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Q: How do deodorants work? ( Answered,   5 Comments )
Subject: How do deodorants work?
Category: Science > Physics
Asked by: tencigars-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 04 Jun 2006 12:59 PDT
Expires: 04 Jul 2006 12:59 PDT
Question ID: 735257
How do deodorants work?  Seems like an easy question, but I haven't
found an easily understood, conceptually-explained answer anywhere.

I'm curious about how they work.. whether they kill odor producing
bacteria, prevent the odor molecules from from wafting, merely mask
the odor, affect the nose's ability to smell the bad odor (and if so
other odors?), etc.

The lack of readily available explanation no doubt indicates a vast
and profound conspiracy to suppress.

Oh, yeah, are deodorants healthy?  Why are the antiperspirants so much
more effective at odor control?  And what's up with those ones that
claim to suppress odors for multiple days (e.g., Mitchem)?

Sorry the price is so low ($2.00).  I'm a cheap bastard.  But you'll
have the satisfaction of doing a service to all mankind (unless the
deodorant companies censor your anser and snuff you out by the end of
the week).
Subject: Re: How do deodorants work?
Answered By: hedgie-ga on 05 Jun 2006 06:14 PDT
Nor sure it belong to physics, more likely

 Science > Biology

 anyway: there are two effects of the typical product:

 antiperspirant  slows down the production of underarm sweat.
 deodorants  covers up underarm smells

 The idea of controling sensitiviy of other peaple's sense of smell
appears to be new :-)

Here are the causes:

 Here is description of the current art of control:

 Conspiracy seems to be only in the marketing.
Subject: Re: How do deodorants work?
From: pinkfreud-ga on 04 Jun 2006 13:03 PDT
This article might be of interest to you:
Subject: Re: How do deodorants work?
From: aussietpp-ga on 04 Jun 2006 13:07 PDT
I found a web-site about "The Deordorant Stone".
Be warned, it comes with "elevator music".
Subject: Re: How do deodorants work?
From: qed100-ga on 04 Jun 2006 13:19 PDT
The site for Deoderant Stone is a little bit amusing. There are
numerous grammar & punctuation problems. The first paragraph says,
probably unintentionally:

"The Deodorant Stone does contain any harsh chemicals, perfumes, oils,
emulsified alcohol. or propellants"

   I had to chuckle.
Subject: Re: How do deodorants work?
From: qed100-ga on 06 Jun 2006 08:30 PDT
I've figured it out. Deoderants work on the placebo effect.
Subject: Re: How do deodorants work?
From: qed100-ga on 06 Jun 2006 08:31 PDT
"I stink, therefore I am (rancid)."

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