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I got an email with the subject line of “Weird Review Product” a while ago and when I opened it up it said, “This is kind of weird, but I have a product I thought might be up your alley. It’s called Carpe, and it’s an antiperspirant lotion for hands and feet. I thought your audience might get a kick out of it – especially after seeing your SweatBlock post.”
My first thought was “Would I like to try a weird product and write about it? Of course I would!”
Then I bought a new house and moved and writing this was pushed back… so I’m sorry!
Anyway, back to Carpe… I admit, it sounds really super weird to have an antiperspirant for your hands/feet. But for people who struggle with hyperhidrosis, this could be really beneficial. But it doesn’t have to be limited to that audience. Here’s how I tried it out.
I rubbed a little bit of the Carpe foot antiperspirant on this spot between a couple of toes that seems to have been a hot spot lately when I run and it didn’t seem to get as irritated. With continued, regular application maybe that spot will completely stop being a hot spot. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before I started writing this, but potentially the hand lotion could help prevent sweaty hands with a handheld water bottle too.
No, I’m not a gymnast… I rubbed a little bit of the Carpe hand antiperspirant into my daughter’s hands before her gymnastics class. She told me after, “That didn’t help at all, the bars are still hard.” Laughter aside, just my observational view through the window, she didn’t seem to rub her hands on her pants as much during class.
The product is recommended for daily application and it says on their website that some people see effectiveness immediately, some need time for multiple applications to build up and help. The recommendation is that Carpe lotion is applied at night (usually sweat glands are not as active at night; unless you’re menopausal/perimenopausal and have night sweats on occasion… then your sweat glands just seem to go nuts). For people with lots of issues with hyperhidrosis, an application may need to be done 3 times a day for about 4 weeks, then after that frequency can be reduced.
Does it Smell? Will it Irritate?
It has a very light eucalyptus scent, but it’s not overwhelming. The products contain moisturizing ingredients, but also ingredients to help keep the user drier. Sounds like an oxymoron… That’s part of the science in the development of this! Plus they worked really hard in the development of this to make sure it won’t be an irritant to users. I didn’t have any adverse reaction, neither did my 6-year-old.
It’s an interesting product and I’m glad things like this exist for people who have serious medical needs, or for those of us who might just need it to help with occasional discomforts. You can pick it up for about $15 a tube, or discounted in multi-packs. It’s also available on Amazon! (affiliate link)
They also have a new underarm product, which I would check out. I will admit that I still like to use the SweatBlock product they mentioned in their email, but usually just during the summer months. I live in Las Vegas, it’s super hot, and I don’t want to smell awful. I could probably write a whole lot about summer sweat and deodorants/antiperspirants, but I’ll save it for another post. Maybe… 🙂