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It’s a Maine Thing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The other day, I was watching a Red Sox game with Audrey — we get to watch the season on MLB.tv which is awesome for this New England transplant — and I saw a Poland Springs logo and teared up a little as I sang:

“Poland Springs, what it means to be from Maine.”

Sniff. Long-time readers know that I was born in Maine, visit my family there every year, help my mom run her daily Maine photo blog and suffer from regular bouts of New England homesickness:

Things from Maine are just better.

Which leads me to this: a review of Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant.

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Now, we’ve long been Tom’s of Maine users. Lucas and I buy the toothpaste on online subscription, and Audrey has never used another product (we’re still working on the whole don’t-swallow-the-toothpaste thing so she uses the toddler version but we have the children’s toothpaste on deck). The taste of Tom’s of Maine mouthwash still brings me back to my own childhood, and the body lotion is soft but not sticky and just makes me feel nice.

The Long Lasting Natural Deodorant? That’s new to us, and I’ll admit — I was a little nervous to give Tom’s of Maine a chance. It’s natural which is all well and good, but can it stand up to my near-daily workouts? The sweaty Florida sun? What makes it appealing as a hippie — it’s free of aluminum, artificial fragrances and petrochemicals — is also what makes me wonder if it will have me walking around like Pigpen all day, attracting flies and “you stinky, Mama” comments from my kid.

(It’s important to note: this is a deodorant, NOT an antiperspirant, which means it doesn’t protect against wetness. If you’re a big sweater, this may not be a good choice for you. If sweat=success to you, like it does to me after a big workout, but you want to be not-so-smelly, give this one a glance.)

But, the three scents are new and improved, and when they showed up on my doorstep, I decided to give them a chance.

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First, a little background:

  • Tom’s of Maine’s research team is made up of leading dentists, scientists and herbal experts that work to make products that are better for the environment and for consumers
  • Despite my concerns, the deodorant is clinically proven to give 24-hour odor protection, using odor-fighting hops (hey, does that mean it’s like beer for your armpits?) and odor-trapping zinc
  • The packaging is fully recyclable
  • Tom’s of Maine doesn’t use animal testing or any animal ingredients
  • 10% of Tom’s of Maine’s profits go back to helping people and the planet
  • Tom’s of Maine has been based in Kennebunk, Maine, for 45 years

Also cool:

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Onto the challenge: I agreed to try the three deodorants over the course of a week, so that I could see which one worked best with my body’s chemistry, and to give you an honest review of how well (or not!) they worked.

(Need a smelly-sweat-testing at-home workout? Take a look at this one I put together just for this review!)

The Test-Your-Deodorant At-Home Workout

Verdict? They do! I was surprised, too, especially because I know that with natural products, it can take a while for bodies to adjust. Since I’ve been using a conventional deodorant for so long, I wondered if there would be a smelly period, but honestly, there wasn’t (I stuck my nose way up in my armpit several times a day to be sure — luckily, my dog was the only one who busted me and he has no room to judge what’s gross or acceptable public behavior). It held off the sweat, smelled really nice on its own and didn’t cake or flake.

My favorites are the lavender and powder scents — I tried the unscented and I just like something a little more perfumed.

So, give it a shot! You’ll see why things and people made in Maine are the best ever.

Connect with Tom’s of Maine online:

Twitter: @TomsofMaine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine
Instagram: @Toms_of_Maine
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/OfficialTomsofMaine

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