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Monday, July 5, 2010Cosmetics glossary

Deodorant Agent

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Deodorant agents reduce or mask disagreeable body odors, not to be confused with antiperspirant (ou antitranspirant) agents.

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Deodorant agents act as antiseptic agents in killing bacteria. They are often used as preservatives .

Among deodorant agents:
Triclosan
Farnesol
• Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
• Caprylyl Glycol
Phenoxyethanol
Parabens
• Sodium Usnate
• Polyglyceryl Caprylate
• Bactericidal excipients (which reinforce the activity of other antiseptic agents): Ethanol, Propylene Glycol (used in deodorants to prevent white traces), Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol
• Perfume and antiseptic essential oils (rosemary, sage, lavander …)

N.B.
Disagreeable odor does not come from sweat itself, but from its degradation by bacteria present on skin surface.

Three means exist to rid bad odors:
• Acting on sweat secretion, through the use of antiperspirant agents (or antitranspirants).
• Acting on bacterial flora to avoid sweat degradation, through the use of antiseptic deodorant agents.
• Acting on already decomposed sweat, through the use of odor-absorbing agents (This solution never is used alone but in conjunction with one or both of the others.).

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