How to choose a deodorant?
We want it or not, our preferences to certain fragrances are determined largely by our memories and feelings, and perhaps they are even encoded in our genes (as the latest studies suggest). However, it is not always easy to choose a deodorant "at first smell", and the pleasant scent is often not the only thing we are looking for. So let's leave the emotions and the heredity aside for a moment and take a look at the factors that form the conscious part of our choice.
Deodorant or antiperspirant?
Unlike conventional deodorants that neutralize unpleasant body odor through their own aroma and / or through their antibacterial ingredients, antiperspirants suppress the sweating in the treated area, too. Therefore, they are a more effective solution for people who sweat profusely (as a result of physical activity, nervous tension, etc.) and experience discomfort from the appearance of wet stains on their clothes.
Deodorant with semi-fluid / hard texture or spray?
Spray deodorants dry very quickly after application, even in cold weather, which makes them particularly suitable for people with a dynamic lifestyle. Moreover, they can be used for the whole body, and (with few exceptions) be sprayed on the hair and on the clothes for extra freshness. Since they do not come into direct contact with the skin, aerosol deodorants are the only ones that allow hygienic shared use with another person. Also, they are usually the most convenient ones for men who do not shave their armpit.
Thanks to their compact size and the fact that they are not in spray bottles, deodorants with hard and semi-liquid consistency (roll-on, stick, cream, gel) are a more appropriate option when traveling, especially by plane. The absence of volatile particles during the application, on the other hand, makes these fragrances friendlier to people with respiratory problems, as well.
In some cases it is better to choose an aroma free product. During pregnancy, for example, a woman's body goes through a number of hormonal changes that could cause intolerance to certain odors. During lactation the natural smell of the mother’s skin gives the baby a feeling of safety and attachment, greatly facilitating the breastfeeding itself.
Alcohol free deodorants are much gentler to the skin and do not dry it additionally during the hot months. Their use is recommended for people with sensitive armpits, especially after aggressive cosmetic procedures, such as hair removal.
How to test the deodorant before purchasing it?
Afternoons are the most favorable time for selection of a new deodorant, in view of the fact that the olfactory sensitivity increases in the course of the day. However, the visit to the perfume shop could become a real challenge for our sense of smell, which will be forced to have a taste of numerous and often similar flavors. To avoid oversaturation, it is better to periodically clear our respiratory tract by breathing a few seconds in the crook of one of our elbows, in a specially prepared for the purpose handkerchief or in the cups with coffee beans placed in the store.