I know, it sounds completely insane. But yes, years ago, I stopped wearing antiperspirant.
Many years ago, I knew someone who said they did not use deodarant or antiperspirant, and I thought that certainly they must smell-- all the time. What was amazing was that they did not smell!
I know it may be hard for some people to believe because you know what you smell like if you forget even one hour of antiperspirant in the morning. I used to keep one in my desk at work, just in case I forgot in the morning as I rushed out of the house.
Many health studies point to possible dangers of antiperspirant use. I enjoy this article the most, http://www.livestrong.com/article/256673-what-are-the-dangers-of-antiperspirants/, but I am happy to provide tons of medical studies about the possible risks if you prefer to see those (email at email@example.com). To be upfront though, the FDA considers antiperspirants to be completely safe. The FDA does not cite any risks associated with antiperspirant use, and thus they are still sold.
My real concern is not antiperspirant, but one chemical in antiperspirant-- aluminum. Aluminum has been linked to many disorders and diseases, and many feel it is a contributor for many ailments. I became aware of aluminum in antiperspirant and its possible dangers when someone I knew discovered she had breast cancer. I started researching possible causes of breast cancer, and chose to make the switch. Aluminum an be found in many things in our society, and I do not know if it is practical to say you will avoid it 100%. From cookware to canned food items, we are probably exposed to aluminum on a daily basis.
So, if we cannot avoid aluminum, what is the use? Well, we can greatly reduce it. There are many natural deodorants on the market that are aluminum free. The switch is a fairly easy one, as you can just start wearing a more natural deodorant with little disruption to your life. You can also switch your cookware to something without aluminum (I prefer cast iron), and reduce your intake of canned food items.
MamaBreak will feature a new, aluminum free deodorant later this week as both a review and giveaway to get you started on making the switch!