Thursday, 11 September 2014

The natural world #4: deodorant

Let's talk armpits. Did you know that the main ingredient in any deodorant is aluminium? Yes you read that right, daily we're all rubbing or spraying metal into our armpits. Which are frankly very delicate areas and should be treated a lot better than that. After a conversation with my good friend D, she recommended a totally natural deodorant to me and I'm here today to share it with you. 

I have to admit to being slightly nervous about this one. I'd tried a natural deodorant before and had a really bad reaction to it, which definitely defeats the object of trying to go au naturel. But not entirely, as none of us want to be a Smelly Sally or a Sweaty Betty. And for years I've been using a Mitchum super strength thingy which works really well. But enough about that. Here's my review.

What is it? The brand is Salt of the Earth, and the weird looking thing below is a crystal which is entirely natural. You can either rub it directly onto damp skin, or you can wet it under the tap and rub it in that way.

Say what? I know, I know, it looks totally weird but you'll find that is often the case with natural stuff. Anyone remember toothpaste-gate? It truly isn't as weird as it sounds and I'll be honest, I've been able to use this straight after shaving without that crazy, jump round the room like a loon, stinging sensation. 

Value for money? This came in two sizes - I got the travel version to try as I didn't want to spend too much in case I had a repeat of my previous experience with natural deodorants. This came in at £3.89 and according to the packaging, if you dry after each use it will last for months. All I do is leave the lid off while I potter about having my breakfast, and then when I go back upstairs to brush my teeth, I pop the lid back on. If it really does last for months, then it's excellent value for money. The full size version is approximately £4.69, which again, for months of use, is a total bargain.

Does it work? Absolutely! I've been using this for about a week now and it's been brilliant. I've had total confidence, in all types of situations, that my armpits remain dry and non-smelly, yay! I know a week isn't long for testing purposes, but I think with something like that it's going to be an instant like or dislike. You can't mess about when armpits are at stake! 

Where can I buy it? I got mine from Holland and Barrett and this handy page lists all the stockists, UK and International 

Summary? I would definitely recommend. I've been worried for a long time about leaving deodorant on overnight but have always been too lazy to wash it off. This doesn't leave any residue, or white marks on clothes, and seems to just be gone by bedtime, but not in a bad way. I'm almost in danger of giving it top marks... 

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