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I can never find the perfect deodorant. I figured since a lot of people here exercise you must have some good recommendations.

I need one that doesn't show white streaks. I've tried the clear gel ones but they go on really wet and never dry and just rub off on my clothes.

When I try the white sticks they usually end up getting all clumpy which doesn't look too classy when I'm wearing tank tops.

Smell or BO isn't really an issue, but I tend to sweat if I'm wearing garments that are really close or tight around my armpits.

And mens or womens is fine, I don't really care who its made for.

 

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So you want an anti-perspirant and deodorant, or just a deodorant? 

Secret Platinum soft solid works fine for me. If you let it dry properly before dressing, it doesn't powder up too much onto a tank top. If you're wearing a black tank, though, it does show a tiny bit. It's not clumpy; it just gets a little on the shirt. You just have to be sure not to apply too much, because then it will clump. The Platinum is great even for a stinky sweater like me, and you don't need to use a ton of it. Bonus, it smells great. I sometimes get compliments on my "perfume" and have to (blushingly) admit it's really just my deodorant.

I use Mitchum, I have for years. I read a comparison article in a teen magazine and it was one they tested (I think it was best at not leaving white marks). I recently bought another deoderant by Adidas because it was on sale and I thought I'd try something different. Now I realize Mitchum really is better, you really can skip a day like their slogan says, I get stinky a lot faster with the Adidas one. I can't say I've ever gotten clumps, with any I've used.

I swear by Ban. It smells great, goes on clear, & you can put it on right after you shave & it won't irritate you at all.
But then again, I don't really sweat too much, so depending how you are, you may need something stronger.

The 'Secret' antiperpirant comes in yummy scents (the ones with the sparkly labels - I love the vanilla chai and cocoa butter ones) which don't have the usual 'deoderant stench'... and they never seem to lump, stain or show. I can't STAND 'blossom' or 'shower-fresh' scents but these are great.

I always used "Secret" (for about 9 or ten years) and then I developed a skin rash from it.  My grandmother had breast cancer and she has sent my mom natural deodorants, that do not contain Aluminum Chlorohydrate, which has been linked to breast cancer.  I personally use "Crystal, Body Deodorant Stick"  it is Hypoallergenic, Fragrance and Paraben Free.  It does not leave a residue and works very well at preventing odors.  Another one I use is Alba Botanica, which I need to apply atleast once through out the day, it also does not rub off on clothing. I have used Tom's Of Maine Deodorants, too.  Tom's uses hops to reduce odor causing bacteria when you sweat.
I think you wanted antipersprants, but  they really aren't healthy for you.  Your body needs to sweat.  Gross, definitely too much information but, I think that's what happened to me: clogged sweat glands/irritated lympnodes. Severe pain and rash.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer too. If you don't put the whole box on , it shouldn't leave a mark.  I have read that sage is a deodorizer too. 
I probably wasn't any help.  Antipersperant is not good.  Maybe take a shower after exercising or wash your underarms through out the day.  Reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Baking soda can help with wetness too.
Yes but no one wants sweat making the pits of their shirts wet...
then pat off your pits.  it's better than clogging them.
Original Post by twink:
I probably wasn't any help.  Antipersperant is not good.  Maybe take a shower after exercising or wash your underarms through out the day.  Reduce your risk of breast cancer.

There has been no conclusive evidence to support that antiperspirant causes cancer. It is largely considered to be an urban myth, much like reusing plastic bottles giving you cancer is an urban myth.

To the OP, I LOVE Degree for women. It helps a lot with taking care of my sweat. It also doesn't show on my skin. You do have to be careful if you put it on before your clothes, though, because it could come off on your shirt while you're putting it on. Might help if you let it dry first. But yeah, it's one of the few that I've tried that really works for me. Smells great, too.

I was using Dove for quite some time but it was giving me hidradentis suppurativa - not as bad as this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidradenitis_sup purativa

but still pretty painful and gross and discovered lots of women were getting variances of the condition so I wouldn't recommend that to my worse enemy

I swtched to men's Mitchum clear gel and haven't had any problems since. its a gel but doesn't seem to take long to dry usually I put it on as soon as I step out of the shower then put on my lotions, face stuff and then get dressed

 

I'm afraid to try women's stuff again due to my dove nightmare

Original Post by dbackerfan:

I was using Dove for quite some time but it was giving me hidradentis suppurativa - not as bad as this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidradenitis_sup purativa

but still pretty painful and gross and discovered lots of women were getting variances of the condition so I wouldn't recommend that to my worse enemy

I swtched to men's Mitchum clear gel and haven't had any problems since. its a gel but doesn't seem to take long to dry usually I put it on as soon as I step out of the shower then put on my lotions, face stuff and then get dressed

I'm afraid to try women's stuff again due to my dove nightmare

 

I've used dove for sensitive skin since I was...um...like 8 years old or so and I've never had a problem. Sorry to hear this. I love dove!

Not fighting, but just stating some info:
Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin's surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects (3). Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer (3). Some research has focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body?s cells (4). Although parabens are used in many cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical products, according to the FDA, most major brands of deodorants and antiperspirants in the United States do not currently contain parabens. Consumers can look at the ingredient label to determine if a deodorant or antiperspirant contains parabens. Parabens are usually easy to identify by name, such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben. The National Library of Medicine?s Household Products Database also has information about the ingredients used in most major brands of deodorants and antiperspirants. This database is available at http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.ht m on the Internet.

More research is needed to specifically examine whether the use of deodorants or antiperspirants can cause the buildup of parabens and aluminum-based compounds in breast tissue. Additional research is also necessary to determine whether these chemicals can either alter the DNA in some cells or cause other breast cell changes that may lead to the development of breast cancer.

Of course there are many different studies to find out what is causing breast cancer.  I am in no way saying I know all about it.  But knowing that antiperspirent clogs the sweat glands, does not sound good to me. 

And about plastics BPA: Suspect of being hazardous to humans already in the 1930s, in 2007 Bisphenol A has become controversial because it mimics estrogen and thus could induce hormonal responses.
They say only certain types of plastics are risky.  Don't you think it is weird to taste plastic when you eat or drink from plastic containers? 


edit: If someone reads the entire article(which I know I didn't post), you have to wonder why it goes on to state all that stuff.

Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream.  I would rather go with natural stuff than man made stuff.  All of the studies that they are still doing makes me not want to use antiperspirants.  I don't care what anyone else does.

Why don't you post the entire article from the NCI instead of just the bits that tentatively support your claim?

From the same fact sheet quoted above:

However, researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer.

Anyhow, I'm going to try Ban I think, I haven't had too much success with the other brands listed.

I use a product called Drysol.  It is something that you put before bed about 2 to 3 times a week, and then proceed normally with a shower and regular antiperspirant the next day.  It is expensive, about 25$ for a small bottle, but in my opinion, totally worth it.  I used to sweat through tight fitted shirt, even when I was just at the office, but now there is nothing.  You don't need a prescription to have it (here in Ontario anyways), but you have to ask the pharmacist for it.  I had tried a number of deodorants and antiperspirants, and this is the only thing that works.

http://www.buydrysol.com

 

yeah I guess the only way to solve the stains on my clothes problem is to take some time to let it dry.

I'll try Secret first I guess. I got their chai scented one before and I don't think I had too many problems with it. I've been using Degree mens for over a year now because they have one that comes in a clear stick. But I had to stop using it because I couldn't find it anymore.

Thanks for all of your help!

I'm a Degree girl.  The kind that's "Little Black Dress Approved" works very well and doesn't leave any white gunk in my armpits.  I sweat quite a bit and Degree has always worked for me.

However, no matter what I use on my armpits I get huge painful knots under there.  So I try not to wear anything if I'm just going to be around the house and wash my armpits if I get to sweating.

I use secert spray...i havent had a problem with it and it works  really well.

I have tried several of the women's brands and they always left a bad rash on me. So I started experimenting with mens deodorants. I like Old Spice Red Zone but it has a strong Old Spice odor for me. I have recently switched to Speed Stick for men (regular). It works well for me. I sweat less under my arms and I don't smell at the end of the day (I work out in fields). So its a keeper for me.

Original Post by maryfway:

I use a product called Drysol. It is something that you put before bed about 2 to 3 times a week, and then proceed normally with a shower and regular antiperspirant the next day. It is expensive, about 25$ for a small bottle, but in my opinion, totally worth it. I used to sweat through tight fitted shirt, even when I was just at the office, but now there is nothing. You don't need a prescription to have it (here in Ontario anyways), but you have to ask the pharmacist for it. I had tried a number of deodorants and antiperspirants, and this is the only thing that works.

http://www.buydrysol.com

I hate getting wet pits on tighter shirts, I'm in Ontario too so maybe I'll check it out.

I have a few of them, depending on what I am doing that week.

Secret Platinum: Good general use anti persp/deoderant

Dove: anti persp/deoderant, it's really good if you are going to have a superhard, intense workout or disgustingly hot day

Certain Dry: This is good if you just don't want to sweat AT ALL. You have to put it on the night before and let it dry.  It can be a little itchy before it dries. It also lasts several days.  After you use it for a while, you only have to put it on once or twice per week.

You probably already know this, but just in case... It's better not to put it on after you shave, because of bumps and irritation and rashes.Check what fabric your shirts are made from.  Some synthetic materials and synthetic/cotton blends will show the smallest amount of sweat even if you are not really sweating.  Also, the odor in the armpit can partly be caused by decomposing skin cells and sweat, even if you have an excellent anti persp/deoderant.  So if you wear a tight shirt, maybe go for sleeveless or just a strappy shirt and completely dump the tiny sleeve shirts.  Hope that helps.

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