You know that crisp scent that only comes from a thorough housecleaning with Pledge or Murphy's Oil Soap? That's exactly the feeling I get when using Tom's of Maine Daily Moisture Natural Beauty Bar Soap ($3) — on the body, of course. The aroma can be described as fresh and enticing, lighting up your entire living space with its bright fragrance. Olive oil and vitamin E hydrate, leaving your skin soft, not taut, like some soaps do. It's called a beauty bar, after all. And because it's free of artificial and synthetic ingredients — meaning it doesn't have a fake, perfume-y scent or dry out your skin — Tom's of Maine has raised the bar with this gentle cleanser.
Cloves are one of those distinctly holiday aromas; spicy and a little sweet with a hint of nose-numbing chill. And since scent is one of the easiest ways to relax and brighten your mood, it follows that making the most out of wintry smells is a good way to avoid the cold weather doldrums. If you love the taste of cloves, try Burt's Bees Medicated Lip Balm With Clove Oil ($4) or Tom's of Maine Cinnamon Clove Toothpaste ($7). If you're a fan of warm home scents instead, this Diptyque Orange Spice Candle ($68) is a gorgeous, though pricey, option. And if you'd just like to smell like mulling spices all day, try Lush's Hot Toddy Bath Bomb ($7) or the warm, smoky scent of Puro Puro ($95).
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Back in my rock-and-roll days, there was an unspoken rule among the most serious punks: If you were going to groom yourself, the only acceptable brand was Tom's Of Maine. The naturally based, animal-friendly, vegan brand was pretty much the only toothpaste that the hardcore kids would use, but whaddya know, they always cleaned up pretty well. While my rocker-girl days may have dwindled (or not), I still use Tom's lavender deodorant faithfully.
Now, you can join me in my natural-armpitted glory — and you don't have to worry about losing any money in doing so. Through Tom's Natural Challenge, you can try Tom's of Maine, and if you don't love it, you'll get your money back. Look for a special display (there's also a $1 off coupon), give the product a whirl, and one of two things will happen: You'll either find a vegan-and-green grooming goody to love, or you'll get your money back by sending it to Tom's. Not a bad deal!