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F is for Fragrance Preferred: Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant

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Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant is my fave antiperspirant, but I've been conflicted about ’fessing up about that. In this time of blossoming green beauty, going aluminum-free for underarms is something folks are talking about.

Still, Secret Clinical Strength ($9.49 CAN/$7.99 US) works very well for me. I don't think I have a major perspiration issue, but I like how comfy and secure I feel with this stuff on all day. And I'm tickled to realize I prefer the fragranced version. I'm usually all about unscented anti-perspirant, but the fragranced Secret Clinical Strength is special. In times of spritzing, the applied layer releases scent, which is incredibly reassuring.

The application direction for this is a bit different as well: apply at night, the label says. The idea is that you're less likely to be perspiring much at bedtime (er... never mind), so you'd be applying to perfectly dry skin. Dry skin will allow the product to form a moisture barrier so effective that even showering in the a.m. won't affect its keep-you-dry ability. Confession: I keep forgetting -- I always apply in the a.m. after all. Works for me nonetheless.

That Clinical Strength works well brings me back to my dilemma. I think I should go for a natural product, but sometimes I just want the worry-free efficacy I can't always get with a natural deodorant formula. And I'm not the only person who struggles with this issue.

So I'm giving myself a break. I'll use Secret Clinical Strength when keeping dry is super important. On days I'm less likely to be in a position to offend, I'll go for the natural stick.

Actually, that give-yourself-a-break suggestion came from celeb makeup artist Joanna Schlip. An avid proponent of natural care, she uses natural and organic products as often as possible on her clients, the list of whom includes Christina Applegate and Ellen Pompeio. She understands, though, that small changes are key.

Works for me.

Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant is available in Powder Protection, Fresh and Light, Sport and Unscented, at mass retailers and Image courtesy of Secret.