Friday, May 10, 2013

Pocketbook Pleasing Pit Perspiration Prevention

Do you like to save money? I sure do. I like to save on my necessities as much as possible so I can use that savings on fun stuff.

Within the past year or so my family switched to the new clinical strength antiperspirant/deodorants in order to combat the massive amount of pit sweat that comes with living in a humid environment.

Two of our favorites are from Gillette and Secret. They both contain a whopping 20% of aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex gly, the active ingredient. At an average cost of about $9 each, depending on the size, that's a lot of pampering for our pits.

During my last shopping trip where pit wipe was on my list, I decided to do a little comparison of these products to see if the extra expense was actually worth it.

I picked at least one of every brand available at my store and looked at the ingredient label. I found that the percentage of active ingredients in regular antiperspirant/deodorants varied from around 16% to 19%, with one exception.

Mitchum Advanced Control for men and for women each contain 20% of aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. That's the same ingredient and percentage found in our current clinical strength brands. However, the Mitchum brand cost between $3-4 each as compared to $9 for the same size container of clinical strength.

Why isn't Mitchum advertising the crap out of this?! Their product is HALF the price of the clinical strength ones but contains the exact same active ingredient. Maybe they are advertising it and I'm just not aware. I don't watch much TV.

I tossed the Mitchum brands into my cart and brought them home, already planning how I might use the almost $10 I had just saved on armpit maintenance. Jayson hasn't tried his yet but Taylor tried the women's version and is convinced it works even better than Secret Clinical.

If you're buying clinical strength pit wipe for the added protection it provides, consider trying Mitchum if you want that same protection for half the price. I don't work for Mitchum, they don't even know I exist. This is just my personal opinion based on my experience.

I should say that most clinical strength products recommend you apply it at night so that it can form its protective barrier while you sleep. Then the protection is supposed to last through the next day. We use ours in the morning and find that it works just fine.

You should also know that the aluminum in antiperspirant/deodorant products has been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and renal dysfunction which is something to consider if you freak out about that kind of thing. I really don't.

Mitchum will make your armpits happy as well as your family budget. Everybody wins.


Lindy Morris said...

great info. gonna follow your lead

SkylersDad said...

You are now my go-to contact for all things pit related!

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm--I usually buy whatever Costco "tells" me to buy but that is quite a savings you've discovered on Mitchum. I thank you and my family's collective pits thank you as well.

ChristineMM said...

I have used dry idea for over 30 years. Have you ever tried it? my armpits have not sweated since I was 13.

Are you worried about Alzheimer's from The aluminum? My husband doesn't like me using aluminum but I cannot live with sweating from using just deodorant.

Dry idea roll on has 16.3%

Well -- glad to hear your pits are happy !

Shannon Green said...

I've tried Dry Idea. My armpits laughed at it. Apparently I have super human sweat glands!

I don't worry about the aluminum in antiperspirants because I drink out of aluminum cans, I occasionally cook in an aluminum pot, I wrap food with aluminum foil, etc. And eliminating aluminum from my life won't guarantee that I won't get Alzheimer's.

You can do everything right and still end up with Alzheimer's or cancer so I choose not to live in fear of those things but I do try to be sensible. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't go out in the sun without SPF 90 and a burka, etc.

Shutterbugg said...

My parents use Mitchum and I find that it stinks, not in a good way either, do you find the scent pleasant?