Antiperspirant and deodorant user trial

Here’s all you need to know about sweat and how to avoid those dreaded white marks.
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  • Updated:23 Jun 2008


Spraying deodorant

In brief 

  • Antiperspirants and deodorants don't cause breast cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease or any other health problem.
  • 'No white marks' is a valid claim for most of the antiperspirants in our trial.

For thousands of years humans have tried to disguise, cover or eliminate personal smells through the use of perfumes, scented oils and alum crystals.

For most of us, antiperspirants and deodorants are a part of our daily toilette, one pretty much taken for granted. Yet for others they’re a chemical cocktail of poisons and carcinogens. So what’s the truth? We investigate as we answer common questions about sweat, antiperspirant and deodorant.

Also, to find out whether those 'no white marks' claims are genuine, we recruited 121 female trialists from our Home Testers register and sent each of them three different brands of ‘no white marks’ aerosol antiperspirant. They rated the product for appearance of white marks on skin and clothing, fragrance and ease of use.

Please note: this information was current as of June 2008 but is still a useful guide today.

Brands trialed

  • Adidas
  • Dove
  • Nivea
  • Norsca
  • Rexona

Do ‘No white marks’ sprays work?

White marks caused by antiperspirant residue on skin and clothing is anathema to the wearer of the LBD (that’s little black dress, for those not in the know). Some antiperspirants claim to reduce or eliminate these white marks, so we – with the help of our Home Testers – put eight antiperspirant sprays to the test.

The good news is that all except for the Nivea Pure Invisible were found to mostly live up to the claims. The best in this respect were Dove Clear Touch and Norsca Clear, though theDove scored better overall, thanks largely to its pleasant fragrance. The rest in our What to buy list scored well overall.

These ‘no white marks’ products are a little more expensive than their regular counterparts, but if white marks are an issue for you, they might be worth paying extra.



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