If you have been a regular user of Arrid Extra Dry Clear Gel deodorant, you may have noticed that it’s no longer available in stores near you. Is this deodorant discontinued? Can you still get it online? Here are the answers you need — or as close as I can come to them.
(Wait! Be sure to read the important update at the end of this article. It’s good news.)
In late 2012, Arrid Extra Dry Clear Gel deodorant disappeared from the shelves at the Walmart stores near my home. I checked Target, Walgreens, CVS and even some grocery stores, but this product seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth.
Soon, I noticed that many stores were completely rearranging the way they display deodorant — and many antiperspirant and deodorant products were out of stock, leaving shelves a mess at almost every store I checked.
What could have happened? Was there a massive recall or some kind of production problem? An Internet search for news items didn’t turn up anything written recently about deodorants — except Unilever’s decision to decrease the size of their products and charge the same price. That probably accounts for the redesign of deodorant racks.
I sent an email to the customer service address found on the arrid.com website, where the product is supposedly still for sale. I also emailed the parent company’s media relations department telling them I would be writing about the issue. Neither of my efforts got a response.
Arriving At An Answer
When the people with answers won’t return emails, there’s another way to gather information: from anecdotal evidence. I know that Arrid Extra Dry Clear Gel isn’t available in North Texas. I’ve seen reports on Amazon product reviews and in Internet searches indicating that the product is no longer available in other cities.
I’ve even seen quantities and offering on Amazon dwindle. I can only reach one conclusion: Arrid Extra Dry Clear Gel has been discontinued. (I’m opening comments on this page, so please offer your comments below if you can contradict this information.)
It’s frustrating when a product you have used for years is no longer available, but fortunately there are many other clear gels deodorants on the market. Most are more expensive, but they’re available in stores and online, so you’ll be able to find a suitable replacement. I’m starting with an Almay hypoallergenic product I found at Walmart for about the same price as the Arrid product.
Finding Remaining Supplies And Alternatives
Some websites are still offering the discontinued Arrid deodorant for sale online. In fact, the product is still for sale on arrid.com. Amazon apparently some supplies remaining. There’s no way to be certain you’ll actually get the product if you order it, however. If you try, remember to deal only with a reputable source like Amazon in case you need a refund.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find some. As time moves along, however, it will certainly become impossible to find.
There are some other clear gels on the market, and most have the same active ingredients as the Arrid product, so they should work similarly. It’s also important to note that most solids have the same ingredient as the gels, so they should work for you too. If you’re worried about staining, it’s the ingredient that causes the stains, and you probably already know that the gels cause yellow staining of cloth just as the solids do.
It’s also interesting how many articles I found during my research that promote homemade deodorants — or not using any at all. Maybe this is a good time to go a few days without any to see if you really need it.
While Arrid Extra Dry Clear Gel was unavailable for many months, it’s available online from Amazon now. While you still can’t find it at most discount chains or drugstores, this six-pack available on Amazon is a good value. It promises an improved formula, and the product still works great. It also still doesn’t leave a white residue and lasts at least 24 hours on most people — making this a bargain at any price. Fortunately, it’s actually at quite a good price.
When you click the link, you’ll also see on the page similar offers on other scents and other quantities.
I’m very pleased to report that this product is available again if you don’t mind purchasing it online. Cick here to visit Amazon and see this special six-pack Arrid Extra Dry Clear Gel offer.