Material Moms, The Mothership

[Material World x Triple Dry] Motherhood: It’s A Sweaty Business! – Deborah Giam

Sweating is not a bad thing – when you’re exercising, that is. But when you’re shuttling between household, parenting and work tasks every day, you’d want it to stay as sweat-free as possible. Would using an antiperspirant solve the problem? Deborah Giam puts Triple Dry to the test.

When you’re a mother, there are always a million and one things – kids, parents, partner, boss, an almost-empty fridge – that require your attention. Forget about the moments that you have to yourself; those are often spent trying to pre-empt the next situation – birthdays to plan, presentation to finish, or online grocery shopping to be done. This is why time-starved mums are always on the lookout for products that not only work but also work well.

One thing that’s harder to find: an effective antiperspirant. I’ve tried several different ones before but none of them truly works to keep me sweat-free. When I was asked to review Triple Dry, an antiperspirant that provides 72 hours of protection against heavy perspiration and odour, I was admittedly sceptical at first. Did they work? Well, let’s have a closer look.

From left: Triple Dry Fresh Anti-Perspirant Spray, $17.90, and Triple Dry Roll-On, $15.90

From left: Triple Dry Fresh Anti-Perspirant Spray, $17.90, and Triple Dry Roll-On, $15.90

The idea behind this antiperspirant is that you apply it at night for three nights, and then only need to use it about three times a week after. I was given the Anti-Perspirant Roll-On and Fresh Anti-Perspirant Spray to try for two weeks. For the former, it’s great that it is unscented (I like my perfume to smell the way it does, thank you very much), and even though the texture feels a bit paste-like, it has a quick drying formula so I didn’t have to spend too much time waiting for the product to dry off.

Personally, I’m not a fan of antiperspirant sprays – no thanks to my terrible coordination, I always fear I’m going to blind myself one day when using a spray. Having said that, the Fresh Anti-Perspirant Spray is more convenient because the formula seems to dry much faster than that of a roll-on. Because I prefer non-scented antiperspirants, I thought the scent of this was a tad overpowering, but thankfully it faded away within half an hour.

It wasn’t until about Day Four that I started to notice a difference. I’m definitely sweating a lot less and, the best thing is, those embarrassing sweat marks around my pits are significantly reduced. So, while Triple Dry won’t keep you bone-dry, it does the trick of reducing your perspiration enough that you won’t be bothered by it. I’d imagine this would be a great product to use before a trip so you wouldn’t need to worry about having to reapply antiperspirant every day – you’d have better things to worry about during a holiday, especially with the kids in tow.

Triple Dry Fresh Anti-Perspirant Spray ($17.90) and Roll-On ($15.90) are available exclusively at Guardian pharmacies. Material World worked with Triple Dry for a review of its products. All opinions are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.

We’re giving away 5 Triple Dry sets worth $33.80 each!


Each set consists of one Unfragranced Spray and one Roll-On. To win a set for yourself, simply follow these steps:

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material-mum-deborah-giamAbout the author: Deborah Giam is a full-time digital native, having worked and played in the online world for most of her life. Her second job is mother to a precocious four-year-old who loves dinosaurs, airplanes and Hello Kitty. Forget designer labels she’s happiest in an old-school world shooting with film, traveling the world and exploring new places. See more of her travels and photographs at

Food News, Gyms & Trainers, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Wellbeing, Workouts

Material World’s Sunday Sizzle: The Third Edition

A great workout, healthy juices, and a delicious brunch … all the ingredients you need for a fabulous Sunday. Find out more about what went down at Material World’s latest Sunday Sizzle event.

Over here at the Material World HQ, we’re all pretty big on fitness and living healthily. When you eat right and move frequently, you have more energy to do the things that matter. In a bid to encourage holistic living, we’ve organised a series of fitness and healthy eating events we call Sunday Sizzle. The event held on June 8, was our third installation.

First up on the agenda was an invigorating willPower & Grace workout held at Momentum Lab. This hour-long barefoot workout combines the disciplines of dance, yoga and more to create an energetic routine that aids in functional movements and strengthens the core. During the class, participants’ awareness were continually brought to their feet and how their feet moved in tandem with their whole body. After all, the feet form the base of all bodily movement – a strong base will lead to improved overall strength, flexibility and agility of the body. Trainer Shira kept everyone’s spirits up with her energy and occasional quips.

The super spacious Momentum Lab can comfortably accommodate about 17 people.

The super spacious Momentum Lab can comfortably accommodate about 17 people.

Within half an hour, it was clear that everyone was working up quite a sweat, but we really have to give it to our participants for putting in 100% effort. We’re proud to say that no one gave up! “I could really feel my core muscles working hard,” said Xiuyun, 26, executive. “Plus, the workout is a great way to kickstart a lazy morning.”

Everyone was immediately rewarded for their hard work in the form of organic, cold-pressed Beauty Cleanse juices! From tasty veggie-based juices, to satisfying nut milks, and refreshing watermelon-mint-coconut juices (a hot favourite!), it was the perfect way to rehydrate after an invigorating workout. “I love the interesting juice combinations,” said Chalene 29, executive. “They are a tasty way to get essential vitamins and nutrients too.”

What better way to rehydrate than with a refreshing cold-pressed juice from Beauty Cleanse?

What better way to rehydrate than with a refreshing cold-pressed juice from Beauty Cleanse?

The Sweet & Chic salad at The Lawn

The Sweet & Chic salad at The Lawn

With everyone in high spirits and quickly making new friends, it was time to adjourn for brunch at The Lawn at Biopolis. What awaited the participants: Wonderfully fresh, generously-portioned salads topped with a selection of grilled meat or seafood. The spacious, serene surrounds of Biopolis in a quiet Sunday morning proved to be the perfect backdrop for brunch. Although some participants had mentioned to us that they were not usually fans of salads, we were glad to see everyone tucking in heartily and enjoying their brunch.

Everyone also got to take home a goodie bag, which included a Triple Dry Anti-Perspirant Roll-On – which you’re supposed to use at night to help regulate excessive sweat production – and a sample of Collection Cosmetics’ Bright & Glow BB Cream (that promises to give you a healthy, radiant complexion). Talk about the icing on a cake!


Triple Dry and Collection Cosmetics

The goodie bag, courtesy of Triple Dry/Collection Cosmetics!

If you didn’t manage to sign up for yesterday’s Sunday Sizzle, not to worry. We’ve got a few more events planned for this year, so watch this space for more details!

We would like to thank our partners for making this event possible:

Momentum Lab
354 Alexandra Road, #01-15 Alexis
Tel: 6339 2210

Beauty Cleanse

The Lawn
31 Biopolis Way, #01-07 Nanos
Tel: 6478 9739

Triple Dry (available exclusively at Guardian) and Collection Cosmetics (available at selected Watsons stores and BHG [Bugis and Clementi])

Beauty & Shopping, Branded Content, Health & Fitness, Skincare, Workouts

[Material World x Triple Dry] The Anti-Perspirant That Actually Works – Denise Li

There are some women who seem to look immaculate all the time – they never seem to have a hair out of place, their makeup is perfectly applied, and most puzzling of all, you’ll never catch them with a shiny complexion or with beads of sweat rolling down the sides of their faces no matter the temperature or climate.

I’m not one of those women.

I seem to be in a constant state of perspiration. I sweat the moment I step out of the shower. I’m also a big-time worrier and my body’s natural response to anxiety seems to be – you guessed it – to perspire profusely. When I exercise, I look like I’ve just run a marathon after 10 minutes of warming up. When I do planks at the end of a session, a small pool of sweat will collect on the mat under my chin.

This is kinda embarrassing, but not as embarrassing as knowing that I probably don’t smell so good as a result of perspiring so much.

Hard at work during training

Hard at work during training

At the risk of opening myself up to judgement, I’ll just admit now that I am one of those people who does not shower immediately after a workout. When I was training hard for the Executive Knockout boxing event that was held a couple of weeks ago, I made it a point to shower only after I got home. Why? Because after a day of work and training, showering at home with my arsenal of beloved beauty products was my way of unwinding.

Still, I dreaded the MRT ride home after training though I made it a point to wipe myself down with body wipes after training. I never sat down even if there were empty seats because I didn’t want to traumatise the people sitting next to me.

So when I was passed Triple Dry anti-perspirants to try, I was intrigued, if slightly cynical. Would it really be THE solution for someone who sweated so profusely all the time?

When I first started using it (I had the option of using a spray or a roll-on), I have to admit, I couldn’t tell if it worked or not. I sprayed it under my arms just before training sessions, but I seemed to sweat just as much as ever! When I told Deborah this, she exclaimed, “You’re using it wrongly, woman!”

How To Use Triple Dry

Turns out, there is a specific way you’re supposed to use it. What you’re supposed to do: Apply Triple Dry for 4 consecutive nights just before you sleep every night, and shower as normal in the morning. After the first four applications, you only need to apply it every 2 or 3 days.

How it works: Triple Dry is NOT a deodorant. Rather than masking the odour caused by sweating, it has active ingredients that actually combat sweating itself. The product is absorbed into the pores where sweat glands are to regulate the amount of sweat released by your body. You see, it’s not sweat itself that smells. Rather, the moisture provides a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria; the proliferation of bacteria is what causes you to smell bad when you sweat.

Comfortably protected during Executive Knockout!

Comfortably protected during Executive Knockout!

After using it as it’s supposed to be used, I can vouch for its effectiveness. After about three days of using it, I felt significantly drier at the armpits … even after gruelling training sessions. As the product works from within, you don’t need to reapply it after showering or even water sports!

I now alternate between using the spray and roll-on, and there are pros and cons for each.

The spray:

It dries immediately upon contact with your body, but it does leave behind a white powder that flakes off.  I had to dust it off my bed every morning.

The roll-on:

It doesn’t leave a film and is absorbed well into the skin, but it takes a while longer to dry than the spray.

Triple Dry also comes in male- and female-scented variants, but I much prefer the unfragranced version as I use perfume on a daily basis.

I started using Triple Dry about a month before my competition, and by the time the competition rolled around, I was only using it once every two or three days. It proved to be just as effective. As you don’t need to use it every day, each can/roll-on can probably last you a few months, so it’s great value for money too.

After my fight – which happened to be the second last one of the night, leaving me no time to shower – I headed straight for the after party. I had a blast … and no one complained about me smelling bad. Think I definitely got away with it!

Triple Dry Unfragranced Spray ($17.90) and Roll-on ($15.90)

Triple Dry Unfragranced Spray ($17.90) and Roll-on ($15.90)

Triple Dry Anti-Perspirant Spray ($17.90) and Roll-On ($15.90) are available exclusively at Guardian pharmacies. Material World worked with Triple Dry for a review of its products. All opinions are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. 

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.