The need-to-know on the latest in deodorants.
If you can't fathom having floral scented underarms:
Head straight to the men’s aisle, where the deo options are plentiful and the fragrance selection is decidedly unladylike. Our fave: Old Spice Red Zone Deodorant in Desperado, which creates a heady base for whatever masculine fragrance you layer over it.
Old Spice Red Zone Deodorant in Desperado ($9), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
If you like to keep it classic:
You know the panic that rushes in when you realize the text in which you were dragging your BF was sent to your...BF? Immediate opening-of-the-floodgates-in-the-armpits situation. Bye, once-flawless Equipment shirt. Time to bring in the reinforcements—a.k.a. a product that contains aluminum, the gold standard in sweat control. “When you use a product without aluminum, the odds are stacked against you,” says Douglas Tomczak, senior research and development manager for Unilever Deodorants. “The aluminum salt in our sprays and aluminum zirconium in our sticks stop the flow of sweat, reducing wetness, but they’re also incredibly effective at minimizing malodour.” Degree MotionSense Dry Spray UltraClear Black + White Antiperspirant combines a masking oil with alight-scattering technology to prevent yellow stains from settling in and white streaks from ruining your outfit.
Degree MotionSense Dry Spray UltraClear Black + White Antiperspirant ($9), at walmart.ca.
If you have a long day ahead of you:
Hoping to ensure that you smell just-applied-deo fresh for 48 hours straight? See Secret Fresh Collection in Paris Rose immediately. The formula was created using scent-enhancing technology, so your B.O.-cloaking aura will never ghost on you like that dude did last week.
Secret Fresh Collection in Paris Rose ($6), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
If you want to keep it natural:
See eight natural options here, in packaging you'll want to put on display.
If you're anti-aluminum:
What is the deal with aluminum, exactly? Some research suggests that wearing an antiperspirant that contains aluminum could be linked to cancer.
According to Dr. Ruth Heisey, chief of family and community medicine at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, antiperspirants with aluminum do not increase the risk of breast cancer. “We tell people not to wear it on the day of their mammograms only because the metal can show up in the X-ray picture and make it more difficult to interpret,” she says. She also points to an email-propagated rumour that stemmed from “a poorly designed, inconclusive study” as the root of some of the fear associated with using products that contain aluminum. “You would not believe how many high-risk women come in to see me sweating and apologizing for not wearing deodorant. They leave relieved...and better informed.”