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Mommy Minute: Non-irritating, natural deodorants

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After I had kids, my armpits called for more sensitive deodorant. It was just one of those weird body changes that came my way post-pregnancy. So ever since, I've been searching for better deodorant without harsh chemicals. After trying dozens, I've settled on two great choices that I recommend. Both work really well fighting sweat and stink. Here's a look at my two favorites: Tom's Naturally Dry and Kiss My Face's Active Life Stick. You can buy both online and at Whole Foods and related stores.

Tom's Naturally Dry. This comes in both unscented and powder scent. The powder scent is very faint and just smells clean. It's not distracting at all. Not only does this stuff work, but it also helps my underarms feel good again. No stinging, no redness. Just dry and comfortable. No animals were harmed in testing and no animal products are used in making it. From the manufacturer: "Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry antiperspirant sticks provide clinically proven 24-hour wetness and odor protection made entirely from ingredients derived from plants and minerals that meet our stewardship model for safe, effective and natural. Naturally Dry AP contains a wetness protection ingredient made from recycled aluminum (which was originally derived from natural mineral bauxite ore). The product also contains anti-microbial olive leaf extract, 100% natural fragrance and is free of artificial preservatives and animal ingredients, just like all our products."

Kiss My Face Active Life Stick. This stuff doubles as a nice light perfume and deodorant with its delightful patchouli smell. It's not so smelly that people all around can smell you. But whenever I reach for something I get a pleasant whiff of this relaxing smell, which is really refreshing for a deodorant. This stuff isn't sticky and dries quickly. It leaves my underarms fresh, dry and non-irritated. It is also vegan-friendly. From the manufacturer: "Be fresh! Our clinically proven formula will keep you fresh and confident all day long. Time tested botanicals and effective odor absorbing ingredients work outrageously well in this formula, scented with exotic, natural patchouli essential oil."

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