Friday, September 21, 2012

Keep armpits & animal testing in check

Ok, so before I dive into my next great “contemplative” find, I have to apologize for being seriously MIA the last few weeks. Thanks to the end of one job, the start of another job, and a 9-day vacation traipsing across the South in search of delicious food and sandy beaches, it’s been slightly crazy at our house. But I’m happy to be jumping back on the blog again and sharing what I’ve discovered during my brief hiatus.

As you know if you’ve read any of my other posts, I’ve spent the last couple years shifting not only our dietary choices but our health and beauty purchases to products that don’t test on animals. Some have been super easy to switch, while others have been really tough.

Case in point on the tough side: deodorant.

When I first was really on my health and beauty product kick, I immediately bought a stick of Tom’s of Maine “Long Lasting” deodorant. From its lavender scent to its lack of aluminum, I was thrilled to find an alternative so quickly. That is, until I used it. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product. But apparently I needed something a little stronger because by noon the lavender scent had gone away and I smelled my own funk…at the office. I guess if I didn’t like my coworkers or my job I could have kept on using it, but since I wanted to keep my friends and my paycheck, I begrudgingly went back to my old brand.  

Sure, I could have done more research or scoped out an alternative option at Whole Foods, but when it comes to stuff like armpit odor prevention, I just want something to work and quick. So, I was super stoked when I dropped by Target to pick up my regular old animal-tested stick last weekend and saw that Tom’s of Maine had come out with a new “Naturally Dry” deodorant. I snagged a stick for about $3.50 and tested it over the weekend to ensure I wouldn’t scare off my colleagues at my new job and…it worked! Completely dry, completely odor free, and no animals (or coworkers) harmed.

Now, the Naturally Dry deodorant does have aluminum in it, so if you’re anti-aluminum, you may want to stick to the Long Lasting deodorant. But for anyone like me who’s happy to have an animal-testing free alternative but needs stronger protection to maintain a social life, go with Tom’s of Maine’s new Naturally Dry deodorant. 
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  1. Trader Joe's natural has no aluminum. I use it with some organic perfumed shea butter. Have for 2 years!

    1. Good tip! I'll have to check that one out too.