Momma Told Me: #DoveClinical Provides The Strength To Keep Me Going!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

#DoveClinical Provides The Strength To Keep Me Going!

***I received a sample of Dove Clinical Protection as a Smiley360 Blogger Circle member, no further compensation was provided. All photos are copyright Momma Told Me 2013.
Momma Told Me: Everybody sweats.

Let's talk a little about the 's' word; sweat. I inherited my first stick of deodorant somewhere around 11. I'd already began to experience numerous changes in my body, including my first period, and out of all the changes, sweat and associated odors seemed the worst. For the most part, nobody could tell I was coping with the numerous changes inside of me, but the embarrassing stains and unsettling smells were far more painful that any growing pain. I remember trying to wash under my arms in the girl's bathroom at the end of lunch, and insisting on being one of the last out of the locker room during Physical Education. I'm sure I was far more aware of my perspiration than my classmates, but, in my mind, it was truly mortifying to walk back into class with wet spots and a musky odor. Naturally, as I grew older, I became more comfortable with this natural process, and even found there were women who had it much worse than me. I also learned there was a big difference between 'deodorant' and 'anti-persperant.'
Most of us walk down the toiletries aisle and refer to the massive wall of sticks and gels as 'deodorant,' but all brands and products are not created equal. Head and Shoulders can be a shampoo, but it is first-most a dandruff treatment. So,it stands to reason, if you want to do more than perfume your underarms you should invest in a product that is formulated to prevent perspiration all together, rather than simply cover it up. Since Clinical Strength anti-antiperspirants began to truly saturate the consumer market a few years back I have been undeniably curious. I read somewhere once, and I am no expert, it is best to switch your anti-antiperspirants every few months or so (much like with shampoo and conditioners). This, and my inevitable dissatisfaction with the current market selection, has lead to a rotating array of brands. In general, I'm a clear roll-on or gel kinda lady. I like to avoid sticks that may stain or mark clothing; but I've found clear antiperspirants require multiple re-applications throughout the day to remain active.
When an opportunity arose for me to try the new Dove Clinical Protection antiperspirant, I jumped at the chance. I've always wanted to try it, but, I'll be honest, the sticker shock of Clinical Strength over traditional formulas has been a hurdle. I have never been able to wrap my head around spending $14+ for a single stick of antiperspirant. I was already in love with the gentle formulations and soft fragrances of classic Dove antiperspirant lines, so I knew I was in for a gentle, yet strong formula I could count on. Looking at the box I was glad to see some smart packaging, while the word 'clinical' is used, 'deoderant' and 'antiperspirant' are subtly worked into sub text. In fact, the entire presentation is fairly unassuming and quite discreet for the product theme. Not only is this clinical formula alcohol free, but it is enhanced with vitamins E + F for extra moisturizing in one of our most delicate skin zones.
Clinical Protection Antiperspirant
I received the 'Original Clean' scent, also available in Unscented, which was a more mature baby soft fragrance with hints of  'freshly clean.' The best way I can describe it is a light 'just showered' scent that reminds me of classic Dove body bars. I'm surprised to find myself admit, I rather like this fragrance, and the fact it lingers throughout the day. Application was a little bit of a new experience, as well, the white product dispenses almost creamy, like a silky lotion, and applies very soft. The formula dries quickly on my underarms leaving them soft to the touch, and dry. How well does dove Clinical fight perspiration and odor? I've yet to require a second application in one day and I physically notice less sweat, which naturally means no odor. I'll find myself doing a 'pit check' in the little moments when I'm alone, and I'm constantly astounded to find myself as fresh as when I left the house in the morning!
Dove Clinical Protection
In conclusion, the price tag for Clinical Protection can be a little hard to swallow, and the 1.7oz stick is on the light side- however, there are some important 'value' factors to consider. I spend about $5-$6 dollars for my Dove (and other brands of) antiperspirant now; I go through 2 or more sticks a month, including multiple reapplications.  That, alone, is petty close to a single stick of Dove Clinical Protection, but I also have to weigh the benefits of it's moisturizing properties and the convenience of not having to haul a stick around in my purse. When I think about these factors it's pretty hard to discount the worth of this product in my everyday life, and the fact that I especially like the Original Clean fragrance is just another reason I'll be considering this product the next time I shop for an antiperspirant. Become a Dove Insider for special discounts on Dove Clinical Protection and other great products!

What Daughter Says: Sweating is a part of life, but embarrassment because of it doesn't have to be.

8 comments:

Lena B said...

Gotta love Dove - it is like ultimate indulgent

Sandy a la Mode said...

i really like dove and the way it smells too!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Jenn Mitchell said...

I use Dove. I love how gentle it is on my skin. I have been wanting to try the extra strength for summer when I sweat A LOT!

SavingsInSeconds said...

LOL at the pit check. I do that sometimes too when I'm not really confident that my deodorant is working. I don't wear a fragrance to work (too many students with allergies) so having a light scent with a product is nice.

Jade Samson - Diva Fabulosa said...

Dove is an all time favorite here in our household!

xoxo,
Jade of
Diva Fabulosa Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I love that it has the extra vitamins for the sensitive skin area. If I use the wrong deodorant then my skin gets really irritated. I think I would like to try this one out.

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I have never tried Dove Clinical deodorant but I have been using their regular deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and soap for years and love them. So, I would definitely try the Clinical. :)

Kristyn said...

I have been wanting to try this out for awhile and after your review I think its about time I pick one up at the store!