Deodorant

It’s a product that many of us wouldn’t be able to live without. I’m all for the natural lifestyle but I don’t want my body odor contributing to air pollution.  

BEFORE 

My go-to used to be a Nivea roll-on deodorant. It smelled nice and came in a glass jar, so I thought I was doing the right thing by believing I could at least recycle that part of it.  

Image for Nivea Deodorant Pure Roll On - 50mL from DDS

When I looked up the ingredients on the website however, I was shocked to see that the Nivea had written not just one, but MANY pages in an attempt to justify their use of toxic chemicals in their products, despite significant claims by other people against the use of such ingredients. They even had a paragraph called “potential issues,” (read below – maybe include it? Or add a link for sure) which to me, gives every indication that you probably shouldn’t be using this product on your skin every day. 

Ingredients list  

Aqua, Aluminum Chlorohydrate-The active ingredient for anti-persperant. It blocks the nodes in the arm bit for a period of time help to reduce wetness, Butylene Glycol– helps other larger ingredients to penetrate the skin, it also thins out the consistency to give it a glossy feel, Glyceryl Isostearate– A skin conditioning agent, Parfum, PEG-150 Distearate– Used as a surfactant, it helps to combine ingredients that would otherwise not be able to be combined, Benzyl Alcohol-used as a preservative, can cause contact allergies. 

NOW

I’m using Lushs’ Aromaco deodorant bar instead!  

I would highly recommend this bar – this thing always makes me smell good. If I’m honest though, I don’t really smell bad without any sort of deodorant on. I did however, have a friend who was often embarrassed by excessive sweating and the way it made her clothes smell, so much so that she consulted a doctor about getting botox in her underarms to fix it. I suggested this bar to her, and she said this had CHANGED HER LIFE. In her case, the bar absorbed a lot of the sweat and kept her completely natural-smelling (from the patchouli) all day. (and it also saved her 400$ an armpit in botox!)  

The bar itself has a hard, creamy texture, a lot like a normal bar of soap, but when rubbed onto your underarms (or other sweaty areas), the product absorbs gently into the skin and doesn’t leave any watery residue over like a roll-on would. I would however, recommend giving it a minute or two before putting on any black tops just to make sure you don’t get any white marks. 

Aromaco Deodorant bar from Lush

It also has a soft scent of patchouli, which I know people have a love/hate relationship with but I really like the soft fragrance from it!  

To store it, I wrap it up with baking paper, which makes the paper become nice and soft like beeswax paper. The best part? there are only nine ingredients in it; 4 being safe synthetic ingredients and 5 which are all natural.  

Ingredients List 

Witch Hazel Infusion– helps to prevent bacteria growth and has astringent properties, Sodium Seterate-Helps to harden the bar to make it form a solid,Chamomile Vinegar– Helps to thicken pores and acts as an anti-bacterial agent, Sodium Bicarbonate– Baking soda, it helps to absorb sweat, Patchouli Oil- Gives the soft fragrance, Citral– a citrus oil to help with a fragrance boost,Limonene– Another boost of fragrance,Perfume-a synthetic fragrance addition ,Propylene Glycol– Helps soften the skin 

Lush are very open about the ingredients they use in their products, and also go to the lengths to explain some of the synthetic ingredients, where they come from, and why they’re used etc. This is a great marketing strategy for them as it creates trust with their target audience.  

However, Propylene Glycol is a petrochemical, a chemical product made by refined petroleum. It makes me forlorn to see petrochemicals being used but with our reliance on oil, it shouldn’t really surprise me.