If you're like me, you ask loads of people everyday if they're wearing any deodorant. Oh wait, is that just me? That's life in the day of a mammographer I guess! My point is, deodorant and antiperspirants are on my mind. A lot.
I'm one of those people who absolutely can't stand sweating and I have a keen nose, so I pick up on lots of smells that other people wouldn't even notice. Obviously, this means I'm an avid deodorant/antiperspirant user. Until I became vegan. Yep, "stinky hippie" is truly a real thing, but it doesn't have to be!
That being said, it was really difficult to find an antiperspirant that wasn't tested on animals and contained no animal products. So I decided to turn to a more alternative product, but I couldn't find a good combination deodorant/antiperspirant.The few I did find were too wet feeling and just seemed to make the situation worse. So, I ditched the antiperspirants and decided to just use a deodorant (oftentimes I just wear nothing, I swear on Chaos Field Roast Cheese that your body acclimates, really, but I won't go into that). Turns out I don't actually sweat that much either. Lucky me! Goodbye antiperspirants, and hello deodorants!
I've tried a few different deodorants in the past couple years, since I ditched antiperspirants. While I really liked the smell of them, they were comprised mostly of coconut oil and so they would leave big grease stains on my scrub shirts that were difficult to get out. Um...no thank you. That's how I ended up with four different deodorants in my work desk drawer...I'm happy to say that I think I've finally found the perfect deodorant!
Tom’s of Maine makes a Long Lasting Natural Deodorant that is vegan and cruelty-free. I've been using it for about a week now and confess I really like it! It goes on a little more wet than I like, but it doesn't leave marks. There have been no big oil stains on my shirts like the other brand I sometimes use. The Wild Lavender scent is absolutely lovely too. It's not too strong and I just get a small whiff of it throughout the day. You can also choose from a Natural Powder scent and an Unscented one as well.
Tom’s of Maine deodorant is natural, which means it has no aluminum, no petrochemicals, no parabens, and no artificial fragrances or preservatives. Woot, woot! It's been clinically proven to provide 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops and odor-trapping zinc, which is always a good thing. I love that their packaging is completely recyclable, too. As a vegan hippie, recyclable products are important to me. It's why I spend three times the bank on Bailey's eco-friendly poopie bags. A clear conscious has a price, apparently.
Finally, say'll be saying no animal testing and animal ingredients with Tom's of Maine deodorant. If that wasn't enough, 10% of Tom’s of Maine profits go back to helping people and the planet, and they've been around for over 45 years based out of Kennebunk, Maine. All feel-good stuff, and who doesn't like that?
It's the deodorant I use everyday at work, but depending on my day's activities I'll sometimes use an antiperspirant if I know I'm going on a long run or have a social outing.
Do you use a cruelty-free deodorant? If not, maybe it's time to make the switch. When you do, here's some things you should know:
When trying a new and/or natural deodorant for the first time, know that your body might need a little time to adjust. I'd test it out for at least a week.
Natural formulas are free from chemicals and artificial ingredients that are usually found in conventional deodorants.
Make sure the scent smells good on your body. Sometimes the product smells wonderful straight from the tube, only to find out that it doesn't mesh well with your body's natural scent.