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I was looking for a deodorant which is effective, and which contains as few nasty chemicals as possible. I think the Tom's of Maine range is a good contender on both counts. The deodorant stick is not intended to stop perspiration, but the ingredients in it work to prevent the sweat from causing embarrassing body odour.
For most of the year, barring the occasional really hot day, I find that this deodorant works very well. It is not as strong as the standard anti-perspirants you get in the shops, but it is effective and I have also found it mild enough to use just after shaving.
The product range includes a few different fragrances, but if, like me, you are someone who prefers not to have scented products, this one could be for you.
For those interested in avoiding parabens etc, I also like the fact that the Tom's of Maine website lists all the ingredients used in their products, and the reasons for using them.
Toms of Maine deodorant was introduced to me by my mother, who uses the calendula version of the deodorant stick. I was interested in it because I am a bit wary of using antiperspirants due to the ingredients they contain.
I was drawn to this company in particular after visiting the website (www.tomsofmaine.com) and reading about how they don't test on animals, don't use artificial colours or smells, they have even removed gluten from this product so people who are allergic or intolerant can use it. I get the impression they are a responsible company, they give sponsorship for community projects in the USA and seem to be ethically sound.
In regards to the products itself it is a deodorant rather then an antiperspirant so it will not stop you sweating, it will however neutralise any odour-causing bacteria using hops extract; it essentially fights odour naturally. As you can see from the picture it comes in a plastic stick with a lid which simply pops on or off. By twisting the circle at the base you can expose the stick of deodorant which is a yellowy colour. There is literally stacks of product to be used up; I have been using it for a few months now and still haven't really made much of a dent in it. For 60grams of product it will cost £3.80 which I think is very reasonable. For one you aren't spraying harmful gases into the air by using a pressurised cannister of deodorant and by using a stick versus a cannister you actually use a lot less, therefore it lasts longer.
In regards to how well the deodorant performs I think it is amazing. Once applied in the morning it takes little time to dry, maybe a minute. The hops really do neutralise any odours and even though you may still sweat a little it has absolutely no odour! Sometimes if I think I am going to be doing lots of walking to and fro in the day or running around a lot I will carry it with me just in case I need to re-apply, but I haven't had to as of yet. Even if I did I don't think it would detract from the performance of the product because I have yet to find a deodorant or antiperspirant which lasts all day anyway!
This product can be bought on amazon, however the main supply as promoted by the UK Toms of Maine website is healthfoodonline.co.uk who also offer free p&p. I can really vouch or the customer service of this website as when my first deodorant arrive the lid was cracked due to being bashed around in the mail. I called the shop in Yorkshire who also run the website and the lady sent me a new one out for free in case the old one dried out due to the cracked lid. Postage from this website was fast and barring any postal strikes you should receive it fairly quickly.
Overall this product gets a 5/5 from me as it performs well, is affordable and is a company I am happy to support.
Review also posted elsewhere online.