Underarm Therapy 101: Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth

I have never been kind to my underarms. It can even be said that I've been TORTUROUS to my underarms. (Hello, Bic-with-no-moisturizing-strip, DRY-SHAVING and then covering the hairless patch of raw skin with a painful and not-so-effective-but-least-of-all-moisturizing deodorant.) Don't get me wrong. I was never out to punish them, but I've never had any feeling of a loving nature towards them either. Let's face it. I'm Italian so I have dark and thick hair that I can feel growing in the minute after I've shaved, screaming the whole way, "Muahahahahaha! You can't beat us! We will always make your underarms seem as if they have a five o'clock shadow! Surrender to a bitter life of constant worrying, "Can people see that? Shit. Am I showing already?? Why did I even shave??"

I had never been a heavy sweater before. Insert pregnancies and the beautiful gift of body hair and sweat forming in EVERY crevice was delivered along with my babies. I have had a huge problem finding a deodorant that can last all day with me. I feel and smell fabulous and like "roses" in the morning and if I'm lucky, through lunch. But by afternoon, I am not so fresh and clean anymore, smelling like I've gone out and run in the Sahara for days with no stopping or cleansing. Yeah, it's great. Let's just say I'm so much more lovey with hugs in the morning than I am by mid-afternoon. A mid-torso wave will do just fine. Do not raise them higher than your breasts or everyone will know that...ssshhh....YOU HAVE A BODY ODOR PROBLEM. Phew. That felt good.

I am a long-time fan of Secret powder scent and Dove fresh scent, both clear solids. I normally use one for about 3 months and then switch to the other for 3 and so on, and so forth. I am not totally happy with this process, however. So, I was very excited to try Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth Deodorant in the Wild Rose scent. I was surprised by the scent, one of the first "soft" roses I've smelled in a long time. As I opened the top and breathed in, I was hearing all of it's promises: 24-hour odor and wetness protection (that part reminded me of kitty litter for some reason...Ha!), no white marks, available in two fragrances, available in clinical strength and my FAVORITE..."Conditions and cares for underarm skin with Dove 1/4 translucent moisturizers which makes stubble easier to deal with, keeps underarms smoother for longer and within WEEKS of regular use, hair feels softer, finer and easier to remove for a cleaner, closer shave." At that last one, I about wet my pants. Serious, ladies. I have never heard of a deodorant contributing to the defeat of my long struggle with underarm hair and the getting rid of it. But because I was desperate to find peace, I tried it. I am a consistently EUPHORIC customer with this product. Oh my gosh! I, the hairy italian, do not have to shave my underarms every single day anymore!! I'm not lying. I shave every 2-3 days, which might be normal for some of you, but just think! Use this product and you might be able to get away with a week!! And aren't we all trying to do that every day?? Find ways to get out of hair maintenance? I know I am. I've found the first step. Check it out the Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth website, learn how to do a PitiCure, and fall in love. So although my struggle was long and perilous, I have since found some calm with my hair removal process and am loving my scent all day long!


Anonymous said...

I probably spend WAY too much time on just doing the BARE minimum for my underarms. When really, I could probably get away with a "Piticure" once a week (with deodorant touch ups of course) and be done with it. Definitely going to test out that deodorant! Interested in the clinical strength version. I use the Secret clinical strength right now, and it isn't bad, though it's sort of gotten irritating lately. It just hurts a bit as I put on, and it goes away later. But still.

July 23, 2009 at 8:17 PM
Meredith said...

Anna and I both have been trying this one out. I like it too, although I found that it didn't do as well keeping me dry as the Secret Clinical Strength, you're right that Secret can be a little irritating. Do you put it on at night? That helped me a LOT.

July 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

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