This has been a difficult few months for me and my stand-by beauty products. As you might recall, I recently discovered that my face wash might be killing me. Not too long after finding that out, I learned that my deodorant might be killing me, too. Ugh, why does life have to be so hard? Why does everything have to contain toxic chemicals?
Now, if you read the good.is post I linked to above, you’ll notice that not all varieties of Secret deodorant are created equal when it comes to toxicity. But I figured rather than put lots of time into thinking about it, I should go ahead and make the impulsive decision to switch to natural deodorant. No one ever regrets impulsive decisions, right? Right. So off I went to the deodorant aisle at my nearest drug store, in search of the most natural product I could find.
Enter Tom’s of Maine’s Natural Confidence Deodorant Crystal, in Citrus Zest. It’s a roll-on, and although it contains the word “crystal” in the name, it’s actually liquid–if it weren’t for the slight tingle and zesty citrus fragrance, you might mistake it for water. It smells good, goes on clear, and dries quickly. These last two things are important to me, because I frequently manage to get deodorant on my clothes. Even the clear gel stuff that isn’t supposed to leave marks always leaves marks. This stuff shows absolutely no signs if you happen to accidentally brush the outside of your top against your freshly deodorized armpit.
The problem is that since I started using the Crystal, I haven’t felt very naturally confident. I’m a sweaty woman, and I’m also very active. As far as I’m concerned, the Crystal hasn’t really been able to stand up against the challenges my ever-perspiring body has thrown in its direction. I haven’t received any complaints, but I’ve been much more aware of my body odor. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I stink, but I have been feeling very paranoid about what other people are thinking about me when I’m on the subway. I can’t say for sure whether I’m just being overly cautious, or whether I really am too much for the Crystal to handle, though. There’s so much about the way our bodies smell (or our perception of the way they smell) that’s subjective that I can’t really say if this deodorant is objectively deficient, or just not the product for me.
My guess is that given my actual and imagined issues with sweat, I’d probably be well-served doing a bit more research and trying to determine which products might be able to do a better job of giving me the natural confidence I’m looking for. As much as I love my Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, I think their deodorant is probably not for me.