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May deodorant be applied on Yom Kippur, or is it a case of anointing which is forbidden?

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Stick? Spray?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Double AA Sep 25 '12 at 4:37
@DoubleAA Both. – yydl Sep 25 '12 at 4:38

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 614:1) rules:

אסור לסוך אפילו מקצת גופו, ואפילו אינו אלא להעביר הזוהמא
It is forbidden to anoint even a part of ones body, even if it is only to remove bad filth/odor/?.

This site cites Rav Elyashiv as recommending against spray deodorant because it is a "cosmetic", implying that on a more basic level it should be permitted. They take it for granted that stick deodorant is problematic.

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I'll just warn not to immediately extrapolate to Tisha b'av. – Double AA Sep 25 '12 at 4:47
I heard from R. M. Willig that it is forbidden on both, though some disagree. – Ariel K Sep 25 '12 at 4:53
@ArielK Stick? Spray? – Double AA Sep 25 '12 at 4:55
spray, stick is just more of an issue – Ariel K Sep 25 '12 at 13:41
What about roll on? – shachna Sep 25 '12 at 16:16

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