Word on the Street: roll-on or spray?

Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:23 pm
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Leon Piper | Drive producer

It’s a question as old as time itself. Or at least as long as there’s been two choices in the deodorant department — choosing between roll-on and spray-on deodorant is an issue that afflicts many of us as we stand in the aisle at the supermarket.

But which do people prefer, and which really is better?

Deodorant has a long history. In the 1880s it debuted as a cream to run on your underarms. In the 1950s it evolved into a roll-on canister, then later an aerosol spray. A study released in 2013 showed that 61% of men surveyed used spray, however, only 32% of women opted for spray.

To find out why, let’s take a look at some stats:

Pros and cons

Spray Roll-on
Pros Cons Pros Cons

Quicker to dry

Refreshing and cool

Won’t leak when travelling

Tough to get through an airport

Can induce coughing



Compact size

Better for the environment



Can produce tiger stripes on clothes

Hard to use when running low

The numbers

Jeziel spent most of his day going around the office asking opinions, and later opened it up to the text line: 0429 985 985.

The verdict: the 98five family prefers roll-on.

Good points were made about caring for the environment, staining skin and ruining lungs.

The final percentages worked out to be roughly 75% in favour of roll-on.

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