Don’t we all love it when a product has all the things you need? Aside from buying fewer items, we generally save more money. It’s perfect in this day and age where people are trying to be as minimalistic as possible.
So let’s talk about sweating. I remember trying out so many deodorants until I discovered the problem—what I needed was an antiperspirant. I’ve had many recommendations to try Degree antiperspirant deodorant. By now you must be wondering, “aren’t deodorants and antiperspirants the same?”
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It is surprising to some to discover that they are not the same thing. Deodorants are quite different from antiperspirants. Let me explain why.
Deodorants are made to help with the bad odor caused by the bacteria breaking down the sweat in your armpits. Most deodorants contain perfume to mask the smell but it cannot help with the sweating.
Antiperspirants, on the other hand, are made to block the sweat glands and reduce sweating. There are lots of over-the-counter products that can help control the sweating.
If those don’t work, there are prescriptions available for the stronger clinical strength antiperspirants.
Sweating is inevitable and I have learned to deal with it constructively by using different products that can help me beat the sweat and stay fresh. I had to learn the hard way as I am a person who hikes on most weekends and exercises in my free time.
In this review, I will talk specifically about Degree’s MotionSense Shower Clean deodorant/antiperspirant stick. You will learn more about how this product is different from the rest and how it can help with excessive sweating.
Some Facts About Degree
I have been using Degree since I was in high school, at that time I would buy their popular mini antiperspirant deodorant sticks as they were small enough to put in my hygiene kit.
Degree is a brand of antiperspirants and deodorants for men and women that is manufactured by Unilever.
Degree is well known in the United States and Canada but in other parts of the globe, it is marketed as Rexona. In Japan, it is Rexena while in South Africa it is called Shield.
What is Degree MotionSense Antiperspirant Deodorant?
MotionSense technology is a line of deodorants for men and women. It has its name because the molecules of the deodorant detect motion and release fragrance throughout the day. This is perfect for people like me who are always on the go, either playing sports or even just going out on a sunny day.
This is perfect as most deodorants smell really good at first but wear off really fast. I remember once that I bought a really good smelling antiperspirant stick but after a few hours of sweating, there was no more fragrance. I smelled like sweat and it was pretty disgusting.
This Degree deodorant is different. Not only does it help with the sweating, but the tiny fragrance capsules also release fragrance whenever you move. The heat and friction doing their job of keeping you fresh. Amazing, right?
What is in Your Degree Deodorant Antiperspirant?
I would like to point out that this product is not all-natural, therefore it has lots of ingredients that people don’t usually know of. Below I will make a list of the main ingredients of this product and tell you what they are.
I think they should be explained as they can sound pretty scary. Most of the time you’ll discover that they aren’t harmful at all.
To view the full ingredient list, click here.
This is a type of silicone used in different cosmetic products. Cyclopentasiloxane is an odorless and colorless liquid that dries fast. It used to make the skin feel soft and smooth after using your deodorant/antiperspirant.
While cyclopentasiloxane is safe to use, research claims that it can contaminate the water supply.
It is a fatty acid that is produced by stearic acid, which is used to solidify soaps as well. It is not a health risk although some people may avoid products with this ingredient especially if it is animal-derived. Therefore it is not cruelty-free.
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
This is one of the ingredients that are naturally occurring among others. Like stearyl alcohol, it is used to stabilize and prevent the ingredients from separating. It is considered safe although there is still research to find out whether it is harmful to the environment or not.
PPG-14 Butyl Ether
It is a conditioning agent that also helps with moisture as most deodorant/antiperspirants can be drying so they add PPG-14 to lock in the moisture and keep your armpits soft and smooth.
This is the ingredient that makes your Degree stick smell really good. The fragrance used is safe although it may cause a burning sensation to people with very sensitive skin. That’s why most hypoallergenic cosmetics are fragrance-free.
Pros of Using Degree
1. All-Day Freshness
Degree MotionSense claim to fame is its 48-hour protection, meaning you won’t overly sweat or stink for that long after application. So many people like this brand because they say that the fragrance lasts the whole day.
This antiperspirant deodorant would be perfect for people who are very active or people who sweat a lot. Either way, it can help both reduce sweat and keep your armpits smelling good the entire day.
Most sticks similar to Degree stain your shirts in the long run. Growing up using this brand (in my country it’s called Rexona) I’ve had little to no problem with underarm stains.
I always remind people to not put such a thick layer of antiperspirant/deodorants as it can still wipe off on your shirt. Also, make sure that the shirts you wear are properly washed.
3. Clean Feeling
Using the Degree deodorant (shower fresh variant) will make you feel like you just got out of the shower with its sweet jasmine smell mixed in with a few notes of citrus and even rose.
4. Trusted Brand
Degree has been on the market for years, making it a trusted brand. Their deodorant/antiperspirants have been specially formulated by chemists and have been tested before they even release a new product.
Cons of using Degree
1. Leaves White Residue
A lot of reviews have said that although it says “invisible” a lot of people have said that after a sweaty day out there is some white residue on their armpits.
If I see any white residue, I usually just wipe it off but it may be different for you, as you may find it quite uncomfortable. You may want to try another deodorant/antiperspirant if this happens.
2. Melts in High Heat
Some Degree deodorant/antiperspirant users say that their stick melts when it is extremely hot, which can make a huge mess in your bag and it makes it even harder to apply on your armpits.
3. Can Burn Your Skin
While others say that their armpits have a tingling sensation which can be caused by the aluminum chloride but this isn’t really bad. What is worrisome is the burning sensation which is most likely caused by the fragrance used for the deodorant.
4. Not Natural
As compared to other natural alternatives. Degree is definitely made up of a lot of chemicals, but I really think that if you have exhausted all the natural ways you can think of to solve your problem, then you have no choice but to buy commercially available antiperspirant/deodorants like this one.
5. It Doesn’t Help People With Hyperhidrosis
Yes, it is an antiperspirant/deodorant but it doesn’t really help with people that have hyperhidrosis. It can probably help people who sweat more, like athletes or people like me who have active lifestyles but hyperhidrosis is different and people need to use clinical strength antiperspirants which Degree is not.
How to Use Degree Deodorant
Unlike other antiperspirants with specific instructions, using your new antiperspirant/deodorant is fairly easy.
After a bath, make sure your armpits are dry. This is to prevent uneven application due to the moisture. What is usually do is pat dry my armpits with a towel before applying the product.
Next, twist the base until enough of the stick is exposed. Evenly swipe it on your armpits. Then you’re done!
I really like how simple everything is with this product. As I mentioned earlier, not only do I buy fewer products for my armpits, but I also exert less effort when it comes to sweating and odor. As someone told me, it’s all about finding the right product for you.
My verdict on Degree is that it is a product that can definitely help you with bad odor but it won’t be much help if you are a person who has hyperhidrosis. I would recommend trying to find other clinical strength antiperspirants instead.
As someone told me, it’s all about finding the right product for you. After reading my review I am confident that you now have more options and another quality product that may help you in terms of excessive sweating or even just odor.
I would love to hear about your opinions and experiences on using Degree products. If you want to share any thoughts or suggestions please add a comment below.
Ready to Make a Change Now?
My name is Oscar and I am the founder and director of Stop-Sweating-Now.com and have been researching and writing about hyperhidrosis for many years.
I have been sweating excessively for the better part of my life. I looked for solutions for well over a decade, but I never found anything that lasted.
It all started when I was around 14 years of age, when I suddenly found out that I was sweating more in my armpits than I should. At first I thought it was something that would go away soon, but I was wrong.
I had given up hope and accepted to live the rest of my life being embarrassed with ugly sweat stains in my armpits.
However, after a few years of not searching for any solutions anymore, I gave it another shot. And I found what finally gave me the freedom I had longed for so many years.
After finding a solution to my problem, I decided it was important to shout out my message to those that are suffering from what I had lived with so many years.
My goal is to help people find their freedom from sweating by sharing my expertise because hyperhidrosis is an underdiagnosed condition.
People don’t know that it is a medical term and can be treated effectively.
That is why I am here: Sharing with you what I know, what works and what does not work.
Want to learn more about what I did? Click below!