Deodorants in 2019: New formulas to keep pits fresh and dry in the Singaporean humidity
B.O. prevention has come a long way since our parents patted Johnson's baby powder under their arms before praying the humidity away. In the late 1950s, deodorants came exclusively in a stick with roll-on formulations that often left a different kind of pit stain — in the form of chalky white residue, cruelly visible on dark clothing. Thought to be a necessary side-effect for fresh, dry underarms, most of them resigned to fate and rolled with it. Pun intended.
Decades and skincare innovations later, a new wave of antiperspirants emerged, predominantly aerosols that leave clothes clean and unstained. But what came after? Has the deodorant scene stalled, or has it been secretly thriving under our radar? Better late to the party than never, we're happy to discover that we've been too distracted by the landslide of makeup movements to notice impressive cream deodorants and charcoal types. Ready to get schooled? We know we are.
1. Cream deodorants
Nope, this ain't a typo. Deodorants are now available in paste-like textures that you scoop out of a jar for. Apparently, the appeal lies in the literal hands-on application; you're able to control exactly how much to use and where it goes, whethe that's in between the toes, along the spine, or other nooks and crannies on your body that proves difficult for roll-ons to reach. Bear in mind that most formulations do come with essentials oils, which can irritate any micro-abrasions you may have on your underarms from shaving, so make sure pits are wound-free before taking the plunge.
2. Charcoal deodorants
Charcoal toothpastes, exfoliants, and cleansers are a thing, and deodorants are catching on. The inclusion of charcoal can be attributed to its purifying properties, which supposedly help extract oil, dirt and impurities from clogged sweat glands. Charcoal is also able to absorb up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. Translation: dry, fresh-smelling pits all day, every day.
3. Butter deodorants
Misleading as the name may be, butter deodorants aren't actually made of dairy. The association stops at its creamy texture, which transforms into powder upon contact, and are known to nourish skin while getting rid of funky odours.
4. Natural deodorants
In other words, deodorants free of the controversial ingredient normally found in these stink-stopping saviours, i.e. aluminum. Natural deodorants gained popularity after several news outlets reported on the significant health risks posed with the use of aluminum-based deodorants and antiperspirants. They allegedly clog sweat glands and are linked to the growth of cancer cells in breasts. No official word yet on the truth behind the allegations, but the cautious can now opt for a wide range of natural, aluminum-free deodorants that look, feel, and smell no different.