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Fact or Fiction: Deodorant
by Staff
Many of us wear deodorant every day without giving a thought to how it works. What is it actually doing to your underarms to stop the smell? And when should you apply it during the day? The answers might surprise you.

The first commercial deodorant, Fresh, was introduced in the late 19th century.

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  • almost fact: It was the late 18th century.

Body odor wasn't really a concern for people in the United States until the deodorant industry started a big marketing push in the 1920s.

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  • almost fact: It was in the '30s.

Deodorant as we know it was patented in 1957.

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  • almost fact: It was 1941.

The first successful deodorant was called "Fleur de Lis," and it was a sponsor of the TV show "What's My Line."

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  • almost fact: The show was "Laugh-In."

Deodorant fights axillary body odor -- aka underarm odor.

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  • almost fact: Underarm odor is also known as epillary body odor.

Deodorant combats the bacteria in your underarms that reacts with sweat to produce body odor.

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  • almost fact: Deodorant plugs your sweat glands to stop the sweating that causes odor.

Deodorant halts odors by making your underarm skin too acidic or salty for bacteria.

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  • almost fact: It kills the bacteria by robbing your skin of salt and acid.

Stick deodorants make your underarms too salty; crystal deodorant makes your skin acidic.

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  • almost fact: It's the other way around.

The whole "pH-balanced for a woman" thing is just a marketing ploy.

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  • almost fact: It is a marketing strategy, but there is some truth to it.

If you apply deodorant once a day, it's better to do it in the morning than at night.

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  • almost fact: Morning is usually better for women, and night is better for men.