Experts say that Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant is nearly as strong as prescription antiperspirants but doesn't cause the same level of irritation. Procter & Gamble, which manufactures Secret, says this is due to the inclusion of skin moisturizers as well as the use of aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly, a gentler active ingredient than those used in prescription-strength products. Although it is more expensive than most over-the-counter deodorants, users say that it keeps them dry all day long, and some say the protection lasts for days at a time, even after showering. Some reviewers complain, though, that the dial on the packaging is difficult to turn and that dropping the deodorant causes it to splatter. If you prefer a less expensive alternative, Mitchum Power Gel Antiperspirant (*Est. $5 for 3.4 oz.) also gets good reviews and contains the same active ingredient as Secret. For the best results, Secret Clinical Strength should be applied to dry skin in the evening before bed. Men seeking a similar product should consider Gillette Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant Advanced Solid, which is also manufactured by Procter & Gamble and contains the same ingredients.
We found the best reviews for Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant in beauty magazines such as Shape, Real Simple and Chatelaine, where testing and comparisons of several products are performed. Prevention magazine doesn't test deodorants but does recommend products for conditions such as excessive sweating. User reviews at TotalBeauty.com and MakeupAlley.com are plentiful and tend to echo expert opinion.
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Testers at Shape magazine say that Secret Clinical Strength stands up well to physical activity as well as stressful situations. Editors recommend it as a good nonprescription antiperspirant for heavy sweaters.
Review: Shape of Beauty Awards 2008, Sally Wadyka, September 2008
2. Real Simple
After testing more than 60 deodorants, Real Simple magazine lists the top six performers, including Secret Clinical Strength which is called "The Best Heavy Duty" option. Testers say that it has "prescription-like power" to help maintain dryness.
Review: The Best Deodorants, Sarah Smith, August 2010
3. Real Simple
Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant is named the best solid antiperspirant by Real Simple magazine. Editors say that it is nearly as strong as prescription products but doesn't cause irritation.
Review: The Best Antiperspirants, Bora Chang, August 2007
4. Chatelaine Magazine
Editors of Chatelaine, a Canadian women's magazine, list their favorite deodorants, which include Secret Clinical Strength. The antiperspirant is said to be a bit sticky but does a good job of preventing odor.
Review: (Don't) Get Funky, Editors of Chatelaine, August 2008
5. Prevention Magazine
Editors of Prevention magazine say that Secret Clinical Strength contains the highest amount of aluminum zirconium allowed in an over-the-counter product. They recommend it for those that sweat excessively.
Review: No Sweat!, Editors of Prevention magazine, April 2007
Hundreds of reviews are posted at TotalBeauty.com for Secret Clinical Strength and most are positive. Owners say that it is a little pricey but that it is worth the extra cost because it keeps them dry without ruining clothing.
Review: Secret Clinical Strength, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Contributors to MakeupAlley.com give Secret Clinical Strength an above-average rating with many saying that it keeps them dry all day long and smells great. Some, however, complain that it is packaged poorly.
Review: Secret Clinical Strength Reviews, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com