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Those Darn Yellow Monsters

June 14, 2011

Although the official start of summer hasn’t arrived yet, the 90+ degree weather in most of the country probably has you feeling like summer is in full swing…and if you’re like me it has you sweating up a storm. You know what I’m talking about, you step outside and you’re dripping with sweat in five minutes, and while that sweaty, disheveled look might work for t.v. lifeguards it’s not so great for the average guy. It’s a dilemma I’ve run into summer after summer- how to stay looking neat and put together when pit stains are a constant threat. What are us Average Joes to do about those unwelcome yellow monsters that wreck our best shirts? I’ll admit that I used to scoff at those overly dramatic antiperspirant commercials, but I finally decided that enough was enough and I went on the hunt for a solution to my sweaty little problem. Here are the antiperspirants that I tried out and a brief summary of my overall impression of each one:

  • Degree Clinical Protection– Very pricey. It states on the box that it will last through the day, even after showering, but it transferred onto my hands in the shower and made them feel plasticky and weird. I didn’t notice any reduction in under-arm perspiration and for about $11.00 I sure did expect more out of this product.

  • Arm & Hammer Ultra Max Invisible Solid (Wide Stick)- This deodorant/antiperspirant had a nice, fresh smell and was decently effective at reducing under-arm perspiration. A 2.8 oz size only lasted me a few weeks though because so much product rubbed off every time I used it. It was decently priced at around $3.00 and was only kind of invisible. Overall this was a very underwhelming product.
  • Old Spice Sweat Defense– I bought this product because it was on sale, and frankly that was the only thing that ended up being outstanding about it. I flew through this stick of antiperspirant and didn’t really notice any benefit at all. That’s really all there is to say about this product, it was completely forgettable.

Gillette Clinical Odor Shield– This was actually the first clinical strength antiperspirant I tried out, but thGillette Clinical Odor Shield Anti-Perspirant & Deodorante first time I tried it I wasn’t impressed. However, I recently gave it another try, reread the directions and took the time to really rub it in until it turned clear like the package said (useful instructions? how on earth!) and what do ya know? It worked this time. I have been very impressed this go around with this antiperspirant. It doesn’t rub off on clothing and it actually has kept its promise and stopped excessive sweating. I was really shocked that it worked this time and for about $7.00 I’d say it’s worth checking out. This is my pick for winner and I won’t be switching any time soon.

What do you guys think about these? Has anybody tried out anything that they’re nuts about? Let me know if you have any good suggestions for keeping sweat stains at bay.

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