PeaceBang Reviews Deod-y-o

SOME of you pigeons live in climates where the sun actually shines and warms the earth and you sweat. Some others of us find this hard to relate to, but let’s face it: we all perspire and sweat. Have you ever done one of those worship services where you take off your robe and your clothes are absolutely soaked? Isn’t that fun?

I once preached an ordination in late August in Harrisburg, PA that was so hot, I could feel the sweat pouring down my legs and pooling in my shoes as I spoke. The church was not air-conditioned and although the good folks were running fans, they also used a bright, hot spotlight on the chancel. I was so glad I had remembered to bring a change of clothes and a towel.

I do try to use cruelty-free brands whenever possible, so I am reviewing two cruelty-free anti-perspirant/deodorants for those of you who share my concerns about animal testing and being smelly.

The first is completely useless after the first few hours, so please don’t waste your money. Tom’s of Maine is a lovely company as far as I’m concerned (in that I choose to feel that way and have done zero research on it for at least ten years), but their “long-lasting” solid deodorant doesn’t last more than a couple of hours no matter how dry I get my armpits before applying and how much I apply.


Lafe is my go-to brand and I have used it for years with no complaints. It goes on wet and gooey but it does a good job. I am not a very sweaty armpitted person (I sure am good at getting a sweaty head and face, though!) so I can’t speak very well to its anti-perspirant properties.


When I really need to be confident in the armpit and sweating department I admit that I use this very evil chemical concoction by Mitchum:


What are your favorites, kids? I am working with someone who has found that she has become extremely sweaty following the birth of her child and I promised to ask you all for your sweat-management recommendations.

6 Replies to “PeaceBang Reviews Deod-y-o”

  1. Lafe’s appears to only be a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, at least according to the label.

  2. My sweet man uses “Crystal Body Deodorant Stick.” Pretty sure it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

    We’ve been together one year, and I’ve never smelled a bad odor on him (maybe he’s a vampire … or I’m so enamored that I’m smellblind).

  3. I have been using soapwalla creme deodorant. I like it a lot (especially the lovely smell) but if I use more than a tiny bit, the residue gets on my clothes and then travels to other clothes in the wash. I have no idea how to solve that problem. The hubs likes arm and hammers naturals.

  4. I have been using a salt block type DO for 10-12 years or so – I have sensitive skin and found that conventional antiperspirants were giving me an uncomfortable rash. There are a couple of different brands out there – Crystal is one, I don’t know what I have with me this week (I’m traveling) because it’s a little grubby stub and the label fell off long ago.

    I can tolerate a conventional DO or AP for a few days and I use one of those when I have to look civilized in hot and humid weather. (Not a regular concern for me.)

    [I used to use a salt block back in the day but I was always dropping and breaking the darned things! – PB]

  5. Not only does Tom’s of Maine not work all that well, but it doesn’t smell good (at least the “unscented” one doesn’t). I stopped using it once I realized that I was asking myself “Eeewww, what’s that smell?” every time I got undressed. Not a sweaty smell, just not a pleasant one.

    For all you youngsters out there… there’s ONE thing (maybe more than one, but here’s today’s) to look forward to about aging, and that is that your body stays a lot drier. That’s not a bonus in all departments (think about it), but it IS in the armpit department. So eventually you won’t have to worry much about this.

    Love to you al from Auntie Judy, age 71 1/2

  6. This may fall into the “Squid Eye” category, pigeons, but like you, PB, I have sweated my way through many a service–and many an alb, perspiration running down my back and legs and pooling in my shoes. I have tried every deodorant and antiperspirant available to no avail. I do not have a formal diagnosis of hyperhidrosis, but I’m borderline. A few years ago, sick of ruining all my clothes and embarrassing myself endlessly, I coughed up big, big bucks (I think it was, eek, $2,000) for two treatments with Mira-Dry, a microwave device that heats the underarms to the point of causing the sweat glands to atrophy. Incredibly painful. Incredibly expensive. incredibly magic. My back and legs still sweat, of course, but not my underarms, and I no longer stink. This procedure changed my life and within a year, it had paid for itself in the dry-cleaning bills and discarded clothing it saved me. Not all dermatologists own this device, but if you’re interested, you can do a search on the company’s website for physicians in your area who do. The good news: I was one of the first people in the country to use Mira-Dry after it got approved by the FDA and since then, the treatment protocols have been adjusted based on case experience. You’ll now get MUCH more lidocaine than I did, so the treatment shouldn’t be nearly as painful for you as it was for me.

    [OUCH!!!! I’m yelling OUCH just hearing about this!!! But thanks for letting Pigeons know about this, Brigid. – PB]

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