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A brief history of…DEODORANT

Ancient Egypt: Scented oils and heavy-scented mixtures such as citrus and cinnamon were used to mask body odour.

Asia: Rock salt deodorant. Rock salt was a popular underarm deodorant in some parts of Asia. It decreased body odour by killing underarm bacteria.

Lightbulb  Developments towards modern-day deodorants

1888: The first cosmetic deodorant was patented under the name ‘Mum’. It was a paste made from zinc chloride and wax.

1890s: Aluminium chloride was added to deodorants to reduce sweating.

1952: The first roll-on deodorant, based on the design of the ballpoint pen, was marketed in the USA.

1965: The first anti-perspirant aerosol was marketed.

Today, aerosol, roll-on, body spray, solid, pump spray and cream deodourants are all used in Australia.


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How Australian pandemics have changed! The 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic caused over 10,000 deaths in Australia,14 whereas the 2009-10 H1N1 pandemic ("Swine Flu") caused 191 deaths.15 English knights were required to bathe at least once in their lives - during the ritual of their knighthood ceremony. Because of this tradition, during the reign of King Henry IV there originated an order called "Knights of the Bath".16 The term "shampoo" came from Indian language and originally meant "massage".17 English society ladies held vacuuming parties after invention of the horse-drawn electric vacuum in 1901.18
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