Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant
We’ve had some SweatBlock users ask us if it’s okay to use our product with a deodorant. To answer that question, it’s important to know the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant.
In a previous post we talked about how sweat isn’t the actual culprit of body odor. The stench that we think comes from sweat is actually from the bacteria that thrive in the moist areas on our body. A deodorant that you can pick up at your local grocery store (or even at the corner gas station) allows perspiration to occur, however, it controls the odor produced by that obnoxious bacteria. Deodorants are usually alcohol based. While alcohol is known to stimulate sweating, it also has the ability to kill bacteria. Deodorants usually contain fragrances or natural essential oils to cover up the smell of bacteria, but there are some deodorants that do not contain any fragrance or scent and are used only to neutralize the unpleasant odor. Some people even make their own deodorant at home with natural ingredients that are just as effective as the artificial ones at the store. So, to sum up, deodorants simply eliminate odor by neutralizing it or covering it up with a fresh scent. For those who don’t excessively sweat and are simply looking to cover up body odor, deodorants are usually the way to go.
Antiperspirants are effective in eliminating odor because they do more than just cover up the smell. Antiperspirants are chemicals (aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrate are the most frequent active ingredients in commercial antiperspirants) that block your pores in order to stop perspiration all together. While deodorants can be applied to any area of the body, antiperspirants are usually applied only to the underarms. It’s also good to know that the FDA classifies antiperspirants as drugs, while deodorants are only considered cosmetics. Antiperspirants also come scented and unscented. The main reason antiperspirants are preferred over deodorants is because they save you from excessive sweating and the resulting sweat spots.
For those out there who want to know if you can use a deodorant with your SweatBlock, the answer is – absolutely! Just make sure to read the label of the deodorant you want to use to be sure it doesn’t contain any aluminum.