What if I told you that all it took for your next tropical vacation was a quick swipe of your deodorant? Get ready beauties! Secret has launched a new “destination collection” that channels the transformative power of scent to bring far-off places within reach. They want to send you to Brazil, Paris, Hawaii and Bora Bora, no passport required.
But do they really take you away? I put the new collection to the test! See how the company describes the scents and get the real deal:
Paris Romantic Rose
How Secret Describes It: “A mouth-watering blend of fruits and sweet honey notes accented with light florals, for a luxurious European getaway.”
What I Smell: Uh… it actually smells like ‘Tussin. Is that how people in France smell? Unless you want to smell like your medicine cabinet, this isn’t my favorite.
Brazil Rainforest Mist
How Secret Describes It: “A luscious blend of floral citrus, layered against a warm background of creamy white woods for an exotic journey.”
What I Smell: Remember those throwback Zest commercials? You’re not fully clean unless you’re ZEST fully clean! That song comes to mind when I smell this. It’s smells a bit like a man stepping out of the shower — a little sagey, very fresh. Not a bad thing. Come here earth man!
Hawaii Citrus Breeze
How Secret Describes It: “A sparkling blend of zesty mango, grapefruit and red berries mixed harmoniously with soft floral notes for a tropical escape.”
What I Smell: Fruity and bubblegummy, this reminded me of my childhood (before I needed deodorant). If you want to smell like a 12-year-old who just left a shopping spree at Bath & Body Works, this is all you.
Bora Bora Fresh Orchid
How Secret Describes It: “A lush floral blend of rose, exotic white jasmine and lily of the valley, complemented by Soft musk and a touch of sandalwood for a breezy island break.”
Now that the secret’s out on the scents you should also know that the brand claims to last for a full 48 hours, allowing you to extend your “scent-filled vacation” to two full days. Let’s keep it funky: this didn’t last for two days. But while I usually have to reapply my deodorant at least once during the hot and humid New York summer days, this gave me a full day of coverage. And for the picky product user: each deodorant in this collection is available in Clear Gel and Invisible Solid forms.
Would you try?
Check Out This Gallery Of Beauty Must-Haves:
1. FitGirls Can Beat Their Face Too
If you spend more time in the fitness club than the night club, then I have news for you boo--you can beat your face too. Sweat mingles well with many beauty products ladies, so get ready to add a little glam to your gym routine with my top ten RAD products for FitGirls.
2. Clarify Your Skin Twice Daily
Sweating and flawless skin are BFF's, but the more you sweat, the more you need to wash your face, which is why I swear by my Clarisonic Mia 2®. This lightweight power brush is easy to travel with and is also sensitive skin approved. All in just 1 minute my skin looks and feels like I've been to the spa! P.S. My skin is so smooth now that I don't even use primer anymore. I'm obsessed! http://www.clarisonic.com
3. Lay The Foundation
Speaking of no primer, if there's one beauty product that my skin absolutely loves and it's Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen! This triple functioning find provides moisture, coverage and protection all in one pea size application. I wear this when I workout and when I'm out and about. Totally add this lightweight option to your summer regimen! http://www.lauramercier.com
4. Bat Your Eyes In The Weight Room
A bold eye in the gym never hurt nobody! I'm not saying you need a smokey eye for bootcamp, but you should totally take two minutes to apply these two products: Voluminous Volume Building Mascara by L'Oreal Paris and MAC Cosmetics Eyeliner in Coffee. I line my lids and apply two coats of this infamous mascara every time I wear a sports bra and you should too girl! http://www.lorealparisusa.com http://www.maccosmetics.com
5. Pucker Up While You Pump It Up
Ok girl, I am going to let you in on a secret: although I have been wearing makeup for over a decade and a half, I just can't get into lipstick...eek. I have been experimenting more now that I'm in my 30's, however when I revert back to my old ways please believe I'm puckering up with Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm. A hint of color, tons of moisture and available in nine colors - perfection! http://www.burtsbees.com
6. One Swipe Wipes
If you're not into wearing makeup in the gym, then take it all off with one swipe of my favorite wipes - Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. No alcohol, no oil and no dyes - just dermatologist approved goodness. These babies are tough on makeup, yet gentle on your skin, so make sure to keep this RAD product in your gym bag at all times. http://www.simpleskincare.com
7. Safe Fun In The Sun
If you think Black girls don't need SPF, then you are mistaken. Brown skin can easily become burnt skin if you aren't careful, so play it safe when you play in the sun with Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. Since it's fragrance free, you wont have to worry about that odd "I have SPF on" smell. And since it's oil free this waterproof sunscreen won't clog your pores or cause breakouts. http://www.coppertone.com
8. Go Nuts With Coconut Oil
Another skin essential in my FitGirl world is Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. The price is right at $5.99 and I can honestly say that I cover my body head to toe in it most days. Smelling like paradise is the obvious plus, however the silky softness it provides for my skin is just wonderful. I also use this RAD oil in my hair by slathering it on my edges pre workout. Two birds, one stone. http://www.traderjoes.com
9. The Best Sweat Band Ever
Speaking of fly aways, I never sweat without my lululemon Bang Buster Headband. This wide sweat wicking masterpiece is the most versatile piece of headgear you can own sis. Wear it with your hair up or down without worrying about it slipping off mid jumping jack. I have too many colors to list and you should snag a few too! http://www.lululemon.com
10. No Shower Power
If your lunchtime workout ran over and you don't have time to shower, you ought to know that being funky in the office is not your only option. I am in love with Dove and their Go Fresh Burst Body Mist. In tons of glorious scents your coworkers will never know you were sweating it out at yoga during lunchtime. Just spray and go! http://www.dove.us
11. Stay Balanced With AQUAhydrate
If you are a sports drink junkie, then I suggest you save those calories and start sipping on AQUAhydrate. This high-performance water is a beautiful combo of electrolytes, great taste and -my favorite- a higher pH level of 9+. Unlike most sports drinks this RAD H20 helps restore and balance your body during intense workouts...sans sugar and calories! http://www.aquahydrate.com