Update: These products do NOT work for me. I still sweat, and they do nothing to eliminate odour. Previously, I had posted a much less direct update but the ad collective I was working with asked me to edit it to be softer. I refuse to candy-coat my reviews, so I quit their collective. Bottom line: I post only honest reviews, glowing or not. And the only thing glowing here is me and my smelly pits. So while I’m absolutely sure these work for other people, for my body chemistry, they do not.
Look, I think about my armpits a lot. Probably too much. So much, in fact, that I’m currently getting laser hair removal done so I can have the same super-smooth armpits as my three-year-old son. Ohh, the joy I will have when I don’t have five-o-clock pit shadow! Oh, the dancing I’ll do! (All with arms raised, obviously.) But there’ll still be one issue: sweat.
I’m going to admit something here that I’ve never told anyone but my husband (and maybe a couple girlfriends over drinks): I have sweaty pits. They sweat when I’m working out, they sweat when I’m nervous (which is, like, always), they sweat when it’s above 0. It bothers me enough that when a woman I worked with years ago told me she got Botox treatments in her armpits to stop the sweat, I almost considered doing it, till I realized that sweating is kinda necessary sometimes, you know?
Anyhow, while I’m usually happy wearing something that keeps these underarms powder-fresh smelling, there are times I need something that also keeps them dry, and woe is me, that has been a challenge. I’ve tried all the natural stuff (since, honestly, that’s always my first choice), but it always ends up damp armpit stains in pretty blouses and dresses. Not ideal. I’ve tried the “clinical” versions, but nothing really works. I was asked to use and review the Lady Speed Stick Power™ products and I’m going to share my thoughts about them with you.
“Lady Speed Stick* Power™ provides long lasting superior protection to help women feel dry and unstoppably fresh, enabling them to handle any sweat inducing situations that they may encounter.”
Sounds good, but have I mentioned that I sweat all the time? Like, perpetually? I wanna stay cool and calm in stressful situations like, say, THIS lady has managed to do (yikes, I’ve been there. . . every other week of my life is that awkward). So I gave the products a one-week trial to see how I liked them. This is how my week went:
May 10 Package arrives with the two products I’ll be reviewing. I’m partial to baby powder scented pit stick, so these scents will take some getting used to (Fresh Fusion and Cool Breeze). One is a solid, the other is a gel. I try the gel one right away and decide I don’t like the feeling of wet pits, despite it drying quickly. The scent isn’t really noticeable once dry. I didn’t work out this day, and at the end of the day, my underarms were still dry. Easy challenge.
May 11 It’s my birthday! My gift to myself will be dry pits. I’m so good to me. So today I tried the solid. I prefer it, most definitely. I showered this morning and had a residue under my arms from the gel. No wetness, no smell. But after a stressful day (My mother-in-law was coming! Then she wasn’t! What the heck is happening?!) I would have had to re-apply if I’d wanted to do anything requiring any stress or exertion, for sure.
May 12 Mother’s Day! I gave the gel another try and decided it’s really handy for applying right after the shower. It goes on smoothly even over wet skin, and that’s handy! But even just the feeling of wetness during application makes me uncomfortable so I’m not sure I love it. And again, I felt it left more of a residue than I prefer. The scent, however, is nice, and I’ve decided to branch out, and away from my baby powder pits for once. So hooray for new scents!
May 13 Day two with the solid, and it’s definitely my preferred formulation. No wetness! To be fair, little exertion, too. But this one seems to keep me drier than the other similar brand I’ve been using lately, so that’s a nice change. I was even wearing a shirt I tend to sweat through. And I do like the two scents. I do so like them, Sam-I-am!
May 14 Stressful morning! I did feel some wetness, but no telltale signs on my shirt, so that’s good. By nighttime I could use a shower, however. So maybe not 24-hour protection, but really, I don’t need 24-hour protection anyhow. What I need is a shower. I’m impressed with the product.
May 15 Brace yourselves: I worked out. That’s right, people. Me. I did my 30 Day Shred video and sweat from places I didn’t even realize had pores. But my pits are relatively dry, so that’s good news.
May 16 I’m officially sick of paying this much attention to my pits, and in related news, I’m really excited for next summer when my laser hair removal treatments are over and I don’t have to shave or wax these things anymore.
My verdict on these two products is this:
The gel seems to work better for wetness protection, and I do really like the fresh, sporty scents. Now that I’m accustomed to the feeling of the wet-when-applied formula, it’s refreshing and nice for the summer. It’s also much better for applying over wet skin, which is awesome right after a dip in the pool, or fresh from the shower. The solid goes on smoother and lasts really well. They say it has tough protection and I agree, it’s good stuff. I’d definitely buy these in future.
If you want to give the products a try, you can score a coupon HERE (offer expires May 25th, 2013) to try them out for yourself, and be sure to visit SheBlogs Canada to enter the contest to win one of six (6) gift basket of products from Speed Stick by telling them what makes you sweat.
Gift Basket will include:
Lady Speed Stick FI Fruity Melon 45g
Lady Speed Stick Stainguard Daringly Fresh 65g
Lady Speed Stick Power Cool Breeze 45g
Men Speed Stick Power Fresh 14g
Men Speed Stick Irish Spring Original Deodorant 92g
(Contest is open to Canadian residents only. Six (6) winners will be chosen randomly on May 31st, 2013. IDontBlog.ca is not hosting this contest.)
DISCLOSURE: As a member of the SheBlogs collective, I was chosen to participate in this campaign and I will be compensated by Colgate both financially and with two (2) product samples for this post. Opinions are my own.