The summer heat can have you asking yourself “Am I using the right deodorant?” as you’re walking out the door. No one wants to be doubting the strength of their deodorant mid-July. But how do you know when it’s time for a new stick?
First, you need to learn the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant. Antiperspirants work by plugging the sweat ducts, which reduces wetness. Since perspiration stimulates odor-causing bacteria, antiperspirants also help reduce body odor. In short, antiperspirants stop the sweat. Deodorant is a cosmetic product that contains fragrance and is used to mask or neutralize body odor caused by bacteria. The active ingredient in deodorant works to prevent bacteria from growing, which helps prevent odor. However, deodorants do not prevent you from sweating. Overwhelmed? Check out my guide below to find out which is best for you:
If you are worried about smell: Opt for a deodorant. Deodorants are aimed at neutralizing body odors. Try the Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant ($25). It’s like a perfume and a deodorant had a baby.
If you are worried about sweating: Go for antiperspirant. Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant Advanced Solid ($7.99) is guaranteed to stop the sweat.
If you are indecisive: You don’t have to choose! Most products contain both antiperspirant and deodorant ingredients. Degree Dry Protection Antiperspirant & Deodorant ($4.99) combines the best of both worlds.
If you wear all black: Stay away from solid deodorant sticks which can leave marks on clothing. Instead, try a gel formula. Mitchum Clear Gel Antiperspirant and Deodorant ($3.99) is cool to the touch and clothing-friendly.
If you prefer natural products: Try Lavanila The Heathly Deodroant ($14). The formula is all natural and free of sulfates and parabens. Plus, it has rave reviews.
If you are in a rush: Take a tip from the Europeans and try a spray formula. The Degree Women MotionSense Dry Spray Antiperspirant ($4.99) is quick and easy to use. Best of all, it’s dry to the touch.