Thursday, October 20, 2016

Why I Started Wearing Deodorant Again!

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This is why I started wearing deodorant again!  I discovered Tom’s of Maine products and found something that works great for me.  But first, here's my backstory:

I stopped wearing deodorant.
Is that too much information?

I stopped wearing it about 12 years ago when I took a more natural approach to household products.  It all started with toothpaste.  I struggled dealing with canker sores for most of my life.  I decided enough was enough and I researched causes.  It came to my attention that it was possibly my toothpaste that was either causing them or adding to them.  I stopped using toothpaste.  I switched to just brushing with salt, baking soda and a little hydrogen peroxide.  My mouth recovered and my problem subsided.  Relief at last!

12 years ago it was difficult to find products that took a natural approach with ingredients…so the options were slim.  I stopped wearing deodorant around the same time too.  I found that when I exercised hard and became really sweaty, it was better to just cleanse myself and not worry about perfumy cover-ups.

I am very allergic to perfume.  I typically react by getting flu-like symptoms.  I get headaches, body aches, and fatigue.  The symptoms make it hard for me to pin down the actual cause as a smell that my body just can not handle.  I stopped using any perfumes, scented lotions, scented laundry soap or anything else that has scents.   I can however, handle natural scents in small quantities.  Like a sweet citrus or cinnamon!
Last Christmas I bought my adorable 11 year old daughter some perfume.  I thought as long as I wasn’t wearing it, that I would be fine.  Unfortunately, I immediately got sick…the body ache/headache thing and just thought it was winter illness fun.  After 3 days of feeling uncomfortable I walked into my daughter’s room and saw the perfume.  *lightbulb*  I put it together; I was allergic to the perfume.  I felt sad and explained the situation to my daughter.  She let me get rid of the perfume...and instantly my health improved.

Then there is the issue with parabens.  They are chemicals used to prevent bacteria growth in cosmetic products.  They are pretty much in every lotion, cosmetics, lipstick, shampoos, lotions, washes and more!  They are xenoestrogens that mimic estrogen in bodies.  So they cause a chemical imbalance that is connected to breast cancer and other reproductive issues.  My mom died of breast cancer in 1998, so whether or not this information is fact or not verified, I’m pretty determined to stay away from anything that could facilitate the end same in me.

Since the 1990’s, there has been such a wonderful boom of natural products.  I just discovered Tom’s of Maine products, they are sold right in the deodorant section of your local Target!  Tom’s of Maine makes Luminous White Toothpaste, Wicked Cool! Deodorant, and North Woods Antiperspirant.  They are reasonably priced and easy to find among similar items.  I purchased the Tom’s of Maine Wicked Cool Deodorant.  It is not antiperspirant, just helps combat odor.  The stick is clear , gel-like and goes on really cool—this is perfect for combating hot sweat.  It smells like citrus, it’s really pleasing and nice!  I like this option for my teenager.  This is the perfect start for my daughter to wear; in fact I like it too!  It’s not colored or pigmented, so it doesn’t stain clothing.  It just gives a subtle fresh scent and the confidence that goes along with not stinking. .  It is not overpowering or full of artificial fragrances.  So someone like me, who is allergic to all perfumes, can totally handle this.  Yay!!!

I’m so glad too!  Something that my daughter can wear, that I’m not allergic to!   I love it!
No aluminum, no parabens, no artificial fragrences!  Natural odor protection!  No animal testing, artificial colors or preservatives! 
They have sustainable practices and recycle!  So you can feel good about supporting them.
You can find out a detailed list of ingredient sources at www.tomsofmaine.com
With Tom’s of Maine®, there’s something for everyone in your family – Wicked Cool!™ Deodorants, Luminous White™ Toothpaste, and Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods™ Antiperspirant. Free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors and preservatives, Tom’s of Maine products are good for the planet and are Made to Matter® - handpicked by Target.

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