What the best deodorant does
- Lasts all day. Many deodorant claims of lasting 24 to 48 hours are exaggerated, but your
deodorant should not require frequent reapplication throughout the day.
Works well at fighting odor and
sweat. The best deodorants/antiperspirants fight odor and wetness at the
source, even when it's hot outside or the user is engaged in physical activity.
Comes with packaging that is easy
to use. The product should be designed for intuitive,
easy, even distribution.
Doesn't leave white marks. The best deodorants and antiperspirants go on clear and won't mess up
Dries quickly. Slow-drying deodorants can be uncomfortable and messy leaving residue
behind on clothing.
Has a favorable scent. The deodorant should smell pleasant and appealing, but never
overpowering or off-putting. Fragrance-free versions should be fragrance-free.
Goes on smoothly and doesn't
irritate skin. Deodorants with harsh ingredients can cause
rashes on people with sensitive skin; they can also cause irritation when used
directly after shaving.
Know before you go
temporarily plug the sweat ducts with aluminum compounds in order to reduce perspiration.
Several mass-market products work as both antiperspirants and deodorants. All
natural products, on the other hand, do not have antiperspirant ingredients.
Reviewers say the
following about deodorants and antiperspirants:
you want to reduce perspiration, look for an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants block the sweat
ducts, reducing perspiration and the odor that often goes with it.
you just want to prevent odor, look for a deodorant. Deodorants contain bacteria-fighting
ingredients to reduce odor, but do little to prevent sweating.
isn't much difference between men's and women's deodorant. A quick look at the ingredient
list of products marketed to men and women confirms that they are
basically the same. The main differences lie in fragrance, packaging and
for fragrance-free products if you have sensitive skin.
products cannot prevent perspiration. Natural ingredients do not block sweat
ducts and therefore only provide deodorizing benefits.
apply deodorant right after shaving. Skin is more sensitive right after
shaving, and both deodorants and antiperspirants can cause irritation.
antiperspirants to dry completely before dressing. Yellow stains on clothes are caused by
a reaction between antiperspirant ingredients and proteins on the skin.
Allowing products to dry completely after application will minimize
staining as well as white marks left behind on clothes.
What's to come
According to this
report on the global deodorants market by the company SpecialChem,
manufacturers are increasingly offering special features in their products in
an effort to stay ahead of the competition. Deodorants with moisturizing and
underarm-smoothing features, such as our pick for women's deodorant Dove Go
Sleeveless, are becoming more and more common. High-end, specialty deodorants
with hair-minimizing properties, such as DermaDoctor Gorilla Warfare Hair Minimizing
Antiperspirant, are also carving out a niche in the global
marketplace. Meanwhile, SpecialChem reports that a growing emphasis on male
grooming is expected to lead to growth in the men's deodorant market. Demand
for organic and natural deodorants is also on the rise.