If you work a typical office or retail job, you’re probably looking for a simple, effective antiperspirant that can protect against sweat and odor over the course of a workday without the potential downsides of the most powerful options. Our testing found that Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh offers a great balance between performance and comfort, with Dove’s “1/4 Moisturizer” formula engineered to keep your underarms soft, dry, and irritation-free. The scent is pleasantly crisp, if light, and seems designed specifically not to stand out or conflict with body wash, laundry detergent, or cologne. It’s an antiperspirant that doesn’t stand out in any specific area but doesn’t lack in any either- a reliable, one-stick-fits-all product for your travel kit, gym bag, or bathroom at home.
Of course, the versatility of the Dove is also the potential downside for those with more specific needs; most pressingly, it may not offer quite enough performance. Its 15% aluminum concentration was the lowest of any antiperspirant we tested, meaning it won’t be enough to stop a serious sweat problem. Despite the claim of 48-hour protection, we could feel it starting to give out at the end of a long day, and we wouldn’t recommend letting it ride longer than that without reapplication. Also, while the extra moisturizer is a positive feature, it makes for a slightly melty consistency on the “solid” stick than can leave white residue on your armpits if you’re not careful to apply it evenly. Still, these are minor concerns for an everyday-suitable antiperspirant that should work for most people.
Pros: Effective, gentle, everyday protection
Cons: Not suitable for extreme sweat control; doesn’t live up to “48-Hour” claim; can leave minor residue