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After reading up about the dangers of anti-perspirant products containing aluminium, I have been looking into alternatives. I began to try lemon juice and this worked perfectly with regard to neutralising the smell, but began to irritate my skin a bit, so I decided to try some professional products.
The first thing I noticed about Bionsen was the heavy perfumed smell, not something I really desired as I am trying to get away from perfumed products, however, I thought I would persevere with it and see how well it worked in the way of neutralising smells.
As these deodorants are not supposed to actually stop you from sweating (as this is actually unhealthy)I wasn't concerned that there was a certain amount of perspiration if I was doing something active, but the main question was - is there an odour?
The answer is unfortunately, yes. Bionsen deodorant does not neutralise the smell whatsoever, it completely masks it with its perfume. If it is that simple, the lemon juice will do the job, surely a professional company could make something that works. It is just about passable on a day when you are doing little physical exercise, but then again, I can almost get away without using anything on those days, but as soon as you start doing anything physical, or on a hot day, and you notice some perpiration, then the odour will be there - and the mixed smell, with the perfume from the product, is almost worse then leaving it natural.
Oh well, back to the drawing board and I will have to investigate more products.
I never used to be brand loyal when it comes to deodorant and usually just picked up whatever was on offer, as long as it suited sensitive skin which is something I personally always have to be wary of. I recently came across this Bionsen deodorant on offer in Tesco for £2 (only a little cheaper than it's usual price of £2.30) and it had been recommended to me in the past due to it being Aluminium free and also for it's suitability for sensitive skin. I won't go into the benefits of an Aluminium free deodorant here, but that was something I have always been keen to use, although up until now had received very limited success from. Previously, I had found that the Aluminium deodorants I'd tried had not offered adequate enough protection throughout the day and I'd often felt uncomfortable during the day due to their lack of protection.
The Bionsen range offers a roll on deodorant, as well as a spray and a stick. The one I chose was the roll on. The Bionsen range is made with Japanese spa minerals which act to deodorise the skin while not stopping the skin to perspire. It works by neutralising the bacteria that is responsible for bad odours. It is also Parabens free. The deodorant comes in a light blue container with a screw lid, underneath which is a ball that the deodorant secretes from once rolled under the arms. I find the container very easy to grip to while using as it is quite large compared to other roll on deodorants.
In application, I find that only a small amount of this deodorant is needed under each arm. One or two rolls and that's about it. Due to the very small amount, I've found that one 50ml container has lasted a few weeks so although the initial cost seemed high for one item to begin with, I do feel I've received my money's worth from the product after all. It claims to offer 24 hour protection with gentle and long lasting freshness and I have to agree that even with this small application, I find that it's true. That one small application is only once per day so I can see that container I have now going on to last at least a couple more weeks.
This is the first aluminium free deodorant that has left me feeling fresh throughout the day - I very rarely feel as though I need to 'top it up' in the middle of the day, unless I've been running about and using up a lot of energy. In normal day to day activities, it's perfect. I find that this deodorant also offers a very subtle but fresh scent that lasts throughout the day which is also good. It's perfect because it doesn't smell very artificial to me either - just very fresh and quite floral.
As I mentioned, I usually have to opt for the sensitive option for my deodorant as I am prone to receiving rashes underarm otherwise. This deodorant has never irritated under my arms - it has been great for me to use so far with no signs of it bothering the skin at all with continued use.
I have nothing but good to say about this deodorant. Although my first thoughts upon buying it were that it was quite expensive, I will have no hesitation in buying another when this runs out even at it's full price of £2.30. It gives me piece of mind that it is Aluminium free for one and it is the first from the whole Aluminium free range that I've personally found to give long lasting protection from odours and leaves me feeling fresh throughout the day without the need to continuously top it up. Five stars is definitely appropriate.
Thanks for reading :o)
If you have sensitive skin and are prone to skin conditions, you're going to need a deodorant that offers protection while keeping your armpit odour at bay.
Reasons for changing to a deodorant like the "Bionsen Japanese Spa Minerals" range can not only be due to skin surface discomfort but also because aluminium for example has been associated with a variety of health issues including Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease.
After sometimes feeling discomfort under my armpits from certain deodorants I decided to go for a brand that used less chemicals in it's ingredients. I've been using Bionsen products for a number of years now and have stuck with the roll-on deodorant as a preference as I think it lasts longer for the price you pay compared to the spray, and I prefer the roll-on method of application compared to the stick product. It lasts all day without having to reapply and I don't experience any of the discomfort like I did with products that contain all the nasty stuff.
Bionsen is a regular deodorant and isn't an antiperspirant, so it won't stop you sweating as such, but it is designed to stop the bacteria that produce bad body odours in a healthier way.
Coming in a nice soft blue standard 50ml roll-on container, the packaging states that it offers gentle, long-lasting freshness. It is Aluminium free, Parabens free, Alcohol free, lasts 24 hours and Dermoprotective.
The ingredients list is as follows: Aqua, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor oil, Zinc PCA*, Dimethicone, Copolyol, Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Copper PCA*, Manganese PCA*, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphemyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Citral, Farnesol, Cl 42090. *Thermal Salt Complex.
Have fun Googling that lot. From the name, it looks like Benzyl Alcohol contradicts the 'No Alcohol' claim, though I'm assuming this is something different and nothing like the harsh ingredients found in regular deodorants.
The bottle lasts a long time, as long as any other roll-on deodorant. I haven't monitored exactly how long a bottle lasts, but it's long enough for me to forget when I actually bought it. I get my Bionsen in Boots and the current price for it is £2.35. I've checked on Amazon and it is currently listed at £2.09, though postage on there is more than the product price!
The Bionsen roll-on, spray and stick products are only available in one scent at the moment. I can't place what the scent is exactly but it's a pleasant scent that isn't overpowering. It keeps you smelling and feeling fresh while keeping you free from bad body odour.
Basically, this product works for me, I'm very happy with it and I haven't even thought about looking to change. So if you're looking to go for an alternative brand to your usual products I would definitely recommend picking up one from the Bionsen range, and like me, you may stay with them for a number of years.
I started to use this deodorant when I switched to no Aluminium products and yet still wanted something effective. I did the whole round of healthshop products but couldn't find anything that kept me slightly fresh smelling by the end of the day. This product, however, works really well for me. It smells a bit like a Japanese spa, refreshing and not too feminine so your other half might well start pinching it. It's good for sensitive skin. I can even use it after shaving with no sting.
It comes in a pale blue roll on tube, but it is also available in a spray. I find the roll on to be gentler on my skin, the spray stings a bit after shaving and makes my skin feel a bit dry. It costs around 2 pounds and is available in boots, superdrug, waitrose, and other supermarkets, so finding it is not a problem. It lasts a long time- around 3 months, so in my book it's value for money.
Any disadvantages? After sports I find that I do need to reapply it, so it's probably not as effective as your average antiperspirant, but because it's gentle and not at all sticky, I don't find this to be a problem and I find it a small price to pay for using a deodorant that is safe and yet effective. I would really recommend this product and hope that you find it as effective as I did.
I decided to buy this deodorant mainly because it's aluminium-free. Most deodorants contain aluminium and there could be a possible link between alluminium used under arms and breast cancer. Being the hypochondriac that I am, I really felt the need to find a good deodorant that doesn't contain as many cancer-causing chemicals.
The packaging of the product is a general roll-on style of deodorant. It contains all the information needed such as the name of the product and an ingredients list. The product claims to made from Japanese spa minerals.
The product itself it easy to use and feels smooth on application. It dries pretty quickly so there's no need to wait a long time before dressing. It smells quite feminine and floral, but doesn't have that strong chemical smell which most deodorants have. It does smell more like a perfume than a deodorant. It makes my under arm area smell lovely. During perspiration, the smell of the deodorant is present, which is always a good sign. However, I feel that this is only the case for every-day use. When I work out, the deodorant doesn't seem to have the same effect and I feel I need to use something stronger. The deodorant also doesn't provide protection against damp under arm patches, whereas most other deodorants do.
The product is sold at £2.35 in Boots and Superdrug which I think is quite good. I would recommend this product as it seems like a 'safer' option than other deodorants on the market.
I liked the idea of a more natural antiperspirant which is metal free. I have found it works well except when I am particularly stressed or sweating during sport. It smells nice but is fine for both men and women as the smell is fairly neutral.For day to day wear I find it useful and the whole family uses it. It tends to last a fair amount of time and is good value for money.
I came across this product after searching for Bionsen Spa products, which are natural and fabulous for rehydrating skin.
Personally I have found this deodorant is fab, the fact that it is paraben and aluminium free is a plus in itself, it is kind to the skin, it goes on easily, doesn't leave any marks on clothes, dries quickly.
So why Marmite? well its the smell ... you either love it or hate it !!
Using other deodorants has caused my underarms to feel swollen, since using Bionsen this hasn't happened. You can even shave and put this on, it is that gentle, there are no effects like with other deodorants.
I love the smell, i think it is a clean fresh aroma, when you first start using it, it does seem quite overpowering, but after continuous use that soon disapears and to be honest i used another deodorant for a day and it smelt so chemically produced and i found that i started sweating more, i wonder if that was something to do with parabens and aluminium content ?
I am using the stick version which just seems to be lasting for ever, i bought it from Boots for around £2.00, in my opinion it was worth every penny and more.
"Bionsen is a paraben and aluminium free deodorant with Japanese spa minerals to help nourish and protect skin.
It allows your skin to breathe naturally so can be used as part of a more natural beauty care regime, and the aluminium and paraben free formula offers an alternative for those concerned about the possible links with breast cancer"
Bionsen offer this deodorant in roll on,stick,pump and aerosol form.This particular roll on can retail for approximately £2 and can be found in most stockists of deodorant; Boots, Tesco, Waitrose etc.
I opted for the roll on in hope that by using this that it would 'neutralise' the odour that may be caused by sweating without stopping you from sweating, as this deodorant is not an antiperspirant.
The scent of this product, antibacterial, is what puts me off from using this and means that I only use this for lazy at home days. In my opinion, others may disagree, I think that when this is applied it instently gives you a 'body odour like' smell to your underarms instead of 'a natural sensation of freshness' that it claims. In saying this, this is the only scent I can smell, even if I have experienced sweating throughout the day, therefore it must neutralise the bacteria like it says.
When applied to your underarms it does sink in/dry relatively quickly. Bionsen claims that it is gentle on the skin and I agree. This deodorant is definately opted for post underarm shaving.
Overall I think that Bionsen have done well in making a Acohol, Aluminium and paraben free product but if they want to hit high marks from me they will definately need to improve on the scent.