It’s confession time:Sometimes I get really sweaty, like when I’m nervous or stressed out. Knowing this, I looked to six different sweat-blockers for help in beating the heat while staying cool all summer.


Sweat Block, $18.99 for eight towelettes,
Directions: This sweat towelette is easy to use, and I’m a huge fan of any product with simple steps. All you have to do is firmly dab the towelette under your arms before you go to bed and wait five minutes for it to dry.
Pros: One application of Sweat Block lasts for seven days. Plus, it actually works; I found myself caught up in a few sweaty situations, but my shirts stayed dry. Oh, and they’re great for traveling or to pop in your gym bag because they’re small and individually wrapped. Note: You still need to use your regular deodorant in addition to the towelettes.
Cons: I’m not a huge fan of the clove smell the wipe had. It was too spicy and earthy for me, but I didn’t wake up to the smell of cloves, so it won’t stick with you all day.

Sweatex Pads, $2.99 for 10 pads,
Directions: Sweatex is a thin disposable underarm sweat pad that has a self-sticking backing. Apply by peeling off the back paper and sticking it to the inside of your blouse, in the underarm area.
Pros: Easy to use, and there’s no residue that can ruin your clothing.
Cons: Sometimes the self-sticking backing was hard to adhere to my clothing in the right spot, especially if the shirt was tight. I also found that if I was wearing a sheer shirt you could see the outline of the pad—yikes!

Fresh Sugar Roll-On, $18,
Directions: Apply to underarms the same way you would any other stick deodorant.
Pros: This deodorant lasted throughout the day and left me smelling like sugar; I’ll take that over a whiff of B.O. any day. It also has loads of natural ingredients, like sugar that supposedly inhibits odor-causing bacteria.
I liked the application process, and the deodorant feels refreshing when it hits your skin.
Cons: This was the most expensive deodorant I tried, but I think it’s well worth it because it works!

Kiehls Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant, $16,
Directions: Squeeze a small amount of cream from the tube and apply it directly to the underarm area.
Pros: This deodorant doesn’t have a scent, which was refreshing because the scents of so many of my other daily beauty products (lotion, hairspray, etc.) were able to shine through without any interference. It also has a unique blend of ingredients, including orange, lemon, and linseed extract, which made my underarm hair feel softer and easier to shave.
Cons: The cream was a little messy, especially when I squirted too much out of the tube one day and tried applying it. Less is definitely more in this case.

Secret Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant in Invisible Solid Completely Clean, $11.99,
The directions: Apply to underarms at bedtime. It reportedly works overnight to reduce perspiration for 24 hours.
Pros: This is a classic stick deodorant that, according to the company, gives four times as much protection from stress sweat. I found to be true after seeing that I was dry throughout every stressful situation—including a TV interview. The scent was deliciously fresh and totally addictive too.
Cons: I noticed that when I was doing a boot-camp class at the gym, the deodorant broke down a little bit. You also have to be careful not to apply too much of this because it can start to clump.

Sage Tea, $6.99,
Directions: One of the benefits of sage tea is that it helps prevent excessive sweating. Boil one cup of water and add a teaspoon of dried sage. Let it steep for five minutes, but don’t forget about it because if it steeps too long it can get bitter. Drink one cup in the morning and at night.
Pros: I really enjoyed the ritual of drinking tea in the morning and at night, and it was the most natural way to regulate sweating out of all of my experimenting.
Cons: I’m a huge believer in herbal remedies, but this tea had no effect on my sweat habits. Sometimes it takes several weeks to work, so I’m going to keep at it and report back.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite deodorant or treatment to stop sweating?