Toms of Maine Natural Deodorizing Body Spray Apricot 2 oz Reviews
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Toms of Maine Natural Deodorizing Body Spray Apricot 2 oz

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Fabulous Body Spray, Not So Great Odor Protection

Jan 4, 2008 (Updated Apr 4, 2008)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:natural ingredients, no alcohol, fights odor-causing bacteria, sweet apricot scent, lasts a few hours

Cons:not strong enough for all-day protection, don't think it will hold up in the summer

The Bottom Line: For my needs, this is terrific. I wanted a natural, soothing-scented product that would make me smell nice and protect me from stinking for a few hours. Bingo!


On a recent online shopping trip through Drugstore.com, I added this product to my cart. I hadn’t heard of it before and only stumbled upon it when buying some other Tom’s of Maine dental care products. But it sounded like a good product to try and it supposedly smelled like my favorite fruit. For under $5, I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

The basics
My 2 oz. plastic spray bottle of Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorizing Body Spray in Apricot scent contains no artificial or animal ingredients. It uses zinc citrate (a compound of zinc and citric acid) to naturally combat odor-causing microbes and has a natural apricot fragrance for a fresh scent. I have not seen this product in stores. I purchased mine online at Drugstore.com for about $5. It is also available in lavender and calendula.

Ingredients
Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Apricot Fragrance (Natural), Zinc Citrate, Natural Benzoic Acid

My experience
I’m nursing my son and I’ve heard that it’s not good to use strong scents around newborns so I’ve been trying to steer away from fragrances for a while. I’m normally not a perfume freak anyhow but I do like to smell fresh. I’ve been using a vanilla scented antiperspirant (review to come) for several months and I’m happy with its effectiveness. But I thought I’d give this natural deodorizer a chance. Worst case scenario, I figured I had a spritzer to layer on top of my antiperspirant.

The scent is yummy. It smells a sweeter than a real apricot and I think I detect a little apple scent mixed in, but it’s good. Very fruity, very fresh, and a lot more authentic than typical body sprays. Plus, there isn’t that layer of alcohol that most body sprays have.

I’ve tried using this as my only deodorant and it’s not too bad now in the wintertime. It doesn’t last all day and I did start to stink a little after several hours. I haven’t tried it in warmer weather but I can’t imagine it’ll hold up as well. So I would not recommend this as a substitute for an all-day deodorant. But it does hold up for a few hours at which point you can respray and get a couple more hours out of it.

I’ve still had to use a regular deodorant/antiperspirant on many occasions, but I often layer it with this stuff for double protection or as an added scent to make me feel more girly. Once in a while, I actually get a chance to dress up and spraying a little of this Apricot Body Spray is a nice treat. I think layering it helps my regular deodorant work a lot better and I like this spray as a perfume substitute. It’s not strong but has a sweet, natural scent that lingers all day (though it trails off after a few hours) and is safe enough to spray all over my body. I generally just spritz under my arms, but a couple of times I sprayed it on my wrists and neck. The scent didn’t bother my allergies.

Overall
If you’re expecting 24-hour protection from this, steer clear. But if you’re looking for a sweet-scented natural alternative that you can reapply once or twice during the day that will hold up during cooler temperatures (I’ve only used it in the fall and winter), then this is great. I love it as a body spray. It smells yummy, lasts several hours, doesn’t contain alcohol, and layers nicely with my regular deodorant.


Recommend this product? Yes

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