How Do Deodorants and Antiperspirants Work?

This week Reactions is getting into some stinky science. We’re looking at the chemistry of body odor and how deodorants work. If there is one thing everyone on Earth has in common, it’s that we all absolutely stink. Luckily we have deodorants and antiperspirants to help us get over that fact, but chemically speaking, how do these products actually work? This week on reactions, we’re taking a look at body odors, and how we drape a tarp over them with chemistry.

Check out this great infographic on deodorants and antiperspirants from our friends at Compound Interest:

History & chemistry of deodorants –
Human Microbiota –
Aluminum & Alzheimer’s Debunked –
How Deodorants Work –
Triclosan –

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Music by
Sam Leopard – Je Trace Ma Route (From Jamendo)
Smidi – Sign Wave

Writer & Producer:
Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
George Preti, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

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