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I have written a review previously on the unscented version of this deodorant, however more recently I have begun using this recently released Honeysuckle Rose version. As I stated in my previous review, Toms of Maine deodorant was introduced to me by my mother, who uses a calendula scented version of the deodorant.. I was interested in it as I am 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 find mine usually last around 2-3 months. For 60grams of product it will cost around £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! The scent of this one is very subtle and delicate, it smells predominantly of Rose which I rather like. 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. You can also order it from healthypeach.com and occasionally they will run offers on the Tom of Maine line. You can also collect loyalty points on purchases at this website. 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.
TOM'S OF MAINE NATURE'S ORIGINAL DEODORANT STICK HONEYSUCKLE ROSE ALUMINIUM FREE I submitted this as a product suggestion & have been waiting for DooYoo to list this product in the catalogue. I now have the go ahead for this first review of this product so here goes - I have read a lot lately about how anti-perspirant causes breast cancer. Trials in women with breast cancer showed that the majority had lingering traces of anti-perspirant in the breast tissue & lymph nodes under the arms. This frightened me so at one point I scoured the shop shelves for deodorant with no alcohol or aluminium which are big culprits - not easy to find. I looked in all the supermarkets & in Boots. I found one roll on in Boots but then I started looking at health shops online & I came across Tom's of Maine at www.HealthFoodOnline.co.uk. They seemed like a good place to buy from & so I chose the Honeysuckle Rose Deodorant Stick after reading all about it. The concept of natural personal care, products made without artificial or animal ingredients or chemicals is one whose time has come. Tom's of Maine has been at the forefront of this innovative idea since 1970.Thanks to this early leadership Toms of Maine are now a leading Natural Care brand, with nearly 200 employees and 90 oral and body care products found at more than 40,000 retail outlets across the country and world. Toms of Maine Honeysuckle Rose deodorant stick uses coriander oil as an odor-fighting ingredient. It also contains lichen extract for added protection, and aloe vera to soothe the skin. At £3.88 for 60g stick I thought it was worth a try. In fact on the product it states the net weight is 64g (2.25oz) It is also aluminium free which is a big plus. This is what I had been looking for. It is a cream coloured plastic sleeve with a thumb wheel at the bottom to wind the stick up ready for use. It has a matching cream coloured lid on the top for protection. The front label states the scent is honeysuckle rose & that it is improved with hops - this on a background of the honeysuckle & rose flowers. The logo in a white background with a blue circle surround says - natural care Tom's of Maine. Then underneath it says nature's original deodorant stick, contains hops extract to inhibit the growth of odour-causing bacteria and natural fragrance for a pleasant aroma. Then in red capital letters it proclaims ALUMINIUM FREE because of course this is the big requirement. Then at the bottom net weight is 64g (2.25oz) On the back it tells us Gentle, effective, natural. Aluminium free formula fights odour naturally. Dear Friends, we've discovered an innovative new way to fight odour naturally - with hops! Our original formula now includes active ingredients from hops, which inhibit the growth of odour-causing bacteria while maintaining effectiveness. Please let us know what you think! It follows on with the list of ingredients & the address in Salisbury And says to store at room temperature. Also, importantly it sates, No artificial or animal ingredients Tom's of Maine is against animal testing ~My experience~ I opened the Jiffy bag to reveal this deodorant encased in a pleasant looking cream coloured plastic sleeve. I took the top off & turned the thumb wheel & hey presto the deodorant stick pushes up ready for use. The mechanism is very smooth & you can have the stick up as much or as little as you like. I stroked it on the skin under my arms & actually it didn't feel too sticky. I did put a light dusting of talc over it before I dressed just to make sure, but it was probably unnecessary. The smell is very nice - as it says on the label, honeysuckle & rose. It is not too strong & doesn't clash with perfume. I feel confident when wearing it that I don't smell nasty. I'm sure my partner would have noticed if I did as he is very particular. If I am going to somewhere that is likely to be very hot & I would be active, such as a party & dancing, then I am tempted to use anti-perspirant, but I wouldn't go back to using it all the time. I think this is the way forward health & safety wise. I would recommend this product & would definitely buy it again. It is so difficult to find something aluminium free & not an anti-perspirant, that it's easier to send off for it rather than spend hours searching the shops as I did originally. A good find.