Lately, I’ve noticed that my Dove antiperspirant-deodorant hasn’t been doing a great job. Maybe I’m working out more. Maybe it’s just given up. I don’t know.
So I’m giving two new deodorants a shot. Both are “clinical strength,” and both are that smooshy white stuff that comes up through holes. What do you call that exactly? Because Secret calls it a smooth solid, but that’s not really accurate. Degree doesn’t really call it anything.
They are comparable in price (with Degree being 20 cents less than Secret at Target). But are the comparable in strength?
Both have 20% Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly (anhydrous), which is the active ingredient meant to stop perspiration and absorb moisture, and other ingredients are also similar.
Today, I’m wearing both deodorants. Secret went under my right arm, and Degree went under my left.
So far, I can say that Secret smells better. It’s a light scent, and I can’t smell it when it’s on. I can’t stand smelling anything all day (which is part of the reason I rarely wear perfume). Degree smells a bit like … bathroom cleaner. Not my favorite, but I can’t smell this one when it’s on, either.
I spent a good amount of time outside this morning, on a very humid Florida day (though the temperature was a fairly low 78). The rest of me was a bit damp, but my armpits stayed dry. Bonus!
I’ll let you know how the full test goes. So far, they are both beating out the traditional Dove deodorant.
TEST NO. 1 (The Heat Test)
The specifics: It’s 84 degrees outside, about 70% humidity. Mostly sunny. I’m wearing a black T-shirt with a black tank under it, and jeans. I just walked about a mile in 26 minutes (a stroll around the lake).
The verdict: Both sides are a little damp. Not wet, like I would have experienced with other deodorants, but they are not 100% dry. I’d say they are 85% dry. As far as odor, both sides still smell like deodorant … and I had to stick my nose way in there to even get that smell.
Test No. 2 (The Sniff Test)
Inspired by my friend Jennifer on Twitter, I took this test to a whole new level. I asked my fiance to smell my armpits.
You’re probably thinking there is just no way. Gross! Pit sniffing is too far out there!
But he did it! It took some coaxing and some “you owe me”s, but he eventually gave in.
The specifics: It had been a long day, full of adventures both outside and in. You could tell by the state of my hair that I’d been good and sweaty during part of the day.
The verdict: The Secret side smelled like … perfume. Zero B.O. Excellent! The Degree side smelled like … nothing. Chris couldn’t detect any kind of odor.
Secret is easy to use. Two clicks and you get enough product for one application. If you like a pleasant-smelling deodorant, this is perfect for you.
Degree is also easy to use, but it takes more than two clicks to get enough product out to use it. They have a bit of work to do on that front. If you like the scent of your deodorant to fade so you just smell like you, this is perfect for you.
Both: They go on clear and don’t leave white marks on my clothing. I didn’t get 100% dryness with either, but it was really close. They both last through a full work day and through activity. I haven’t tested them at the gym yet, for an hourlong workout, but that will happen sometime in the future.
What I really want to know is if I can go to the gym at lunchtime and rely on my antiperspirant enough that I won’t have to take a shower to go back to work. If I can skip the shower, I can work out longer, but not if I’m going to smell bad.