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I received this as a freebie from my Dermalogica salon for being a good customer. To be honest I would have preferred a lotion or potion for my facial skin but never one to look a gift horse in the mouth I gratefully accepted it.
The environmental control deodorant retails at £13.50 which I think it uber expensive for a deodorant (well at least for one that doesn't come with matching perfume) so I was expecting good things from it.
The deodorant is designed to be a more natural alternative to shop deodorants which contain loads of chemicals. This uses loads of essential oils instead to inhibit the bacteria which when mixed with sweat causes unpleasant smells.
The scent is a bit of a strange one but is actually really lovely. It smells strongly of a herbal make-up and there is hints of lemon and sage in it. I have never worn a deodorant that smelt like this and to me it smelt more like some sort of aromatherapy oil than a deodorant. I do think the smell is really nice though once you have got used to it. I just wish it was a little bit stronger so I could smell it when I have my clothes on as it is quite subtle.
The deodorant is a roll on so is easy to use. I find that with stick deodorants that they can be too hard to glide on my skin properly whereas this just rolls on and covers my underarms with only a couple of rolls.
The absolute best thing about this particular deodorant is that it is so gentle on my underarms. I have never felt even the tiniest hint of irritation whilst using it including after I have shaved my underarm area and this is a real rarity as most deodorants cause a little stinging after shaving even when they claim to be sensitive ones.
The only thing that I don't like about this deodorant is that I just don't think it is strong enough. It doesn't really do much for sweating and although the scent is lovely it fades within a few hours and then occasionally there is the slightest hint of a smell. Now I actually don't sweat too much under my arms so I usually don't smell but I can imagine that for anyone who actually does sweat a lot then this deodorant would be pretty much useless for their needs. I wouldn't dream of using this say when I was going to the gym as I know it wouldn't offer the protection that I would need.
Overall I like this and think it is good but I don't think it is good enough to warrant its frankly exorbitant price tag.
I was pregnant through last summer and felt I needed a little extra protection in the deodorant stakes as I was just so hot and sweaty all the time, I knew I didn't smell (I would have gone to live in a convent if I did!) but generally felt sticky and horrible enough that I wanted a deodorant that would be more effective than my usual Sure or Dove products. I tried Mitchum but didn't like the fragrance, I had no idea at the time that the more premium skincare brands sold deodorant but while looking for something to spend a £5 Dermalogica voucher on (they're having a laugh, why bother even printing such a small denomination voucher when the products are so ridiculously expensive?) I spotted their Environmental Control Deodorant and decided to give it a try.
It's marketed as being effective and kind to the skin, being someone who tends to stick to the same couple of reputable deodorant brands I must admit to being curious as to what a skincare company could offer my underarm region so this was one of those slightly nervous am-I-doing-the-right-thing purchases.
This is a roll-on deodorant, something that surprised me a bit when I got it home as for some reason I'd been expecting a deodorant stick. It didn't bother me though, and anyway I do think roll-ons are marginally more hygienic than sticks - although obviously not as hygienic as a spray. The roller ball needed a bit of vigorous spinning before it started picking up the liquid deodorant, this only happened the first time I used it though and since then the ball has moved freely and collected just the right amount of deodorant to make application smooth and easy.
The smell is strange, it's quite subtle but is also a bit heavy when I first apply it. It's an awkward fragrance to describe as lots of different ingredients turn it into a bit of a mish-mash; there's an overall faint herbal aroma (unsurprising really considering there are lots of herbs used in it's creation) and it has quite a clinical smell, it's definitely a unisex product as there is no femininity OR masculinity to the fragrance at all. It's one of those smells that will be very apparent when you first apply the deodorant but it quickly dwindles as the minutes tick by, and you won't even get so much as a waft after spritzing on your perfume.
The deodorant isn't sticky and although it could perhaps dry a bit quicker I'm more than happy with the application of the product. It doesn't leave any marks at all on clothing, to be honest I don't wear black 'on top' but the white mark effect can be just as bad on red tops and I've definitely noticed this isn't a problem with this Dermalogica deodorant (unlike Dove, since they (cough!) improved their formula). I've particularly noticed it on my bras, being a busty-type I wear bras that have wide side panels for extra support - sometimes deodorants can cause a whitish-grey marking on the edges of my bra which sometimes actually stains into the fabric. This doesn't happen with this deodorant and I can honestly say my undies remain pristine all day!
For me this has been an effective deodorant. It saw me through the sweaty days of my pregnancy and since having the baby I've made a point of using it over my other deodorants on particularly warm or muggy days. My lifestyle is kinda sedentary though; I don't go to the gym, don't do any excessive walking and my idea of a work-out is a few minutes in front of an exercise DVD before it all starts seeming like too much effort. I have a feeling that more active people will need something stronger than this, it keeps me feeling fresh and dry all day but there's always that little part of my mind that thinks it could let me down. It's strange as it never has let me down, but the anti-perspirant aspect of the product always seems to be teetering on the edge of letting some dampness through. Again, I'm not a particularly sweaty person so this is only a problem on *very* hot days (what are those again?) but it's still a worry for someone with a sweat-phobia like me!
I've bought this deodorant a couple of times now, I don't use it every day as generally I'm very happy with my Sure spray deodorant and although not ridiculously expensive this is five times the price. A bottle lasts well though and sometimes I do want something a bit more special than Tesco-bought Sure, the only downside I've come across is the fact that it can cause some stinging if I use it shortly after waxing my underarms so I tend to give it a couple of days for my skin to get back to normal after a waxing session. After shaving it seems fine though, which is strange as it's usually the other way round! I've noticed it cares nicely for the skin on my underarms, leaving them soft and smooth for the duration of using this product - some deodorants are very harsh and cause dryness of the skin which in turn becomes irritating as well as looking awful, Dermalogica have obviously put the same consideration into this personal hygiene product as they do with their skincare range.
Erm... I've just looked online for the price and can see some websites are now actually calling this a deodorant stick, looking at the piccie on Dooyoo it also looks like a stick. Mine have both definitely been roll-ons so I'm a bit confused now as to whether Dermalogica have changed the format, I guess you'll have to check at your local stockist to find out. Anyway, the price isn't too horrific really. The 64g bottle will set you back between £13 and £17, with my voucher I remember paying £9 from the Dermalogica counter but to be honest I'd be happy to pay the full price - more than happy while I was pregnant actually as this is the only product of this type that gave me the confidence to go out in the August heat while we were on holiday!