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Going without deodorant/anti-perspirant

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mooface Sun 16-Jun-13 21:04:36

I haven't worn deodorant for the last 8 years or so, not since I was a teenager. And I still have friends grin 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!)

ilovepowerhoop Sun 16-Jun-13 21:10:34

I am too sweaty to not wear any especially as I do exercise classes too

debka Sun 16-Jun-13 21:12:46

My DH doesn't wear any. He doesn't sweat much and isn't smelly. I always do, and definitely notice if I forget.

gloucestergirl Sun 16-Jun-13 21:14:30

I do and need to as I sweat easily....lovely, eh? But past boyfriends didn't bother and didn't smell at all. A daily shower and clean clothes were all that was needed.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 16-Jun-13 21:14:31

I wear a natural deodorant , no anti perspirant.

CreatureRetorts Sun 16-Jun-13 21:16:08

Many anti perspirants do not agree with me - I get tender and sore pits. So I try and use the minimal amount but cannot get away with none sadly.

BriansBrain Sun 16-Jun-13 21:17:15

Great if you don't need to but I do whiff if. Don't have any on.

I'm getting sweatier as I get older

<not something I would normally admit>

joanofarchitrave Sun 16-Jun-13 21:20:08

I'm quite stinky so prefer to wear it, but dh doesn't.

Mintyy Sun 16-Jun-13 21:20:09

Not all nationalities have the same number of sweat glands/propensity to sweat. IIrc asian people from the Far East ( like China, Japan etc) sweat less.

christinarossetti Sun 16-Jun-13 21:23:47

I only think of wearing deodorant if I'm working, just in case it's a hot room.

But if I forget, it's no big deal.

I don't sweat very much though. I would wear it more if I did.

Llareggub Sun 16-Jun-13 21:34:35

My boyfriend doesn't wear any and never smells. I couldn't go without it at all.

mrspaddy Sun 16-Jun-13 21:39:29

I couldn't be without it and always have an extra can in my car/handbag. My husband doesn't - showers a lot (first thing/when he gets in from work etc). He prefers not to put chemicals on his skin but does if he knows he will be out all day/evening like a wedding function etc.

SwedishEdith Sun 16-Jun-13 21:39:38

I had a friend who didn't wear any as didn't believe she needed to...but she definitely did whiff when it was warm

BackforGood Sun 16-Jun-13 21:43:34

I do wear it, but I often think this on the "How often do you shower / bath?" threads, with people getting their knickers in a twist about those who don't need to shower every day. I genuinely think people must have different "sweaty-nesses". There is only a tiny, tiny minority of the population that actually smell unpleasant, but many, many people don't shower or bath more than a couple of times a week.

Aetae Sun 16-Jun-13 21:44:53

DH doesn't wear deodorant because he doesn't smell, AND he has dry earwax. I never knew there was a link! He's not Asian though.

I, on the other hand, have wet earwax and I couldn't go without deodorant...

TallulahBetty Sun 16-Jun-13 21:47:57

I need to wear it, and shower, every day. DH can get away with it, he barely sweats at all, let alone enough to smell envy

BriansBrain Sun 16-Jun-13 21:48:01

I shower every day (can't wake up properly without a shower)!and still need to wear deo.

I even have a can in my draw at work, I wonder if its to do with the material I wear? I do do a lot of rushing about as well though.

ivykaty44 Sun 16-Jun-13 21:50:38

I usually shower once/twice a day and probably wear deodorant once every three days on average - thats really as i forget to apply.

I hate spray deodorant and will only use roll on

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 16-Jun-13 21:52:24

How do you know whether your ear wax is dry or wet?

Fraxinus Sun 16-Jun-13 21:53:07

Depends on the weather. Although I get out of the habit in winter, but sometimes the central heating at work is a bit much.

Also I find wool and cotton clothes make me smell less than acrylic.

One roll on or stick will last me at least a year.

FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 16-Jun-13 21:54:09

Some people don't need to. I most definitely do. Ishower twice a day and wear a 72 hour antiperspirant and still smell by thr time it gets to my evening shower. A normal antiperspirant lasts me a couple of hours maxsad

BinksToEnlightenment Sun 16-Jun-13 22:05:06

I don't sweat very much at all, but I prefer to have a little tiny spritz of it. It is awkward finding one that doesn't smell worse than sweat though.

mooface Sun 16-Jun-13 22:08:05

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom - I found out how when my DP ended up with a glob of sticky, dark brown earwax in his ear after a flight...ergh...I've never seen anything like that come out of my own ears!!

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 16-Jun-13 22:09:44

So dry is what, a little bit that will stick to a cotton bud? I am still confused confused. I know I don't get much ear wax, and have a very sweaty forehead but not elsewhere. I wonder where that puts me grin

Jidget Sun 16-Jun-13 22:10:32

I don't seem to produce any earwax and I don't sweat much at all.

I have very little underarm hair (don't know if this is connected?) but I do use deodorant 'just in case'.

Binks, Sure (silver can) deo smells nice and fresh.

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