If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately. I have been doing a ton of research what I’m putting into my body, I’ve upped my water intake, and I’ve been working out (somewhat) consistently. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that while I’m doing a great job putting good into my body, I’ve been haphazardly slathering who knows what onto my body.
In my recent health blog stalking, I read a lot about how skin is the largest organ and it can actually absorb ingredients from your lotion or makeup into the bloodstream. That is something I had never really considered, and it really had me thinking twice about my beauty regimen.
I’ve made some simple changes like moisturizing with coconut oil, and removing my makeup as soon as I get home, but until recently that was about it. Even small switches can make a huge difference in my overall health, which is why I was thrilled to be able to test out Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant!
When I was thinking about all that I was putting onto my skin, I thought about lotions and face creams and makeup – not deodorant. But deodorant is something I use everyday – sometimes multiple times a day – so switching to a natural option makes a huge impact!
When trying a natural personal care product for the first time it’s important to give your body time to adjust. If your body is used to a conventional product, you might need a few days to adjust to a natural formula free of chemicals and artificial ingredients.
Trying the deodorant for at least 3-7 days, including testing out different scents (or unscented), can help determine the best fit for your body’s unique chemistry. For me it didn’t take more than three or four days for the deodorant to work just as well as my old one!
When looking at my old deodorant, I realized how many mysterious ingredients there were and that was far more unnerving than I would have thought. Tom’s of Maine Deodorant has ingredients that I could either pronounce, and the ones that I hadn’t already heard of turned out to be natural and harmless after further investigation. They have an entire list of their ingredients, the purpose of that ingredient, and the source of that ingredient here so you know exactly what your are putting on your body, and every one of those ingredients comes from a harmless source.
What I consider to be the best part of this deodorant is the smell. Because the ingredients are derived from natural sources as opposed to artificial ones, my lavender deodorant actually smells like lavender. Lavender is among one of my favorite scents ever, but whenever I buy lavender scented products they smell like lavender heavily perfumed cousin. This deodorant actually smells like a lavender plant and I couldn’t be happier with it.
One thing to keep in mind is that this is strictly a deodorant, as opposed to an antiperspirant because it doesn’t contain aluminum. So on days where I might be wearing a shirt that shows sweat or something a bit nicer, I might opt for an antiperspirant instead, but for the most part, this deodorant has completely replaced the old brand I used to use.
Switching to a more natural deodorant was a super simple change, and it makes me feel so much better knowing what I am putting onto my body. You don’t have to make huge, dramatic changes to start living a more natural life but even little things like switching out a single product can make all of the difference.
Have you done anything (small or large!) lately to improve your life? Let me know in the comments!