Living in tropical countries means there’s no escaping the heat and humidity; so perspiration and odours are bound to happen. If you’re dreading the embarrassing sweat stains that ruin your shirt, or smelling less than pleasant by mid-day (or both), we’re here to help.
Colognes and perfume can only do so much to help to mask the smell but can’t prevent perspiration. What you really need is a good antiperspirant and deodorant to keep you feeling fresh and dry throughout the day. Simply put, antiperspirant stops you from sweating, while deodorant stops you from smelling. Here’s a list of brands that offer the most effective antiperspirants and deodorants in the market.
This year, the Canadian athleisure label introduced its Anti-Stink grooming line. Its Anti-Stink deodorants are filled with prebiotics and zinc, which keep odour-forming bacteria at bay so that users can sweat without the fear of leaving an odour. The deodorant comes in options of Aloe Lotus or Black Pepper Sandalwood, which has a spicier and stronger fragrance.
Instead of using harmful ingredients like parabens and phthalate, Helmm opts for natural alternatives like bacteria-inhibiting Bergan oil and wild peppercorn essence in its deodorant or antiperspirant formula. These ingredients neutralise both sweat and odour throughout the day. The New York brand scores bonus points for its eco-friendliness: Its products come in cartridges made from recyclable plastics. These are encased within reusable containers, so you can simply replace the cartridge once it’s empty.
Jack Black combines the best of both worlds with its Pit Boss Antiperspirant and Deodorant, a dual-function product that controls sweat production and leaves a clean, natural scent. Other than being hypoallergenic and vegan approved, it contains vitamin E and aloe leaf juice, which help to soothe skin sensitivity and inflammation.
An alternative to the conventional sprays and roll-ons, Kiehl’s Antiperspirant and Deodorant is an unscented grooming cream. It contains aluminium and witch hazel, which alleviate sweat production and keep the skin soft and smooth. Similar to how moisturisers and sunblock are applied, it works best with clean-shaven underarms.