How often do you take a look at the ingredients in the products you put on your skin? I have always had sensitive skin and, after a bleach exposure many years ago, am very careful with what I use. At one point, I couldn’t walk down the laundry detergent/cleaning products aisles in stores. I’ve always been very conscious about what I use in my home, but this experience made me even more cautious with what I also use on my body. When Tom’s of Maine reached out and asked if I’d like to test their new long-lasting deodorant stick formula in the blazing heat and humidity of North Carolina, I knew it would be the right time to put their products through the paces. Would they hold up?
I use only deodorant in the winter and go back to my sturdy standby (an antiperspirant) in the spring and summer months. My seasonal switch is more about mindset and what I think I need versus what will work just as effectively without containing ingredients I avoid in other skin care products. The older I become, the more I think about my body, how it’s feeling, as well as what I’m doing and the effect on my physical well-being.
There is a period of adjustment when you switch to a deodorant only. Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant is not an antiperspirant — it’s a product designed to provide protection against body odor. It is not designed to keep you from sweating. Even during the winter months, my body needs a few days to get used to the difference. I apply my deodorant a few times per day during this transitional period for maximum effectiveness.
After using the product for 5 days, while working in my air conditioned home, I gave it the real test and mowed the lawn. We don’t have a gas powered mower, instead we use a reel mower which is powered by brute strength and buckets of sweat. Afterwards, I ran the weed eater. I was drenched — my clothes were soaked and I’ll be quite honest with you, I didn’t want to think about a sniff test. But, sniff I did and it wasn’t… awful. Actually, it wasn’t bad at all. I wasn’t daisy fresh, but I also smelled no different than I would had I been using my summer standard. In my book, Tom’s of Maine long-last deodorant works.
What does Tom’s of Maine do to keep me smelling fresh, while helping me avoid artificial fragrances and petrochemicals? These long-lasting deodorants contain the botanical ingredient hops (yes, the same hops we brew beer with) to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria and zinc ricinoleate to absorb odor. And it works. That being said, what works for one person may not work for another. The only way to find out if it will work for you is to try it.
Do you want to make the deodorant switch and try the new Tom’s of Maine long lasting deodorant? I’m hosting a giveaway and one person will win a care package to get them started on their #DeoSwitch!
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Why use Tom’s of Maine?
• Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant contains no aluminum, artificial fragrances or preservatives and no petrochemicals
• Clinically proven, 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops and the mineral zinc and only natural fragrances
• Fully recyclable packaging through local municipalities or the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade
• No animal testing and no animal ingredients
• With every purchase, Tom’s of Maine gives 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet
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About Tom’s of Maine:
Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural personal care brand that makes high quality natural toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap and baby care products. Its team consists of distinguished dentists, scientists and herbal experts that are leaders in their fields, are charged with developing a wide range of products and choices so people can decide what best fits with their needs and values.
Disclosure: This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.