1. I’m going to be honest here.

    My armpits are totally brutal these days. My father’s Italian genes are quite strong, and for years, I really hated that, but these days, I don’t care. I no longer mind being short, fat, and hairy, because there’s totally nothing wrong with it, no matter what people seem to think. My family can think I’m gross all they want, but hey, they made me this way.

    Speaking of armpits, I occasionally use Tom’s of Maine long lasting deodorant, and when I shaved, it would turn my armpits red and make them itchy and peely. Since I’ve stopped shaving, I haven’t used the deodorant much (mostly because it’s not 110 degrees anymore), but lately, I’m noticing peeling skin again. It doesn’t burn, and it doesn’t really itch, but I’m not exactly fond of having my skin flaking off. I’ve also found (and a friend said the same thing) that if I actually do sweat, the deodorant makes me smell way worse than I do without it, which blows.

    I’m not sure which of the ingredients it is that’s bothering me, but upon reading a number of reviews, it seems that this particular formulation irritates a lot of people’s skin. Is anyone aware of a better natural deodorant, preferably one that doesn’t cost much more and comes in a lavender scent?