Lately I have been venturing into the world of “natural” products after reading several lifestyle articles on their benefits that have helped to sway me away from more conventional goods. Why opt for natural health and beauty products, you might ask? While these products may sometimes be less accessible and harder to find in your local convenient stores, I believe that the benefits are worth the extra bit of effort that goes into finding them. Not only are natural products safer for the earth by emitting fewer chemicals into the air and water during their manufacturing process, but they’re also safer on your skin. Natural products do not contain the artificial chemicals, colors, and fillers usually used in commercial products that can often lead to redness, irritation, and breakouts. Electing to use products with natural preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract, can also help protect you from side effects of the more commonly used parabens, whose side effects are still being uncovered. It is nice to use products that seem to work with my skin rather than against it!
Though there are several “natural” alternatives to many products on the market, people often feel that they will not work as well relative to their more popular commercial brand counterparts. I am happy to report that this is definitely not the case when using one natural brand in particular: Tom’s of Maine.
With Tom’s of Maine®, there’s something for everyone in your family – Wicked Cool!™ Deodorants, Luminous White™ Toothpaste, and Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods™ Antiperspirant. Free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors and preservatives, Tom’s of Maine products are good for the planet and are Made to Matter® - handpicked by Target. That’s right, you didn’t just stumble over one of my clumsy typos – you don’t even have to face the struggle of searching far and wide to find a vendor that stocks effective natural products, because they’re sold at your nearest Target! Another big plus for the brand is that they never test on animals! It’s hard to believe, but animal testing still exists and is practiced by many popular brands on the market today. Knowing that Tom’s of Maine not only has products that work, but also shares my values, helps me sleep easier at night.
Another thing I love about this brand is that the purpose and source of every ingredient in the product is listed in an easy-to-read table right on their website! This is great if you or someone in your household is one of those people who are allergic to common commercial ingredients and have to be careful about EVERYTHING you use. Though some brands are passive about the side effects that their products might cause, knowing that Tom’s of Maine cares about what goes into their products (and eventually into their consumers’ bodies) as much as I do is definitely comforting!
Tom’s of Maine offers many products that fall into categories such as body care, baby care, and lip care, but today I am going to focus on one of my new favorite products from their line of oral care products, their Luminous White™ Toothpaste. This toothpaste provides clinically proven natural whitening, while also being safe on enamel, and is made up of biodegradable and mineral derived ingredients. On top of containing no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, it’s also gluten free! The toothpaste foams up nicely and does a great job of making my teeth feel squeaky clean while keeping them pearly white. It leaves my breath fresh without having an overpowering minty taste or aroma. The minty taste can best be described as gentle and refreshing, rather than the harsh and overwhelming mint that I’m used to with my commercial products. If you’re a big coffee/red wine drinker like me, you know how important it is to use toothpaste that has a whitening component. Not only did Tom’s of Maine Luminous White maintain the white smile that I have worked so hard to get, but it actually made my gums less irritated when flossing!
This product has been a great addition to my daily routine and growing collection of natural beauty products. Using it has help to establish my trust in the product and the brand as a whole. I would recommend it to anyone who often has reactions to commercial products, or is interested in transitioning to natural beauty products.