According to a recent study, antiperspirant usage actually led to an increase in the amount of odor-producing bacteria in a user's underarm area! Yup, you've read that correctly... it happens because these products which are meant to clog the pores and stop sweat can actually lead to a build-up in the amount of bacteria present.... and as we all know, the more bacteria present, the more odoriferous you become. Another unpleasant reality is that many of these products can trigger an increase in the amount of sweat you produce as your body tries to compensate for the blocked ducts. All of this looks like a win-win for the industry, doesn't it? But maybe not... after reading about this study and with the positive feedback I've received on my deodorant I thought I'd try a little experiment. Yesterday, I changed my morning ritual by not applying deodorant. I moved 6 wheelbarrow loads of manure, weeded some in the garden and then went for a 3 1/2 mile hike in 80 degree heat. Did I sweat? Absolutely! Did I smell? Not a bit! Today I spent more time in the garden with the same result as yesterday. Getting to this point took at least a year of using my deodorant recipe so it's not an easy thing to accomplish but just imagine if you never had to apply deodorant again....