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What is a deodorant soap?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Soap is a combination of fats and alkali that lathers in water and cleanses dirt and oil from your skin. Manufacturers add a range of ingredients to soaps from perfumes, lotions, extra fats, vitamins, and deodorizes. Deodorizers kill bacteria and cut down on body odor. They can dry out the skin or cause rashes as well as destroy helpful bacteria. Killing helpful bacteria can increase the risk if skin infection especially on the feet and under the arms. Bathing more frequently is better than using deodorizing soap.
Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
Deodorant soap usually contains soap plus antibacterial ingredients such as tetrasodium EDTA. Because the goal is to deodorize, they may add synthetic fragrance and usually a combination of both soap and synthetic detergents. Lever 2000 Deodorant Soap is made from sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, and sodium palm kernelate and adds tetrasodium EDTA and a fragrance. (Natural deodorant soap options include sage and rosemary extracts or lemongrass oil to control odor).
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