Is Stick Deodorant Or Roll-On Better?

Roll-on Vs. Stick

You think that finding the correct deodorant would be extremely easy process — that is, until you actually go to the grocery store and see how many options are available.

There are many different types of deodorant, each having their own benefits and negatives. Two of the most popular designs are roll-on and stick. Both products aim to do the exact same thing, but one may be a better fit for your situation.

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Key Features

Both of these deodorants are packaged in a very similar container. The role on variant is constituted by gel or liquid, and as such will leave your skin feeling moist after applying them.

Stick deodorant is the exact opposite. It’s a solid or wax-like substance which does not have any sort of wet feeling when applied.

Main Uses

Many people mix up to very similar-looking products: antiperspirant and deodorant.

Antiperspirant is intended to do exactly what it sounds like. That is, to prevent you from actually sweating in the first place. It will also contain some chemicals that aim to kill the bacteria in your underarms.

Deodorant on the other hand does nothing to actually block sweat from occurring in the first place. Its main function is simply to mask the smell. Many deodorants will still contain the a aforementioned antibacterial chemicals.


Antimicrobial formulas are added to both products in an attempt to prevent bacteria from producing foul-smelling matter. In addition to these chemicals oftentimes silica is added to the ingredient list. Its function is to soak up any excess oil that could be left behind.

Alcohol Containing Roll-On

Roll-on deodorant will oftentimes contain alcohol. It’s added to the formula in an attempt to get the active ingredients to soak into your skin more quickly and effectively.

Those are who are prone to reactions such as rashes on their skin from topical application of alcohol should avoid any formulas that contain it. As such you should always carefully read the ingredient list on the back the product to be sure that you are getting the desired effect.

Decision Time

Now that you have read this article you should be much more informed when you enter the grocery store.