Probably intentional- antiperspirant brand Perspirex got in touch with Ape to Gentleman on one of the hottest days of the year recently, with a challenge. A challenge to put their claim to the test- that their Perspirex antiperspirant promises highly effective protection against sweat and odour for 3-5 days with just one application. With men’s grooming a focus of ours, and this claim quite ambitious- we of course said yes.

There are three Perspirex variants; the Comfort, Original and Strong. The Original strength was our weapon of choice- clinically proven to control excessive sweat and odour thanks to one of the most effective sweat reducing agents; Aluminium Chloride. Perspirex have also developed their very own ‘APX skin care system’ which helps ensure skin irritation is reduced significantly.

Perspirex is to be applied at night, before going to bed. Just 2 strokes up and 2 strokes down as a thin film, evenly distributed only on the armpit area and allowed to fully dry after application. The skin must be completely dry and unbroken before application and don’t use it until 48 hours after shaving or waxing your armpits, gentleman!

The Challenge

We challenged one of our Ape writers to put Perspirex to the test at his week long hockey fitness pre-season sessions. One application, two hours of hockey in the summer heat, Monday through Friday. For those of you wondering, yes you can shower- in fact, you should ‘wash off’ the antiperspirant in the morning with soap and water. There is no need to re-apply either as the protection will last even after a shower. Should you wish to you can also apply a regular scented deodorant, this will not affect the efficacy of Perspirex.

After the week was up, our man in the field was pleased to report that his armpits remained sweat free and subsequently odour free throughout his working day and whilst at hockey training. Quite remarkable.

The way Perspirex works: the combination of Aluminium Chloride and the ‘APX skin care system’ blocks sweat glands for 3-5 days, meaning no sweat can escape the body at this particular location. The formula then sheds away with your natural skin shed over 3-5 days, hence the timeframe for its effectiveness.

If you’re a gentleman (or lady) who suffers with excessive sweat and body odour then Perspirex is for you. Even if not on a daily basis but as a one-off; an intense speech at work, a wedding day or a stressful situation, Perspirex will ward off any sweat patches and unwelcome odour.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Aluminum Lactate, Aluminium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Mircrocrystalline Wax and Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

Priced £8.49 and available at Boots in Comfort, Original and Strong variants. Visit for more information.