Beauty biz – NO SWEAT!

It’s been said that ladies don’t sweat – they perspire.  But we’re not particularly fond of either.


How to choose from the latest crops on the shelves?  Whether it’s stress, humidity or exertion that’s sending your underarms into overdrive, there’s something out there so you don’t have to sweat it.  Find your best options to stay dry and keep clothes stain-free below.

  • Best For Worrywarts:

Degree Clinical Protection Stress Control Antiperspirant-Deodorant – approx. $6

Stress induced clamminess is not the same as heat-triggered sweating, so calming ingredients are incorporated.  Scent: Eucalyptus and Lavender.

  • Best for Everyday Wear:

Dove Advanced Care Clear Tone Antiperspirant-Deodorant, in clear tone pink rose – approx. $7

Calendula and Sunflower seed oils keep armpits smooth and odor-free for up to 48 hours.  Scent: a fruity, floral with notes of violet, rose and raspberry blossom.

  • Best for Dressing Up:

Ralph Lauren Romance Deodorant stick – approx. $20

A deodorant scented with a favourite fragrance helps class up this malodorous area.  Scent: Rose, ginger, musk and chamomile.

Or; Clinique Roll-on Antiperspirant-Deodorant  (approx. $12) will not ruin or stain clothing.

  • Best for Long Summer Days:

Dry Idea Clinical Stain Clear Solid Antiperspirant-Deodorant – approx. $8

Made with less wax than traditional sticks have, it won’t cause yellow sweat stains.  Scent: white flowers and fruit.

  • Best for Earth Mothers:

Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant – approx. $6

An aluminum and paraben free option for those who steer clear of artificial fragrances and chemicals.  Scent: None.

Or; Dr. Hauschka fresh Deodorant – approx. $23

  • Best for Working Out:

Secret Clinical Strength Clear Gel Antiperspirant-Deodorant gel – approx. $8

This light gel formula curbs wetness without leaving a chalky residue on tight-fitting workout garb.  Scent: Melon, apricot, linden blossom, cucumber and sandalwood.

DE-ODOR DECODER – the types to know:


Masks the smell of sweat. Ingredients like triclosan control the underarm bacteria that cause BO.


Contains aluminum salt, which keeps sweat glands from perspiring. “All antiperspirants are deodorants, but simple deodorants aren’t antiperspirants,” says Susan Biehle-Hulette, Secret’s senior scientist.

Clinical-Strength Formulas

Serious sweat issues used to call for a prescription. Not anymore. “These deliver prescription-strength odor and wetness protection,” says Douglas C. Tomczak, deodorant research and development manager at Unilever.


Injections of botulinum toxin A — which disables the armpits’ sweat glands — have been approved by the FDA to treat severe underarm sweating.

So I hope this helps you to stay Calm and stay Dry so you don’t have to SWEAT the small stuff.

Other things to consider: you don’t want the scent of your deodorant (should you choose scented) to compete with the scent of your perfume or body lotion so keep that in mind when choosing one.