It’s probably no surprise that I don’t recommend using an antiperspirant. If you wanna know the sciency reasoning that Dr. H found, it’s below. In a nutshell, it’s bad for you. Done. Now, let’s get to the most important aspect: NOT STINKING.
Since I stopped using antiperspirant over a decade ago, I’ve been on the search for the holy grail of hippie pit paste. Finally I have found the best product in the whole freaking world: Schmidt’s. It’s just like regular deodorant, but without the nasties. It’ll keep you B.O.-free for at least 24 hours. It comes in a bunch of scents on Amazon, including fragrance-free, with my favorite being the ylang-ylang and calendula. WF also sells it, so you take a whiff before you buy.
Try it and let me know how many less people give you the stink eye because, well, you was stanky. And check-out the sciency stuff below.
A 2005 study from the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry explained that when “aluminum-based compounds, such as those in antiperspirants, are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, it may have an estrogen-like (hormonal) effect. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.”1
There’s also a 2003 study from the European Journal of Cancer Prevention stating that “Frequency and earlier onset of antiperspirant/deodorant usage with underarm shaving were associated with an earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis.”2