Once upon a time, travel was glamorous. The experience was about luxury amidst the clouds. Passengers dressed up in their Sunday best to fly, sauntered through the airport, and smoked their duty free cigarettes on the airplane (ever notice how there are still tiny ashtrays on the armrests in so many airplanes to this day? Weird). Those days are long gone, baby. I can tell you from experience, modern day travel is frequently about STRESS. I’ve experienced more than my share of travel-related stress sweat. Thanks to Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response, I think I’ve finally got it beat.


Fun fact! There are three main causes of sweat – activity, heat, and stress. I’m a frequent victim of all three, but stress sweat is the wooorsssst </Jean Ralphio>


Why does stress sweat smell the worst? It comes from the Apocrine glands, which release sweat that’s 80% water and 20% nutrients (lipids and proteins). The sweat from heat and activity comes from the Eccrine glands, which release 99% water. The bacteria that naturally occurs on our skin feeds off the nutrient from stress sweat, which = Body Odor.

The more you know!

Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response’s formula includes technology that traps and locks away odor, neutralizes it, and releases a fresh scent – the most important thing to protect you from stress sweat. As we all know from unfortunate experience, covering it up with fragrance can make things smell even worse.

Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response kept me protected from all three causes of sweat – because I’ve been going through all kinds of travel related stress sweat situations in my latest travel adventures. Let me tell unburden my soul and share some of my latest travel stress sweat situations with you. These are 5 times in my recent travel history that Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response came to my rescue!

The Airport Security Stress Sweat Situation – I mentioned this in my Heathrow post earlier this week, but let me paint you a picture of how this went down. When you go through airport security – especially if you’re in a foreign country – you want things to go as smoothly as possible. At TSA in London, I removed all electronics and 3 oz. liquids, took off my belt and hoped for the best. And then my bag triggered something on the X-ray. I knew I had done nothing wrong, but my body immediately went into internal high stress chaos on the inside. Churning stomach, palpitating heart, and instant stress sweat! It turns out my external phone battery charger looked dodgy to the security officials. As soon as they removed it and realized it was a leopard print phone charger, everything was fine. And thanks to Secret, I sailed through security smelling like summertime after all.

The Impromptu Event Stress Sweat Situation – During my last trip, the first morning I woke up in London I immediately had to get dressed super cute and go rock it at an awesome hair event. YIKES. Having to hit the ground running can be stressful enough, but overseas travel + not being a morning person + having to look my best and take photos with a ton of people + the stress I always feel before I appear on stage anywhere = instant stress sweat situation. Without Secret Clinical Strength, I wouldn’t have wanted to give as many hugs as I did that day.

The Fancy Dress Stress Sweat Situation – Picture this. You’re on the way to a wedding, and you’re wearing a fabulous dress in a light color. Your well-meaning husband says, “Forget it, we don’t need a cab – it’s a beautiful day for a walk.” So you’re walking to this wedding when you realize waitaminute, this thing doesn’t begin at 4:30 pm – it starts at 4! And why is there never a cab available when you need one? Learn from my mistakes, bellas. The next time you’re wearing a light colored dress on a hot summer day and you want to make it there without stress or sweat? Take a cab. I wound up having to walk 12 blocks, and without Secret, there would have been a regrettable pit stain situation that I thankfully managed to avoid.

The Long Bus Ride Stress Sweat Situation – My recent trip to the UK included a stay in London and an obligatory tour on a red double decker bus. It’s like a rite of passage. Visit London, do the bus tour, sit on the top deck. Fun! It really was for the most part, until the end. A two and a half hour tour started stretching into three and a half hours, when our double decker bus got stuck in horrendous traffic. (A word of advice – traffic along the Lower Thames Route seems to be a mess pretty often. Avoid if you can). A bus tour is relaxing and fun, until you get stuck on it without a bus stop or public restroom in sight. I could feel the sweat situation increasing in threat level until we made it to a stop near Hyde Park. Clean, well attended public restroom FTW! Sweet relief (and I smelled awesome the whole time).

The I-Might-Miss-My-Flight Stress Sweat Situation – I married a man who prefers to get to the airport two hours before a flight, and it’s been a good practice to adopt. But at London’s Heathrow airport we spent so much time window shopping that we had to book it to our airport gate. Isn’t it ALWAYS the case that when you’re the most in a rush at the airport, that your gate is the furthest away? It was a brisk walk to say the least. Lucky for me, Secret protected me from stress, heat and activity sweat. I made it on the plane in sweat-free condition.

Secret Stress Response canister

This has become my trusty go-to everyday deodorant, because let’s be real – you never know when stress sweat will creep up on you. Click here to get yourself some Secret Clinical Strength and smell as sweet as you are all summer long.

Share your stress sweat moments with me! When’s the last time you felt that oh-no-I-hope-my-deodorant-is-up-for-this-job panic? Tell me in the comments, or on Twitter – use the hashtag #StressSweat to share your story!

You can check out Secret on Facebook or Twitter @SecretDeodorant.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Secret, but these sweaty confessions and opinions are all mine!



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