It was almost a year ago that I shared a few "borrowed from the boys" products I use on an almost daily basis, deodorant among them. In that post I explained that I liked a men's deodorant both for its performance and scent and these reasons both hold true. But to be honest, while spending a whole summer in Texas (save for three short trips out of state for weddings) there were more than a few times I felt like the antiperspirant I was using wasn't doing me justice. Since this blog is typically light on the censorship I'll go ahead and tell you all that what I've been noticing isn't scent related, but irritated under-arms with bumps and redness. Ugh. So feminine and cute, right?! I tried skipping shaving for a few days (without going full-on Miley Cyrus), exfoliating, going sans deodorant, trying an all-natural product....nothing proved to be a long-term solution.
Out of laziness (and fear of smelling like a goat) I kept using my go-to men's deodorant. But a few weeks ago I partnered with Dove and took their challenge to switch to the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. I'm excited to share my findings.
Deodorant is one of those things that’s a daily beauty necessity. It’s like soap. Or running water. I’ve literally been running late somewhere, realized I forgot to apply some and turned back around. When I was at my aunt’s wedding this summer, I told way too many relatives at the ceremony that I had forgotten deodorant and advised them not to get to close to me…then I took a body shower and coated both underarms before the reception. In college I had friends who carried full-sized bottles of antiperspirant with them at all times “just in case.” And while the anti-sweat, smell-preventing product is an essential, I am guilty of giving it little thought.
Ask me how many times I’ve changed my facial moisturizer over the past year and I will run out of fingers to list them. But I’ve had the same deodorant for years. As someone who loves trying new beauty and skin products it’s a little embarrassing that I haven’t at least given another brand a test drive.
I love Dove – their beauty bar is one product I will never ever stop using or stocking in my shower – and the only reason I took on their challenge is because I trust their products and love their social missions and self esteem projects. Because I am scared of deodorant that smells powdery and/or floral, I bought two types of the Advanced Care deodorant: Original Clean and Beauty Finish. (Full disclosure: I am that person who took off the little plastic caps to smell multiple scents. For this drugstore faux pas, I am deeply sorry)
The Original Clean scent basically smells like Dove’s beauty bar, just a little stronger. The Beauty Finish has some vitamin E and gives a “glow” to your skin. I picked it because the scent is very light – almost undetectable – but I guess if I were a ballerina who was always showing my underarms the glow would be a nice touch. I alternated between scents (or flavors – as I like to call them) for several days to try and pick a favorite but determined I liked both equally. Now I keep the Original Clean in my medicine cabinet next to all my skin-care necessities and it’s what I put on first thing in the morning or after a shower. The Beauty Finish sits on my vanity with all my make-up and I swipe it on after getting ready for a night out.
I thought the biggest difference I would notice would be the smell…that I’d miss the masculine scent of my go-to deodorant and/or maybe notice that the Dove product didn’t hold up to the aggressive nature of my sweat (could I be any more of a lady?!). But the Dove Advanced Care smells nice and actually complimented my lotions, moisturizers and perfumes. I barely registered the scent of either variant after applying and just went about my day (which included sweating because Texas is still an oven). The 48-hour protection is no joke.
What I did notice to be the difference is that my underarms started to look and feel really nice. The smoothness Dove promised actually worked magic on my skin and after just a few days of using I noticed that the areas of irritation and redness I’d been having were gone and though the antiperspirant formula was invisible, my underarm area looked moisturized and felt really soft. That’s right friends, I felt my underarms and I wasn’t even embarrassed. I was like, “Sally, feel how soft and dry these babies are and there’s no weird residue!!!” Sharing is caring.
The reason Dove Advanced Care can deliver 48 hour odor and wetness protection plus give softer, smoother underarms is because the formula uses Dove’s NutriumMoisture technology. It sounds fancy because it is…the technology includes a special combination of oils and other ingredients that work to restore the outermost layer of the skin and are actually absorbed into the top layer, rather than simply coating.
There aren’t many times I love a challenge (Running a mile without stopping? Nope. Giving up sweets for a week? No. Swapping out swear words for more family-friendly words. Nearly impossible). The Dove Advanced Care challenge was well worth it and the process was so easy and painless it should be called “wake-up and start using the good stuff!” versus “challenge.” I love that I’ve updated one of my most vital essentials and that my daily beauty routine has been improved so much. It was about time I discovered a new deodorant…and I’m positive that the Dove Advanced Care will now take the place as my go-to for years to come.