Battle of the Brands: Crystal vs Tom’s of Maine

When it comes to make up, there are hundreds of brands and options readily available when you’re switching to cruelty-free products but I have found the most difficult things to find by far are the day to day products. Shampoo, toothpaste, floss, sunscreen or deodorant to name a few. I did find a few helpful articles and several lists of brands that are CF, some of which do have these day to day products, but I am the kind of girl that likes to walk into Shoppers and see it in store. I don’t want to have to order my toothpaste or shampoo online. If I run out of something, lose it, forgot it when travelling and need it right away, I want to be able to grab it right then and there.

  
So I went to Shoppers with my list of CF brands and came out with these two popular and totally different deodorants: Crystal Body Deodorant and Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting deodorant. Both are all natural, cruelty-free and aluminum-free as well (which is good for the boobies of course). Both landed around the $6 mark.

  
The Crystal deodorant is really out there in my opinion – it is literally a block of Ammonium Alum that you moisten a little and rub on your clean pits. Important: rub until the moisture is gone and it starts to tug a little. Somehow, it works better. It is meant to be an invisible layer of smell protection – but it is not an antiperspirant. I found this didn’t do a whole lot for me. I am not too sweaty or stinky but when I put this on on a warm day, it did nothing to lessen the smell. When you give your pits a really good wash – lets say you put this on after a shower – it does do a little more but by the end of the day, it’s gone. I really wish it did work for me because this is a product that will last forever.

  
Tom’s of Maine is a little more like your typical deodorant but very creamy and soft. It comes in several scents and feels normal on your pits. I have the Beautiful Earth scent which smells quite fruity and nice. This is extremely comparable to the scent and overall feel/lasting power of the Lady Speed Stick Fresh Infusions Strawberry which I have used before however, this is also not an antiperspirant. Personally, I do like how this performs but if you’re a sweater or working out, this likely wont hold up either. It tends to last about 5 hours on a warm day.

Though I haven’t experienced any negative reactions, it is common when switching between deodorants. These are also natural and work differently on everyone’s body just like everything else so even if the Crystal Body Deodorant didn’t work for me, it may work for you! That being said, the clear winner here for me is definitively Tom’s of Maine and I plan to look into more of their hygiene products!

Til next time, ttfn x

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