How Does Deodorant Work? Find Out Today

A vital part of most people's mornings is to reach for the deodorant can to freshen up with a surge of confidence ready for the day ahead.

Back to basics - how does deodorant work?

We answer all your FAQs on deodorant for women to help you understand the different formats and pick the best one for your lifestyle.

What is deodorant?

Deodorant is a skincare product that helps to keep your underarms smelling fresh. Rather than stopping sweat like antiperspirant, deodorant works on the bacteria on the skin to stop the odour escaping from your pits. 

When we perspire, these bacteria digest the fats and proteins in our sweat. The result is the unpleasant smell we have come to associate with sweat or body odour as well as itchy armpits from irritation.

To help you feel confident and fresh all day, our beautiful NIVEA deodorant scents neutralise odours to keep sweat smells at bay. Our deodorants come as sprays in deodorant cans, roll-ons or stick deodorants.

The difference between deodorant and antiperspirant

Any people aren't aware of the differences between deodorant and antiperspirant. Put simply, if the purpose of deodorant is to stop the smell of sweat, the action of antiperspirant is to present your body from sweating for a period of time. But how does it work? Antiperspirants temporarily block the sweat glands on your skin to avoid any sticky underarms or unwanted sweat.
A guide to deodorant formats


Spray deodorants have long been popular. They apply dry to the skin, making it an ideal deodorant for people who don't have much time for a morning routine. The sprays' deodorant cans are easy to take around with you, so you can easily pop it into your handbag for a discreet freshen-up whenever you need. The dry spray deodorant formula is ideal for being applied discreetly on the go.
A guide to deodorant formats


Roll-on deodorants are just as convenient and effective. When it comes to selecting a format, it is really a matter of personal preference. The applicator makes it easy to place the deodorant just where you need it.
A guide to deodorant formats


Deodorant sticks like NIVEA Cool Kick Deodorant for men focus on refreshing the skin. The formula gives you a sense of renewal and freshness so you stay fresh and clean all day long, while caring for the delicate skin on your pits.

How does deodorant work?

Now you know the science of deodorants, you can find out how they compare to antiperspirants and which fragrance would be a good match. Most of our deodorant fragrances come in each of the three formats; sprays in their deodorant cans, roll-ons in their smaller plastic containers or sticks in their slightly longer and wider containers.

Tips for getting the most out of your deodorant

1. Perfume and deodorant in one

Who needs a perfume when you have deodorant? Our beautiful NIVEA scents are made to be flaunted.

2.  Apply your deodorant straight after you come out the shower and immediately after exercise to keep underarms smelling fresh.

3. Let your deodorant dry completely before you get dressed to avoid staining your clothes.

4. To avoid any unpleasant armpit smells making an appearance, make sure to reapply your deodorant regularly according to how much you sweat and the weather where you live.

How to get rid of underarm odour

The slightest smell of the NIVEA Fresh Natural Deodorant fragrance transports you to sandy beaches of far-flung islands where the waves crash against the shore and the invigorating smell of sea salt is all around. This deodorant combines reliable protection with a refreshing feeling.

Embrace your femininity

Some women prefer their scents to have a more feminine hint to them. The NIVEA Fresh Flower Spray aluminium-free deodorant incorporates a subtle but long-lasting, floral note into a gentle, caring formula. With this deodorant for women, fragrances and freshness go hand in hand.

When to use deodorant instead of antiperspirant

If you solely want to reduce the odour of sweat, deodorant is the right product for you. It deals with the smell rather than the cause of sweat.

If your main concern is in knowing how to get rid of underarm odour and not wet patches under your arms, you want to be reaching for the deodorant can.

NIVEA Creme Scent

NIVEA Protect & Care Deodorant Spray is rather special, as it combines a fast-absorbing, non-sticky formula with 48-hour protection and the unique scent of NIVEA Creme. The unforgettable fragrance is a mixture of violets, lilacs, a velvety musk and the freshness of bergamot.