Removing deodorant and/or anti-perspirant from underarms

mikebavingtonmikebavington Member
edited February 2014 in Formulating
Is there another solvent of equal effectiveness to ethanol that removes deodorant remnants from the underam?

Thanks


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  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    Brillo?

    Seriously, you'd have to test, but something like propanediol might work.
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  • Yes. I put deodorant into shot glasses yesterday and started adding different ingredients to see which one would dissolve or soften the deodorant over time.

    Hydrogen Peroxide performed the best of the ingredients I did test, but i didnt have propanediol to compare.

    I will try to get my hands on citrus derived ingredients as well and see if those work.
  • Just curious : what for ?
  • Develop a product that allows one to remove deodorant from underarms while in shower.
  • Isn't a shower gel enough ? (now I'm feeling stupid)
  • In my experience, deodorant is hard to remove from the underarms.
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    Mike,

    You probably need to test what dissolves or softens the deodorant/antiperspirant residue, rather than the finished product, that way you'll eliminate any problems with co-solvent effects.

    Be careful with things like limonene, orange oil, etc., especially at 100% strength. From personal and plant experience, I know that they can be extremely irritating to the skin, even when washed off fairly quickly.

    @Ayla does bring up a good point, though - I'd think that most people would consider soap, etc to do a good enough job, no?

    Bob
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
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