May 7, 2006

About Deodorants and Anti-perspirants


Summer is here, bringing along with it all the sweat and grime. This is the time when most people buy deodorants and anti-perspirants to prevent bad body odor. But there are certain things that you should know about these before you use them.

Deodorants are cosmetic substances designed to reduce the body odor caused by bacteria which is facilitated by perspiration. They inhibit the growth of bacteria and are thus, usually alcohol based. They may also contain perfume fragrances to mask the odor of perspiration.

Anti-perspirants on the other hand work by clogging the pores with powerful astringents like aluminum salts, zinc, parabens etc. so that they are unable to release sweat. Aluminum is dangerous. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer etc. Zinc is a potential allergen, most people being allergic to it. Parabens are hormone disrupters that can be harmful in certain quantities.

Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria. Deodorants are preferable because they don’t interfere with perspiration, a natural cooling process.


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  1. Apoorva10:34 AM

    Crystal deodorants are the only deodorants on the market that do not contain harmful carcinogenic chemicals.
    They are made using natural mineral salts found in the earth. Crystal deodorants allow the body to sweat naturally without clogging the pours of the skin allowing harmful toxins to escape the body and not build up to harmful levels.
    The natural mineral salts kill the bacteria that causes sweat to smell.
    I have used them for 2 years now.

  2. Deodorant have a scent to reduce underarm smells, anti-persperant is to reduce wetness and at the same time dryness from a deodorant

  3. Beauty expert5:40 PM

    deodorant have anti-perspirants. perspiration is a way for your body to rid itself of waste. if you are not sweating, the waste stays inside your body and can build up abnormal cells. anti-perspirants clog your pores and the exit of waste products cannot occur. Long term affects of the abnormal cells can possibly lead to breast cancer or other types of cancer (skin, etc.

  4. Christine5:55 PM

    i haven't used anything other than salt stick/spray for years, i put some perfume oil on and i love the way i smell a couple of hours later, its natural and warm and like me! i will never use that old fashioned kind of deodorant again, why would i want to block all the pores so violently/blankly?

  5. Mamata8:41 AM

    For deodorant I mixed half and half baking soda and corn starch and stirred in a few drops of scent.

  6. I am looking for "old" recipe for underarm deodorant. Ingredients are baking soda, vaseline, few drops of fragrance. Can anyone help? Thanks

  7. Sannuta9:53 AM

    Baking soda Can be used as an underarm deodorant in a pinch.


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