Snob Essentials

Tom’s of Maine, Aluminum Free Deodorant


There has been this whole scare of antiperspirant / deodorants that cause breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease because of the aluminum content. Well, I think we can all agree that we would rather smell than risk those dangers. And as it is, my memory sucks. There are conflicting studies but the one thing that got me to switch is the fact that the effectiveness is caused by little pieces of aluminum lodged into your pores to stop the sweat from coming out. I kind of gave more credence to medical technology in thinking that there was some special ingredient in antiperspirants that stopped your body from making sweat. But that is not the case, you still sweat – it is just being clogged inside of you and that does not sound like a good thing. I was disturbed enough to give non-aluminum alternatives a try, Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant, being that it is my favorite brand for organic, natural products. OK, I know I talked a lot about sweat so I need to clarify immediately by pointing out loud and clear that this is a deodorant, not antiperspirant, so you will still sweat, it just keeps you from smelling. See, for me, my problem is mainly odor. I kind of sweat but that isn’t what’s keeping me from flailing my arms at will. It has been 3 weeks and I have to say, this is working for me. I like the Unscented, although it still has a slight lemongrass scent to it, and I have tried the Lavender, which I like but I prefer unscented just so it doesn’t compete with my perfume. My husband tried it and he was like a leaky faucet so he had to stop. If you are a sweater, don’t even bother. But if you’re like me and just need odor control, why not go with a natural product? Tom’s of Maine Natural Long-Lasting Deodorant Stick, Lavender and Tom’s of Maine Natural Long-Lasting Deodorant Stick, Unscented are $5.49 each at



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  1. The antiperspirant-cancer connection has been throughly debunked. Even the American Cancer society is trying to get the word out that it’s not true. So use whatever deo you want, you are not putting yourself at risk.

    Baby powder (talc-based), however, IS tied to cervical cancer. So please don’t use that stuff at all, not on your baby (use corn starch based products, read the label), and certainly not “down there” on yourself.