The word deodorant is sometimes used to refer to agents - including natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs, that mask or remove unpleasant odours.
More specifically, the term 'deodorant' is usually used to refer to agents that mask or remove body odours. In many cases these work by destroying bacteria that live on the skin and break down sweat secreted by the body.
Many deodorant products include an antiseptic.
The definitions in this section are of words used to refer to the actions (effects) of both pharmaceutical drugs and natural remedies. For information about specific oils, herbs, and remedies that might have properties including some of the actions mentioned in this section, see other parts of this website. For example, the pages about Aromatherapy Essential Oils, Bach Flower Remedies, Herbalism, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy and Massage Carrier Oils.