Deodorant down below?
Originally Published: November 14, 2003 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: December 29, 2009
Can I use deodorants on my penis?
Assuming that you are talking about using the deodorant for its odor-fighting properties rather than looking for a kinky way to roll it on (or out, as the case may be), there are better, safer ways to freshen smells coming from the crotch area. Deodorant bars, sprays, and stones are not made for use on the genitals and because they may contain chemicals that could be irritating to the more delicate skin down under. Keep the deo under your arms, and let's examine some of your other options.
If you're uncircumcised and you are aware of the smell coming from the head of the penis, you may have a build up of smegma or even possibly a yeast infection underneath the foreskin. Check out Scent of an uncircumcised penis for more information, tips on cleaning, and a handful of reader responses.
If you're uncircumcised and/or the smell you notice seems to be coming from farther down below — underneath your scrotum or between your legs — then taking some extra steps regarding personal hygiene might help. Some ideas include showering more frequently, being sure to wash the genitals carefully and thoroughly, and using an antibacterial soap to stave off odor-causing bacteria in those dark, damp places. You can also apply talc-free and cornstarch-free baby powder to the area to help stay dry. Some people even use baby wipes throughout the day to feel and smell fresh. Trimming your pubic area hair is another option, since hair traps sweat and odors, but beware — hair cut too short or shaved grows back uncomfortably with a tendency to twist, poke, and itch.
If you are concerned about a persistent odor, even when all of these measures are taken, consulting your health care provider to take a closer look at other possible causes, such as a sexually transmitted infection or other condition, is a good idea. If you're a student at Columbia, call x4-2284 or log on to Open Communicator to make an appointment with your health care provider.
You may also want to consider whether any aroma coming from your genital region is something to be concerned about. Bodies produce unique, distinctive, but not unpleasant fragrances that are their signature scent. As a result, the expectation to smell fresh for the entire day (if you showered or bathed in the morning) may be unrealistic. What's more, many people enjoy their own and/or their partner's natural scent.
Lastly, if you smell just fine, and you were interested in using deodorant on your penis anyway, there are fragrance sprays and powders formulated for the entire body. The directions on the packaging will tell you whether they are safe or not for misting or sprinkling near "delicate tissues." A dab of your (or your partner's) favorite cologne or perfume (just a dab!) above your penis near your pubic bone might add a pleasant aroma each time you drop your shorts. Remember a little fragrance goes a long way because of your body's heat. So go easy and, if you're spritzing and dabbing for a partner, be ready to hop in the shower if the scent is too strong or they would perfer you au natural.