Thursday, 28 August 2014

Dove Pro-Age Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Roll-On and Aerosol (review)

Dove Pro-Age Roll-On
Dove Pro-Age Aerosol
You might be surprised to see this review. It was certainly never my intention to include anti-perspirant deodorants on a beauty blog. However, I felt an exception was required for these Dove products because they're so blatantly marketed as anti-ageing.

The Evidence
To start off with the range is marketed under the Pro-Age label. Any reference to ageing has obvious links to the lucrative older market who seek new and innovative ways to turn back the clock. The addition of the usual ¼ moisturising cream is said to “help nourish skin and … maintain its resilience and keep it in optimal condition” while giving you “the extra care underarm skin needs”. Pro-Age is designed to “take care of underarm skin, which just like the skin on the rest of your body now needs extra care”. Dove also point out that “beautiful skin has no age limit”.

The Reality
Dove Pro-Age Roll-On
I've got to be brutally honest here: these products have made NO difference whatsoever to the skin under my arms or those of my Mum who, unsurprisingly, is a few years older than me! I genuinely have no idea what 'extra care' these products offer over Dove's other anti-perspirant deodorants. It just smacks of a massive con which annoys me. There's nothing in the ingredients listings that even hints of anti-ageing properties – Pro-Age deodorants just feel very cynical.

The Basics
Now, as anti-perspirant deodorants – forget that Pro-Age nonsense – both the roll-on and aerosol work quite well. For me the aerosol is more effective, keeping me dryer for longer. The roll-on, even when applied sparingly, doesn't dry very easily and I suspect that affects its performance. Both should help protect for 48 hours but in reality neither can last longer than a day. Especially in summer where they noticeably struggled in comparison to my previous product. They're both easy to use: the roller-ball works well and the aerosol spray is strong.

Dove Pro-Age Aerosol
The Ecology
An aerosol is never going to be very environmentally friendly so the roll-on is theoretically the greener choice. But both products contain artificial perfume and the aerosol contains BHT (amongst other things), as well, but surprisingly both are free of parabens. Unfortunately, Dove is part of Unilever which means they are a supporter of animal testing which marks them down heavily in my book.

The Summary
The anti-ageing claims of the Pro-Age range are fine for many products, but they feel totally out of place here. For starters, there is no noticeable difference to my underarms – and I finished both products off before making that judgement. And why would anyone worry about underarm ageing anyway? It's not an area that's exposed to the sun regularly or displayed prominently. It's just ridiculous. As anti-perspirant deodorants they're more convincing but are not class leading. 48 hours of protection is wishful thinking, to be honest, but they'd be fine for the cooler months. A confusing and somewhat disappointing range, then. Best try something else.

Adequate anti-perspirant protection
'Pro-Age' is nonsense
Average deodorising qualities
Tested on animals
Packaging looks quite nice

Both are easy to apply


Brand: Dove


Roll-On Size: 50 ml
Roll-On Price: £2.39 (£4.78/100 ml)

Aerosol Size: 150 ml
Aerosol Price: £2.89 (£1.93/100 ml)

Manufactured: n/a

Roll-On Ingredients: Aqua, Aluminium Chlorohydrate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Steareth-2, Parfum, Steareth-20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Potassium Lactate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene

Aerosol Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Aluminium Chlorohydrate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Clyclopentasiloxane, Parfum, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecanol, BHT, Dimethiconol, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, benzyl Alcohol, Limonene

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