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Can a Deodorant Really Respond To Your Workout?

degreeI pose the question in this title because I’m really not sure. I mean, we can’t solve the common cold, but we can engineer deodorant that knows when you’re sweating and releases “microencapsulated fragrance” when you move? Really? I say this not to be a curmudgeon, but truly as a “like-whoa if we can” question. Well, in response to these internal questions and because I like to think that I have a good sniffer for clever marketing (that may or may not live up to its hype), I put Degree Expert Protection Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant to the sweaty test. I wore it every day for a week, including on runs, during yoga and even a few trips to this place (where, oh yes, I moved—A LOT).

The verdict? Although the first sniff of the Fresh Energy scent (good name, by the way, Degree) is pleasant and not overpowering, I found that as the day and workout would go on, I’d keep smelling it. At first I thought this was because the smell was new (kind of like how you notice the smell of your hair when you switch shampoos for the first few days, and then you no longer smell it), but after day five of it happening, I started to think those little encapsulated-thingies were really working their magic. I’m known to sweat a decent amount for a girl, and this deo did result in no B.O. Plus, it kept me pretty dry. So, victory for the micro-smell-good stuff.

Now with that all said, I don’t like getting a whiff of any strong smell when I’m really pushing it. When I’m giving it my all, I don’t want to be thinking about my deodorant (which is their reason for the deodorant, ironically enough) or wondering what the heck that floral fragrance is. Nor do I want to smell anything remotely sweet. Granted, the fact that I noticed it most when I was pushing my hardest is a clear indication that it does what it says it does. I just wish it had a less obvious scent or came in unscented. But, hey, I’m sure many of you would appreciate a nice-smelling distraction during a workout.

Whether I prefer the smell or not, the truth is that this crazy science works. Now that we’ve got this mastered, let’s get on figuring out the common cold already. Jenn

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  1. I’m glad to hear this works but I stick to baking soda and water. I never smell, either BO or deodarant, and it’s really cheap! Best part is that my clothes never stain or get that BO smell stuck to the armpits.

  2. Tish says:

    Whoa Whoa Hold the fort! What do you do with the baking soda and water?! I get the stains on my favorite shirts so my interest is peaked! Break it down Dial Doctors!

    PS. If the baking soda doesn’t work for me, I’m switching to this ish FYI

  3. char says:

    omg baking soda am sorry to tell you baking soda have a smell when it is time for you to change. degree sound like some thing am going to try am a cook and i need some thing that make smell good all day! thanks degree

  4. char says:

    i should have said make me smell good all day,am happy sooo happy that more woman personal product are being made and improve

  5. Lisa says:

    I’m all about unscented deodorant. I don’t want it to fight with my fragrance of choice.

  6. Angela says:

    I absolutely did not like this deodorant i dont believe it works at all after 3 hour of working out i had to reapply because i smelt horrible 48 hour protection my butt! Did even work for 3 hours waste of money

  7. Kiera Todd says:

    Your microbiome can cause any deodorant to just stop working. I used Tom’s for months and it just stopped working out of nowhere because of a bad change in my microbiome. Many deodorants had a hard time covering any smell. I took a probiotic and it tapered off and stopped, so I can use any deodorant I want again.

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