Deodorant / Anti-Perspirant - Do you wear it?

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    Aug 05, 2010 7:34 PM GMT

    I stopped wearing deodorant and antiperspirant about 15 years ago. I had read bad things about the effects of aluminum chlorohydrate, the white-colored active agent in antiperspirants, and decided to stop using anything under my arms altogether.

    Fortunately, only about one person in 15 years has ever noticed the difference, even after full days of wearing business suits in the summer. I mean, I still sweat, but I can only guess that maintaining a vegetarian diet with almost no milk products has helped keep my sweat smelling fairly neutral.

    So, my questions are:

    1) Do you wear deodorant, antiperspirant or nothing?

    2) If you go without deodorant, is there a noticeable difference? ...and do you think people mind it?
  • rnch

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    Aug 05, 2010 7:37 PM GMT
    never2ndbest said....only about one person in 15 years has ever noticed the difference..
    no, only one person in 15 years has commented (out loud, to you face) about your body aroma. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 05, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    Okok....point taken. But I do ask my buddies every so often if they notice anything. Either they are too considerate to say anything, or I am not getting noticed.
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    Aug 05, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    never2ndbest saidSo, my questions are:

    1) Do you wear deodorant, antiperspirant or nothing?

    2) If you go without deodorant, is there a noticeable difference? ...and do you think people mind it?
    1. Yes. I rotate between antiperspirant and deodorant, but I always use one or the other. I am aware of the dangers, so I do use them lightly...just enough to keep the odor down.
    2. Huge difference. I begin to smell about 30 minutes after a shower if I don't use either.
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    Aug 05, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    never2ndbest saidI had read bad things about the effects of aluminum chlorohydrate, the white-colored active agent in antiperspirants, and decided to stop using anything under my arms altogether.

    I'm not sure it's been established as a health risk, although some people can have a skin sensitivity to it. But since you seem to recognize that it's an ingredient in antiperspirants only, to reduce sweating, why not use a deodorant without it?

    As for myself, I use an unscented antiperspirant every day.
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    Aug 06, 2010 12:36 AM GMT
    Speed Stick gel...either the irish spring or the aqua sport and if I dont use it I would smell like sweaty nasty underwear
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    Aug 06, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    I made the switch from anti-perspirants to deodorant a while ago due to the correlation anti-persperants have to some health risks. I use now only if I am in a social situation where I want to make absolutely certain no one sees me sweat.
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    Aug 06, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    Hmm...When I was in Afghanistan I started to get lumps under my arms and the doc recommended that I switch to deodorant instead of anti-perspirant. Worked like a charm. I've been using it ever since.

    His explanation was (and he didn't give me a chemical name) that anti-perspirants actually inhibit your body's natural function of sweating, and that's where the problem lies. Deodorants don't do more than mask the smell... No reason to quit deodorant.

    ...And I agree with rnch. It's probably that no one says it to your face. I had a friend once who swore it was unnecessary to brush his teeth or chew gum. He said he hadn't brushed in years, but simply wiped his teeth clean with napkins. No one ever noticed he said. I didn't have the heart to tell him at the time. When I did tell him, it still didn't change his perception.

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    Aug 06, 2010 12:56 AM GMT
    I use Adidas sports or Old Spice deodorant. Never had to use antiperspirant since I don't sweat that easily.
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    Aug 06, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    I too get a rash from aluminum chlorohydrate. Using neither antiperspirant or deodorant isn't really an option for me. I seem reek in no time.

    I can just about get away with deodorant from Tom's of Maine or Arm & Hammer. But the best solution has been a hypoallergenic antiperspirant from Almay.
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    Aug 06, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    i get a heat rash from Old Spice must be something in it, but i do use Right Guard or Adidas
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    Aug 06, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    Not very often because it usually causes me to breakout in a rash. I've never found anything that won't eventually cause the problem. I take two-three showers a day though. Plus I'm mostly a face sweater except when working out.
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    Aug 06, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    I got a really bad rash from old spice too. But I wear Mitchum gel during the day, and i use certain dry at night.
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    Aug 06, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    I just use Deodorant, cause my mom had the same fear of antiperspirants from when I was a child. However, I do buy his point, because my dad never uses anything and has never stunk a day in his life. Some peeps just don't stink, and I can go without it too, just like sweating, its in the genes.
  • EricLA

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    Aug 06, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    Even the Today Show recently had a segment from one of their consumer or medical reporters about how the deodorant/anti-persperant manufacturing industry push this stuff. They say unless you expect to exert yourself to the point of perspiration, or it's hot enough to make you perspire, that we do not need anti-persperant or deodorant. So, why apply any more chemicals to your body than you need to?
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    Aug 06, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    I stopped using anti-perspirants a couple years ago due to the aluminum issue and switched to regular deodorant but last year even went to an all natural tea tree oil one that I really like. I sweat like a feind and it makes a huge difference keeping my smell on the fresh side LOL
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    Aug 06, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    If I know I'm going to need it, then I'll use both antiperspirant and deodorant. It just keeps things fresh there. Plus, trimming under the arms helps me A LOT.
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    Aug 06, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    anti perspirant are believed to contribute to breat cancer in women, my doctor told me once as well that it is not recommendable to use them since they don't allow body to sweat and therefore, get rid of toxines.
    i only use deodorants, nivea for men, mostly and it's worked perfectly so far. i live in a tropical city and it's always hot and humid, so i could only last one day without wearing deodorant before i go smelly. one thing i do is to trim my armpits, it helps keep them cleaner.
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    Aug 06, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    Yes, but I use one that is fragrance free because I get bad skin reactions. So it's basically a can of air, but at least I feel fresh and protected hehe
  • shag91607

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    Aug 06, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    I use deodorant by Tom's of Maine. Natural, no bad effects and lasts through the day and most of a workout. Most of their scents don't smell all girly though I prefer the unscented.

    Check out http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ for products and toxicity ratings and what each ingredient's effect is on the body over long term exposure.
  • xebec75

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    Aug 06, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
    I love that the OP has quit using those tricks of marketing!!!

    I think one of the reasons that people are loathe to stop using anti-perspirant and or deodorant is that, when they first quit they notice a significant odor or increase in sweat. That increase is, in fact, quite normal as your body adjusts to not having any substances blocking the natural functions under your arms.

    Advertisers have done a great job of making people hyper-aware of 'body-odor' now resorting to clinical strength type formulations. For a lot of tough guys, whose profiles indicate they are free-thinking strong-willed mensch, on RJ there is a large number of guys who have fully and utterly succumbed to Madison Avenue's mind fuckery.

    Give it a month boys...you'll be more in touch with your body and your scent.

    If after a month you still stink...change your diet or go to the doctor...if you smell bad something is wrong. Really.

    @OP I'm not a vegetarian and eat dairy several times a week and still don't smell unless I go more than a day without showering...lol
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    Aug 06, 2010 3:17 AM GMT
    I switched from antiperspirant to deodorant years ago, but over the winter it just stopped working. I don't even sweat, but a couple different brands of deo couldn't keep me smelling fresh throughout the workday. I use unscented Mitchum roll-on antiperspirant now and it's very nice.
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    Aug 06, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    i use deoderant...love the sky sea smell
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    Aug 06, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
    I stopped using years ago. I buzz my arm pit hair, and shower everyday. No odor issues at all. I only use a little Right Guard deodorant/anti-perspirant spray if I have to dress up in a suit and tie. I tend to get warm pretty easy and don't want to risk getting too sweaty under the arms.
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    Aug 07, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    I bathe too!