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Sunday, 5 October 2014


An early form of deodorant was used by the Ancient Egyptians .They applied perfumed oils made from citrus and cinnamon under their armpits after a scented bath.

An unknown inventor from Philadelphia invented the first deodorant in 1888. Generally recognised as being the first ever product to prevent odour, the inventor trademarked his invention and distributed it through his nurse under the name of "Mum."

It was named for the term "mum" meaning "to keep silent" as in the popular phrase "Mum's the word."

Mum was a zinc based cream formulation, which was sold in a jar and applied with the fingertips.

The first antiperspirant, Everdry, appeared on the market in 1903.

The first deodorant for men was launched in 1935 47 years after the introduction of deodorants for women. The delay was because, at the beginning of the 20th century, body odor was not considered a problem for men; instead it was a part of being masculine.

The modern formulation of the antiperspirant was patented by Jules Montenier on January 28, 1941. This formulation was first found in "Stopette" deodorant spray, which gained its prominence as the first and long-time sponsor of the game show What's My Line?  Time Magazine called it "the best-selling deodorant of the early 1950s. but was later eclipsed by many other brands as the 1941 patent expired.

In the late 1940s Helen Barnett Diserens joined the Mum production team. A suggestion by a colleague inspired Helen to develop an underarm deodorant based on the same principle as a newfangled invention called the 'ball point' pen. This new type of deodorant applicator was tested in the USA in 1952, and marketed under the name of Ban Roll-On.

The first anti-perspirant aerosol deodorant, Gillette's Right Guard, was launched in 1965.

Teenager Jonathan Capewell became obsessed with smelling good and in 1998 he suffered a heart attack brought on by deodorant fumes.

Cameron Diaz revealed in 2014 she hasn't used deodorant in almost 20 years

$18 billion a year is spent on deodorant and antiperspirants.

Sweat isn't inherently smelly. In fact, it's nearly odorless. The stench comes from bacteria that break down one of two types of sweat on your skin.

Armpit odor is completely dependent on a single gene (ABCC11) and that many East Asians (and almost all Koreans) do not need to wear deodorant because of this gene.

Deodorant contains some antibacterial power to stop the stink before it starts, while antiperspirants deal with sweat directly.

While women have more sweat glands than men, men's sweat glands produce more sweat.

Source Huffington Post

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