I have tried deodorants that were about as effective as rubbing a handful of pine needles on my armpits. I have used deodorants that seemed to work in the winter but left me reeking any day over 65 degrees. There have been deodorants that were so wet and runny, they ran off my pits and dribbled down into my bra, and those that were so solid, they didn’t appear to be leaving anything at all on my skin except abrasions.
Oh, and there was one all-natural deodorant that worked pretty well… and also turned the underarms of my favorite light blue t-shirt an amazing shade of magenta. Permanently. Still don’t know what the deal was with that.
Each of those deodorants have had their day in my bathroom — until their fatal flaw was exposed and they got pushed to the back of the medicine cabinet, where they would linger until I realized deodorants do not improve with age and then off to the trash they went. What a waste.
Therefore, this slightly gross-looking photo of Tom’s of Maine deodorant is probably the best endorsement for this product, simply because I actually used the whole thing.
Tom’s of Maine deodorants used to be very much of the pine-branch sort — absolutely frigging useless — but this formula actually works. I realize everyone’s pits are different, but this deodorant isn’t runny or weird-smelling (the lemongrass smells a bit like citrus and ginger) and, oh yes, did I mention it actually works? As in, it kept me from having wavy cartoon stink lines emanating from my underarms all the time?
Although perhaps I should say it did work, because Tom’s of Maine has (probably?) changed the formula of this again. It’s now “24-hour odor protection” instead of 12, which makes me think at least some part of the formula has changed. And frankly… I don’t really trust Tom’s of Maine when they change product formulas. They snuck sodium lauryl sulfate back into the toothpaste I used to get for sensitive teeth (it’s even still listed under the SLS-free toothpastes, despite the change), so I’m already eyeing this new deodorant with peevish suspicion.
So… is it good? Well, it was. Whether it’s still good remains to be seen.