The Sweet Ride: Sweaty Situations

I NEED YOUR HELP! This is a serious issue. I can laugh all I want, but it is really just to make myself feel better.

With all the stressful situations in my world right now, I have developed a problem I haven’t had in nearly a decade”¦SWEATY, SMELLY PITS. I can normally get through my work day without feeling like I smell like a pig, but the moment I get home all hell breaks loose. Or when I am at work and something unexpected comes up, I will start to smell then. I think we can all see why this is a problem, but just in case you can’t read between the lines”¦I DON’T WANT TO BE A FUNKY BRIDE! Yes, read that sentence with an attitude and a black girl neck role. (It’s OK for me to say “black girl” because I am black”¦who am I kidding, it’s funny as hell.) I just can’t do it! I don’t want to go around raising my arms and being offensive!

Before this problem, I saw articles citing research saying that stress sweat smells worse than normal sweat. Before I didn’t believe them. Before I laughed in the face of stress and threw my arms high to the sky and twirled for the world to smell. Well, now I am getting comments from Papa Scooter that I should look at doing something about it. Even Mr. Scooter has suggested that I use his deodorant.

I am currently using Secret, but she isn’t good at keeping them. So I am thinking maybe Degree. When I used to have this problem I had prescription strength, and I used clinical protection for a while. I thought I had it all under control, so I started using regular deodorant. Surprise surprise, that has gotten me nowhere.

What should I do? Which clinical protection is better, Degree or Secret? Would powder help this situation?


Mrs. Scooter

Wedding Date:
September 2013

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    jmaeberry 85 posts, Worker bee @ 9:53 am

    I used to have this problem. After trying SOOO many deodorants, I landed on the cheapest one out there… Ban! Works like a charm for me.

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    NVACat 349 posts, Helper bee @ 9:55 am

    I definitely vote for the degree clinical strength. I like secret as well, but always feel like I have to reapply.

    I think I might be the sweatiest person on the face on the plannet, and I got married in July—in a giantic dress–outside–in Virginia. But Degree worked like a charm. And I totally reapplied while we were bussling my dress.

    I also set the thermostat in my dressing room SUPER low (like 60). we were all freezing while we were getting ready but it meant I didn’t start sweating until I got that dress on.

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    pocketfox 677 posts, Busy bee @ 9:59 am

    I found Degree Clinical Strength to be great while hiking in Israel.

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    ScarletMiller 34 posts, Newbee @ 10:19 am

    I have hyperhydrosis and my doctor recommended CertainDri to me and it’s awesome! I had gotten lax about using it and was just using regular clinical strength deodorants, but they don’t work nearly as well without the CertainDri. I definitely need to get back on the regimen of using it- my shower was this past weekend and I was sweating through my dress!
    It definitely does the trick!

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    solsticedark 254 posts, Helper bee @ 12:18 pm

    I always use lady mitchum deodorant I can’t use that other stuff.

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    keliz 11 posts, Newbee @ 12:38 pm

    I used to have this same problem too. I tried Certain Dri, and the clinical versions of Secret and Degree-neither of them worked.

    I swear by my Avon deodorant called “Feeling Fresh”. It’s less than a $1.00 for a tube and it’s my stand-by. :)

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    msscooter 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:39 pm

    Thank you ladies. These are great suggestions! Sounds like I have 4-5 deodorant options along with some practical tips I could you! You all are awesome!

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    Sara, Guest @ 1:46 pm

    Be very careful with Certain Dri. I tried using it beginning in junior high when my sweating was out of control, and that stuff hurts like hell. Seriously, just thinking about it now makes me tear up. It BURNS.

    I have used Secret Clinical and Degree Clinical off and on for a few years and they work the best for me (though I put on a lot — use it at night AND in the morning, and more than two clicks!). The waterproof Secret Clinical I think is the best but I prefer the smell of a couple others.

    Good luck!! I feel your pain. :)

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    scone 181 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:54 pm

    Honestly, Dove Clinical works better for my chemistry sometimes and sometimes Secret Clinical. There was no way I could get away from stinking at our wedding (it was 106 outside)… if you start feeling less than fresh you can take an alcohol wipe and clean off your pits to reapply. Good luck!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:35 pm

    Girl, Mr. PT always makes fun of me for wearing the ‘sport’ clinical protection deodorant because I do not even REMOTELY play sports. My pits are cray. I also once read that your body’s chemicals start to accept the chemicals in deodorant, therefore rendering it useless, so I change it every ‘stick’. I alternate between Secret Clinical Sport Protection and Degree Clinical Sport Protection. Both work VERY well, but I have to be diligent about the switching because my body is apparently on its A-game.

    Sending you tons of luck! Gah, what a thing to have to worry about. <3

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:10 am

    I just want to put in a vote for Cerain Dri. It works well.

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    sapphire-dreamer 3478 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:33 am

    I like Degree. Even My FI uses it.
    Secret or Dove are great too
    But Degree.

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    Kristin, Guest @ 8:41 am

    I had exactly the same problem. Saw “Sweat Block.” Bought a box of 8 packets, had to use them for about 3 consecutive days, but it was a freaking miracle. Supersaturated wipes of the active ingredient in antiperspirant. It worked better for me than certain dri.

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