While researching the no-poo movement, I came across a few sites that talked about not using anti-perspirant. Some avoid it because of the aluminum (in the active ingredient), since that may be linked to alzheimer's disease. Others just want to be all natural, and others don't like other ingredients, or artificially stopping the healthy sweating process.
In 5th grade, I think, my mom told me I really needed to use deodorant. She bought me deodorant, and I still smelled. I quickly upgraded to anti-perspirant, and things were better. I still smell sometimes. Most of my shirts are ruined from stinky stains. I hate it. I've tried several brands, even the clinical ones and a super strong one my dad used that the doctor recommended. Apparently I get my stinky sweaty pits from him. Nothing works great on me.
That's why I was extremely skeptical about no antiperspirant. I was certain that I'd stink worse than ever. The site that impressed me was at Kitchen Stewardship. She talked about the step by step process that she used to figure out what works best for her. Since I'm allergic or sensitive to so many things, I figured a step by step approach would be best. So far I haven't moved past step 1. I dampen my fingers and armpits with a little water, then rub on some baking soda (which I already have in my bathroom for my hair washing). That's it. I did it for a few days when I knew I'd be home in case I smelled really bad. I don't! Once in a while I smell a little sweaty, but better than I usually did after a day with anti-perspirant on. I think I actually sweat less now, too. I'm a little damp when working hard or in the heat, but don't notice trickles of moisture dripping down. The only time I really notice that I smell bad is when I'm damp and my shirt is one of my old stinky ones. But those stink already. So, I smell my pits, and they're fine; it really is just my shirt. I'm looking for some cheap Ts on clearance that aren't so low cut that someone can see everything when I bend over. So far I've replaced 4. I'm also making some shirts for myself. Well, I bought fabric and patterns anyway!
I'll probably try adding some corn starch to make sure I don't react to that, then I bought some coconut oil and I'll eventually move on to actual deodorant-looking stuff that I can shove into some old containers. I'm so happy with just using baking soda, that I may just chuck the stuff in the containers even though they're not gone, and I hate to waste things!
I'll keep you updated on my no anti-perspirant trials as I find out new things and see how they work on me and my girls (who will have to try this stuff out too!)