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Who Invented Deodorant

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Personal care plays an extremely important role in our daily lives, and deodorant is an indispensable part of it. Have you ever wondered who invented this product? Next, we explore the fascinating history behind deodorant.

The Birth of Deodorant

In the late 19th century, the first commercial deodorant was born, which was named 'Mum'. The product was developed by an unknown inventor from Philadelphia. Unlike the spray or stick deodorants we're familiar with now, 'Mum' is a cream-like substance that needs to be applied with your fingers. Its emergence marks the first attempt to enter the commercial market for a product designed to cover body odor.

Edna Murphey and Odorono

Another key advance in the history of deodorant occurred in 1903, brought about by a surgeon's daughter, Edna Murphy. She launched an antiperspirant product called 'Odorono', which was not only designed to mask body odor but more importantly, to stop sweating. It was an innovative idea for that era.


Murphy first tried selling the antiperspirant her father invented in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is a liquid product that is applied to the underarms using a cotton ball. 'Odorono' works by temporarily blocking sweat glands, but its uptake wasn't very high to begin with. The product initially struggled to gain traction due to early consumer concerns about its safety and effectiveness.

The Turning Point

In 1912, Odorono and the entire deodorant industry experienced a major shift due to a successful marketing campaign. The campaign was one of the first attempts to openly discuss body odor, a subject considered taboo at the time. This brave marketing strategy paid off, leading to a gradual increase in Odorono's sales

The Evolution into Modern Deodorants

In the 1940s, the advent of aerosol spray technology revolutionized the deodorant and antiperspirant industry. This technology made the products easier to use and marked a major turning point in the industry. Since then, deodorants and antiperspirants have moved from cream and liquid forms to more convenient spray, stick, gel, and roll-on types.

The Continuous Evolution

In modern times, the development of deodorants and antiperspirants continues to advance. The industry continues to explore formulas that are more effective, long-lasting, and skin-friendly. As consumers become more concerned about the ingredients in personal care products, natural and organic deodorant products are becoming more and more popular.

Alra Non-Metallic Deodorant was developed with the promise of alleviating skin that has undergone radiation therapy or is affected by skin diseases. This ammonia-free, alcohol-free, and paraben-free deodorant has been developed for sensitive or irritated skin, but it works for all skin types as well.

Fight sweat and odor, and keep your underarms feeling cool and calm with Alra Non-Metallic Deodorant.


Deodorant has come a long way from its humble beginnings as an early “mum” to the many complex products it has become today. This development is not just about eliminating body odor but reflects society's evolving attitudes towards personal hygiene. As we continue to prioritize cleanliness and personal care, deodorants will continue to evolve to fit our changing needs and preferences.


So the next time you apply deodorant, whether by brushing it on or spraying it on, think back on its long and fascinating journey. From the unnamed inventor in Philadelphia to Edna Murphy's revolutionary attempts, the history of deodorant is as interesting as it is fragrant.

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