Aesop Deodorant – smells like a winner to me.

500968646_product_1The other day I happened to mention on Twitter that I was wearing Aesop’s Deodorant and a follower asked whether I’d blogged about it, presumably because he wanted a few more details. I hadn’t but, since I like to please, I thought I’d better. So…

I absolutely love this product. It contains no less than eleven essentials oils (including lavender, vetiver and clove) that have been chosen, not just for their great smell, but for their ability to deter micobial activity too. Helpfully, it also contains zinc ricinoleate – a naturally occurring fatty acid that’s a pretty effective odour neautralizer.

The big question, of course, given that this is a ‘natural’ deodorant, is: does it work?  Well, actually it does, yes. Ok, so if you’re traipsing around town all day in scorching weather or are preparing for a stressful meeting and oozing ’emotional sweat’ (that stuff that’s really pungent) you might want to opt for an antiperspirant but if you’re working from home, kicking back of a weekend or just want to smell good in bed this deo is perfect. Recommended.

 

For more info go to aesop.com

Beautiful things do come in small packages – just ask Unilever

image001Let’s face it, everything is getting smaller these days. This isn’t always good news (as is the case with Pringles) but it’s certainly a good thing when it comes to grooming products. So it’s nice to hear that Unilever have decided to compress their men’s deodorant and anti-perspirant brands this year as they did with their women’s ones in 2013. Each of the products pictured above has been compressed into a smaller can making them infinitely more eco-friendly and portable (at just 11cm high they’re now perfect for gym bags or office drawers).

That doesn’t mean you get less product; they’ve just squeezed a larger amount into a smaller can as part of their commitment to more sustainable formats and less propellant. Unilever aims to convert 40% of its entire aerosol portfolio to this format in 2014  –  a move that anyone who values the environment as much as fresh-smelling armpits will wholeheartedly appreciate. I know I do anyway.

Bulldog’s new deodorant is the dog’s

If you read this blog regularly or follow me on twitter you’ll probably know that Bulldog are one of my favourite affordable grooming brands. Penny for penny they’re they best products out there and I love their natural, animal-friendly approach to skincare.

Their latest offering is this roll-on deodorant, which is free of nasties like parabens, synthetic fragrances or artificial colours. It also has the signature Bulldog smell (no, not of dog but of a distinctive blend of eight essential oils including bergamot, lemon, geranium, oak moss and vetivert. What’s more it also contains skin-soothing aloe vera to keep your pits in tip-top condition.

So how does it perform? Well, excellently for a deodorant. You have to bear in mind, of course, that deos are designed to keep you smelling fresh not to prevent you sweating (that’s where anti-perspirants come in).  It’s ideal for those times when you know you’re not going to be sweltering, perhaps after a work-out, when you’re heading off for a meal or dinner party or are just kicking back around the house. It’s certainly better than most deos out there – for the smell alone – so definitely gets the thumbs (or should that be arms?) up from me.

Available from www.nivenandjoshua.com priced £4.99

lee’s favourite three…anti-perspirants

I’ve tried ‘em all and what do I rate? Well, here goes…

 

SSFM_6530_1801. Clinique Skin Supplies For Men Roll On Antiperspirant, £10.28 My all time favourite – easy to use, unfragranced and brilliantly effective. Doesn’t leave marks on your shirts either! Available from http://www.cliniqueformen.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure Men Sport-12. Sure Men Sport Instinct, £2.99. Just out and an instant hit with me thanks to its light, fresh smell, superb efficacy and lockable spray mechanism. For stockists call 0800 085 1548.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1014913. One Planet Natural Extracts Forest Rain Anti-perspirant for men,  £1.70. Gets my vote for being an environmentally-friendly anti-perspirant that actually works! Smell faintly of Coca-Cola when it goes on but that’s part of its appeal! Available from Asda.

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