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Carpe Reviews: Should you choose this antiperspirant?

We test and evaluate Carpe to see if its products reduce excessive sweating from head to toe

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2021

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Let’s face it: no one wants to stand in front of a board meeting with rapidly spreading armpit stains from perspiration. But most of us have been there in some form at one point or another. These occasional “sweat tsunamis” can arise from anxiety, hormonal fluctuations, or many other factors.

Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating unrelated to body temperature regulation – affects over 15.3 million people (4.8%) in the United States. Among those affected, 70% have primary focal hyperhidrosis (PFH), which leads to sweating in particular areas like the hands, feet, armpits, face, and groin. And teenagers, already in an awkward phase of life, struggle with excessive perspiration the most.

Whether you’re the average perspirer, an athlete, or afflicted with hyperhidrosis, Carpe is a new antiperspirant developer worth investigating. So that’s what we have done. We’ve tested and evaluated Carpe’s products alongside both over-the-counter drugstore brands and dermatologist-prescribed treatments to see how its line of antiperspirants stands up to the competition. Read our full review below to find out if Carpe may be the cure for your sweaty moments.

Review Summary

Pros

  • Dermatologist-recommended and FDA-approved
  • Highly effective for hyperhidrosis
  • Products available for excessive sweating in areas other than the armpit
  • Far cheaper than alternative hyperhidrosis treatments
  • Subscribe & Save option saves you 20% off retail prices
  • Variety of products for different areas of the body
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Cons

  • More expensive than average drugstore antiperspirants
  • Can cause drying and flaking on hands and feet from excessive use
  • For resistant cases of hyperhidrosis, it likely won’t be as effective as prescription or surgical options

Bottom line

We found that Carpe’s antiperspirant lotions, sticks, and wipes offer the greatest efficacy among non-prescription products on the market. These products stop excessive sweating for people with a range of perspiration issues – from the gymnast who needs dry hands to perform bar routines to the manager who faces anxiety before company presentations. In short, if excessive sweating is a predicament that you face periodically or regularly, we recommend giving Carpe a try.

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Carpe’s products provide different approaches to your sweat and come in bundles that save you money.

While more expensive than your average drug store antiperspirant, Carpe’s products have a 100% money-back guarantee and free shipping to guarantee your satisfaction.

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How Carpe works

Carpe is an American manufacturer of dermatologist-recommended, over-the-counter antiperspirant products that yield 60% median sweat reduction in users. Carpe’s products will work for anyone, but they are especially beneficial in addressing excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis affects 4.8% of the overall U.S. population but is particularly common among teenagers, with nearly one in five reporting excessive and uncontrollable perspiration.

There are various treatments available to address hyperhidrosis, from botulinum toxin injections to surgical and laser procedures, but the first line of therapy is topical antiperspirants. Carpe’s products address excessive perspiration in the main areas affected:

Carpe offers lotions, wipes, and traditional deodorant-style sticks for easy, on-the-go use. You can purchase Carpe antiperspirant products in many stores, but buying directly through its website helps you enjoy the best discounts.

Carpe’s ingredients

The primary ingredient in Carpe’s antiperspirant products is aluminum sesquichlorohydrate, a form of aluminum salt and a common ingredient in many over-the-counter antiperspirants. Carpe’s products contain 15% of aluminum sesquichlorohydrate, which reacts with proteins in sweat, effectively creating a plug in your sweat ducts. What makes Carpe antiperspirant products stand apart from the average stick of drugstore deodorant is its supporting ingredients, including eucalyptus, that work together to achieve a drier, cleaner feeling.

Antiperspirants are not the only products that Carpe presents in its line. It also produces sweat absorption products that work to wipe away perspiration throughout the day. These products, used in conjunction with Carpe’s antiperspirants, help you maintain freshness from morning until nighttime.

The effectiveness of antiperspirants, including Carpe’s products, improves over time with twice-daily use. Using antiperspirants at bedtime allows for absorption and penetration into the sweat ducts. To use Carpe’s lotions, simply apply a pea-sized amount to the hands or feet and massage in. Carpe’s products absorb quickly and do not leave behind a greasy residue. This makes them particularly beneficial to athletes who need to maintain stability in their grip. Again, continued use will improve efficacy over time and may lead to the need for less product in the future.

Carpe products

Carpe offers products designed for specific body areas most commonly associated with excessive sweating. In addition to the products below, you can find savings in Carpe’s bundle offers. These bundles range from underarm-only products to head-to-toe bundles covering the full range of Carpe’s line.

Carpe’s Subscribe & Save option saves you 20% off the one-time purchase price of all items. Carpe sends you email notifications a few days before each order renewal, and you can cancel at any time without penalty.

Underarm

Carpe offers two main products to address underarm perspiration:

The Underarm Lotion in the stick form and the wipes each cost $19.95. The Underarm Tube costs $21.95.

Carpe Underarm Lotion contains 15% aluminum sesquichlorohydrate and supporting ingredients, including sweat-absorbing powders and eucalyptus oil. This lotion comes in a typical twist-dial stick that you smooth onto your underarms just as you would any deodorant/antiperspirant. It works best when applied twice daily, in the morning and at bedtime. As with all Carpe products, effectiveness improves over time, with best results achieved after one month of consistent use. You can also purchase Carpe Underarm Lotion in a new tube applicator. It is used in the same way, with an application of a dime-sized amount twice daily.

Carpe’s Antiperspirant Underarm Wipes contains 15 large wipes for on-the-go use. These wipes are great for use at the gym or any midday moment when perspiration arises. The wipes contain 15% aluminum chlorohydrate, sage leaf extract, and lichen extract, among other ingredients. In our experience, we found that the underarm antiperspirant was adequate to the degree that we had little use for the wipes. However, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t come in handy on a hot summer day or before a stressful presentation. And for those whose hyperhidrosis is more moderate than mild, the wipes would be very useful.

Face

Carpe’s products for facial perspiration include a lotion and wipes, both retailing for $19.95. These products do not contain aluminum salts but instead focus on absorption for this sensitive skin area.

Carpe’s Sweat Absorbing Face Lotion combines a blend of sweat- and oil-absorbing molecules, including silica microspheres, jojoba esters, and witch hazel. Additional ingredients like aloe vera, colloidal oatmeal, and plant extracts soothe the skin and keep it dry yet hydrated throughout the day.

Carpe’s Sweat Absorbing Face Wipes provide cooling relief with tea tree oil and witch hazel at any time of day. They also include eucalyptus and chamomile, which contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The pouch contains 15 wipes for on-the-go use.

Our testers found these to be very pleasing and effective products, giving skin a sense of cleanliness and rejuvenation. But as with any new facial product, try it out on a small patch of skin the first time to make sure you don’t have any unexpected or unlikely irritation.

Hands

Palmar hyperhidrosis is one of the common manifestations of primary hyperhidrosis. It involves excessive sweating of the hands, which leads to socially uncomfortable situations and can be a disabling issue for athletes, including gymnasts and pole dancers in particular.

Carpe’s Antiperspirant Hand Lotion addresses the issue of sweaty palms with 15% aluminum sesquichlorohydrate and supporting molecules, including sweat-absorbing powders and eucalyptus oil. And our testing convinced us that this product works.

To use, simply apply a dime-sized amount onto clean, dry hands and rub in the lotion thoroughly. It is fast-drying and non-greasy. It should be used twice daily, in the morning and at night, and reaches maximum effectiveness after one month of consistent use. Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion costs $14.95 for a 40 mL bottle.

Thighs and groin

Carpe produces two products to address excessive sweating in the thigh/groin area. The ingredients in these products differ slightly from the others due to the sensitive nature of these areas of the body. Both products cost $19.95.

Carpe’s Sweat Absorbing Thigh Lotion is designed for sweat absorption and the prevention of chafing. It contains moisture-absorbing starches and powders as well as witch hazel, vitamin B3, and aloe barbadensis cactus, among other ingredients. Apply this lotion in a quarter-sized amount and rub it into your thighs and groin area where you are most affected by sweat and chafing.

Carpe’s Sweat Absorbing Men’s Groin Lotion focuses specifically on men’s perspiration in the groin area. Carpe recommends women use the Sweat Absorbing Thigh Lotion.

This lotion comes in an applicator with a swiveling nozzle to deliver powder into the folds of the male groin without dumping powder everywhere. It contains a variety of sweat-absorbing powders made of corn, tapioca, and kaolin, among others. Marigold, sage, and aloe vera extracts deliver a cooling tingle with no talc included.

Breasts

Carpe’s Sweat Absorbing Breast Lotion is $19.95 and provides quick-drying, cooling sweat absorption in the breast, chest, and torso areas. This lotion is applied preventatively every morning to dry, clean skin. It contains sweat-absorbing powders, witch hazel, vitamin B3, and rosemary, sunflower, rice, and apple extracts.

Getting started with Carpe

While Carpe’s products are available from many retailers, we found that you can get the most significant savings by shopping directly from Carpe’s website, where you can participate in the Subscribe & Save option for 20% off retail prices. To get started:

  1. Explore products. On the homepage, you’ll see a dropdown menu labeled “Shop” at the upper left corner of the page. Clicking this link will present you with several ways to browse products: by category, name, or bundles.

  2. Make your selection(s). When you find a product you’d like to purchase, you have the option of a one-time purchase price or the Subscribe & Save option for 20% less. Depending on the product you choose, you can alter the delivery increments for Subscribe & Save, and cancellation is easy and penalty-free.

  3. Checkout. Shipping is free on all orders. Carpe will send you a tracking number for your products once the package has left the facility.

  4. Assess your satisfaction. Carpe offers a 100% money-back guarantee on all products. To obtain a refund or exchange, contact customer service within 60 days of purchase.

Privacy considerations

As with most online retailers, Carpe collects personal and non-personalized data about its website users through cookies and other tracking technology. Carpe outsources all payment processing to Foxy.io, a PCI DSS Compliant Level 1 Service Provider. Carpe does not retain payment information unless you choose to retain your information for future purposes. In this case, Foxy.io maintains the information. Carpe may share your personal information under circumstances of law or to protect rights, to third-party service providers, and with third parties for marketing purposes, as permitted by law.

How we evaluate health products and services

At Innerbody Research, we customize our evaluation criteria depending on the type and nature of the health-related service or product. For Carpe and other health products, we have five areas that we use for our evaluations, including:

Quality: How well does the company deliver its core service(s) to the customer? For testing services, does the company adhere to the latest and most advanced testing technologies and achieve a very high degree of accuracy? For non-testing telehealth services, is the quality of the service high enough that we would recommend it to loved ones without hesitation? If not, why not?

User-friendly: How intuitive and user-friendly is the service? Does the device, program, app, or website achieve a good degree of user-friendliness for its customers?

Value: Are you getting your money’s worth? Are there any hidden costs or charges? Does the company offer discounts?

Privacy: If health data is stored, will your data be stored securely? Are payments secure?

Customer support: Particularly in situations where ‘one size fits all’ doesn’t make sense, how well does the company help to make the service ideal for you?

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