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This time we will talk about deodorant, an essential accessory for personal hygiene. We will tell you about its main characteristics and what you should take into account before buying it.

Throughout the article we will inform you about the different types of deodorants and their most important features so that you can compare them. We will also tell you which are the most sold brands on the market and the different costs.

Our main goal is to let you know the most relevant aspects about this product so that you can make the best purchase choice according to your interests and needs. Stay until the end, it will be of great help!




The most important facts

  • Deodorants are a product composed of synthetic substances that act on bad odours caused by perspiration. There are also antiperspirants, which have a deeper and longer-lasting effect.
  • There are different types of deodorants, characterised mainly by their formats, textures, and modes of use. The most common are spray, roll-on, stick, cream or gel.
  • There are certain factors that you should take into account before choosing the most suitable deodorant for you: for example, what is the difference between a common deodorant and an antiperspirant, and their possible adverse effects, among other aspects.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about deodorants

This buying guide is designed to advise you on the product you're thinking of buying, so we'll tell you what deodorants are, what they're good for, and what their main benefits are. We'll also tell you about the not-so-beneficial aspects of this product.

Antiperspirants are suitable for people who sweat a lot. (Photo: dolgachov / 123rf.com)

What are deodorants and what are their advantages?

Deodorant is a product composed mainly of alcohol, boric acid and formaldehyde. These substances act on the bad odour that is generated on the skin by perspiration, mainly in the armpits.

Deodorants come in different formats and modes of use. The most common are spray, roll-on, stick and cream (or gel), which differ in their texture, smell, duration and intensity, as well as their chemical composition.

The main advantage of deodorants is that they eliminate bad odour on the skin, creating a feeling of freshness and cleanliness. Antiperspirants, composed of aluminium and sulphates, also totally or partially block perspiration so that the odour does not reappear.

Advantages
  • Eliminate odour
  • Have a pleasant fragrance
  • Give a feeling of freshness
  • Antiperspirants eliminate sweat
  • Are practical to carry in your handbag N
Disadvantages
  • Contain chemicals
  • Some cause irritation
  • Are harmful to the environment
  • Some stain clothes
  • Can cause allergies

Spray, roll-on, stick or cream deodorants?

There are four types of deodorants: spray, roll on, stick and cream. We will describe the main characteristics of each of them so that you can compare them and choose the most suitable for you according to your needs.

Spray: Spray deodorants, or aerosol deodorants, work like atomisers that vaporise their contents on the skin, leaving it fresher and more perfumed. They have a cylindrical format with a button at the tip, which is pressed to release the vapour.

These deodorisers are also used as perfumes or colognes for daily use, due to their varied and intense fragrances. In some cases they can cause burning, irritation or dry skin, so ideally choose one that does not contain alcohol.

Roll on: Roll on deodorants usually come in small containers with a rotating half sphere at the tip that spreads over the skin. Their application is simple and thanks to their small size they are very practical to carry in your purse, bag or backpack.

These deodorants usually come with and without perfume, and provide an immediate sensation of freshness when applied, thanks to their moist texture. Because of their texture, they can also stain clothes, so it is best to buy a quick-drying deodorant.

Stick: Deodorant sticks have a compact stick at the end that is applied directly to the skin, automatically moisturising it. A great advantage of this system is that it does not dry out like a roll-on, so it is always moisturised.

Cream: Cream or gel deodorants are pots that have a creamy substance inside that is applied to the underarms as if it were a moisturising cream for the skin. They are a very good option for dry skin, because of their moisturising power.

Spray Roll on Stick Cream
Texture Vapour-ethereal Wet, liquid Wet-liquid Wet-liquid Creamy-thick
Drying Fast Semi-fast Semi-fast (faster than roll on) Slow
Duration Short Intermediate to long Long Long

How much do deodorants cost?

The prices of deodorants basically depend on their characteristics (model, size, brand, duration, etc.). Below we will give you the estimated costs so that you have a parameter of how much you can spend approximately. Then the values go up when it comes to spray or aerosol deodorants, which are also used as a daily body perfume.

You can find a wide range of deodorants on the market. (Photo: belchonock / 123rf.com)

Buying criteria

In this last section, we will tell you what are the most important factors to consider before choosing the perfect deodorant for you. It is important that you pay attention to all the details in order to make the best purchase choice.

Deodorant or antiperspirant

It's important to know the differences between deodorant and antiperspirant before you buy, as they have different functions. Below we will tell you what the main characteristics of each one are.

Deodorants. They are used to eliminate the bad smell caused by bacteria that lodge on the skin, especially in the armpits, due to perspiration. They do not stop sweating but offer a pleasant fragrance, in some cases, for up to 12 hours at a time.

Antiperspirants. They act directly on perspiration, preventing the reappearance of odour-causing bacteria on the skin. Their effect is longer lasting than deodorants, but they are composed of sulphates and aluminium, considered toxic by some specialists.

Deodorants have synthetic perfumes to reduce odour, and antiperspirants have anti-bacterial components. If you don't sweat a lot, deodorants will work well for you; otherwise you should opt for antiperspirants.

Deodorant is essential for personal hygiene. (Photo: belchonock/ 123rf.com)

Toxicity

While antiperspirants are the most suspect in terms of toxicity, deodorants also contain certain chemical compounds that are considered counterproductive to health. However, opinions are divided on this issue.

Here is a list of the main antiperspirant compounds and their main characteristics, so that you can evaluate their particularities before making your purchase choice.

Aluminium. The aluminium salts in antiperspirants have the function of clogging the sweat glands, thus preventing the body from regulating its natural temperature. Many specialists associate the use of antiperspirants with the development of breast cancer.

Aluminium is also found in water, air and certain foods. The doses of this component are what determine its side effects; however, there are conflicting opinions on this subject.

Parabens. Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in antiperspirants, to ensure that they penetrate the skin, and are also widely used in the cosmetics industry. Although there is no hard evidence, it is suspected that parabens may alter the hormonal system.

Triclosan. An antiseptic compound widely used in antibacterial shampoos, ointments, acne creams, and other products to kill bacteria. Its use is associated with alterations and imbalances in the intestinal flora.

Phthalates. These are chemical compounds used to stick the antiperspirant film to the skin. They are also found in nail polish and other synthetic products, and the reality is that there is no concrete evidence of their toxicity.

In the case of deodorants, there are also some concerns about adverse reactions (which would be milder anyway), especially in the case of aerosols, which have synthetic fragrances that can cause burning, irritation and eczema on the skin.

Alcohol content

Deodorants containing alcohol are not necessarily dangerous, but they can cause itching and reddening of the skin. Aerosol or spray deodorants, in particular, tend to cause irritation if the skin is irritated or sensitive to any of the ingredients.

On the other hand, alcohol dries out the skin, so it is best to look for an alcohol-free deodorant, especially if you are allergic to it. The market offers a wide range of alcohol-free deodorants and antiperspirants, which are very effective, safe and more natural.

Stains

In many cases, deodorants and antiperspirants tend to leave stains on clothes which, in addition to being unsightly, tend to stick to garments or turn them yellowish. For this reason, you should ideally opt for transparent anti-stain deodorants.

The deodorants that produce the most stains on clothes are spray or aerosol deodorants, and the ones that stain the least are roll-on or quick-drying balls. In any case, it is important to let the deodorant dry for a few seconds before putting on your clothes, so that they do not come into contact with each other.

(Featured image photo: Anna Bizon/ 123rf.com)

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