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How Ban® Deodorants Works

What is the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant?

Deodorants ONLY help to prevent odor while antiperspirants help prevent BOTH wetness and odor. Antiperspirants are also good deodorants because the active ingredients are both antibacterial and reduce sweat which is broken down by bacteria to form odor. Ban® products also include special ingredients to target specific sources of odor. Learn more about the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant by visiting our blog!

How do antiperspirants work?

Perspiration is created by the sweat glands when we are overheated or stressed. An antiperspirant is designed to stop perspiration by combining with the moisture to block the release of more sweat. Learn more about how antiperspirants work by visiting our blog!

How does the product keep me odor free?

Body odor is caused when bacteria break down perspiration into smelly compounds. All Ban® antiperspirants/deodorants contain antiperspirant actives which reduce bacteria and perspiration. Ban® products also contain patented technology to target specific odors by either interfering with their generation or absorbing them.

What is stress odor, and why are Ban® Invisible Solids so effective in protecting from it?

The Ban® brand experts were the first to discover and address the two distinct types of stress related odors - spicy odor and s-odor. Traditional antiperspirant/deodorants merely mask odors and reduce odor-causing sweat in general. Ban® Invisible Solids, with Kihada extract and silver cancrinite, use patented, breakthrough technology to specifically target and virtually eliminate (not cover up) spicy and s-odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind.

Are Ban® Antiperspirant Deodorant products antibacterial?

Yes, the active ingredients in antiperspirants are antibacterial by nature.

Which form of Ban® Antiperspirant Deodorant is most effective?

All of the Ban® products will significantly reduce perspiration; however, the invisible solids are the most effective.

How much product should I use?

Product use differs by the individual. As a general guideline, try using 3-4 back and forth strokes of a roll-on invisible solid per underarm. One turn of the wheel is usually enough for clear gel application. Visit our blog for even more tips on how to apply roll-on deodorant.

Why doesn't the product go on clear as claimed? I see white marks on my clothes.

The product does go on clear and will stay clear on the skin. However, once the product touches fabric, the different ingredients can be absorbed into the fabric which causes the product to show as white. This is especially noticeable on darker fabrics. Ban® roll-ons will give you the least whitening. Experiment with the amount you use as well. Using excessive amounts will contribute to product rub off and will likely not offer any better protection.

How do I remove the white residue left on my clothes as I dress and touch my underarms?

A damp cloth should remove any marks left on clothing or try a dry brush to rub off any invisible solid marks. Allow the spot to dry or blot with a dry/absorbent cloth or paper towel and then brush lightly to remove the powder stain. If the white marks are set or stubborn to remove, try pre-treating the spot with liquid detergent or spot remover and blotting with damp cloth. Follow recommended cleaning instructions for your garment. For even more tips on how to remove deodorant stains, visit our blog!

Do I need to use Ban® products daily if I do not bathe daily? Is it still effective on Tuesday if I applied it on Monday?

The effectiveness of the product will vary for everyone. Some people find they do not need to use their antiperspirant/deodorant on a daily basis.

Can I use my antiperspirant to stop perspiration wetness in other areas of my body besides underarms?

Antiperspirants are not intended for use on any other part of your body.

Are Ban® products tested on animals?


Storage Tips

Why does the clear gel become opaque or hazy?

Extreme temperature changes can cause the clear gel to become cloudy or discolor but this does not change the effectiveness of the product. However, it may also be cloudy if it has expired, in which case the product may not be as effective. Always check the bottom of the canister for the expiration date.

What is the shelf life of Ban® antiperspirant/deodorant?

Up to three years, unless an expiration date is on the package. Expiration dates are used to ensure you receive the freshest product possible.

Why do I need to shake the roll-ons?

Shaking the product ensures that the formula is properly mixed, much like Italian dressing. The formula works best when it is fully suspended.

Will extreme temperatures harm this product? (I accidentally froze it or left it in my hot car.)

If you completely melt an invisible solid product (expose it to temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit), the active ingredient may separate so the protection won’t be evenly distributed through the stick. You will not want to use the product if that happens. However, if it just gets soft, let it stand at room temperature and it should still be as effective as before.

Clear gel may become hazy if you freeze it, but it should still be usable when it thaws. Roll-on will also survive freezing. Just make sure you shake it to mix the formula when it returns to room temperature.


Do antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer?

Antiperspirants and deodorants are safe. There is no evidence of harm from the use of antiperspirants or deodorants. Extensive population-based case-control studies in addition to many extremely thorough epidemiological studies of breast cancer risk have been reviewed by internationally known experts and have not found antiperspirant use to be a risk factor for breast cancer. Please visit our blog to learn more about antiperspirant ingredient safety

Does the aluminum ingredient found in many antiperspirants contribute to Alzheimer's?

There is no scientific evidence of any link between aluminum and Alzheimer's. For more information, please visit www.alz.org and see Myth #4.

Are Ban® products toxic, my child just nibbled on some?

The products are non-toxic. However, you should ALWAYS call your doctor or poison control center if your child ingests a non-edible product. It should be noted that any product eaten might cause some indigestion.


Do Ban® Products contain aluminum? 

Yes, they contain an aluminum salt as the active ingredient that reduces sweat production. All antiperspirant active ingredients allowed by law contain aluminum.

Is there alcohol in Ban® Antiperispirant/Deodorant?

There are different types of alcohol. None of the Ban® products contain the type of alcohol that would sting or burn broken or irritated skin. The alcohols present are solid waxes, used to thicken a product and provide a dry skin feel. They will not burn or sting broken or irritated skin.

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