How Do Spray Deodorants Differ From Your Standard Antiperspirant Stick?
To be quite honest, not a whole lot.
You see, many antiperspirants rely on an aluminum compound to effectively clog your sweat glands to prevent any sweat stains from appearing under your arms throughout the day.
This same active ingredient is found in the best antiperspirant sprays that exist in the marketplace.
Therefore, instead of getting the aluminum compound in stick form, it now has just been transferred to spray form for easier application.
But isn’t aluminum in deodorants supposed to be bad for you?
As we, recently covered in this detailed post comparing antiperspirants and deodorants, the answer is not exactly.
Unfortunately, back in the email forwarding hey days of the late 90s and early 00s, there was a slew of misinformation regarding the dangers of aluminum in antiperspirants. It was claimed at the time, that the aluminum compound found in antiperspirants was clogging the pores (as it should) and subsequently preventing the release of toxins from your body.
The buildup of toxins was thought to be linked to breast cancer among women.
To further put this myth to bed, the National Cancer Institute conducted scientific research on the manner and was unable to find a direct link between aluminum and breast cancer (source).
So, lo and behold, the misinformation has been spread and effectively spurred an entire ‘natural’ movement for deodorants.
Many of natural deodorants are pretty good, but you have to remember, antiperspirants and deodorants are two completely different things.
Antiperspirants block sweat and deodorants mask smell.
When we go over the best spray deodorants below, it’s important to keep in mind that they share the same properties as antiperspirants and deodorants.
Common Myths & Questions About Spray Deodorants
Of course, given their general rarity in the men’s grooming lineup, there are naturally some inherit questions that men may have before buying one of these canisters.
Here are a few popular ones that we found across the web:
Are spray deodorants safe to bring in your carryon when taking an airplane?
Per the TSA Blog, spray deodorants are safe to bring on an airplane. However, they do have to adhere to the same restrictions that are given to liquids (3.4oz or 100ml). As you will see below, many of them violate this size rule.
Can a spray deodorant give you cancer?
While we are not medical experts, this common question is likely due to the misinformation that was spread about aluminum and breast cancer.
Will a spray deodorant put a hole the ozone?
Back in the 70s when aerosol cans were wildly popular and hair spray were all the rage, the aerosol cans of yesteryear contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). This extraordinarily harmful chemical was removed from products through the Montreal Protocol where 197 countries signed the agreement.
To answer in short, no, no aerosol cans contain contain this harmful chemical.
What is a ‘dry’ spray deodorant, isn’t it still wet?
Dry sprays sound like an oxymoron, however, what makes them ‘dry’ is that they are absent of both alcohol and water. Therefore, when you spray it a few inches from your pit, the solution hardly leaves a harsh cold feeling when applied. Also with the absence of water, you won’t have to worry about ruining your best undershirt.
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