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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

REVIEW: Battle of the eco BO busters

Cross-posted from Hippyshopper and updated.

Being green doesn't mean smelling like a yak. I travel on the tube to work every day and BO in a cramped carriage is torture. Not only that but BO at work is hardly a good career move and, as for your love-life, well, Napoleon might have been a stinky pit fan, but in general it works against you.

I recently decided to road-test two green alternatives to the chemical norm: Holland & Barrett's very own
Earthly Elements 'Herbal Magic' Unscented Deodorant (standard roll-on for £4) and Crystal Spring's Natural Body Deodorant (a crystal stick for £5). Both were purchased at Holland & Barrett's.

The winner was clear all the way through the testing. One worked and the other... well let's just say that on those days I found myself in acres of space.

The winner, by a nose (groan), was Earthly Elements. Plus, despite using it loads of times, for a good month or so, it seems I have hardly used any so it should last for a few more months. Bargain!

Today I bought a natural deodorant (T'eo, pictured to right) from Lush for £3.15 and will let you know how it fares against the champ.



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At 1:55 PM, Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

Not that I'm a stinker, but this post is of interest to me as I've been trying to cut down plastics, aerosols and othe nasties.

Instead of Shaving foam/gel from a can I tried Razorantium from Lush, but at nearly £8 for a small (re-usable) plastic pot, it was a bit steep, although worked much better than foam/gel.

Then I came across the Soap Shed at Cardiff's Riverside Market, who make nice Olive Oil Based Shaving Soaps.

Back to the deoderant. I've not been doing too well, at the mooment all I seem to be doing is using my girfriends roll-on, so she has to buy twice as often! Does the 'Herbal Magic' come in a plasic holder or what. Even if it does I guess it's still better than Sure, so might give a go.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Mrs Moo said...

I have been using the Lush BO bashers for a while with various success rates. The Lavander one I inital brought didn't work (due to my skin type Lush said), but then I tried the Teo, the smell is divine and works very well. But for heavyduty work I use Fuwari, it helped me survive a summer full of 9 hours a day in a very warm shop doing nothing lifing and a shifting (along with their Smitten hand cream for my over work mitts).'The other half' as been using Aromarant for ages now and wouldn't go back to the old ways. Even after a 30 mile cycle ride in the middle of summer he's as fresh as a daisy!

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Kla said...

My local Holland & Barret had five brands of deoderants. I'd be interested to see some more testing results on this subject!

At 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are still too many chemicals in even the supposed “natural” deodorants out there. I found the most “true” natural one out there at No aluminum but also none of the other chemicals that we can not even pronounce, check it out:Ingredients: Purified water, organic Virgin Coconut Oil, organic jojoba, emulsifying wax (plant based – non-soy), grapefruit seed extract, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), organic essential oils of rosewood, geranium, cedarwood, and patchouly.


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