Choosing the best deodorant stick may depend on price, whether scented or unscented is preferred, and the potential for an allergic reaction. Those who are sensitive to smells may prefer an unscented brand of deodorant stick, where others may opt for the scented. In addition, those who have skin sensitivities may prefer to use a hypoallergenic brand of deodorant stick.
Effectiveness, and how much a person perspires may also play a role in a person's choice of deodorant stick. For people who sweat profusely, a maximum-strength, or even prescription-strength, may be preferred. In those who suffer from hyperhydrosis or excessive perspiration, the physician can recommend a prescription-strength product that contains an antiperspirant component to help dramatically reduce underarm sweating.
Since a deodorant stick is only effective in treating odor, those who need perspiration protection will want to consider a combination deodorant/antiperspirant. They are usually priced the same as the deodorant stick and can be purchased at a drug store, grocery store, or retail store. Many believe that deodorant is meant to reduce perspiration, but unless the label states that it's an antiperspirant, it will not affect perspiration levels.
Sometimes, choosing the right deodorant stick may be dependent upon a person's activity level. If a person leads a sedentary lifestyle, he may not perspire as much, eliminating the need for a strong deodorant stick. Conversely, a very active person may sweat more and prefer a stronger product. Generally, the more a person perspires under the arm, the stronger the odor is.
Some people have a condition that prevents them from sweating at all. In these people, deodorants or antiperspirants may not be needed. Also, some fragrance designers also include deodorants in their fragrance lines. These products can usually be purchased at department stores, where the same designers sell their colognes. These products are typically more expensive than drug store brands, but many may enjoy wearing a deodorant that smells like their favorite cologne.
Although most deodorants are generally harmless, some people cannot tolerate wearing them. For these people, alternative methods of odor protection can be used. These include washing the underarm area multiple times per day with a hypoallergenic mild soap or even using a natural mineral stone to prevent underarm odors.
When alternative methods are ineffective in treating underarm odor, the person can discuss options with his health care provider, who may recommend other treatment options. Allergy medications may be recommended for those people who suffer from allergic reaction to deodorants.