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The Differences between Deodorants and Antiperspirants

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Oct 14, 2008

This is a huge product category in the global personal care market that is expanding rapidly. But what is the real difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant? Deodorants are the main product category while antiperspirants are a subcategory in the deodorant market. Deodorants are products that are applied to the body, usually the underarm area to reduce body odor. This odor is usually caused by bacteria during the breakdown of perspiration. They can come in many forms such as sticks, creams, gels, roll-ons or sprays. They can be applied to different parts of the body, usually the underarms to reduce odors, but can also be used in other areas that may exhibit odor problems, such as the feet. Antiperspirants are products that are designed to reduce sweating and therefore reduce the amount of odor that may be produced by sweat. Human sweat is for the most part odorless. However, this sweat develops foul odors when it is attacked by bacteria that thrive in warm humid environments such as the underarms.

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