What's the Difference Between Deodorant and Body Spray?

Cologne and fragranced body sprays can help you smell your best, but only an antiperspirant deodorant can keep your underarms dry.

 

The Difference between Antiperspirant Deodorant and Body Spray

Body sprays can be essential tools in your grooming arsenal. A unique scent can help you stand out in a crowd and feel more confident.

Body sprays help you freshen up, but they only cover body odours, rather than stop them.

 

Body Sprays

Body sprays function a lot like perfumes. They contain fragrance extracts such as herbs, oils and spices, mixed with a percentage of alcohol and water. Like colognes or perfumes, they’re applied to the clothes or on certain points of the skin, giving you a fresh scent that lasts for a few hours.

 

Antiperspirant Deodorants

Whereas body sprays have the relatively short-term effect of covering up odours, antiperspirants deal with their real cause — sweat.

Sweat itself doesn’t smell, but it does lead to BO when it mixes with the bacteria on your skin. Antiperspirants work by covering the sweat glands that release sweat and moisture on to the body, which stops it from mixing with bacteria and generating bad smells.

Antiperspirant deodorants do combat BO by reducing the odour-causing bacteria found on your skin. With no bacteria for your sweat to mix with, no odours can be generated.

 

Using Antiperspirant Deodorant and Body Spray at the Same Time

If you’re using a body spray by itself without an antiperspirant or deodorant, body odour and sweat can still be a problem. Your best bet is to use an antiperspirant deodorant as well as a body spray, that way you’ll be protected against wetness and odour, and still smell of your favourite scent.

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