This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.
I have been making one natural swap after another since 2008. One of my last holdouts was deodorant. I did not want to give up the un-natural deodorant I used because it was the only one that never caused me irritation.
However, it finally came time to make the swap. After some trial and error, I found a natural, baking-soda based deodorant that worked wonderfully. I loved it.
Everything was great for about 3 years. Then one day I magically woke up with a horrific rash in my underarms. I thought maybe it was heat rash. After all, there's no way a deodorant I had used for years could have caused it.
I tried all of the natural tricks in my playbook and nothing worked, so I went to see a dermatologist. He said it was definitely from my deodorant. The rash was so bad I had to use a steroid ointment to get rid of it. I didn't want to have to do that again.
I started doing some research and learned that it is very common to become sensitized to baking soda. I read story after story about people that had become sensitized to baking soda because of their deodorant, often after long periods of time like me.
The Search for a Natural Baking Soda Free Deodorant
So I started a new search. One for a natural, baking soda free deodorant that would work. I tried several brands over the course of a year and nothing worked. I was getting tired of washing my arm pits multiple times a day to keep myself feeling and smelling fresh.
Then Tom's of Maine reached out and asked if I'd like to try some of their Long Lasting Natural Deodorant. I decided that since nothing else had worked, I'd give it a try. So they sent me a box of a few scents to try. My husband and I each grabbed a stick to test it out.
To my surprise, it has worked better than any of the other natural baking soda free deodorants I've tried in the last year. While the ingredients aren't perfect, I am willing to give up a little bit of my perfection for something effective at this point!
Making the Switch to Tom's Natural Deodorant is something many people do because of various allergies. Here's another story somewhat similar to mine.
Tom’s of Maine harnesses the power of nature for a more naturally effective way to care for yourself and your family. Their deodorants are always free of aluminum, artificial fragrances, artificial preservatives, petrochemicals and animal ingredients. They come in lovely scents too like lavender, lemongrass (my favorite) and apricot.
And both my husband and I have found that Tom's deodorants work too. They offer clinically proven, 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops, the mineral zinc and only natural fragrances.
In addition to its new and improved, best-selling deodorant, this leading natural personal care brand makes high quality natural toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, bar soap and baby care products.
Tom's of Maine's packing is fully recyclable through local municipalities or the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade. In addition, they give 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet and they never test their products on animals.
New to Natural Products?
If you're new to using natural products, be prepared to give your body time to adjust to the switch. Sometimes it can take a while for your body to get used to products that aren't full of chemicals and artificial ingredients.
It's recommended that you try products for at least 7 days before judging effectiveness (I usually go for 3-4 weeks). You can also try different scents because sometimes different scents have different effects on your body's chemistry. I like the way lemongrass works for me, but my husband likes how lavender works for him.
Learn More About Tom's of Maine
If you've been searching for a natural baking soda free deodorant, visit the Tom's of Maine website to learn more. And be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to stay up to date with the latest news.
Enter the Tom's of Maine Giveaway
Tom's of Maine has generously agreed to award one of my readers with an assortment of three Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting deodorants! Giveaway runs through November 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST and is open to US only. Enter via the widget below. Good luck!
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