What Is Deodorant Powder?

Alicia Sparks

Generally, deodorant powder refers to any powder with deodorizing properties. People can find deodorant powder for nearly any body part on which they’d use traditional deodorants, including their underarms and feet. Some kinds of deodorant powders are made for all-over body use. Others are designed for specific body parts, and even to meet the needs of specific genders. Recipes for natural and homemade deodorant powders are popular among a variety of groups, including people who enjoy do-it-yourself (DIY), all-natural, and vegan lifestyles.

A combination of cornstarch and baking soda can be used as a homemade deodorant.
A combination of cornstarch and baking soda can be used as a homemade deodorant.

Perhaps one of the most common kinds of deodorant powder is the kind that’s made for all-over body use. Using a scented powder all over one’s body is an age-old practice. This is especially common after a bath or shower. These days, manufacturers create deodorant versions of these powders. Fortunately, people with sensitive skin or allergies can find versions that provide the deodorizing properties but skip the skin-irritating scented ingredients.

Deodorant powder can be used to neutralize foot odor.
Deodorant powder can be used to neutralize foot odor.

Deodorized foot powder is another popular kind of deodorant powder. These powders are designed to help absorb foot moisture and prevent or neutralize foot odor. Some foot powders are available in perfumed scents. Sometimes, these powders come in spray form and are marketed as “spray powder.” They’re packaged in a spray can, but after the person sprays the product on his feet, it takes on a powdered texture.

Some deodorant powders are specifically for underarm use. These powders replace popular commercial stick, gel, and spray deodorants. Sometimes, an all-over powder can act as both a body powder and an underarm powder.

Feminine deodorant powders are popular, but they’re also controversial. Companies that manufacture and sell these powders target female customers who want a product that will absorb moisture and help them feel fresher. Although many of these powders are talc-free and boast approvals from gynecologists, there are doctors who advise against using anything with scented or deodorizing ingredients near or on the vagina.

A person who prefers natural and homemade products can make her own natural deodorant powder. Typically, people can make homemade deodorant powders using ingredients like baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oils. The oils depend on the person’s preference, but oils with antibacterial properties such as lavender, eucalyptus, and patchouli are popular choices. For those who aren’t interested in making their own hygiene products, but still want the aluminum- and talc-free perks of a natural deodorant powder, pre-made natural powders do exist. Typically, these powders are available at natural health stores, but it’s possible to find them at regular department stores and pharmacies.

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