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Then vs. Now: The History of Deodorant

Early ads had the daunting task of convincing consumers they stunk.

Lauren Smith, MAMera Goodman, MD, FAAP
Written by Lauren Smith, MA | Reviewed by Mera Goodman, MD, FAAP
Updated on December 5, 2022

Learn about the history of deodorant, including why deodorant was originally invented and how advertisements convinced people to start using it daily.

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