Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Influenster Review: Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

So for this product I have three criteria that I am testing for, two directly from the product claims and one is the basic daily use criteria. 

The primary concern is, does this prevent wetness and smell over the course of one day as that is how I imagine most people will use this. 

The first claim of the product is "keep it clear" along with the claim on the influenster card that it "leaves fewer white marks on clothes than the next leading invisible solid" so I tested to see if there were any white marks on clothing.

The second claim of the product is "48HR" which is expanded on the influenster card of "48 hour odor and wetness protection" and I did go for 48 hours without showering to see if this would really handle that.



Before I cover the claims of the product and how it worked for me, I want to include all of the text on the packaging because I know it is not the easiest thing to read text on pictures.



Front of the Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant text:

keep it CLEAR 48HR

CLEAR GEL
Secret
OUTLAST
completely clean

ALUMINUM ZIRCONIUM OCTACHLOROHYDRE GLY
ANTIPERSPIRANT/DEODORANT



Back of the Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant text:

Dist. by PROCTER & GAMBLE, CINCINNATI, OH 45202.
Question? 1-800-964-1947

Drug Facts
Active Ingredient - Purpose
Aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrex Gly 16% (anhydrous) - Antiperspirant

Use reduces underarm wetness

Warnings
For external use only.
Do not use on broken skin
Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease
Stop use if rash or irritation occurs
Keep out of reach of children.  If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Directions
  • apply to underarms only
  • apply 2-3 clicks as needed

Inactive Ingredients water, alcohol denat., propylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, trisiloxane, calcium chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, fragrance

www.secret.com

Now on with the review:

First I would like to state that I have only used solid deodorants for the last couple of decades so the feel of the gel was something I had to get used to.  Also, I felt like I had to hold my arms up for a minute or two after applying so that it would dry because otherwise my underarms felt wet when applying, but that wasn't a total surprise because it is a gel.

The weather has been 80-82 degrees fahrenheit in the house the last few days, and up to 100 outside, but I have spent the whole two weeks I have been reviewing in the house during the day.  My activity level has mostly been sitting or sleeping so nothing that should have built up a sweat.

It did take two clicks per underarm to give a good amount of coverage.  I did notice that after using, if there was even the slightest amount of pressure on the container that more would come out of the holes at the top.

To the first criteria, did it keep me dry and odor free for one whole day?  Not really, granted it has been warm in the house most days, but I don't consider 80 to be beyond what a regular deodorant should be able to handle.

To the second criteria, were there any white marks on the clothing?  None were noticed during the two weeks that I was trying out this deodorant.

To the third criteria, did it last 48 hours of odor and wetness protection?  Absolutely not!  On the second day of wear I was telling my husband that my underarms felt damp, for the whole day, and I even did this test when I knew it would be around 70 for two days in a row.

Will I be continuing to use this deodorant now that I have completed the review?  Maybe I will try it again in winter since there is still plenty left, but even still, I am not really looking forward to continuing to use this product, but I also don't like wasting anything.  Hopefully it will work better when it is cooler, but I will not be buying this for myself. 

This deodorant did surprise me in its lack of working because Secret is a brand I see advertised all of the time and I have never heard anything bad about it.  It is possible it just doesn't work for me and would work for someone else. I don't think it is solely because it is a gel as my husband uses a gel deodorant and has for at least two decades as well.