Like many Canadians, I have been making an effort to buy more Canadian made products since news of the trade tariff war hit. One of the hardest items to switch out has been a deodorant/antiperspirant that is available in the drug stores. I have tried a bunch of natural deodorants and while I love some of them, none of them are good enough for this summer heat when I really do need an antiperspirant. After spending a good hour going through the shelves at Walmart, Rexall and Shoppers Drug Mart, I found just one that said it was made in Canada – Dry Idea. All of the others were made by just a handful of companies and imported.
Dry Idea Antiperspirant – The Only Canadian Made Drug Store Deodorant I Can Find!
Dry Idea is not 100% Canadian. While the actual product is made in Canada, it is a Henkel/Dial product. It is a happy medium for me though as it is not crossing the border even if some profit is. Plus it is providing jobs for Canadians. They have a larger range of products in the US but only the roll on variety seems to be available in Canada. Prices range from around $3 at Walmart to $5-6 at the drug stores.
I have the fragrance free one but they do have a Fresh Dry fragrance that was out of stock when I picked this up at Walmart. Hopefully they will get it back in stock soon so I can try that out too. The frugalista in me refuses to pay $6 at Shoppers for the exact same item priced at $3 elsewhere!
The packaging is a little confusing as it clearly has Made in Canada printed right on the bottle but the label says it is imported. I am going with they would not printed additional info unless needed/true. If you are buying this just because it is made in Canada, do check to ensure yours is.
Dry Idea Deodorant/Antiperspirant Review
I usually use a stick deodorant so using a roll on takes a little getting used to. I do this kind of robot stance after using it to let it dry where my arms stick out. It is fairly fast drying though. Once dry it has a silky texture that does not leave white marks on clothing. They have a stain free one named Dry Idea StainClear that you can get online from Walmart but I have not seen in stores yet. But I wear a lot of dark clothes even in summer and have had no staining.
Dry Idea Antiperspirant promises 72 hour odour protection and 48 hour wetness protection. I shower daily so do not expect that from my deodorant. It is certainly not of the same level as a Clinical type antiperspirant or something long-wear like Perspirex. That being said, it kept me dry all day and I have no issues reapplying daily. In 30c heat plus humidity, even keeping me dry all day is a plus. It does seem to be scent free and not that weird scent of unfragranced products too.
Dry Idea Unfragranced Roll On Antiperspirant
The formula of Dry Idea Antiperspirant is quite nice. It has Vitamin E and Cotton Seed Oil to help moisturize and feel smoother. It is aluminum based so nice to have something to counter the drying that can come from a high level antiperspirant. My pits were actually quite dry before I started using Dry Idea and have improved a lot even with also testing Perspirex since I switched.
Overall, it is worth switching to Dry Idea if you are looking to include more Canadian made products and need the added protection of an antiperspirant and not just a natural deodorant. Plus, no armpit detox needed before switching to it like some natural deodorants require!