This post brought to you by Tom’s of Maine. The content and opinions expressed below are that of YogaByCandace.
Health Trends: Would You or Wouldn't You is a monthly series in which we here at YBC will test out some crazy healthy trends and report back. We're up for almost anything (but we have our limits), so if you've heard of something a little nuts in the name of health, let us know in the comments below or over on the Yoga Forum.
This time around we're testing out Long Lasting Natural Deodorant. Tom’s of Maine sent us three to try - wild lavender, natural powder and unscented. Being my mother's daughter, I went with wild lavender and never ended up switching because I just love the scent that much.
Now, let's talk sweat. I workout and practice yoga often, so I'm no stranger to sweat. Sweating, in case you were interested, is the body's way of regulating its temperature. On average, a human has 2.6 million sweat glands and we sweat when we're under emotional or physical stress. When it comes to products we use for sweating you've got deodorants which are meant to, well, deodorize (i.e. take away any unpleasant smell) and there are antiperspirants which are meant to make it so you don't sweat as much.
The deodorant I tried was a proper, actual deodorant, and not an antiperspirant, which I knew ahead of time and was cool with cuz when I'm at a gym, I'm there to sweat. This deodorant doesn't contain any aluminum, petrochemicals, parabens or artificial fragrances or preservatives, which makes me feel a heck of lot better about wearing it than its conventional competitors. It also boasts odor-fighting hops and odor-trapping zinc that's meant to keep you odor-free for the entire day. The packaging is fully recyclable and there is no animal testing nor animal ingredients.
So, how did it hold up?
Well, for running errands and going about my day, the deodorant worked just fine! The lavender scent stayed and I felt like it had my back (well, my armpits) for my day to day errands.
A heavy workout and power yoga class, on the other hand? Well, let's just say I didn't smell like a bouquet of lavender at the end. I mean, we're talking a major workout and a full two hours of power yoga, so it's understandable. It's also important to note that I learned that when you're switching over from a conventional product to an all natural product it's important to give your body some time to adjust. So I gave it a week, so perhaps I didn't have enough time for my body to adjust.
I'll definitely be wearing it when I go about my day because it works for running around town, but I might look something else for my heavy gym days and hot yoga.