Interestingly enough, the new deodorant/anti-persperiant I was trying was from Tom's of Maine.
It was from a natural company, I figured, so it had to be better then all the chemicals in Secret, Suave, etc.
So I ditched the Tom's since I was obviously reacting to it and went into the cabinet to find something else. I had on hand two different options. One was regular strength and the other "conical" strength. "Hummm" I wondered "What made the one 'clinical' strength?" It turns out that the difference between the regular and the clinical strength was the percentage on aluminum: regular had 16% and clinical strength had 22%. "What did the Tom's of Maine have?" I wondered. turns out the "natural" Tom's on Maine deodorant/anti-persperiant had a whopping 23% aluminum, more than the clinical strength. I was completely shocked!
I have always been reluctant to ditch the anti-persperiant because I am a person who sweats a lot. It may be gross, but it is the truth... I sweat a lot. Or, at least I thought I did.
I decided that I was going to bite the bullet and try just a deodorant. A friend recommended this:
I LOVE IT! I am having no reaction (which is great). I don't smell bad (which is good too) and I am not even sweating that much. In fact, that even without an anti-persperiant, I am not sweating nearly as much as I used to. This makes me wonder if the reason I was sweating so much before was that the anti-persperiant was making me sweat more?