The Grooming Manual
Deodorant is one of the first personal care products guys start using as they transition from youth to adulthood. While you’re still waiting to have enough facial hair to actually need to shave, you’re already starting to emit some serious body odor. Thus the deodorant.
Despite the fact that you’ve been using it for decades, how much do you really know about deodorant? More men are becoming aware of the potentially harmful ingredients in many antiperspirant formulas. But there’s a lot more to it than that.
If you’ve purchased a big pack of deodorant that got pushed to the back of your cabinet, is it still good? How long does deodorant last? Can you use expired deodorant? And how can you be sure you’re getting the best results from your deodorant?
Does Deodorant Expire?
Cosmetic products - which is what the FDA considers deodorant to be - do not need to include an expiration date. Deodorant is antibacterial, so there’s a low chance of bacteria growing in it over time.
Antiperspirant is different because it contains aluminum and is designed to prevent you from sweating. So you will see expiration dates on antiperspirants.
Even though it’s not required in the US, many deodorant brands still choose to include an expiration date. This date is less about the safety of the product and more about the quality of the smell and texture.
When Should I Get Rid of Old Deodorant?
In general, we don’t recommend using any personal care products that are more than one year old. That applies to deodorant also.
While it may not be technically expired, deodorant that’s been in your home for more than a year isn’t ideal to use. It’s odor control properties are likely reduced. It may have changed in temperature - and thus in texture - multiple times. All of that puts it into dubious quality territory.
You deserve to always use the best products on your skin and body. And deodorant that’s over a year old is definitely not top quality.
Is It Safe to Use Expired Deodorant?
Even though we don’t recommend it, there isn’t anything inherently unsafe about using expired deodorant. In a pinch where your options are wreak of body odor or use some year and a half old deodorant, we’d say go for the deodorant.
Natural Deodorant Is Best
Whether your deodorant is a day old or a year old, you don’t want to use an irritating, potentially hazardous formula on your skin. That’s why our Natural Deodorant contains zero baking soda, aluminum, or alcohol. Instead, it’s made with:
- Coconut Oil - Nourishes and calms underarm skin while also cleansing the pores.
- Vitamin E - Soothes and hydrates skin.
- Arrowroot - Absorbs oils and naturally fights off odor-causing bacteria.
- Shea Butter - Moisturizes skin and prevents irritation.
Fresh Deodorant Keeps You Smelling Your Best
Time flies, and sometimes your skincare and grooming products get forgotten about. It happens to everyone. When you stumble upon some well-aged deodorant, we recommend you skip anything over a year old.
Instead, use fresh deodorant - purchased within the last year - to always ensure you’re getting the best odor-fighting benefits. And to prevent irritation, longterm issues, and potentially hazardous ingredients, choose our Natural Deodorant.