Can You Become Immune to Your Deodorant?

Deven Hopp

Deodorant is one of those products you just need to work. Period. Which is why when you find one that works for you, you stick with it. However, if you’ve ever found yourself in the precarious situation of a midday (discreet) pit sniff yielding unfavourable results you’re not alone. A quick Google search will confirm that many people experience this strange phenomenon where their tried and true deodorant, the one they’ve relied on for years, simply stops working. So, why and how does this happen?

The short answer is we (meaning scientists) don’t really know. The prevailing theory points to hormones (doesn’t it always?). “Hormones fluctuate all the time,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Founder & Director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the George Washington Medical Center, says. “It’s not unusual to smell differently with changes in birth control pills, pregnancy, menopause, perimenopause, and when undergoing hormone replacement therapy.” Even if none of those cases pertain to you, your body chemistry does change over time. So, it’s not that the deodorant stops working it’s just that your body has changed and requires something different. 

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