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aerosol underarm sprays are back in North America and it's a good thing
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Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant review_Cool Essentials_Beauty Finish

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant in Cool Essentials and Beauty Finish

In partnership with the makers of Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirants. I'm using an underarm spray, and it's a little weird in a déja-vu sort of way. My first antiperspirant was an aerosol. Yes, in Canada, at the end of the 1970s when I hit my tweens. And it disappeared from store shelves shortly after I started using one. Scientists had just realized that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the aerosol propellants that forced the product through the nozzle were somehow punching holes in the ozone and causing global warming. Yikes! (Apparently those are two opposite environmental issues according to a comment below -- my comprehension of such things hasn't improved since I was 12 or 13! But ask me about glycolic acid....)

In the years since that first underarm spray, I've tried roll-ons, gels, stick solids, and cream solids with varying degrees of success. Hands up if you've ever enountered ticky-tacky formulas, or goopy stuff that seemed to stay wet for ages. The memory of how those felt just stays with you forever, right? And haven't we all managed to highlight our clothing with stupid white smears more times than we can count? GAH!

As well, how about that special challenge revealed by tank tops and sleeveless sundresses? I'm talking about those horrifying white. crumbly. armpits. Blech!

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant review_Revive and Original

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant in Revive and Original

When the buzz began regarding the new rise of underarm spray to North America, I wondered what took 'em so long. After all, ozone-attacking CFCs have been out of commission for decades now. Plus aerosol deodorants and anti-perspirants have been popular in Europe for years; according to the New York Times, they've snagged more than 60% of the market share. Fans of the format seem to appreciate the airy texture of the spray delivery system. Model Karlie Kloss is really into Dove's formula; she trusts it not to leave streaks on her clothes. As for the packaging, it's lightweight aluminium, and, according to Unilever's Matthew McCarthy in this Wall Street Journal piece, the new sprays have a "sophisticated and sustainable propellant system."

But how do these new-to-Canada spray antiperspirants protect against wetness and odour?

Pretty well, it seems. I've been giving the Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirants a go this past week, and I like them. The mist is superfine and dry, just as it says on the packaging. Feels refreshing as you apply it, actually, without a trace of stickiness. A heartbeat or two after application, you feel... nothing. Clean. And that clean feeling lasts all day. That's a surprise for me -- I'm usually an extra-strength kind of girl when it comes to anti-perspirant. (The packaging says these sprays protect for up to 48 hours, but I'm not sure I want to test that claim.) As for marks on my clothing -- nope. Not so far.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant + shoes

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant -- better for hot shoes (or hot feet) than a stick.

Come summer, when Mother Nature cranks the heat and humidity, I'm not sure how Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant will work for me. My fingers are crossed, though, because this no-residue formula is ideal for sleeveless clothing. No underarm crumble! And, as Tracy reminded me in the comments, these are easier to use on sweat-prone feet than a stick would be. In fact, every summer I find myself wishing for the return of aerosol antiperspirants precisely for shoe reasons when I haven't had time to refresh my pedicure.

The Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant ($5.99 each) comes in four scents: Beauty Finish (water lily, freesia, jasmine); Cool Essentials (green tea, cucumber); Revive (pomegranate, lemon verbena); and Original (powdery, with jasmine and rose). I prefer the Cool Essentials so far. In fact, I want to try the Dove Men + Care Dry Spray formulas. Crisp men's fragrances are more my speed than florals and fruity stuff. The men's lineup also has an unscented version, which is even more in my wheelhouse.

Do you remember when underarm sprays were easily available in North America? If yes, did you use one back then? What about these Dove Dry Spray formulas? Have you given one a whirl yet?