Women’s Antiperspirant

Wednesday, 12 November 2008 | Tags: , , , ,

Everyone sweats, especially when your body temperature rises. Deodorant can help to mask body odour with fragrance, but to stop the sweat, antiperspirant is the answer. We put some to the test to see which work the best.

The Basics

  • Depending on your personal preference, you can choose from these different application types:

    • Solids are the most common, usually as a hard stick you rub on or a softer version that goes on almost lotion-like.

    • Liquids use a roll-on applicator but take a little time to dry.

    • Gels have little holes in the applicator and use a clicking mechanism to bring the gel to the surface. Again, these require some drying time.

    • Aerosols aren’t as popular and don’t hit the targeted area very well. However, you can share this type since there’s no skin contact.

  • If you sweat a lot and the antiperspirant you’ve chosen isn’t working then try one with a higher aluminum content. Aluminum-based antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat ducts, thereby reducing the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface.

Other Considerations

  • Fragrances range widely but can sometimes be an irritant. If you’re sensitive, try unscented.

Be Aware

  • Deodorants are not antiperspirants. Instead, they just mask the smell produced by sweat-eating bacteria. Some antiperspirants, however, may also contain a deodorant.

  • Despite claims linking antiperspirants to breast cancer and other diseases, there are no conclusive scientific studies to support this.


We tested these four unscented antiperspirants over a few weeks under some high temperature, body heat-producing activities.

Our test products: .  
  • Secret Solid: $4.99
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Dove Solid: $4.99
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Lady Speed Stick Gel: $4.99
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Certain Dri: $7.99
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com

(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

Usability Test

  • The clear choice for staying invisible on your skin and not leaving marks on your clothes went to Certain Dri and Lady Speed Stick.

  • The hard part about Certain Dri is that you have to remember to apply it at night as instructed.

Perspiration Control Test

  • For keeping our perspiration in check, we all liked the Certain Dri. We couldn’t believe how long it worked for.


Both Certain Dri and Lady Speedstick stayed true to their promise of no white marks, but when it came to keeping perspiration under control Certain Dri was certainly the best.



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