I’ve always had irritated armpits. The two of them were constantly complaining… Seriously though, ever since I started shaving and wearing deodorant I’ve suffered from itchy red bumps, spots and ingrowing hairs. That’s a lovely image, isn’t it? I’d tried using ‘natural’ deodorants and although the sensitivity was marginally improved, I smelled. Not ‘hold your nose and wave your hand around’ smelled, but there was definitely an aroma of BO. I’m just putting it out there and I understand if you want to stop reading now.
So anyway, last year I just gave up using it altogether. At first it wasn’t pleasant, though it was winter and very cold so there wasn’t a lot of sweatage going on and I was showering regularly, which meant that it wasn’t unbearable, however there was unquestionably a waft of underarm. I went through a sort of purging, a bit like people do when they stop washing their hair with shampoo and just use water, and their hair becomes very greasy and yucky and then transforms into a luscious, glowing barnet. My armpits didn’t become luscious or glowing, but they did stop smelling. Not completely, obviously you still have to shower or wash and on particularly hot days I intermittently give them a quick clean with some gentle face wipes like these, which are £2.49 from Boots
Whether or not you yourself wear it is completely up to you and I’m only sharing what works for me – it might not work for you. When I eat and drink clean and don’t smoke etc… my armpits are less pongy, I guess because I’m not putting so many pollutants in my body. I think if I were running a marathon (which is about as probable as me becoming the next winner of The X Factor) I would probably pop on some deodorant, but for everyday living I’m really pleased with the results.