“ Brand: Bionsen / Type: Deodorant Spray / Suitable for: Body „
Like many people at the moment, I decided to try an aluminum free deodrant due to the discussions that it could be dangerous, but after searching through the shelves in Boots, I found there wasn't that much of a choice! Eventually I found the Bionsen range and decided to try it and see what it was like, you might also like to know that they do a roll on version as well for those who prefer it.
The packaging is nice and simple enough, it clearly states the front of the bottle that it did not have any alluminum in it's ingredients, which was very helpful, the pump is easy to use too, I'm not a fan of the aerosol like sprays which many deodrants seem to favour, so this was good for me.
The perfumed smell of the deodrant is quite nice too, not overpowering or too heavy, it's more of a fresh soapy clean smell so it doesn't clash with perfumes or body sprays.
Now, as for the important bit, does it actually work? Well, yes and no. I wouldn't say that it doesn't work exactly, but I find that I need to use quite a generous amount and it does need reapplying quite frequently, but I guess that's the downside to having what *could* be a safer deodrant. It can be frustrating however when it doesn't work, so I wouldn't say it's anywhere near perfect and I'm not sure why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, very annoying.
That said, when it works, it's great, I just wish it always did work. :(
I decided to look for an 'aluminium free' brand of deodorant due to scares about this ingredient being carcinogenic. Unfortunately it's used in tons of things, and there aren't many aluminium free options for deodorants or anything else. Bionsen was the first I came across, in Superdrug I think, at about £2.50 for a 100ml pump-spray bottle. It's also alcohol free, which I think means it won't dry your skin out so much.
The bottle is transparent blue so you can see how much product is left, always useful.
I've used it on and off for the past few months, generally when I know I'm not going out anywhere. This is because I don't really like the smell - it's supposed to be Japanese spa minerals. Sounds nice, but to me it's just a kind of overly strong soapy smell. I know some people have said they like it, it's quite refreshing etc, but I don't really enjoy getting random whiffs of it. On the plus side, it's not a particularly girly smell, so men could probably get away with using it as well.
It claims to last 24 hours - I think it probably does, as long as you're not getting very sweaty. There has been the odd occasion when I've been for a walk, got back and thought I could catch a less 'cosmetic' smell coming from my armpits, and so reapplied. That said, I might just be paranoid, and not used to noticing any kind of scent from there, since I also use Mitchum fragrance free deodorant.
I find that it does sting a little bit after shaving, but then I get this with any spray on deodorants, and it's certainly not as bad as some mainstream products.
As for Bionsen being a deodorant rather than an anti-perspirant, well, I've never really noticed any difference between these two types of products, but maybe that's because I don't sweat too much from my armpits anyway. I think if you can get away with deodorant rather than anti-perspirant then do, as I recall it's supposed to be healthier to 'let it all out'. It's not good to have a clogged-up lymphatic system, I'm fairly sure of that fact.
In summary I'd say if Bionsen is a perfectly adequate product and meets the demands of being aluminium free. This probably makes up for the less than heavenly smell, but hey, you might like it.
After using Ecover and the like for household cleaning for years, (in a bid to feel like I'm doing my bit to be green in some small way) I thought it was about time I started to do the same with my beauty products. Also after reading numerous articles on the possible effects of sulphates, parabens and the like It seemed to make sense to seek out alternative products, with naturally derived ingredients. Hence my purchase of this deodorant. Oh, and it was on offer in Boots.
The deodorant comes in a transparant blue bottle, which is great 'cause you can see when you need to buy more. You get 100mls of liquid which is dispensed via a pump spray. The formula contains Japanese spa minerals, and whilst i'm not entirely sure what these are they certainly smell nice and fresh. It's suitable for sensitive skin, which is another bonus although it does sting mildly for a scond or two if you apply it just after de-fuzzing your pits but nothing major. This isn't an anti-perspirant, so don't expect it to keep your underams dry, the minerals in it are meant to deodorise the bacteria that causes the dreaded b.o.
I've found the pump spray isn't really suited to a numpty like me, and I have sprayed my arm a couple of times. Although if I really concentrate two pumps are adequate to coat my underarms, so I would imagine this would last me a month at least. I then waft my arms round for a few seconds telling myself that it all helps in fighting the bingo wings then it's dry and i'm ready to dress. I know we are in the middle of an exceptionally cold winter, but I do get rather warm at work and although I've sweated a little there's definitely been no odour eminating from me, only the animals. In fact the fragrance, (which reminds me of the sea and is really clean and pleasant) lasts all day and certainly seems to do the trick. I'll have to update the post in summer as that will be the true test.
I would use Bionsen deodorants again for sure, and would recommend them to everyone as long as you aren't bothered about still perspiring. Great natural product thats kind to your skin, and the environment.
This is available from chemists and supermarkets nationwide. I bought the above on offer in Boots for £1.77, but it normally retails at around £2.65.
I started coming out in a nasty red rash with certain deodorants. It happened with more than one brand and I was puzzled which ingredient might be causing the allergic reaction. I took a trip to Boots to try to find a product that would be as gentle as possible on my skin, and still offer effective protection as a deodorant. After speaking to the lady at the pharmacy counter, and explaining the problem, she directed me to the Bionsen range which was hypoallergenic. Following her advice, I selected a Bionsen 100ml pump spray deodorant to buy at £2.65. It wasn't the cheapest deodorant on the shelf but I knew it would be well worth the money if it worked and didn't cause the rash.
*** Product Description ***
Bionsen spray deodorant offers gentle, long-lasting freshness. It deodorises even most sensitive skin without preventing perspiration. Bionsen neutralises the bacteria responsible for bad odours, ensuring a natural sensation of freshness that lasts all day.
Bionsen deodorant is made using Japanese spa minerals which help to nourish and protect the skin. It is aluminium free and parabens free. Bionsen is hypoallergenic and clinically tested. It does not contain alcohol. The Bionsen formula offers a more natural alternative to those concerned about the possible links with breast cancer.
*** Ingredients ***
Aqua, Alcohol Denat, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Parfum, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Triclosan, Lactic Acid, Copper PCA*, Zinc PCA*, Manganese PCA*, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Citral, Farnesol, Benzyl Alcohol, CI 60730. *Thermal Salt Complex
*** Packaging ***
The packaging is simply designed and looks modern. The container is made from clear plastic and contains blue liquid deodorant. This is very useful as you can easily see when it's running low. The blue plastic lid is easy to remove. The packaging is 100% recyclable.
*** Performance ***
The product has a light, fresh fragrance that doesn't over-power. It is very easy to apply with the pump spray container. It gives good coverage with 1-2 sprays and doesn't feel too sticky. It dries quickly and won't leave white marks on clothes, like some spray deodorants. It works very well and I'm pleased to say doesn't bring me out in a rash. It does what it says on the label and remains effective for 24 hours of normal activity. However, if you were working out at the gym or going clubbing you would certainly need to re-apply!
*** Where To Buy ***
The Bionsen deodorant range includes: a spray can (150ml), pump spray (100ml), roll-on (50ml) and deodorant stick (40ml).
Bionsen products can be bought online or from the following stores: Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.
*** Manufacturer ***
Guaber UK Ltd,
Harmill Industrial Estate,
*** Verdict ***
I'm extremely pleased to find an effective deodorant that doesn't bring me out in a rash. It has a pleasant, soft fragrance and lasts really well over the course of a day. The packaging is nicely designed and allows me to quickly see when the product is running low. I feel the performance justifies the price, which is slightly above average for 100ml of spray deodorant. I have continued to use Bionsen deodorants as they have proved to be the perfect solution for my allergy.
I am going to review here, two products by Bionsen, because I believe they are so similar that for me to review them sparely, I would just end up rewording one to submit two.
I have the roll on and spray deodorant by Bionsen.
A blue liquid in a transparent bottle (roll on) or a pale blue oval cylinder spray, both products are designed to deodorise. (N/B, on application it will not leave you with blue arms- the colour seems to vanish on application so please don't let its blue colour put you off!)
It is important to remember, they are not anti-perspirant, nor do they claim to be. What they do claim is to refreshen your skin and to do so without using Aluminium.
Now I am no scientific expert, I have no real knowledge on what does and does not cause cancer. But I do know enough to know that one item which people worry about is aluminium. You see, deodorants do get tested, on animals, on plants, in lots of little science labs with men in white coats. But they do not get so much testing in real life before they go out to the general public. So what doesn't get tested is what happens say for example, if you wear deodorant daily, when surrounded by other chemicals, plaster skin with all sorts of lotions and potions and also apply the deodorant on the same spots for a cumulative effect for many many many years.
I do have to say, I do still wear deodorant with aluminium in it. I go to a gym- a lot! I wear an anti-perspirant deodorant as a matter or principal and if anything, wear enough to block the stench of one or two other gym users who seem to refuse to apply anything before leashing their fumes on the rest of the gym hall. But I do worry about what I put on my skin. I worry not just because I apply a good two coats before I start, and another half way through, but because it's on such a sensitive part of my body- my breast tissue (which reaches all around my under-arms). The one place that has the highest cancer risk. So for piece of mind, I use this deodorant in the day time, for times when I am not in the gym, for the morning before I get to the gym, and after the shower I take at the gym.
Even if there is nothing in the omitting of aluminium, it adds to my piece of mind and is something I do not regret buying. I can still smell OK, and know that that awful stench on the tube/bus train is NOT comming from me! I can also easily spray the bottle on my skin for a booster during the day without creating clouds of aerosol fumes to others around me. The spray is near noiseless, compared with the all to well know sound of an aerosol can.
The deodorant has a fresh, clean scent. It sort of reminds me of soap. But with added non-floral musk to it. I have been asked several times whilst wearing it where I get my perfume from. What I am wearing...etc etc. (I take that as a compliment!) It's worth testing a spray before you buy, but generally speaking, I have not found anyone who dislikes this scent.
The roll on is very mild, I shave, pluck/wax, epilate and use hair removing creams to get rid of the hair under my arms. After doing so, my skin remains so sensitive that it even hurts to apply baby oil to the area (even if its jut shaving). But this roll on seems to be fine to use- no problem with any stinging or pain- as long as I wait about 2 hours after waxing or using any such hair removing cream.
The spray however, is not so gentle. It is something that will make scratches sting so beware- you have been warned! I think this is the alcohol in the product. Though there is some in the roll on, it's probably not as much.
On application with either, it is slightly wetter and takes a few seconds to dry as oppose to a normal spray anti-perserant deodorant or roll on. But it's nothing major, nothing longer then 15-30 seconds at most.
The spray and roll on both last a long while. I would say they match that of any other spray deodorant/antiperspirant deodorant. They also do well to scent old smelling laundry as well- for people like me who stuff jumpers into bags and then haul them out to wear three days later- this is a great thing! Better scent then Febreeze too! They do not stop you sweating, but if I am honest, neither do the so called anit-persprant deodorants on the market. I don't think it would suit me at the gym as they do take a bit of time to dry, and as I sweat so much when I am there, this would be impossible and I'd likely just wipe the stuff off as I am working out.
It's not cheap though- around £2.50 a spray bottle, closer to £3 or an aerosol -which I think have vanished from the shelves for some reason and around £2 for a roll on. It is average, but the higher end of average, being that most aerosol cans are around £1.50 for a similar volume.-Also rarely on offer so if you see it cheap, stock up!
I came across this deodorant spray about a year ago and have not stopped using it daily ever since. Almost certainly it is one of "the" best deodorants I have ever used.
Smell: It is a slightly scented deodorant which needs no more than two sprays under your arms each day. I can go a whole day and even with physical activity such as PE in school and walking to and from school, without smelling one bit.It uses Japanese Spa Minerals to deodorise sweat. I usually add to the smell with a small amount of eau de toilette to give me a more manly smell throughout the day.
Skin Type: This aluminium free deodorant is perfect for those with sensitive skin however, I recommend it to all men and women who have any worry about their under arms smelling. On the back of the bottle it says "suitable for even the most sensitive skin"
How long does it last? Well I find that one bottle of the stuff, 100ml, can last me for a good month or two as I only use two sprays under each arm daily.
Thank You For Reading.
I don't know about you but I really love the sunshine and nice weather we're having at the moment! However I do worry about sweaty pits and the thought of stains on my clothes and stinking to high heaven really traumatises me so the other day whilst I was in Boots I decided to invest in a few antiperspirants just to stock up with! This cost me £2.49 but do look out for it on special offer and the only reason I bought this was cos a woman picked up a couple of products from this line and she spotted me looking and told me it's all she uses and she loves it and that sold the bottle I have in front of me to me as I do love a good recommendation after-all!
Turquoise plastic, quite see-through long bottle with matching push button sprayer and an integrated domed shaped lid that fits neatly over that. In white writing on the front I'm told it's Bionsen Japanese spa Mineral 24hr Pump Spray Deodorant which is 'Dermoprotective' and gives 'Gentle, long-lasting freshness and is designed for sensitive skin and is Hypoallergenic clinically tested'. On the back of the bottle I'm told a bit about the product, warning and ingredients are listed, the size is stated (100ml) as is the recycle symbol shown, contact details for Bionsen are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. It's a simple looking bottle that looks like a product that is going to work so instills confidence and could appeal to men or women.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....
Bionsen Deodorant with Japanese Spa Mineral's gently deodorises even the most sensitive skin without preventing perspiration. It neutralises the bacteria responsible for bad odours, assuring a natural sensation of freshness that lasts all day.
Clinically Tested. Demonstrated hypoallergenic. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Tested in collaboration with the Clinic Of Dermatology at Siena University.
Aluminium free. Parabens free.
Well using it is ever so easy. The bottle feels good to hold and use and the push button gives a hefty, wet spray of the deodorant and you literally only need one pump per armpit as there is more than enough product given out. As the bottle suggests, fragrance wise it is suitable for men and women. It's very fresh and light and smells 'Ocean fresh' to me and like fresh herbs and minerals. It's a nice blend and once it's on the armpits it dries in a minute or so (so don't dress immediately) and when it's dried it stays fragrant for a good few hours but also seems to hydrate the skin in a none greasy way.
The only problem I have with this is that when I first apply it, after shaving and sometimes not after shaving it does sting slightly for a few minutes. It isn't agony or anything like that, but it is slightly uncomfortable and the only positive to this is that it doesn't make the skin red and/or angry and the feeling does fade rather quickly.
Does It Work Though?....
Yes and for 24 hours or above and with ease. It works gently but effectively and keeps you armpits dry, soft, supple, smooth and fragrant for as long as it's on. It washes off easily as well and is all round good providing you can put up with temporarily burning skin! lol. Would I buy it again? Yes on the heavy duty sweat busting front no cos of the stinging though and having to wait for it to dry in!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Great for sensitive skin /