Deodorant is intended to inhibit bacterial growth with the use of an antiseptic (the bacteria is what causes the odor). Deodorants do not reduce perspiration, though, so they are simply considered a cosmetic, rather than a drug like antiperspirants (interfere with an essential function of the body (perspiration)
Antiperspirants rely on aluminum based compounds like to block the pores from producing sweat. Most antiperspirants include a deodorant of some kind, too, to mask any odors that might slip through after it begins to lose its effectiveness.
We are learning more and more each day about the dangers of many of these commercial brand body care products and the toxic ingredients like parabens (absorbed through the skin, mimic estrogen) that have been found to be linked to breast cancer. I have found that alot of customers are asking what alternatives are there to their over the counter deodorant. Here are some alternatives to keeping your pits healthy and your body a little safer from those cancer causing antiperspirants.
Baking soda and cornstarch
Now I know everyone may not want to use lemon juice especially after shaving. Here is a recipe for a less stinging use of citric acid.
1/2 cup distilled water
1 tsp Citric acid crystals
10 drops of an essential oil
Pour that mixture into a small spray bottle and spritz your underarms