More experts choose Secret Clinical Strength as the best deodorant than any other product. It contains 20 percent aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine, an active antiperspirant ingredient that's just short of prescription strength. Secret also contains moisturizers to ensure that it is less irritating than prescription antiperspirants. Secret Clinical Strength comes in solid form and is available in 10 varieties, including one for sensitive skin.
Excellent protection without a prescription. Secret Clinical Strength contains 20 percent aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine, which is within over-the-counter guidelines but is purported to provide comparable wetness protection to prescription-strength deodorants and antiperspirants. Real Simple editors say, for maximum effectiveness the product should be applied at night. Most user reviewers at Amazon.com and Walgreens.com report that the product successfully staves off odor and wetness, and very few complain about the product leaving white marks on clothing. One Amazon.com user said hiking, exercising and horseback riding were no match for Secret Clinical Strength. A few negative reviews say the product has bulky packaging and a difficult-to-use dispenser.
Pleasant, light scent. Secret Clinical Strength comes in 10 scents: Ooh-La-La Lavender, Fresh Water Orchid, Fearlessly Fresh, All Day Fresh (waterproof), Marathon Fresh, Powder Protection, Light & Fresh, Hypoallergenic (unscented), Serene Citrus, and Calming Aloe. A TotalBeauty.com review touts the product as great-smelling, and the majority of Amazon.com and Walgreens.com reviewers say the scents are pleasant but not overpowering. There are very few complaints about irritation -- most users say the product is fine to use right after shaving, and the hypoallergenic version is great for sensitive skin.
1. Real Simple
Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant is named the best solid antiperspirant by Real Simple magazine, which tested 50 deodorants for this feature. Editors say that it is nearly as strong as prescription products but doesn't cause irritation.
Review: The Best Antiperspirants, Bora Chang, Not Dated
2. Real Simple
After testing dozens of deodorants, Real Simple magazine lists the top 10 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, Alexandra Gonzalez and Sarah Smith, Not Dated
TotalBeauty.com provides a list of the best deodorants based on hundreds of user reviews. Secret Clinical Strength comes in at No. 2, with an average score of 8.8, behind Pristine Beauty Take a Whiff Natural Deodorant. Users say Secret Clinical Strength is effective, long-lasting and smells great.
Review: 10 Best Deodorants and Antiperspirants -- and the 4 Worst, Stephanie Shum, Jan. 23, 2012
In this list of the best beauty products of 2009, Secret Clinical Strength earns the top spot for deodorant. Although the author doesn't describe any particular methodology for testing, she writes, "We ran it through the wringer -- and still managed to avoid the dry cleaner."
Review: Best of Beauty: Body, Lianna Marraro Schaffner, 2009
TheBeautyBrains.com is run by a group of cosmetic scientists who provide information about a variety of beauty products. In this article, a user asks about the efficacy of over-the-counter Secret Clinical Strength. The author cites a statement by the National Advertising Division, which says that Procter & Gamble's claims about the product's effectiveness are valid and concludes that it "appears to be the real deal."
Review: Secret Antiperspirant: Clinical Strength Without a Prescription, "Right Brain", Oct. 2, 2007
iVillage.com, a women's lifestyle site, provides a list of the 10 best deodorants on the market. Although the article mentions that the products have been tested, methodology isn't explained. Secret Clinical Strength tops the list for its ability to "[protect] against the malodorous scent produced by stress sweating, which is more pungent than your standard I'm-just-hot perspiration."
Review: Top 10 Best Deodorants for Women, Kristin Booker, July 18, 2013
Secret Clinical Strength receives generally favorable feedback, earning 4.2 out of 5 stars based on over 1,150 owner reviews. Most of the respondents say the product is effective at fighting odor and wetness, and lasts all day.
Review: Secret Clinical Strength Advanced Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
Secret Clinical Strength deodorant earns 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 19 customer reviews at Walgreens.com. Several respondents say the deodorant doesn't stain clothing and that it offers long-lasting protection and a great smell. The most common complaint among Walgreens.com users is the product's steep price.
Review: Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant and Deodorant Advanced Solid Light and Fresh, Contributors to Walgreens.com, As of October 2013