / Suitable for: Body / Dermatologically tested: yes „
I really love Dove products especially the deodrants and this one is very good.
The stick products are good to use because I feel that they create a nice layer of protection on my skin. With this being a Dove product it definately feels more moisturising than other deodrants and leaves my underarms feeling soft and smooth. I think this is a good deodrant to use in winter because it is not cold like spray deodrants and is a pleasure to apply.
It is very simple to use and you just turn the bottom to make the solid cream at the top move upwards and then you just rub it over your skin using as much or as little as you like. I think it lasts a long time because you don't need to use a lot.
I normally pay about £1.50 for this which is good value for money as it does last a long time and has plenty of cream in it.
I choose this sensative one to try because I have sensative skin which becomes irritated easily and I find that this does feel a little bit kinder to my skin. It is not at all harsh and is very gentle and soothing even when I apply it straight after shaving and it never makes my underarms sting. It is not at all sticky and melts into my skin which feels really nice.
The smell of this is lovely and fresh but not at all overpowering and just smells clean. When I apply it the smell lasts all day so it makes my feel confident that is working. The only downside to it is that on very hot days it doesn't offer enough protection against sweat patches but at any other time of the year it works perfectly.
I would definately recommend this.
Note: Since I wrote this review, I changed to using PitRok. Still, I thought those of you who like more conventional deodorants would like to read about this product.
While I hate to think of myself as sensitive, I've found that I prefer to purchase deodorants made for sensitive skin since they're usually without sense... er, I mean scents. So when I couldn't find my usual unscented Lady Speed Stick deodorant, I picked up one of these - Dove Sensitive stick deodorant, which claimed to be both hypo-allergenic and unscented. Here's what I found.
First of all, while this says its "fragrance free", it actually has quite a bit more perfume in it than any other deodorant I've ever purchased. I'd describe the smell as slightly peppery, almost spicy, with a dry paper-like undertone. While this was not what I was looking for, this is weak enough to not clash with my bath & shower gels. Nor does this odor seem to cling to my clothing or bra.
As for its protection against wetness, this one comes up trumps. I live in a hot country, and in the summer, it can get downright steamy. This past summer, I noticed that while using this Dove, I never felt soaked under my pits, even when the sweat was rolling down my brow or spine. While nothing can keep you 100% dry in temperatures of 40+, it will certainly keep that part of your body as arid as possible.
Most importantly, this will truly protect you against the stinking, which offends co-workers or fellow public transport travellers, even if the air conditioning breaks down, even under oven-like humid conditions.
As for the sensitive bit, I really can't tell you if this is less irritating after shaving than other stick deodorants, simply because I don't shave. Please, don't be disgusted - I have so little underarm hair that it's just not worth the bother. However, I am prone to allergic (sometimes-severe) reactions to many beauty products, and I can safely say that this didn't cause me any problems at all.
So why, didn't I give this more stars? Firstly, there's not a lot of product in this package - only 40ml (45gr or 1.6oz) in all. A recent purchase of Sure stick deodorant in the US showed they contain a full 73gr (2.6oz)! It seems to me that from all the products I've tried, Dove sticks have among the least amount of product in them (Lady Speed Stick with Aloe is 2.3oz, for instance). This means that you have to buy it more often, since it runs out faster. I figure if you're going to dish out £1.76 at Boots for something, you're going to want to get your money's worth - and unfortunately, this isn't the case. While I'm sure you can find this on offer to make it more economical, how much are you going to want to go out every 6 weeks or so to get re-stocked? If you ask me, you'll be better off finding a deodorant stick that has more inside it than Dove (or Nivea, for that matter).
Another problem is the claim that it is "invisible". This is supposed to mean that the product won't come off on your clothes leaving white patches inside them. Not only do I get those white spots, sometimes I'll find that some of this flakes off and I'll find white bits on things! Perhaps the stuff clings to the little pit hair I have and then falls off as it dries, but still, its far from invisible'.
Regarding the packaging, the product is pushed up via a twisting action from a wheel in the bottom of the case - in case you were interested (see picture below). One problem - the lid tends to rock about on your sink top, having no flat side to it.
Bottom line - Dove Sensitive does what it's importantly supposed to do - keep you dry and stink free. The little scent it has isn't a problem and it doesn't irritate my skin. On the down side, there's too little product inside, making it uneconomical, and does not achieve its claim of being invisible'. All things considered, I'm giving it three stars, but will still recommend it - if halfheartedly so!
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © January 2005, updated December 2006
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Hypoallergenic / Colorant, preservative and alcohol free / /