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Discover The Different Types Of Deodorant

Antiperspirant spray or roll-on? Sensitive stick or maximum protection body spray? It can be very muddling which deodorant is most suitable for your skin and its needs.

Introducing different types of deodorant

Most men and women will use specific products for their face but do not realise the importance of specific products for their underarms. Different deodorants achieve different effects, for example, an antiperspirant spray may be much more suitable for one person than an antiperspirant roll-on is for another. Learn how to give this delicate area the care it needs with the different types of deodorant available.

Different types of deodorant and you

Deodorants can come in roll-on, stick or spray form. However, each of these categories can be further specialised in how they are formulated.

For example, we have specially formulated deodorants for sensitive skin, a range of dry deodorants as well as an anti-stain range to avoid marks on your clothes. This is why it is important to know what is most important to you in a deodorant. Although each deodorant will work across categories, they may not be as effective as their designed purpose.

Roll-on deodorants, also called liquid deodorants, apply to your skin wet before drying on the underarms themselves. Their soft formula makes them ideal for people with dry or sensitive skin. Try the NIVEA Pearl & Beauty Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Roll On, made to care for skin and offer 48hr protection.
Deodorant sticks are another go-to solution for women. The difference between a deodorant stick and a roll-on deodorant is the stick isn’t wet when you apply it due to the fact it is solid. The NIVEA Sensitive and Pure Anti-perspirant Deodorant Stick is designed with sensitive skin in mind. The caring formula is enriched with chamomile extract and is dermatologist approved. 
Deodorant sprays are the perfect solution for the morning or for on the go. They do not start wet and dry on the skin, like roll-ons, so are quicker to apply. They are small enough to fit comfortably in your handbag for a quick burst of freshness wherever you are. Perfect for coming to the rescue and sharing with a friend who is in need of a refresh!
Within the 3 forms of deodorant, NIVEA have a Dry and Anti-Stain range. The Dry Deodorant Range offers 48hour protection and long lasting dryness.  The Anti-Stain Range is an innovative formula which not only protects you from sweat and odours, but protects your clothes from marks.


What is the ideal men's deodorant?

Men sweat more than women, and so will need a stronger deodorant. This is something to bear in mind when it comes to choosing between deodorant or antiperspirant. The NIVEA Men range of deodorants is specifically formulated with this in mind, and our men's antiperspirant deodorants will specifically cater to help men fight against sweat.


The A to Z of deodorants

Liquid deodorant

Liquid deodorant means a roll-on deodorant. The formula applies to the skin as a cooling liquid before drying. The main advantage of liquid deodorant is in its application. No problem areas can go unmissed, as you feel exactly where you have placed the product.

The A to Z of deodorants

Aerosol or spray deodorant

Spray deodorants are all about convenience. Sprays are ideal for women who do not have a lot of time or like to freshen up on the go. They give instant protection so you can wear sleeveless outfits without worrying about wet patches or white marks caused by sweat residue.

The A to Z of deodorants

Roll-on deodorant

Because of their gentle formula, roll-on deodorants are perfect for use after shaving. To make sure you look after this delicate area, wait ten minutes before applying. The deodorant glides effortlessly across the skin without rubbing or irritating.

The A to Z of deodorants

Antiperspirant deodorant

NIVEA Protect & Care Spray is a strong antiperspirant that protects you from unwanted smells and moisture in one. This aerosol helps to reduce sweating for up to 48 hours. When you feel fresh and confident on the outside, you feel self-assured on the inside.


The underarm has very thin and delicate skin, and deodorant sticks, sprays and roll-ons need to ensure it caters for this. That is why NIVEA deodorants have 0% ethyl alcohol. Your skin also needs a care routine to keep it smooth, soft and fresh.

Deodorant vs Antiperspirant


There are a number of differences between antiperspirant and deodorant. Carry on reading to find out which one is right for you when it comes to deodorant vs antiperspirant.


  • Protects you from unwanted odours. NIVEA deodorants help to reduce the number of bacteria that cause the smell associated with sweat.
  • Provides you with a fresh scent to help you feel fresh and confident, no matter how long you have been on the go. 


  • The difference between antiperspirant and deodorant is antiperspirants are formulated to stop you sweating instead of hiding the odour.
  • Prevents moisture or wet patches through the power of being made with aluminium.
  • Antiperspirants are also effective as a deodorant. This is because bacteria growth is inhibited due to a lower pH and reduced wetness. 

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So deodorant or antiperspirant?

If you have an inactive day ahead where you are unlikely to sweat, try the NIVEA Flower Fresh 0% Aluminium 48hr Deodorant Spray, the quick dry flowery scented deodorant will keep you feeling fresh and clean all day long.

No more antiperspirant vs deodorant

NIVEA has a wide range of anti-perspirant deodorants - a combination of both! So instead of making the choice between deodorant or antiperspirant you can have the best of both worlds and experience instant freshness whilst being protected from perspiration. Discover the NIVEA Ultimate Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant Spray

Deodorant for sports or an active lifestyle

When staying active or working out, it is important to feel comfortable. You can feel confident about underarm protection with our range of NIVEA 48h antiperspirant protection. For extra tough workouts though, there is NIVEA MEN Black and White Max Protection Anti-Perspirant, so you can have complete confidence in your exercise without being distracted worrying about your underarms.

The optimal underarm protection for sensitive skin from NIVEA

Sensitive skin often needs special care when it comes to deodorants. With NIVEA Sensitive Protect Anti-Perspirant you don't need to sacrifice ultimate protection for a weak deodorant with a gentle formula, as this deodorant has both! The formula is infused with avocado oil and offers 48 hours of sweat relief.


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