Thursday, September 5, 2013


What is Deodorant

According to, deodorant is:
noun agent for destroying odors.
2.a substance, often combined with an antiperspirant, for inhibiting or masking perspiration or other bodily odors.

3.capable of destroying odors: a deodorant cream.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,

Deodorants are substances applied to the body to affect body odor caused by bacterial growth and the smell associated with bacterial breakdown of perspiration in armpits, feet and other areas of the body. A subgroup of deodorants, antiperspirants, affect odor as well as prevent sweating by affecting sweat glands. Antiperspirants are typically applied to the underarms, while deodorants may also be used on feet and other areas in the form of body sprays. In the United States, deodorants are classified and regulated as cosmetics by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Antiperspirants are classified as drugs by the FDA.

The first commercial deodorant, Mum, was introduced and patented in the late nineteenth century by an inventor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose name has been lost to history. The product was briefly withdrawn from the market in the U.S., but is currently available at U.S. retailers under the brand Ban. The modern formulation of the antiperspirant was patented by Jules Montenier on January 28, 1941. This formulation was first found in "Stopette" deodorant spray, which Time Magazine called "the best-selling deodorant of the early 1950s".Stopette was later eclipsed by many other brands as the 1941 patent expired.

Type of Deodorant

Stick and powder deodorants

Stick and powder deodorants are generally considered "dry" deodorants because they typically do not leave the skin wet after they are applied. Products in stick form are generally solid white or clear deodorants that are rubbed on the armpits. Powder deodorant is sprinkled or patted on, and is often made of the same types of ingredients as stick deodorant but without the silicone or fatty substances that bind them together.

Gel deodorant 

Gel deodorant is applied in a similar way as the stick varieties but comes in a thick gel that is pushed up through holes or slits in the cap.

Cream deodorant

Cream deodorant is usually applied with the fingertips

Liquid deodorant

Liquid deodorant may be patted on with the fingers, splashed on or sprayed on with a pump sprayer.

Roll-on deodorant 

Roll-on deodorant has a ball in the top of the bottle that rolls and applies the product to the skin in a thin layer.

Homemade deodorant 

Organic deodorant is a personal hygiene product made with organic ingredients that is meant to mask the scent of body odor. Some people prefer to use this kind of product because they prefer not to apply synthetic or non-organic products to their skin. Others use organic deodorant because they believe that products that keep their skin from perspiring are unhealthy.

What type of deodorants should i use 

  • if you have low body fat you will also have less body odor, and so you may only need a mild deodorant to combat smell.
  • If you are of a larger body type, you may be interested in choosing a stronger deodorant, as your body may secrete and release more odors.
  • If you have an underlying factor that causes your body to put out more or less odor, choose a stronger or lighter deodorant accordingly.
  • if you have an illness or disorder that causes sensitive skin and reactions to synthetic products, choose a hypoallergenic deodorant that has a natural scent or is unscented.

Deodorants and Breast Cancer

 Articles in the press and on the Internet have warned that underarm antiperspirants (a preparation that reduces underarm sweat) or deodorants (a preparation that destroys or masks unpleasant odors) cause breast cancer . The reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. Some scientists have also proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast .

However, researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer.