Top 10 Facts About Deodorants That Can Leave You Surprised

We sweat for a reason. Yet we continue to stop the perspiration or mask the odor by using deodorants and antiperspirants. Did you know that you are consistently being exposed to toxic chemicals every time you use these products? Yes, that’s true and there are some more surprising facts about deodorants that you must read if you are using it on a daily basis.

Sweat is odorless in nature. It begins to stink only when bacteria ferment it. This is exactly when people go for antiperspirants or deodorants. Despite their efficiency, these products contain harmful chemicals like alcohol, aluminum, & parabens, all of which are linked to renal troubles, blood-brain barriers, and different types of cancers.

Top 10 Facts About Deodorants

According to statista, the global demand for deodorants is anticipated to go drastically high by the years 2020 to 2025. The recent statistics reveal that every year consumers around the globe spend about $20+ billion on underarm products. The demand and sales are growing faster than ever but what we fail to see is the dangers of using them.

Considering this, here are ten facts about deodorants to read if you are using them in your day-to-day life.

10 Not Everybody Needs Deodorants

The advertisers of deodorant brands have cleverly convinced us by demonstrating that we smell bad and it is high time that we start using their products. But the question is, do you really need deodorants?

According to ScienceDaily, more than 75% of humans with a specific gene type do not actually produce underarm odor and yet use deodorants anyway. The research was based on the samples of 6495 women out of which 2% (that is 117) of the mothers bear a rare type of gene known as ABCC11. This gene version does not produce a bad odor.

Since a majority of the global population has the genotype ABCC11, there are high chances that you might be carrying it as well. However, the reality is that we still use deodorants on most or all days even though we don’t really need them.

Discover your natural smell and find out if you truly need a deodorant. All you have to do is to examine your earwax. Surprised? Researchers say that earwax can reveal a lot about a person’s smell factor.

Those with dry earwax have sweat that doesn’t smell. However, reports claim that they use deodorants, which might be unnecessarily exposing them to chemical compounds like butane & aluminum derivatives. In fact, non-smelly sweaters tend to spend on products they actually don’t need. On the other hand, those with wet or sticky earwax can be smelly sweaters. In such case, go for essential oil-based deodorants.

9 The Egyptians Were The Actual Deodorant Inventors

People have always been concerned about deodorizing their odor since ages. Even historic documents have revealed that ancients shaved their underarm hair, used heavy scents, and utilized natural salts to keep away from the stench.

facts about deodorantsIn fact, the ancient Egyptians were the first to invent the art of perfumed bathing and applying sweet-smelling scents to the armpits. Though they did not have deodorants what we do today, their techniques were less convenient and far weirder.

The Egyptians took perfumed baths followed by the application of scented oils onto the underarms to neutralize the odor. Gradually, they discovered that removing the underarm hair and regular washing and using natural scents reduced the foul smell. It was only after ages that the scientists recognized how shaving could limit the bacterial growth in the armpits.

8 World’s First Proper Deodorant Came In 1888

From the Egyptians, the concept of scented bathing spread to Greeks & Romans. This continued until the invention of perfumed, alcohol-based deodorants during the 13th century in the Middle East. This then made its way to Europe.

The world’s first official “deodorant” was trademarked in the year 1888 and was called the MUM Deodorant. It was a cream, which was applied on the armpits using fingertips. After a few years, the manufactures of MUM invented the roll-on applicators. They said that the inspiration behind this discovery was a ballpoint pen (which was a newfangled invention at that time).

From there, the evolution of modern deodorants began. So, the current commercial formulas with neat packages that you see in the market today are known to have existed for only about a 120 years or so.

7 World’s First Antiperspirant Came In 1903

After MUM deodorant, people slowly realized that deodorants helped cover the bad smell but were not effective for excess sweating. This lead to the creation of antiperspirants. Happily, the world’s first official antiperspirant was introduced within 15 years of deodorant’s discovery.

In 1903, Everdry was the world’s first brand to launch an antiperspirant. The manufactures of Everdry used aluminum salts to clog the skin pores and slow down sweating. However, this antiperspirant was very acidic and stained the clothing heavily.

The early antiperspirants besides being acidic in nature also caused rashes and irritation on the skin. Hence, many started to experiment with the antiperspirants that could overcome this problem. After several failure attempts, in the year 1941, Jules Montenier (a cosmetic chemist) patented the modern formula of antiperspirant to reduce irritation. It was marketed with the name STOPETTE.

Later in the year 1965, the world’s first aerosol (or spray) deodorants were launched. However, due to environmental and health concerns, the antiperspirant sprays soon lost their popularity. Then stick deodorants & antiperspirants came into the scene and that’s exactly what the whole world uses today.

6 The Yellow Stains Are Still A Mystery

Though there have been many speculations about the yellow stains that deodorants cause, there still isn’t a complete proof. A dominant theory claims that that the yellow stains are due to the aluminum compounds, which react with the sweat, shirt, skin, or detergent powder.

The right reason is unknown yet but according to theories, yellow stains build up gradually after each wash. These stains are a complex interaction between the sebum, sweat, water, laundry detergent, active ingredients in the deodorant, and skin lipids. This chemical effect creates yellow deposits, which stay stuck in the clothes’ fibers.

A few other factors also play a key role: the composition of the sweat, trace elements or minerals in the water used while washing, amount of antiperspirants, the frequency of changing the clothes, and fabric composition. If you don’t want those dirty stains again, it is best to go for a deodorant that does not contain aluminum-based ingredients.

5 Deodorants Are Flammable

The label of almost all chemical-based deodorants sold today will have the reading as “flammable.” Ever wondered why? That’s because the chemicals that go into making a bottle of deodorant can easily catch fire if exposed.

facts about deodorantsNever spray the deodorant to a lighter, candle or any fire source because the ingredients used in it are extremely flammable. These compositions usually include butane, isobutane, propane, alcohol, and a few other compounds.

That’s why the brands that manufacture deodorants ask you to store the bottle under 50° Celsius and keep away from direct sunlight. Also, note that all flammable solutions can cause skin damage, which can turn worse in a due course of time.

4 Armpits Can Get Addicted To Deodorants

Human bodies can adapt to the deodorant’s (that contain antiperspirants) sweat-prevention properties eventually and no one knows why. Once addicted, the armpits have the ability to generate more sweat or interrupt with the other glands of the body.

Though there isn’t any credible confirmation to support the statement that, “deodorants increase the amount of sweat the body produces or creates an addiction,” conceptually, it does make some sense. The aluminum salts can change the armpits’ overall bacterial balance. It shifts towards corynebacterium, where you may generate more odor. This makes you apply the deodorant multiple times a day.

It is worth experimenting to see how a deodorant works for you. Also, it is a good idea to change your deodorant brand once in every six to eight months.

3 Spray Deodorants Are Cold

One of the interesting facts about deodorant is that it is cold whenever you spray it. Every tried to know why?

There are two reasons for this. First, the alcohol in it evaporates rapidly, cooling the skin. Secondly, at Standard Temperature & Pressure (STP), the aerosol is actually a gas. However, when it is highly pressurized, it turns to a liquid. The spray will cool down immediately after exiting the highly pressurized can.

The phenomenon is more like letting air out of a balloon. Whenever something is released from high pressure to low pressure, it will expand and absorb heat energy. When this happens, the result is cooling.

2 Men & Women Deodorants Work The Same

Men and women do not sweat differently. So, why are deodorants categorized into male and female separately? Are there special ingredients in each? Well, no.

The two differences between the men and women deodorant are the “fragrance & packaging.”  Other than these, there is nothing. Both products use the same core ingredients to neutralize the odor.

Women mostly like flowery or candy smell while men prefer a strong, manly musk. This was the primary reason for various deodorant brands to manufacture separate products for both genders.

1 Deodorants Have Dangerous Toxins

Generally, deodorants can be considered a little safer when compared to antiperspirants only because they are free from aluminum. But, this doesn’t mean they are safe to use. There are other chemicals in them that can be equally harmful to health.

Parabens are one of the common preservatives used in most commercial deodorants. These have an estrogenic activity in the breast cancer cells. According to a study published in the year 2012, the researchers found 1 or more parabens in 99% of the 160 tissue samples collected from forty mastectomies.

While a conclusive link has not been made, most studies advice to take caution. Both deodorants and antiperspirants are only optional products. It completely depends on you if you want to use them or not. In short, it is a risk that is not at all worth taking. Try a homemade deodorant instead.

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