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Deodorant vs antiperspirant: know the difference

06 December 2021

Both have the function to ward off underarm odor, but their mechanism of actions is not exactly the same... Know the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants, how they work and find out which one is right for you!

These products are often treated the same way, but the differences between them can be decisive when choosing the most appropriate products according to your perspiration intensity and lifestyle!

How is perspiration produced?


How is perspiration produced?


Our body produces perspiration as cooling and a stress response mechanism, and for that it has two types of glands:

  • Eccrine Glands, spread throughout the body, that produce only a liquid secretion containing minerals;
  • Apocrine Glands, concentrated in the armpits and groin, that terminate in the hair follicles. The secretion has an oilier composition, which is metabolized by the microorganisms from the normal skin flora when it reaches it's surface. This phenomenon results in the production of volatile substances, which are responsible for the unpleasant sweat odor.



These products neutralize the sweat odor, and they don't interfere in any way on it's production and/or secretion.
This is possible thanks to different ingredients, which may or may not be present in the same product:
  • Perfume and/or essential oils: that reduce the impression of bad odor from sweat;
  • Anti-bacterials: alcohol, triclosan, essential oils, preservatives ... These ingredients limit bacterial growth, thereby reducing the generation of compounds with bad odor;
  • Water absorvents: such as talc, which reduce the humidity of the axillary area, and thus also the microbial proliferation.

These products are especially indicated for those who do not suffer from excessive sweating, or in cases of hypersensitivity to antiperspirants.

You can find several products at SweetCare with deodorant action only:


ShiseidoThierry MuglerVichyLa Roche Posay







In addition to containing all the ingredients in deodorants, the anti-perspirants also contain aluminum salts. Contrary to what is often said, aluminum salts don't permanently block the sweat glands neither reduce the sweat production.

These molecules increase the sweat viscosity inside the pore, thus reducing the speed at which it's excreted to the surface. After a few hours, or in stressful events, this same sweat turns out to be eliminated anyway.




SweetCare also offers a wide variety of antiperspirants, which can be used with daily or weekly applications depending on the particular case. By reducing the rate at which the sweat is excreted, this product may also be used for excessive sweating in other parts of the body:


  • Axillary application









  • For other areas of the body








Adapt your protection to your needs. Going for a relaxing day? If sweat is not a concern, you can choose deodorant and keep your skin fresh. Preparing for a work day? And extend the fresh and dry feeling from meeting to meeting.


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