Open Thread: What is the best antiperspirant or deodorant to wear with a suit?

Today’s reader mail is a good one, and in lieu of a poll we’re going to run this as our open thread today…

What is the best antiperspirant or deodorant to wear with a suit in these hot summer months???

Great question because, face it, on the days when it’s boiling outside everyone shows up at work all sweaty and nasty. Apparently, the difference between the two is that a deodorant stops odor, while an antiperspirant stops sweat. For our $.02, we wear Lady Mitchum gel — it goes on clear, it dries quickly, it doesn’t smell too funky, and it works for us (both to reduce sweat and odor). (Lady Mitchum Clear Gel Antiperspirant & Deoderant, available at for $3.59.)

Readers, any favorites? Any other tricks for staying dry and avoiding sweat?

Further reading:

The Best Antiperspirants [Real Simple]
Antiperspirants/Deodorants and Breast Cancer: Questions and Answers []


  1. newassociate :

    i don’t know about you casey, but i wasn’t wearing expensive wool suits in middle school and trying to avoid another trip to the dry cleaners. there have also been some slight hormonal changes since 7th grade. i’ll pass on the teen spirit.

    i appreciate the wide variety of topics on corporette. no other women in my family have graduate degrees or the corresponding office jobs, so they often can’t offer advice or experience on a lot of these topics. how can i look functional after an all nighter? what can i wear to work besides a dark suit? how else can i quickly and securely put my hair back without resorting to a pony tail? these aren’t things i can ask one of the few female partners in my office about, but i can ask corporette and (most of) her readers.

    one thing i did figure out in middle school, however, is that some people will try to make you feel inferior for asking questions and sharing ideas. it’s about as charming now as it was then.

  2. housecounsel :

    Well said, new associate.

  3. Anonymous :

    I use Dove. It works well, is both an anti-perspirant and deodorant and doesn’t stain.

    My favorite “trick” is to put deodorant on my thighs and under my breasts to prevent rubbing and sweating on hot days (I walk to and from work).

  4. I use Dove. It works well, is both an anti-perspirant and deodorant and doesn’t stain.

    My favorite “trick” is to put deodorant on my thighs and under my breasts to prevent rubbing and sweating on hot days (I walk to and from work).

  5. Casey, I am in my forties and still find that I like the advice I find here. Think I’ll try the Dove.

  6. I got something called HyperCare from my PCP. It’s a liquid perscription strength antipersperant (and I didn’t have to do anymore than tell her that I was sweating too much and recommend the product.) You put it on every night after a shower (but NOT after shaving) and then after about a week you ease up to every other day. Since I’ve started using it the most I’ve had to do is spray some body mist under my arms.

  7. For an anti-persperant, try Therme. I take it on holidays where I can’t afford to take lots of clothing with me or wash it, because it keeps my shirts smelling fresh for like 3-4 days. Normally I can wear them one day, tops.

    Beware though that there is some talk about breast cancer in relation to anti-persperants. I wouldn’t use them every day, just to be on the safe side.

    Deodorant wise, try adidas or rexona if you’re prone to sweat, like me.

  8. what happens if you put it on in the morning does it make a difference?
    I dont want to go to school sweating already

    • My understanding is that is sinks into your pours and prevents the sweating. You put it on at night so it can absorb in and because it can stain clothes. I’ve used Certain Dri before and it really works. Put it on at night and it works all day, even after a tough workout. After using it for awhile you can actually cut back to every other night. I was shocked how well it worked. The only problem I have is that it makes my underarms itch so incredibly much I’ve had to stop using it.

  9. I switched to Dove Clinical not too long ago – no white marks and no wet marks! But even though the instructions are to put it on at night, I’ve been applying it in the morning because I always shower in the morning. Does anyone apply it at night and then shower in the morning, without re-applying?

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