The best deodorants to keep you fresh and anxiety-free even in this crazy humidity

April 8, 2019

Posted in  Uncategorized, Wellness

Living in Singapore, there’s one thing we have to deal with every day:

Sweating all the effing time.

Here are three things every person living in Singapore can relate to:

  1. Not bothering with facial products, because it melts off your face (or for the ladies, waterproof makeup)
  2. Constantly feeling the need to shower – even after a shower
  3. Avoiding certain colours of clothing because “sweat patch”

My first winter was a revelation  – not because of the white stuff, but because feeling fresh and dry in an ‘au naturelle’ (no A/C) environment was ACTUALLY POSSIBLE.

So that brings me to a very real issue:

With great sweat comes great anxiety.

I border on obsession with fretting about how I smell.

I can see my sweat patches, but I’m acutely aware that one often isn’t the best judge of one’s own smell due to desensitization.

And so that’s sent me off on a mission to find the most effective deodorant on earth.

I’m pleased to share that after many years of experimentation, here’s the best yet.


Here’s why I can truly put my hands up in the air, and wave ‘em like I just don’t care

After going through a ton of brands, I’ve settled on a combination of these two for maximum effectiveness.

1. Nuud Care, from $12.95 euro

Nuud care draws its effectiveness from a patented silver-based formula and boasts being effective between 3 to 7 days from a single application.

For myself, I find it works for 2 to 3 days depending on how active I’ve been.

On top of that, it’s also vegan, produced sustainably and has certified CO2 neutral distribution.

Pretty impressed!

Link to Nuud’s site

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2. No Pong, from $12 from Lazada

Asides from the lol-worthy name, this creamy deodorant is easy to apply and doesn’t melt in the heat.

I use No Pong once daily, combined with Nuud (applied every 3 days), for a maximum sense of security.

When used by itself, I find No Pong is best when re-applied throughout the day.

Link to Lazada

PS: get cash back when you purchase via Lazada’s app with Shopback! Read the post where I review Shopback.

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What I look for in a deodorant:

1. No aluminum or alcohol

These irritate my skin.

2. Doesn’t ruin my clothes

Experimenting with a charcoal-based version ruined a number of light-coloured tops…

3. Easy application

In the Singapore heat, I’ve had a few cream-based and stick types purchased from overseas ‘melt’ and become too messy to use.

I also find the “crystal” versions where you moisten a stone and apply it directly very mysterious – is it on or not??

4. Travel-friendly

I travel frequently, so a deo I can easily pack along is important to me.

5. Duration

I want a deodorant I can rely on to keep me fresh for the full day after a single application in the morning.


Deodorant vs Antiperspirant:

There’s a distinction to be made between deodorant and antiperspirant:

Deodorant focuses on combating the smell; antiperspirant blocks sweat pores to reduce sweaty pits.

Initially, I was using antiperspirant until

  1. I realized there’s mixed research on the linkage between aluminum and breast cancer — no harm erring on the side of caution here
  2. More immediately, I was getting tiny blisters on my pits from the blocked ducts

And anyway, no antiperspirant is strong enough to hold up to Singapore’s brutal humidity.

So I now focus on the core issue: the smell, and deodorant works fine for that.


Stay fresh, folks. #tranquility

Let me know what’s been keeping you dry, or what’s not, in the comments!

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