As early as the ancient Egyptians, people were looking for ways to keep body odour away. They would immerse themselves in scented bathing and apply perfumes under their armpits. The ancient Greeks copied this practice and spread it further into the western world.

Diane Ackerman, the author of A Natural History of the Senses said Romans took this need to smell clean, to the point where it “reached such heights that both men and women took baths in perfume, soaked their clothes in it, and perfumed their horses and household pets.”

The first trademarked deodorant was called Mum in the United States in 1888. 15 years later, the antiperspirant made its debut. The deodorant is an $18 billion dollar a year industry today but you might be surprised to find out your swipe sticks have multiple uses.


#1. Sweat is not the culprit behind the stinky smell in the body. It’s the bacteria broken down in the sweat that makes it foul.

Deodorants make sure that when you do sweat, the antibacterial element in the stick won’t allow for the stinky smell to produce.

#2. You may be surprised to find out that the deodorant for men and women in the hygiene aisle are essentially the same thing.

Packaging and fragance are the only differences. Yet, only 10 per cent of unisex deodorants make up for the sales in the deodorant market.

#3. If your feet tend to get sweaty and smelly on hot days, don’t be shy and hide your feet.

Apply deodorant on the bottom of your feet, let it dry and put your sandals or shoes on.

#4. We don’t just sweat under our armpits as breasts also get sweaty and sticky.

Use a stick under the breast to avoid the slippery boob situations. Some pharmacies also sell breast deodorants to specifically target this area.

#5. Nothing is more annoying on a hot summer day then to constantly have your sunglasses slipping off your nose.

Use a roll-on and apply it to the bridge of the nose. Concentrating on the area where the sunglasses sit.

#6. You may not always get the chance to wash your hair every two to three days.

Rather than having sticky and oily hair, roll some of your deodorant over the scalp. This will absorb the extra oil. Also, if you are a runner or like to exercise hardcore, apply the deodorant on the hairline to keep the sweat away from the face.

#7. It’s summertime and you are going to sweat, staining your favourite clothing items.

Apply antiperspirant on your back to avoid that awkward sweat on your pretty summer dress.

#8. Don’t do the shimmy shake, jumping up and down dances just to get your jeans on.

Roll deodorant on your legs and thighs so putting on your jeans is just a slip on and go. The deodorant helps to put on those über tight jeans without having to embarrassing yourself in the process.



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