If you’ve ever wondered about what’s in your deodorant, then here’s the answer!

Most people suffer occasionally from feeling damp and uncomfortable on a hot bus, while running for the train or energetically working out at the weekend. Thankfully, there are highly effective and pleasant antiperspirants and deodorants available to fight the problem. They work by reducing perspiration production, absorbing excess humidity and fighting bacteria, but what are the components of deodorant?

What is deodorant made of?

Modern deodorants are made from a selection of different components that combine to fight the unpleasant effects of perspiration, including the discomfort of damp clothing and the embarrassment of unpleasant odours. The ingredients of your deodorant or antiperspirant will depend on the desired result and the sensitivity of your skin.

A deodorant formula is based on a carrier (such as water), a moisturiser, and one or more active ingredients. A formula also may include optional preservatives, herbal extracts and skin protectants. It will also contain a composition for the treatment of odour forming microbes. Certain deodorant use alcohol to reduce odour. 

Additives in deodorant are not dangerous, but some can irritate sensitive skin. If you are worried about your sensitive skin, opting for an alcohol free deodorant can be a good choice. Deodorants usually also contain fragrance to cover unpleasant smells, although if you choose an effective deodorant you will only need a light fragrance (or even a fragrance free product). 

Deodorants that include a mineral base, such as in Garnier’s Clean Sensation Spray or roll-on, offer up to 48hr non-stop protection. Enriched with powerful Mineralite, an ultra-absorbing mineral from volcanic origin, excess moisture will be absorbed, defending the skin against nasty, sweat loving bacteria and the odour that they produce.