Deodorant: Ratings of Sources
Total of 25 Sources
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Do Antiperspirants Leave Unsightly White?
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests four antiperspirants' claims of leaving no white residue on clothes by comparing them with similar products that make no such claim. After exercising for an hour in black T-shirts, eight men and 12 women report the amount of residue left behind. One brand is a clear winner, but editors say antiperspirants promising no residue perform only slightly better than those that do not.
My Search for a New Deodorant
by A.J. Jacobs
Our AssessmentEsquire magazine tests dozens of deodorants, checking for scent, dryness and feel. The top five are listed and described, but most comments focus on scent rather than performance. The author's favorite, Ban Invisible Solid in Shower Fresh, offers the best combination of scent and protection.
Best of Beauty 2009 -- Body
by Editors of Allure magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Allure magazine test thousands of beauty products, both old and new, for their annual beauty awards. Winning products are listed in several categories and each is given a brief description. Testing criteria, however, is not explained and the non-winning products are not listed. Secret Clinical Strength Advanced Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant Waterproof makes the list for the Deodorant category.
Shape of Beauty Awards 2010
by Editors of Shape magazine
Our AssessmentShape magazine's staff, readers and beauty experts test beauty products in several categories for their seventh consecutive annual beauty awards. A drugstore and department store winner is chosen for most categories, but two drugstore brands make the list for deodorant. Dove Ultimate Beauty Care is chosen for its moisturizing capabilities. Secret Sheer Mineral also makes the list but judging criteria aren't clear.
Natural Beauty from A to Z
by Editors of Better Nutrition magazine
Our AssessmentFor their third annual beauty awards, editors of Better Nutrition magazine list 58 winning beauty and personal care products in several categories. All products are made of natural ingredients and are tested for efficacy. Non-winning products, however, are not discussed. Three natural deodorants from Mill Creek Botanicals, TCCD and Crystal make the list.
by Eliza Truitt
Our AssessmentIn this dated but thorough article, Eliza Truitt tests eight antiperspirants and deodorants against three different types of odors -- "old stink," "stress sweat" and "workout sweat." Secret Platinum Protection deodorant performs the best in all three tests, although Lady Mitchum Clear Gel and Crystal Stick Deodorant come close. Truitt suggests that clear or gel formulas perform better than standard formulas.
"Invisible" Deodorants for Women
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentIn this video review, testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test "invisible" deodorants to see if they leave marks on clothing and to determine how difficult it is to remove the marks. Lady Speedstick 24/7 Powder Burst Gel outperforms the solid brands, but testers say that Dove Ultimate Clear and Degree Ultra Clear Women also leave minimal marks that can easily be wiped away with a damp towel.
by Editors of TruthInAging.com
Our AssessmentEditors of TruthInAging.com analyze ingredients of beauty products in order to determine whether they are safe to use. Those that pass the ingredient evaluation are tested to determine if they live up to their claims or cause any harm. Several products are reviewed and recommended in various categories and the website is regularly updated with new recommendations. There are four deodorant brands recommended on the site, as of press time, including Pristine Recovery Take a Whiff Natural Deodorant, Dermalogica Environmental Control Deodorant, Desert Essence Aluminum Free Dry By Nature Deodorant and MBeze Natural Deodorette and Dabber Dust. Editors warn, however, that natural and aluminum-free deodorant does a better job of keeping odor away than keeping you dry.
The Best Deodorants
by Sarah Smith
Our AssessmentTesters at Real Simple magazine analyze more than 60 deodorants and choose one for each of the six categories. A brief description of each product is given but non-winning products are not mentioned. Winning deodorants include products from Dove, Soft & Dri, Secret, Dermadoctor, Tom's of Maine and Donna Karan.
Smell Fresh, Naturally
by Olessa Pindak
Our AssessmentEditors of Natural Health magazine test 37 aluminum-free deodorants in the dead of summer in order to find the best. Twelve products are listed as the best, though some categories are a bit redundant. Natural deodorant from Dr. Hauschka, Dermalogica and Kiss My Face, among others, make the list. Non-winning products, however, are not mentioned.
2010 Readers' Choice Award Winners
by Meirav Devash
Our AssessmentAllure magazine polls readers to find top-rated makeup, skin, hair and body products. Fifty winners make the list, including one deodorant: Secret Flawless Invisible Solid. Non-winning products aren't mentioned, however.
Deodorants Buying Guide
by Editors of TheGreenGuide.com
Our AssessmentEditors of TheGreenGuide.com give tips for choosing safe and natural deodorant brands. They recommend avoiding products with parabens, fragrance and antibacterials among other things. Top natural deodorants are chosen based on their ingredient list, third-party certification and recyclable packaging. The efficacy of products is not considered, however.
Secret Antiperspirant: Clinical Strength without a Prescription
by "Right Brain"
Our AssessmentCosmetics chemists at TheBeautyBrains.com, a blog devoted to beauty reviews based on science, say that Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant lives up to its claims of reducing wetness and eliminating odor. They point to findings by the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, which back up these claims.
by Editors of Men's Health magazine
Our AssessmentExperts for Men's Health magazine recommend using Certain Dri at night to relieve excessive daytime sweating. Underarms should be washed in the morning to remove excess antiperspirant, though, in order to avoid skin irritation. A standard antiperspirant with deodorant, such as Mitchum Clear Gel Antiperspirant, can then be applied in the morning for extra protection. Products mentioned in the article are not rated.
by Editors of Men's Fitness magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Men's Fitness magazine list six recommended deodorant for men based on personality types and activity levels. Products from Mitchum, Axe, Burt's Bees, Old Spice, Gillette and ClarinsMen make the list. Some of the deodorants listed are suggested for their scent, while others are recommended for their effectiveness. It's not clear, however, if any of these products were actually tested.
Want a Fresh, Green Deodorant? Don't Sweat It!
by Marisa Belger
Our AssessmentIn this article, Marisa Belger discusses what she has learned through personal experience with natural deodorant. She provides application tips, ingredients to avoid and suggestions of products that have worked well for her and her husband. Belger's all-time favorite natural deodorant is Dr. Hauschka Deodorant, which she admits is expensive. She also recommends Weleda Deodorant Spray and Burt's Bees Herbal Deodorant. Crystal Body Deodorant, however, is best used as a paperweight, she says.
by Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Our AssessmentContributors to MakeupAlley.com rate and review more than 300 deodorants. Top products, including deodorants from Certain Dri, Kiss My Face, Fresh, Crystal and Kiehl's, are reviewed numerous times and receive high ratings overall.
Antiperspirants and Deodorants
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentUsers rate and review dozens of men's, women's and natural deodorants at Drugstore.com. Most deodorants only receive a handful of comments, but some get more than 100 reviews. Among those with the most reviews, Secret, Crystal and Certain Dri deodorants rate the highest.
Antiperspirant and Deodorant
by Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentMore than 200 antiperspirants and deodorants are posted for review at TotalBeauty.com but Secret and Dove products are reviewed more often than any other brand. Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant Ultimate Clear in Smooth Cashmere, Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Secret Original Solid and Secret Scent Expressions get the highest ratings of those that are reviewed more than 100 times.
Deodorants and Antiperspirants
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentHundreds of deodorants and antiperspirants are listed for sale at Amazon.com, but most only receive a handful, if any, reviews. Certain Dri Roll-On Antiperspirant, Dove Clinical Protection and Secret Clinical Protection are all reviewed more than 100 times with high overall ratings. Gillette Clinical Strength Advanced Solid Antiperspirant is not reviewed quite as often, but does well in reviews.
by Contributors to Walgreens.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than 100 deodorants listed for sale at Walgreens.com, but most are only reviewed a handful of times, if any. Still, consumer opinion here resembles that found at other reputable sites. Certain Dri Roll-On, Crystal Body Deodorant Stick and Almay Clear Gel are the only deodorants that receive more than 20 reviews. All receive above average ratings.
Easy Ways to Stay Dry
by Editors of Shape magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Shape magazine discuss tips for controlling excessive sweat, including wearing light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing and using an antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride. Editors recommend consulting a physician if sweat is excessive even with low activity level and cool weather. Various physician-prescribed treatments, including Drysol and Botox injections, are discussed but over-the-counter brands are not mentioned.
Smells Fine to Me
by Toshi Knell
Our AssessmentToshi Knell of New Scientist magazine claims that there are only three differences between men's and women's deodorant: advertising, packaging and fragrance. What's more, both types contain similar fragrance notes and are as suitable for either gender as personal preference allows. Specific products are not rated or discussed.
by Editors of CosmeticsDatabase.com
Our AssessmentThis website, sponsored by the Environmental Working Group, hosts a cosmetic safety database known as Skin Deep. The database lists thousands of beauty products and gives them a hazard score. Products with a score of 0-2 are considered a low hazard, while a score of 3-6 is moderate and a score of 7-10 is a high hazard. Each product has its own page with a listing of the hazards that its ingredients are linked to, such as cancer, reproductive problems and allergies. In addition to listing hazardous ingredients, the website also states whether or not a company engages in animal testing. There are more than 500 deodorants listed, most of which have low to moderate hazard scores. While this site is very informative, it does not consider the effectiveness of any products that it rates, nor does it consider the likelihood of skin irritations. But this is an interesting reference source.
Ask Men's Health
by Editors of Men's Health magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Men's Health magazine explain why yellow stains in the armpit area occur and how to remove them. Editors recommend waiting for antiperspirant to dry completely before getting dressed in order to prevent stains from occurring. No specific products are discussed in this article.