I have been using Secret for about a year and a half now, but it’s still not working. I am constantly sweating through my clothes at least three times a day. What can I use to stop this?
—Kristina, New York City
No matter what you’re trying to keep from showing under your clothing or how much excess sweat you’re shedding all day long, there’s no substitute for the right kind of deodorant that will work as intended. The wrong kind of product is likely to leave your pits feeling sticky and irritated, potentially leading you to perspire more than usual in order to compensate for its shortcomings. In addition, too many products clog up pores with little benefit beyond masking body odor temporarily with fragrance alone (it also adds unnecessary bulk.)
If nothing else works despite switching brands and even different types of deodorants — set aside any worries that one ingredient might be doing damage — then try our favorite natural antiperspirant: Seventh Generation’s Dry Spray Antiperspirant ($7; seventhgeneration.com). This lotion-based formula contains tea tree oil, which has antimicrobial properties helpful against bacteria associated with body odor such as Staphylococcus Aureus (staph), Propionibacter spp., Candida albicans , Trichophyton mentagrophytes , Corynebacterium diphtheriae , Microsporum gypseum . Antimicro