Deodorant and antiperspirant are personal hygiene products used to control or reduce perspiration and body odor. They come in many different forms, strengths and varieties.
Some deodorants that are safe for kids include Growing Basics, Truly's Natural Deodorant for Kids and Keep It Kind Fresh Kidz deodorant. Most deodorants made for kids are natural and free of toxic ingredients.
The safest deodorant for a child is a natural one without chemicals. Antiperspirants may also be an option as they can stop the sweat, but it is worth remembering that their bodies are meant to sweat. Antiperspirants may be inappropriate for use in children.
According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), cosmetics that are intended to treat any condition, including preventing perspiration, are regulated and standards for safety are required to be met. Antiperspirants, for instance, must meet guidelines for safety before being sold or manufactured i
Apply deodorant to clean, dry armpits before leaving home for daily protection against odor or before participating in a physical activity in which sweating is possible. If you frequently sweat excessively, apply deodorant in the morning and in the evening to control odors.
People should wear deodorant in order to emit less body odor when they sweat. Deodorant works by destroying the bacteria on the skin that emits odors when feeding on components of sweat.
As of 2013, the most popular brand of deodorant sold in the United States was Degree Men, which held 7.6 percent of the U.S. market. In second place was Old Spice High Endurance, with a 5-percent market share.
Most deodorants contain a combination of aluminum-based compounds, synthetic fragrances, emollient oils, polyethylene glycol distearates and alcohol. Additionally, many deodorants contain talcum powder and preservatives, such as parabens or the chemical butylated hydroxytoluene, or BHT.
Rumors suggest that aluminum-based antiperspirants are a cause of breast cancer, according to WebMD.
As of 2013, GQ magazine's picks for best-smelling men's deodorants were Aesop deodorant, Old Spice and Malin+Goetz eucalyptus deodorant. Esquire magazine's picks in 2009 were Tom's of Maine's apricot deodorant, John Varvatos Vintage, Axe Vice Fresh Action and Ban Shower Fresh.