Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Underarm Woes: Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth Wild Rose Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Review

When is "too much info," too much? If you're the type of person to be easily sickened by armpit stories, do not continue reading this post!
I'm only human and I do have b.o. (body odor)! If you don't, I'm extremely jealous annnnd I kind of hate you. For those who share the same curse as me, let's find our Prince or Princess in stick or roll-on formula to save us from the Evil Witch's black magic!

I'm on the search for a deodorant or antiperspirant that WORKS. I still haven't found either that work well for me but if you have any recommendations DO SHARE!
Before I start the review I'd like to share my knowledge on the difference between deodorants and antipersipirants. Yes, there is a difference.

Deodorants are nifty. Like antiperspirants, deodorants contain active ingredients which help fight the bacteria that grow under your pits but doesn't keep you from sweating! The bacteria is the source of armpit odor and if you rid yourself or prevent bacteria from growing, you won't suffer body odor. It is as simple as that. While most deodorants are more natural than antiperspirants the downfall is the sweat!
Antiperspirants like deodorants contain active ingredients that prevent you from sweating! My take on antiperspirants is that they plug your armpit pores to keep you from sweating and keep the bacteria from growing. Antiperspirants aren't as natural as deodorants but they work better (sometimes). I prefer deodorants over antiperspirants because I like natural over chemical. If you want to know a bit more, visit
The Beauty Brains! (P.S. Antiperspirants have a bad rep for being cancerous but I'm no scientist or doctor so I won't get into that controversial schtuff!)

At last, onto the review. For the past 6 months or so, I've been using the Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth Wild Rose Anti-Perspirant Deodorant.

*Stock Photo*

The Details: This unique anti-perspirant/deodorant formula contains a Pro-Epil Complex with natural extracts and Dove 1/4 translucent moisturizers. From first use, it smoothes and conditions your underarm skin. Within weeks, you'll start to notice that your underarm hair feels soft, fine and easy to remove. Overtime, your underarm hair will look and feel less noticeable. Feel stubble free for longer.

First off, I can certainly say that the Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth Wild Rose Anti-Perspirant Deodorant does not work. I think this stuff is complete crap! Personally, I shave my underarms only for special occassion where sleeveless dresses are to be worn or tank tops during the summer and I occassionally pluck. It may sound nasty but a lot of girls do it and I am not ashamed. Although I already have fairly thin armpit hair, for the some hairs that are thicker, I like to pluck those. You can still see a fair bit of darkness on my underarm area & I usually use lemons to whiten it but it isn't enough. The entire time that I used this antiperspirant I found that it didn't help remove underarm hair easily like it promised or make my underarm hair feel finer than it already is. I still noticed underarm hair and felt the stubble!
As a anti-perspirant, I kept the wet pits away. (Woooo!) As a deodorant, it did not conceal my body odor. (Booo!) I was also left with a fair bit of white marks on my shirts too! In conclusion, it didn't work for me! I'm fine with wetness but I am not okay with body odor. I only have one good thing to say about the Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth Wild Rose Anti-Perspirant Deodorant and it is that Wild Rose smells lovely. Wild Rose is very light, rose-ish and clean; feminine. While I said rose-ish, it isn't floral like a bouqet of flowers but like one simple rose!

I would not recommend this to anyone. If I weigh the pro's and con's, the scent does not beat the white marks & lack of deodorizing power!
Have you tried it? Did you like your results or hate them like I did?

*Update, July 17 : I was watching Because I Said So on the Women's Network when the Dove commercial for the Ultimately Smooth came on. Apparently 99% of the women who used the deodorant would recommend it. I guess I'm the minority here...
I still wouldn't recommend it!*

Active Ingredient(s): Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (14.8%)
Other Ingredient(s): Cyclopentasiloxanem Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8, Fragrance (Parfum)m Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Silica, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Steareth-100, Nylon-12, Sorbitan Laurate, BHT, Palmatine, Red 40 Lake (CI 16035).

P.S. I bought this myself and I'm not being paid for this review. Neither am I affiliated with the company.


Dina (XYYan) said...

I much prefer deodorants too, esp the spray type :D
Thanks for joining my giveaway :)

Ashley said...

Dina, thank you for HAVING the giveaway! :D
I totally forgot about spray types! I've tried one years ago but didn't like it at all. Maybe I should look into them again!
P.S. Did you know you can make your own deodorant spray??

TEA aka MonsterGirl said...

Hmm good to know, have you found something you are liking now??

Ashley said...

Unfortunately I have yet to find a deodorant that doesn't irritate or turn white on me. Degree is okay but I still have to use it sparingly.

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