My Secret to Staying Fresh & Dry All Summer Long!

I think it’s safe to say that a large portion of the country is experiencing a pretty intense heat wave.

When temperatures reach the ‘90s and beyond, staying fresh and dry become even more of a top priority. That’s why deodorants are crucial to maintaining our overall personal hygiene. As we attempt to beat the summer heat, our sweat glands produce a not-so-pleasant smell, which can be the pits (pun intended)!

Luckily, there’s no shortage of antiperspirants to choose from—but unfortunately, we know that they’re not all created equal. Staying with the tried and true brands can be a smart move. Secret has always been a staple in my bathroom. It’s been at the forefront of the market for decades and for good reason.

Throughout the years they’ve mastered a formula that manages to keep underarm body odor at bay, while incorporating cutting-edge innovations to also keep us healthy and fresh.

Their latest offering, Secret Clinical Strength, has been my go-to for most of the summer. Its “Adapt & Respond” technology stops bacteria in its tracks reducing smelly sweat from even starting. It glides on easily and doesn’t irritate my skin. Plus, it has a pleasant scent that isn’t overpowering. It comes in three different forms: Clear Gel, Invisible Solid and Smooth Solid—but, Clear Gel is my summertime fave.

If you want to get in on the secret to staying dry and odor-free, definitely check out this new line of antiperspirants!

Secret-DeodorantSecret Clinical Strength “Adapt & Responds” Clear Gel available here, $8.79

What’s your go-to deodorant?

Take the My Black Is Beautiful ‘All Together Beautiful’ Challenge!

ESSENCE relationship editor Charreah Jackson is one of the editors who has embraced the "All Together Beautiful" campaign.

With Misty Copeland becoming the first African-American principal dancer at the American Theatre Ballet last week and Serena Williams making history with her four consecutive Grand Slam titles in Wimbledon this past weekend, we know that black girls rock! There's no denying that we can accomplish any feat and break down any barrier placed before us. We are smart, beautiful and powerful! That's why Procter & Gamble's (the company behind beauty brands such as Covergirl, Pantene and Olay) My Black Is Beautiful "All Together Beautiful" campaign is the perfect way to celebrate us. In a world where beauty is often defined by the outer exterior, this challenge invites Black women and girls to redefine the standard of beauty as a standard that defines beauty by - integrity, strength, … Keep Reading

GIVEAWAY: Warner’s Bra & Panties Set


Since my boobs are no longer going up and down in size due to breastfeeding, it's time to get a bra fitting and go shopping! Warner's has a line of bra and panties that won't pinch or tug in all the wrong places. Launching this month, the No Pinching. No Problem. collection promises to provide smooth silhouettes. For me, comfort trumps style—luckily, these bra and panties don't lack in either department. The seamless underwire or front-closure wire-free bra designs contours to the body creating a functional, yet sexy look. Plus, the hipster and hi-cut panties are soft and practical. Gone are the unflattering creases and painful digs that tight elastic panty bands and ill-fitting bras can cause. Who wants to be tugging and adjusting their unmentionables all day? Not only can some bras … Keep Reading

Product Review: Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum


With two small kids under the age of 5, my apartment is a magnet for mess. From pretzel crumbs to colored pencil shavings to Cheerios, my floor can be subjected to just about anything at any given moment. Luckily, we have a Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless to help clean up the never-ending mess. Calling this household device a vacuum cleaner doesn't do it justice—this is a MACHINE! While it's completely compact and easy to use, it packs such a powerful punch that lumping it in a group of average vacuums just doesn't seem right. Unlike others on the market, this two-speed Dyson lifts layers of dirt in addition to picking up surface crumbs and the like with the ease of a trigger. The suction is so intense that it sucks up the most stubborn dirt and dust for an unmatched deep cleaning. It … Keep Reading

Beauty Buy: CARGO Cosmetics New Gel Lip Colors


During the summer months I usually opt for a less-is-more look. Who can be bothered with heavy makeup while fighting constant humidity? Not me. That's why I've been obsessed with CARGO cosmetic's new 2015 limited edition Gel Lip Colors. Not quite a gloss or a balm, this unique beauty buy is definitely a treat for your lips. The soothing gel texture glides on effortlessly and doesn't create that nasty white film like some glosses and balms. It can be worn alone to moisturize lips while providing a subtle hint of color or added to existing lipstick for an added bit of sheen. I like to use it solo to keep my lips soft and supple. Plus, the adorable skyline packaging and New York City-inspired names (Brooklyn, Soho, Tribeca and Chelsea) make it even more of a fun and practical … Keep Reading

3 Tips to Keep In Mind At Your Next Barbecue

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When it comes to the Fourth of July, fireworks might be the first thing to come to mind. But, food is probably a pretty close second! In fact, the 4th is  the most popular holiday for grilling, followed by Memorial Day. Who can resist the taste of juicy burgers, finger-licking BBQ and delectable hot dogs? Oh and don't forget the American quintessential sides of potato salad and baked beans! These decadent summer staples are synonymous with the holiday and help make it fun and festive. While it's ok to indulge in some of these mouth-watering dishes, it's important to be smart and sensible. Dr. Michele Reed, a board certified family physician in New York, shares a few tips on how to stay active and avoid derailing a healthy diet at your next backyard barbecue: View image | … Keep Reading

Show Off Your Patriotic Side With These Festive Polishes


With the Fourth of July only a couple days away, why not celebrate with a patriotic mani? Deck out your digits in festive red, white and blue shades to honor America's independence. I'm a bit on the conservative side when it comes to polishes and designs—so rocking a plain white color is probably the extent of my patriotism. But, if you're feeling a bit more daring, opt for a decorative mix of eye-catching nail art. From flags to fireworks, the options are endless. Check out these patriotic-inspired polishes to show off at your 4th of July shindig: Mischo Beauty "Billie" Nail Lacquer Set available here, $54 Butter London Nail Lacquer in "Sprog" available here, $15 American Flag Nail Decals available here, $2 (for a set of 20) O.P.I Infinite Shine Lacquer in "Nonstop … Keep Reading