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Types of Deodorant: Which One is Right for You?

January 05, 2021 5 min read


Deodorants are a vital part of personal hygiene. They are specially made to mask or prevent odor caused by bacteria found on sweaty skin. Some may even help reduce excess sweating. Since there are several types of deodorant, choosing the right one for you may be overwhelming.

There are so many options to choose from, and several factors to consider. You may wonder how your choice of deodorant will hold up all day, and which one is best suited for your skin type. You may also be concerned about the chemicals and additives used in some deodorant types. What about scented or unscented products?

To ease your concerns, let’s look at the different types of deodorant available to help you determine which one is right for you.

Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant

Before delving into the types of deodorant, let’s examine the differences between a deodorant and an antiperspirant.

A deodorant works to mask or neutralize the odor caused by bacteria. It often contains antibacterial agents or alcohol to prevent bacteria growth. Sometimes a natural or synthetic fragrance is added to mask the odor.

An antiperspirant is designed to reduce the production of sweat. The active ingredient in many antiperspirants is aluminum. This works by blocking the sweat glands, which in turn, stops sweat production. Many antiperspirants can be applied to other areas of your body that produce sweat, like the armpits, feet, face, or hands.

Types of Deodorant

Spray Deodorant

Also known as aerosol deodorant, this type of deodorant comes in a spray form. When sprayed onto the skin, some go on clear and do not leave any residue. Others may leave a powdery residue that stays in the skin and works its magic of eliminating the bad odor.

Spray deodorants are great for quick fixes. This means that they can be used as a quick refresh after a long day at work or after exercising. They are great for sharing with friends, family, and coworkers since the applicator does not touch your skin. Remember to shake the product gently before applying and spray on only a thin layer at a time.

Roll-On Deodorant

This type of deodorant typically comes in liquid form. When applied, it glides on smoothly and leaves a cool, wet feeling on the skin. Do not worry about the wetness because it dries fast and offers great protection from odor caused by sweating. Roll-on deodorants do not leave any residue so you do not have to worry about stains on your clothes.

Roll-on deodorants usually last longer than spray deodorants. A single application can protect from odor for the whole day. They are a better option if you do not want to carry personal hygiene products around with you.

Gel Deodorant

This type of deodorant comes on a stick, in a gel form. It is long-lasting and offers all-day protection. When applied, it goes on as a thick gel and it does not leave any powdery or flaky residue on the skin.

Just like the roll-on deodorant type, applying a small amount at a time is enough to get you through the day. After applying it, allow it to dry before getting dressed as these deodorants work best when they have been absorbed into the skin. Gel deodorants are great for eliminating body odor.

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Solid Deodorant

Solid deodorants are similar to gel deodorants in terms of packaging. However, they have a more smooth and opaque texture like that of a slightly wet bar of soap that glides easily on your skin. This type of deodorant sometimes leaves a powdery residue that may leave a mark on your clothes.

When applying a solid deodorant on your skin, use an up and down motion to ensure that it properly covers the desired area.

Invisible Solid Deodorant

An invisible solid deodorant is very similar to the solid deodorant. Its texture, mode of application, and packaging are the same. The only difference is that an invisible solid deodorant goes on clear when applied to the skin. It does not leave any white residue and will not stain your clothes.

This is the best option for those who like the ease and uniqueness of the solid deodorant but are bothered about marks on their clothes.

Cream Deodorant

Cream deodorants are very similar in texture to gel deodorants. They are usually packaged in a small jar and are thick and creamy to touch. Most cream deodorants are made with natural products. Unlike gel and stick deodorants, cream deodorants do not require chemicals or additives to help them retain their form.

Cream deodorants can be applied by taking a small quantity with your fingers and rubbing the product over the preferred area. This type of deodorant glides on easily onto the skin and does not leave any residue after it has dried.

Deodorant Wipes

This kind of deodorant is the most unique compared to all other types of deodorant. Just like facial wipes or baby wipes, deodorant wipes are packaged as individual, disposable, single-use, moist wipes. Deodorant wipes are unique because they contain odor eliminating ingredients and the perfect amount of formula in each wipe.

To apply, rub the wipe over the desired area. Allow it to dry and absorb into the skin before putting on your clothes. Deodorant wipes do not leave any residue on the skin.

Cream deodorants do not require chemicals or additives to help them retain their form.

Antiperspirant Deodorant

While regular deodorants only eliminate body odor, antiperspirant deodorants work double time. They work as both deodorant and antiperspirant. This is a great option if you need to control both wetness and bad odor caused by sweating.

Apply this product to clean, dry skin in the evening to clean, dry skin. This allows the active ingredients in antiperspirant to absorb into your skin while you sleep. With both the features of deodorant and antiperspirant working, you are sure to stay dry, fresh, and clean all day long.

For your convenience, we've compiled a list of the top 10 antiperspirant deodorants for men.

Which Deodorant Type is Right for You?

Deciding which form of deodorant is right for you requires a look into your personal preferences, lifestyle, and skin type. If your skin is sensitive and prone to reacting to new products, look for deodorant types that are made from natural ingredients. Oftentimes they do not have fragrances that might irritate your skin.

If you are physically active or if you sweat a lot, you might want to try an antiperspirant deodorant to keep you dry and fresh all day. For those who have a more sedentary lifestyle, opt for a regular, roll-on, or gel deodorant to keep you smelling fresh while you carry out your daily activities.

To get the most from your deodorant, make sure you use it correctly and consider shaving (or trimming) your armpit hair.

To help reduce body odor, you can also wear undershirts with odor-fighting silver. Check out the Ejis sweat proof undershirt (buy in our shop or on Amazon) and get maximum protection from body odor. Don't need the sweat protection? Try out our Essential undershirts that feature the same odor-fighting technology, minus the sweat proof layer. (Exclusively available on Amazon.) 

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