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About us

Everything you need to know about Shield


Our deodorant and anti-perspirant products are intelligently designed to work as hard as you do. We make it our business to know more about sweat, and what we learn informs every product innovation.

Our Dry Shield Protection was inspired by your movements. Shield Motionsense™ is the the world’s first anti-perspirant activated by movement. Tiny microcapsules ‘burst’ when activated by friction, releasing freshness when you need it the most. Shield Clinical Protection is a TRIsolid™ anti-perspirant cream that is scientifically proven to help stop sweating excessively when you need to. So whether you’re scaling a mountain, running for the bus, presenting to your boss or going on a date, you can be confident of the best sweat protection.



Our History

Learn more about how Shield began.

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    Rexona 1990

    1990s: Shield goes Pro Sport

    Shield entered the world of professional sports, backing some of the world’s best sports men and women: tennis champion Steffi Graf, the All Blacks, the Springboks, mountain biker Darren Berrelcloth, BASE jumper Miles Daisher, survivalist Bear Grylls, tennis champion David Nalbandian, cricketer Andrew Flintoff and the Lotus F1™ Team.

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    Rexona 1980

    1980s: Global Expansion

    Rexona continued to expand, bringing superior sweat protection to people all over the globe. Today, it’s known around the world as Rexona, Rexena, Shield, Degree or Sure – depending on where you are. The name may have changed, but our dedication to superior performance has stayed the same.

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    1960s: Creating a new category of deodorant brands

    In the 1960s the world met Rexona antiperspirant, later to become Sure in the UK. It was then introduced in Finland and quickly rolled out to the rest of the world. In South Africa it was introduced as Shield.

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    Unilever logo

    1930s: Joining Unilever Brands

    Rexona was bought by British soap maker Lever Bros, who would soon join Dutch Margarine Unie to form Unilever.

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    Rexona 1920

    1920s: Welcome to Rexona town

    Rexona’s first advertising campaign launched in the 1920s. Personal hygiene billboards began to spring up all over Australia touting the company name, with contests held for each town’s Rexona Baby and Miss Rexona. Some would proudly state: ‘Welcome to our town, a good Rexona Town.’

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    Rexona 1900

    1900s: Mrs. Sheffer's Ointment

    Founded as Rexona, the company was created by Mrs Alice Sheffer, the wife of SF Sheffer, the founder of the Sheldon Drug Company. A talented physician, she wanted to give people new kinds of personal care products, with effective ingredients that also smelled good. When Rexona hit the shelves in 1908, it soon became the company’s biggest seller.

Get tips on excessive sweating or check out our clinical-strength antiperspirant, Clinical Protection. Find all the answers to your body odour and sweat related questions here.