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Rexona is a deodorant and antiperspirant brand created in Australia and manufactured by Unilever. While marketed under the Rexona name in most countries, it is known as Sure in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Degree in the United States and Canada, Rexena in Japan and South Korea and Shield in South Africa. In Norway, Lilleborg produces Sterilan using a similar formula.

Product typeAntiperspirant deodorant
Introduced1969; 50 years ago (1969)
Related brands
  • Sure
  • (UK & Ireland)
  • Degree
  • (US & Canada)
  • Rexena
  • (Japan & South Korea)
  • Shield
  • (South Africa)
Previous ownersHelene Curtis (Degree in the US & Canada)
TaglineIt won't let you down



It was developed in 1908 by an Australian pharmacist, Samuel Fuller Sheffer and his wife, Alice.[1] The products are available in varying forms including as aerosols, pumps, roll-ons, sticks and creams. In 2015 the brand launched a new range of fragrances with a new canister design, at the same time changing the formula. This has resulted in wide spread consumer backlash with many product review websites and forums giving very poor reviews and airing complaints that the new formula simply doesn't have the deodorant effect of the old formula.[citation needed]


In India, it was launched in 1947 as a rival to Hamam, then a Tata product, then Hindustan Unilever. As Hindustan Unilever already uses Rexona as a soap brand, the Sure brand was used instead for deodorants, as it is in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

United StatesEdit

Degree is a brand of antiperspirant for men and women that is manufactured by Unilever. It comes in stick, gel, and spray forms. The stick form often comes with slogans pressed into the deodorant itself by the protective seal. For example, the "Cool Rush" variety comes with the slogan "Take The Risk". The Degree brand name was created by Helene Curtis, which Unilever acquired in 1996.

Other Sure brandsEdit

In the United States, Sure is an antiperspirant brand created by Procter & Gamble in 1972, marketed to both men and women. The brand's ownership transferred to Helen of Troy Limited, which acquired the brand from Innovative Brands in March 2010. Innovative Brands, LLC, a portfolio company of Jahm Najafi Companies, had acquired the brand from Procter & Gamble in September 2006, after P&G had acquired Gillette.


The Rexona and Sure brands are sponsors for the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 team. The brands had previously sponsored the Lotus F1 team before switching their allegiance to Williams from the 2014 F1 season onwards.[citation needed]

Rexona also developed a flash platformer called "Power Pamplona" which involves a bull runner racing across various countries.



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