Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant
Often, we use the term interchangeably to mean common products applied to stop body odor. The main difference lies in how it works, thereby leading to what they are made of.
Deodorants are substances applied to the body to prevent bacteria growth and the body odor associated with the bacterial breakdown of perspiration on our skin.
Antiperspirant are chemical compounds applied to the body to slow down the production of sweat from the sweat gland. These compounds are mainly aluminum-based ranging from Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Aluminum Zirconium, Aluminum Chloride, Tricholorohydrex Glycine and Aluminum Hydroxybromide.
All antiperspirants are made with aluminum-based compounds as the main ingredient because of their sweat-blocking power, making this very controversial. While research shows that they are generally safe, some people who are allergic to aluminum may develop dermatitis. Other research have gone as far to show that long-term application and use of aluminum-based antiperspirants (because it gets absorbed into the blood stream) can lead to serious illness from Breast Cancer to Alzheimer’s Disease.
In the United States, deodorants are classified and regulated as cosmetics and antiperspirants are classified as drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Commercially sold deodorants can be found in several forms. Some are made from 100% natural minerals (ie. Crystal). Others may contain an aluminum-based compound as one of their ingredients. It would be advisable to read the ingredients list before purchase.