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natural deodorant

By Marlene | Published: 7. October 2015


When was the last time you walked past Lush and thought: „I absolutely HAVE to go in for some exciting beauty finds“? You know, those shops that you can smell before you see them by their overwhelmingly sweet scent. My last visit was around the same time I went to Bodyshop and asked for a large bottle of White Musk. So in 199… nevermind.

But I’ve recently rediscovered Bodyshop. And Lush turned out to be as much of a surprise. I ended up there after reading a recommendation on another blog – I’m almost sure it was on Make It Last, a really worthwhile blogazine on sustainable fashion and beauty – about one of their natural deodorants. Still, when I stood in the shop, with quivering nostrils, and looked at a mountain of waxy blocks of Aromaco, I was more than sceptical. Could a deodorant that somebody stirred together in wooden vat, which is how I (probably wrongly) imagine natural cosmetics are manufactured, do the same job as the ExtraSuperDry24HourProtection from spraycans that I’ve been using for years? Or will I end up standing in the tram on a hot summer’s day, ecologically sound, but with sweat stains under my arms the size of Lake Erie? Smelling of patchouli?

And how exactly do you use a deodorant that comes in blocks? Admittedly, the handling was a little bit awkward at first. So is, incidentally, the transportation. On a recent trip to Copenhagen, I packed it in a tupperware container – glamorous, I know. But the effect is pretty incredible. I don’t want to talk more about my armpits to you than strictly necessary, so in brief: it keeps me dry, it doesn’t leave weird residue on clothes and the scent is quite subtle. I’m so conviced by it that I’ve in fact binned my emergency deo stick.

What about you? Are there any underrated beauty brands that you’ve rediscovered?

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  1. Theo
    Posted 8. October 2015 at 13:45 | Permalink

    Patchouli ist nicht so mein Fall, aber ich habe gesehen, die haben auch ein Deo mit anderem Duft, und der name T’eo ist doch sehr passend.;) schwitzen mag ich überhaupt nicht und stark duften auch nicht, deshalb habe ich mich noch nicht von “Hidrofugal-Sensitiv” weggewagt, vielleicht sollte ich mal…

    • Marlene
      Posted 8. October 2015 at 14:32 | Permalink

      Ha! Tja, dann musst Du das wohl kaufen. Patschuli klingt tatsächlich abschreckend, Aromaco duftet aber nach dem Auftragen eigentlich nach: nichts. Sehr angenehm.

  2. Sidsel
    Posted 8. October 2015 at 23:27 | Permalink

    It actually looks Lush!!! Another awesome natural deo, works every time, is Axilla by Black Chicken, https://blackchicken.com.au/products/body/axilla-deodorant-paste/ (and it comes in it’s own container…)

  3. Farbenfreundin (@farbenfreundin)
    Posted 25. February 2016 at 22:15 | Permalink

    Ich habe mich auch von den konventionellen Deos verabschiedet und bin inzwischen bei Weleda Salbeideo angekommen. Das bringt mich gut über den Tag und am Abend ist’s okay, wenn ich mich vor dem Sport noch einmal kurz frisch mache.
    Lush probiere ich mal aus, aber die Handhabung … hm, ist glaub nicht so meins..

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