Within the last year or two, I've come to prefer what I affectionately refer to as "hippie deodorant." It's clear, it doesn't have much of a smell, and the formula is based around aloe vera and lichen. The only problem is that I've always sweated a lot, and my hippie deodorant doesn't always last as long as it should (plus it's only a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant as well). This wasn't much of an issue because I was unemployed for a long time, and before that, I worked alone or outside on farms, so if I got a little ripe, no one was going to notice or complain. But, now I work indoors, and I quickly realized I was getting kind of stinky in close proximity to other people — my job is pretty stressful, and for me, stress = sweat. As I spend hours at a time sitting only about 3 feet away from my director, I decided I should invest in some conventional deodorant for when I have to go to work. I bought a tube of Lady Speed Stick the other day, and man, to my nose, which I guess has gotten used to scent-free deodorant, this stuff reeks. I've been putting on a normal amount, but it smells so strong to me I feel like the scent fills up the room. I'm sure it doesn't actually, but still, it's weird. To be honest, I prefer "hippie deodorant" because I think that regular deodorant has too many chemicals — I might get flamed for this, but I approach beauty products like some people approach their diet: the fewer ingredients and more pronounceable words associated with an item, the better it is for me. I've been wanting to try making my own deodorant — I made my own skin salve earlier this summer — but it has to be rubbed on, and in 90-degree weather, that didn't sound appealing. I can't wait for the outside temperatures to go down again so I can try some recipes out.