I haven't worn deodorant for the last 8 years or so, not since I was a teenager. And I still have friends though none of them know I don't wear it. I wear a little perfume every day, but that's it.
I was interested to find out that there's a sizeable minority of the UK population who don't sweat/emit much odor at all (there's a link with having dry earwax too...and having East Asian ancestry, though I can't relate to the latter) and so deodorant products are wasted on them. IMO, the thought of putting on all those chemicals unnecessarily makes me a bit uneasy.
Do any of you not wear deodorant or anti-perspirant either? Would be interested to hear what you think (even if you think the idea of going without is gross!)
I never wear deodorant. I don't think I smell, neither does anyone else. I own some, but only use it if I haven't showered that day (i.e. never). I'm not generally sweaty, though I do sweat quite a bit when I exercise hard - as I shower before I have a chance to smell I dont mind. On the rare day that I do use it I am assaulted by the smell of deo every time I move - mine is a very innocuous aloe vera sensitive thing - I hate it, so artificial and chemically.
I've recently stopped wearing any, (am trying to cut down on unnecessary chemical use) and to be honest I don't think it's made too much difference although I did notice a very slight whiff (when I'm craning my neck round and getting my nose as close to my underarms as possible!) when we had those very hot days a few weeks ago. I'm happy to go without most of the time now though unless I'm at a wedding/function etc where I'm all dressed up and want to feel my best, in which case I use a roll on.