This product has been designed to use natural essential oils that have anti-bacterial properties that work in harmony with the skin and keep you dry and scent free throughout the day. It also uses witch hazel and chamomile vinegar to tighten the pores rather than block them up like an anti-perspirant.
The product in store just looks like a huge off white soap block with a design that reminds me of some old fashioned wall paper! You can have pretty much any size you wish cut in store.
The blocks are a little squishy to the touch but do retain their shape well, other than that the only really defining thing to note about this product is the scent of patchouli that is a little over powering.
The product is really easy to use, you simply grab your block and rub gently on the skin. I found that this did work well over the 24 hours of wearing but if I tried to use it a second day without washing off the original or showering I got a rash appearing under my arms.
I was suggested to have this cut into smaller blocks in store and then store in tins, I was going to get one of their metal ones but the staff said that they reacted to the metal tins and suggested I stored them in a plastic box.
This product dries out really fast, however it really is not a massive issue! If it does dry out all you need to do is get a tissue and gently rub to remove the hard layer, it will come off really easily and the layer below is soft and ready to use.
Does it work?
Yes I can confirm that it did indeed keep me scent free, other than the patchouli for 24 hours.
Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile, Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Perfume.
This product is one that is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
This product costs £4.95 for 100g, as said because it is cut to size you can buy larger so I can not give size information.
This product does work and does contain no nasty chemicals but it really does smell strongly of patchouli and not everyone likes that, also I found it was strong enough I could not wear a scent with it.
It also caused build up on clothing and skin and has caused several rashes when I have used more than a few days.
I really am torn with this product, I do really like it, it works and if you are lucky enough to like the scent and not get the rash than it is amazing. I still use it on and off because for me the rash goes after a few days of not using it and I would prefer at least a few days less chemicals.
It may sound like a new type of coffee but no, this is something for your armpits...
This stuff is ruddy marvelous. This is a solid deodorant bar from Lush, which is far more body (and earth) friendly than most mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants which block pores and contain aluminium.
"Hands up who wants a deo that's gentle on skin but an enemy to the bugs that cause nasty niffs?
We've put bicarbonate of soda in this to absorb odour and we chose patchouli oil because there's no other oil that lasts as long on the skin."
I already use some natural deodorant products (I gave up on antiperspirants ages ago as they are not healthy and block a natural process that the body needs) but decided to try Lush's Aromaco having read some great reviews on the product and efficiency. Lush do a spray deodorant and some powder ones but I am not interested in shoving loads of powder under my pits- could get messy. I prefer the stick type any this has the same texture and consistency.
This came wrapped in a clear cellophane type material, and appears at first to be a fairly boring white bar. It gives if you squish it but it also keeps its shape. The first thing that hits you about this deodorant is the scent which is pungent and powerful. If you do not like Patchouli then this may not be for you. The Patchouli is the predominant scent and it is a very earthy smell. This bar has a pungency which comes from a combo of Patchouli and Witch Hazel.
I believe that in the stores you can request a bigger size chunk, but for starters 100g is a good size to play with. I have used this for a month now and it has truly been put to the test recently with this exceptionally hot weather. Occasionally I catch myself sniffing my armpit to check that I still smell good, and even in the hottest days we have had, and chilling on beach, I smell fresh and clean.
USING THIS DEODORANT:
This deodorant does dry out so it is important to keep it wrapped, either in the cellophane that it comes in (which is what I did) or in a small freezer type bag. It comes as an oblong with corners, and as you use it it will start to round out on the edges making it easier to apply. It is very important that you do take the advice to wrap it as some on Lush's website have moaned that the product shriveled up.
I use it by rubbing it under clean pits in its solid form. The warmth of the skin will help application so after a bath is a good time to use it. I run it over my armpits about 3 times in total, more if I am growing my armpit hair (don't ask). It does not leave a residue that I have noticed and I wear a lot of black clothing. It does not feel sticky or damp either, instead it is a "dry" feeling product.
The scent initially can be a bit of a surprise as it is a bit acrid. When I first used it I really was not sure if I liked it. However after a few minutes the scent mellowed and became less medicinal. Over the day it was not strong enough to overpower any perfume/ scent worn, and it retained an aroma only when I shoved my nose into my pit. I hasten to add that I do not do this in public....(often).
You know when you use an off the shelf deodorant and you sweat lots - when you sniff yourself you can get a really stale perfume sweat combo? This does not have this. At the end of the day I smelled good and there was no sweat smell at all.
SO IS IT NATURAL?
Lush trade under the green umbrella but often fall short with their added parabens and perfumes. This annoys me and I moan about it often. However this bar of deodorant is actually pretty good in terms of "natural" , and certainly when you compare it to the toxic junk which is in off the shelf deodorants there is absolutely no contest.
Patchouli is the "scent of this" and not only does it serve to keep you fresh, it keeps pores tighter and is great for dry skins. The bulk of the bar is made from Witch hazel and Bicarb, with the addition of chamomile, and (unfortunately) the very generic "perfume". None of these ingredients perform any true antiperspirant function but the Patchouli does helps to stem excessive sweating. Therefore this bar will not block the pores in the way the Aluminium based mainstream ones do, and this is far healthier for the body as it allows the toxins to come out of the body as they are meant to.
SO DOES IT WORK?
Yes. This is brilliant and it truly does last me all day long. I reapplied it the other day after going in the sea but apart from that it goes on once a day and that is that. My armpits remain scented with the earthiness of Patchouli oil and there is no sweat to detect. I am very impressed with this deoderant, so much so that I am going to continue using it as my only one. It is gentle on the skin and will not cause a rash or irritation. I did apply it after shaving and had no adverse reaction either. I hate the feeling of stickiness in my armpits, and this one feels dry upon application. I believe that it can also be used on your feet but I am blessed with un-stinky feet so have not tried this.
This is a portable and user friendly deodorant that does work exceptionally well. Aromaco is vegan and not tested on animals.
Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, *Limonene, Perfume
*occurs naturally in essential oils
In comparison to a popular one by "Dove" off the shelf:
Dove Deodorant Original Stick contains:
Cyclomethicone, Aluminium Chlorohydrate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Parfum, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecanol, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, BHT, Propylene Carbonate, Citric Acid, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool.
Which one do you think is better for you?
This amazing concoction is priced at £4.60 for 100g which is a decent sized lump. Available from Lush stores and online. If you want to sample it, you can ask for a small bit to try if you go into a Lush store.
Lush Aromaco Deodorant
WHY DID YOU BUY THIS?
I have spent years trying to find alternatives to the Carcinogenic deodorants with aluminium. I've tried the Lush hard dry solid deodorant bars and although they smell nice they are difficult to apply. They hurt if you rub them under your arms, they suggest scraping powder off them with your nails- well not great really - you just get the stuff stuck up your nails.
Because Lush sell this wrapped only in a simple recyclable greaseproof paper there is no wasted packaging and so not only is it better for you in so many ways but it is also better for the environment.
I have previously tired Aromacreme but I don't think that is sold any longer. I found this an excellent deodorant but it did make my under arms quite sore so I didn't buy it again. I have also used Aromarant which is also excellent but this is about Aromaco which is the one I have now used for about three years with no unpleasant side effects and no one has complained that I smell so I guess it is doing its job.
BUYING THIS DEODORANT
When you buy this you ask for a piece of about 'this' size and they cut it off for you. It is then wrapped in the paper and labeled on a sticky label - weight, price, product name etc. It is sold by weight and costs £4.40 per 100grams. They then either put it in a small see through plastic bag or one of their paper bags with a carry handle. You can just pop it in your own bag too of course which is usually what I do. It then makes your handbag smell lovely too.
The block cut usually comes to around £4 when I buy it and I find it lasts months so actually works out pretty economically in my view as I probably only buy two blocks a year.
This is often quite hard along the edges when you first buy this and you need to use it a while before it becomes more rounded and comfortable to use. Once you have this home don't just leave it lying on the bathroom side as it will dry out. You can either keep it in a plastic bag or put it in a small pot. I always use one of my old Lush pots as they have a nice screw top lid so it keeps it nice and fresh. I have noticed that when the weather is hotter the bar is softer and it gets a bit harder as the temperature drops in winter.
I just rub it under my arms as a solid block, not too hard. I find if I do it after my morning bath I am nice and warm. I hold it under my arm pits for a few seconds so it warms up then it goes on more easily.
During the day as you warm up the only smell is pleasant and fresh and I feel confident that I am not offending anyone including me. I would thoroughly recommend giving it a try.
WHAT IS THIS MADE FROM?
This is heavily scented with the wonderful aroma of patchouli which is quite a strong scent that was chosen because it would last throughout the day and keep your armpits fresh .. Patchouli is also good for tightening pores which slows down sweating and is also calming for sensitive skin. Other ingredients in this magical bar include chamomile, vinegar and witch hazel infusion which all combine help to tighten your pores and so you sweat less. The patchouli scent counters any unpleasant smell which may develop if you do sweat at all.
I have now been using this deodorant for about three years and I have taken it travelling all over the world. I have been to some pretty hot countries and walked long distances when exploring and this has kept me smelling okay throughout all this. If I have been out somewhere very hot in the morning I sometimes did a quick refreshing wipe of the block when I came back to the hotel or where ever we were staying. I am not a majorly sweaty person but if I don't wear any deodorant then I can smell my armpits if I make the effort to lift my arm and sniff. This is a test I do from time to time just in case.
You have to remember this is NOT an anti perspirant ,it is a deodorant so it allows your body to sweat which is a natural bodily function. It is not good for your body to stopit sweating all together but this deodorant block ensures that the sweat is not allowed to chemically change and become offensive to others.
If I go swimming or I am going out again in the evening then I do refresh my deodorant before going out. It is so easy to do as it is not wet and doesn't mark your clothes even if you are not that great an aim when rubbing the block under your armpits while wearing your clothes.
I find this a real plus for travelling as I can take it on the plane and it does not count as a liquid. I can then use this during the journey or just before we land to freshen up. I have even managed to do this while in my seat when the toilet was occupied. There is no danger of it spilling over my clothes in the suitcase and it weighs such a lot less than a big spray can or even a roll-on.
I am very happy with this deodorant and in the three years I have been using it I have not had any problems at all. I did try a Bodyshop one for a while but I was not that thrilled with it and have returned to this once again.
I have never had any trouble with any stains or marks on my clothes while using this and I wear a lot of black T shirts and none of mine have those nasty white marks that you get sometimes from deodorants.
A BIT ABOUT LUSH
Lush is a smallish company that started as 'Cosmetics to go' a number of years ago. At that time it was mainly mail order but today there are quite a number of shops around the country and in 42 countries around the world. You can usually smell their shops before you reach their front door and this is the aroma that draws me in all too regularly.
You can also buy their products from ebay but it is always wise to check postage and the cost of the product from lush as sometimes in the excitement of bidding you can end up paying more.
Lush also have their own website www.lush.co.uk and if you buy from here postage & packaging is £4.95 but at least you know that and can order enough products to make it worthwhile. It is worth going to have a look on the site as the layout and explanations of their products are written in a young, refreshing and lively way. It is a well laid out website full of information about their charities, products, their beliefs and jobs are advertised there too.
CHARITY AND FAIR TRADE
Lush make a point of supporting charities and these are many and varied. If you are interested in knowing which ones here is a link http://www.lush.co.uk/LushLife/CharitySupport.aspx
They also make a real effort to support Fair trade and avoid using products that endanger wildlife or the environment as far as possible
I can thoroughly recommend this deodorant as it smells wonderfully of patchouli and really does a great job of keeping me smelling good too.
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Lush's deodorants are completely different from any others I've ever seen or used. Aromaco has an interesting scent. The essential oils in it are witch hazel, camomile and patchouli along with a few other ingredients, but it's the patchouli that it mostly smells of. If I smell the block of deodorant I'm never sure if I like it or not, and I think that's quite a common reaction to the scent. When you put it on your body though, you can't smell it. Some deodorants have an overpowering smell that float around you, but this one doesn't at all.
As for how well it works as a deodorant, I think it's great. I still sweat a bit, but it doesn't smell of anything. I don't usually need to reapply it during the day. I also find that it's very kind to my skin. I even use it straight after shaving - with other deodorants it burns but not at all with this one.
Aromaco costs £4.20 per 100g, which sounds a bit pricey, but it lasts for absolutely ages. The only problem that I've had is that my block has dried out a bit which means it's not as effective because it doesn't rub off on my skin so well. I think it's because I haven't stored it properly. It's not a problem though because you can just use it like soap with warm water. I recommend getting a little box to store it in (Lush sell them).
There are no nasty chemicals, it's vegan and the ingredients haven't been tested on animals. It's perfect for sensitive skin, and I've heard that it's worked for some people when nothing else works.
After a quick sniff of the chunks of aromatic and pale Aromaco, I decided to get some to try.
The product is similar in many ways to more traditional solid type deodorant sticks, without the plastic container and twist out mechanism. Its priced at £4 for a 100g piece, which whilst seeming like a lot to pay, does offer good value. As the deo bar that you get for your £4 is a good size and very long lasting when in use.
I find that its also best to cut the 100g chunk of Aromaco into 2 or 3 smaller pieces as they are easier to handle that way. They also last better. With these smaller pieces lasting between 3 to 4 weeks each, you have plenty of time to save up for your next naughty visit to Lush.
The bars are best kept sealed to keep them from drying out. I normally wrap each piece in cling film and store it away in a cool dark place, till I want to use a new chunk of Aramoco.
The bar that is in use is also best kept in a way that preserves its moisture. I tend to keep mine in one of the small silver metal containers, that Lush give away free, when buying 2 soaps or solid body butter products. That way you can easily take out the deo bar as and when you want to use it.
Aramoco contains a mix of bi carb, patchoulii and witch hazel. The bi carb is very absorbent, so is good for stopping unwanted body odours. Witch hazel is a natural ingredient with good astringent properties and exotic patchoulli oil adds a wonderful aromatic natural scent. The patchouli in this deo bar is stunning. It adds a gorgeous feel to the product and I think it makes the Aromaco idel for use by either men or women.
In term of how it smells, I think it compares well to the mens after shave/ EDT Antaeus by Chanel. In terms of womens fragrance its very reminiscent of Paloma Picasso or Urban Retreats Rendevouz fragrance.
When first applied its a little strong smelling but soon settles down into something that does a very good job. It works rather well and hasn't left stains or marks on clothing at all. It keeps you feeling fresh for several hours too and doesn't irritate the skin.
If you want a more natural deo product then the Aramoco deo bars are something you may want to check out as they offer a good alternative to most major products on the market. More than worthy of 4 stars to my mind.
I was intrigued by Lush's range of deodorants as they just seemed completely different to any others on the market. In addition, I was about to go on holiday and found the idea of a solid deodorant appealing as it would leave more space in the liquids bag at the airport!
After looking around and smelling the various deodorants on offer I plumped for Aromaco, tempted by the patchouli smell. I didn't know what patchouli smelled like until a few months ago but I recognised it straight away as 'the hippy smell'. It will probably be familiar to you even if you don't know the name. Apparently the Victorians used to scent Indian ink with it, and to keep moths out of their pashminas, according to Lush!
Patchouli is apparently "cooling on the skin, astringent and soothing" so that's why Lush chose it to perfume their deodorant. The product costs £4 for 100g - my piece cost £4.88. The deodorant also contains witch hazel infusion and chamomile vinegar. It is suitable for vegans.
I was rather bewildered as to what to do with my chunk of deodorant when I first got it! In the end I cut it into two pieces. One I left in the original wrapper - this turned out to be a mistake as it started to go hard. I then put it in a cleaned-out black pot, and when it got very small popped it into a little plastic bag (the sort you get money in!) to take around with me. The first piece I put into my old Strawberry Santa plastic container (after washing it out) - this has proved to be the ideal place for it as it has prevented it drying out.
If your deodorant does get dry and crumbly at the edge, scrape off the top layer with a knife and the softer, fresher deodorant will come through.
To use, you just rub the deodorant on to your armpits, then put on your clothes and go about your daily business. There are no white marks when using this, which is a plus! The smell of patchouli is still evident and lasts all day although it does fade a bit over time.
In general I have found this deodorant to work pretty well. It is not an antiperspirant as such - not containing the necessary chemicals - but I have noticed that I do feel dryer using this, to a degree comparable to 'ordinary' deodorants. Even when I do sweat, I don't feel sticky at all, and I don't smell either - the only smell I can detect is patchouli. Lush say this can be used as an all-over deodorant but I haven't tried this, and don't really see the point unless you're in a really hot country. I did try it on my feet but it didn't really work (I do have dreadful smelly feet though).
I took it on holiday with me to both Morocco and Hong Kong and it worked well. The only real problem was when I was in Hong Kong and my armpits went really red and dry and sore. I don't know if the deodorant was responsible as this hadn't happened before, but it was quite unpleasant. Since I've got back, I've used body lotion on my armpits every day and this problem hasn't returned. I'm still none the wiser really as to what the problem was!
The deodorant has lasted ages - I got it around Christmas time, and while I haven't been using it all the time, I still have a good chunk left. Therefore, while this product appears to be expensive, it is actually good value for money.
Aromaco isn't the best deodorant I have ever used - Sure Maximum Protection and Soap and Glory's deodorant being the greatest - it's still pretty good, which is impressive considering it's a 'natural' deodorant and doesn't claim to have any antiperspirant properties. I would certainly buy it again, especially for holidays. The patchouli scent goes well with the Karma fragrance as that also contains patchouli (I'm using a lot of Karma products this summer!).
If you would like to give this deodorant a try, you could try asking for a sample - alternatively, Lush are doing a 'Cyclist's Repair Kit' at the time of writing which includes a chunk of Aromaco.
Lush Aromaco deodorant is one of those products that you just don't know if it's for you without trying it. I've always been curious about Lush's solid deodorants so I got a little sample to try out before I splurged on the full size (because at £4.00 for 100g it's quite a lot of money if you aren't sure it even works!)
The bar comes just like their soaps in a chunk off a block which you can get cut to size. It's a creamy white colour and is quite soft and 'squidgy'.
The scent is very noticeably patchouli. Unfortunately I'm not a fan of patchouli (also the main scent in Karma which I can't stand) so this put me off a little bit from the get-go. I think it's one of those Marmite smells so others may love it.
The most important thing to remember about this product is that it is deodorant and not anti-perspirant. So basically using this product on its own will not stop the sweaty marks! I used this during an exercise class and in its favour the only smell I could detect from my gym t-shirt was the patchouli so it's effective in that sense. The only downer is that you're going to have to put on anti-perspirant too so if your normal one does the job of keeping you dry AND smelling good then Aromaco is a little redundant.
The product does go on nice and easily and is basically like using a solid stick deodorant but without the tube (it can get a little slippery as the product melts on to your skin so hold on tight!). Unsure on storage for this product. Usually I put Lush products in an airtight container but this is the kind I think should just be left in its wrapper on your dressing table to 'breathe'.
So overall, this is one of those products that I can only give my personal opinion on. It may work wonders for some but for me it was just ok and I won't be buying the full size one. Lush says you can also use it on your feet etc and it may be a good holiday buy to freshen up with when travelling. Obviously this is also a good product for Vegans out there and those who are worried about aluminium etc in their underarm products but I'm going to be returning to my Sure asap!
This is NOT an anti-perspirant. Anti-perspirants stop you sweating completely, a deodorant stops you smelling. A small difference, but quite a significant one. Aromaco is just one of Lush's range of solid deodorants. The others are: Aromarant, T'eo, Coconut (powder) and the Greench (powder).
Price and packaging:
This is £4.00 for a 100g as of February 2010. It is a 'naked' product, so when you buy it it will be wrapped in greaseproof paper with a sticker telling you what it is. This'll keep it safe till you get home, and then you can just keep it an an air tight container or sealed bag.
Scent and appearance:
This has a lovely patchouli smell, very 1960s and hippyish. It is a white block of deodorant, nothing very special about the colour.
How to use and my opinion:
Basically like a normal deodorant. Swipe under arms. Dress. The only thing I would say is that sometimes the outside can harden and dry out a bit. When this happens, simply take a sharp knife and shave off the hard layer. The bit underneath will be perfect and smooth. A bit like cutting the rind of old cheese, if you will. Although this doesn't stop you sweating (as it's not designed to) it does stop smell. So if you are a heavy sweater, don't buy this as it won't stop dark patches (it will hinder sweating, but not stop it entirely). If you are someone who doesn't sweat so much, this'll be great for you.
My partner has severe eczema and isn't able to use any products on his skin other than what the doctor prescribes. He's not been able to use any deodorants for several years as they always result in sore, itchy skin. When a Lush shop assistant suggested the Aromaco bar we were very sceptical but she gave us a small free sample to try anyway.
Wow! It worked! It doesn't make him itch and it doesn't irritate his eczema in anyway so now he can be confident wearing t-shirts in the summer and not have to worry about embarrassing unpleasant smells.
It also doesn't smell too 'girly' as it contains patchouli oil which isn't too strong either. I love the smell of it on him, it's ten times better than any Lynx aftershave!
Make sure you gently warm the block in your hands first for easy application and don't leave it sitting on the windowsill as it may melt!
As with all Lush products, it's not tested on animals and Aromaco is also vegan so big thumbs up from the animals!
I'm trying to avoid underarm sprays and roll-ons with worrying chemicals, that are potentially linked to breast cancer. I'm a fan of Lush products anyway, so though the underarm deodorant was worth a try.
Witch Hazel infusion
Aromaco comes in a block that looks like a creamy-white soap. It currently sells at £3.95 for 100g, which seems expensive, but if you take care of it properly it can last ages (more about that later). To apply, you just rub the block under very dry armpits, or on your feet. It's best to do this in the bathroom, as small amounts can crumble off the edges when it's new. These tend to smooth off after a few uses.
There's a light subtle patchouli smell to it, with a slightly sharper hint of witch hazel. It's much more pleasant than the fake chemical smells of deodorant and antiperspirant sprays! I hate those. It's not overly pungent and is suitable for men or women.
The bicarbonate is there to absorb odours and make them inoffensive. The witch hazel has a cooling effect, nice on a warm sweaty day! It has a slightly wazy texture on the skin, which seems to form a seal which helps prevent sweat breaking through.
For effectiveness, it's really good. This isn't an antiperspirant, its a deodorant, so it won't entirely stop sweating. It does control sweatiness quite a lot, though and is very effective at helping prevent odours.
On the downside, it will leave it's smell on the armpits of your clothes, but then so do most scented products. However I've never found it to leave a stain.
Finally, how to look after your Aromaco block. I made the mistake of keeping mine in the bathroom. After a few weeks it started to go strangely oily looking. I found when I put it on it wasn't nearly as effective as it was when it was new, and began to smell quite unpleasant and sickly. After reading about it in the Lush Times paper, I found out that you are not supposed to keep it in the bathroom, as the absorbent powders soaks up the moisture from the atmosphere, and then can't do it's proper job under your pits! For the same reason, make sure you apply it to completely dry skin.
I'm now using a new bar and making sure I keep it dry. It should last several weeks, and I've found it's worth cutting a bar in half, one for me and one for my husband.
After seeing a horrifying tv programme last year and convincing myself that all ordinary anti-perspirant and deodorant would give me cancer, I embarked on a quest to find an effective replacement. The obvious place to start was Lush, where I had a great conversation about non-carcinogenic, non-synthetic, non-aluminium containing toiletries with the (as usual) very enthusiastic and helpful salesperson and left happily with one of Lush's solid deodorants - I think it was something like Teo. This was a powdery, chalky oval, and smelt great - I won't dwell on it because this review is not for it, but suffice to say that it rubbed my armpits and made them sore. (I have since learnt that this may be due to my application, I am impatient.)
Following this I sulkily used an 'ordinary' roll on deodorant for a while, before girding myself for another try. I had one more false start, with Aromacreme - which smells lovely but again irritated my skin. It is not suitable for sensitive skin. Finally, with some advice in store, I purchased Aromoco. This time, like Goldilocks, I found a deodorant that was "just right".
I have always hated the overpowering smell of the usual floral or sporty options of deodorants and usually chose fragrance free. Aromaco suits me because it is unusual smelling (with a distinct whiff of patchouli, but not enough to mark you out as a hippy) and quite subtle. It blends with my other Lush natural smelling products.
It also works! Hallelujah! You buy a lump, currently at 3.95 per 100g, in the same way as soap is sold at Lush. The bar is similar in consistency to soap, or perhaps more like a massage bar. When rubbed gently (think gliding) over your skin the bar coats your arm pit (or anywhere else smelly - feet for example). It helps if the skin is warm, as the bar slightly melts onto it. I have been using mine for a couple of weeks without making much impression on my bar so I anticipate that it will last for ages. Part of Lush's policy is to use as little packaging as possible, so this product comes wrapped only in a layer of paper. I find that a (reusable!) zip lock sandwich bag is ideal for storage.
I love Lush soap and reccently I have been exploreing the world of Lush and trying out non soap products, one such product is the Aromaco deodorant.
I have a nice little 20g piece of Aromaco which I got in a Lush sample pack, to stop it from drying out I keep it in a little zip lock bag in my dressing table as it is a moist bar rather than most deodorants which are liquid in a bottle.
Aromaco comes in blocks like the Lush soaps and is cut to size when purchased, it is an off white colour and has a bit of a yellow tint to it.
This deodorant is quite similar to the stick deodorants which you can buy however it is not in the plastic caseing like the ones in the supermarket.
Aromaco feels quite like a bit of soap, you simply take the bar in your hand and glide it under your arms and a thin layer will be left and there is your deodorant for the day !
I find that on hotter days I need to put on a bit more with each application and need to apply at least twice and sometimes up to 4 times a day to keep nice and fresh.
The really great thing about this deodorant is that it is not just for use under the arms, it is a whole body deodorant ! I really do hate hot days when I have wacked on loads of deodorant under my arms but then I find that my back begins to sweat. I rub this bar under my arms, on my back and on my feet and whilst I do have to reapply on hot days it really is great.
Using Aromaco makes me feel fresh, it has a very slight fragrence, just enough to keep me smelling sweet but is not overpowering or very noticeable. It does leave a very slight powdery residue on your body, it can not be seen and I have not found it to rub off on my clothes but if I run my hand over the area it has been used on it does feel a little powdery.
My skin i quite senbsitive and I have found that many deodorants give me a bit of a rash or red underarms, I have had no proiblems with Aromaco though, I have even found its suitable to use after shaveing.
The ingridients of Aromaco as advertised on the Lush website are -
Witch Hazel Infusion (Hamamelis virginiana)
Chamomile Vinegar (Anthemis nobilis)
Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin)
As you can see this deodorant contains Patchouli and according to Lush this is cooling and soothing , which I think is why the Aromaco deodorant is so effective.
Lush have a habit of putting strange facts about their products ingridients or makers on their website, apparently Patchouli was used in the Victorian times to fragrence writing ink !
Lush do also produce some other deodorants, I have also tried Aromacreme and I can not decide which I like best between the 2, I find them both very effective, however Aromaco is much easier to use in my opinion.
I do not think this product would be enough as a sole product for someon with extreme sweating, however those with light to medium persperation would find this to be an effective useful product, its also good if you are out and about because you do not need to carry a bottle of deodorant around with you, you can just take a small piece off your bar and pop it in your bag.
I have been using my 20g piece for around 2 weeks and still have just over half left, so this product does last very well, despite its price I think I would consider buying this again, especially in the winter as it would surely last even longer then because I would not need to be making more than one application each day.
I highly reccomend Aromaco to anyone looking for a natural deodorant with a subtle fragrence.
I've been using this for a week- and am actually thinking that I may be at the end of my quest for an effective yet 'safe' deoderant'. I've tried countless antiperspirants and deoderants and have always feared that i am not still'daisy 'fresh' as I would like when it comes to mid afternoon.
Aromoca is quite unlike any deoderant I have tried previously- it resembles a bar of (white- no frills) soap in consistency and appearance- find a nice box to keep it in - I keep mine in a little sealed tupperware cup on my dressing table which may explain why I haven't experienced any dry hard bits around the edges of the block when using it.
I take just a few moments to warm the side of it in the palm of my hand before applying it and find it goes on easily enough -leaving a 'waxy' (tho not unpleasant) residue under arm- Unlike the other reviewers the fragrance of my particular 'piece' is hardly strong- which means it doesn't compete with the fragrance of my perfume.
In terms of effectiveness this has seemed to keep fresh and surprisingly dry as it is only a deodorant) until the following morning. Added to the fact that this is a 'healthy' alternative- if it keeps working this will be a keeper- the real test will be when I experience the humidity and monsoon in S. Asia this summer.
Price wise- it's great - after the accumulated canisters of ineffective deoderants I've accumulated at around 3 pounds for a piece that is going to last me well past 4 months- this is probably the 'cheapest' deoderant I have ever used- what's more you'll be helping the environment too because there's no packaging to speak off- just a coarse paper wrapping.
It might seem like I am always in Lush buying lots of different new products to try but in fact I have only been in four times since the Manchester store opened in September. The second time I was in the store I changed my Lush shopping habits completleny by not buying either a bath bomb, bubble bar slice or slice of soap. Instead I was brave enough to pluck up the courage and buy Aramaco which is the patchouli scented bar in Lush?s innovative range of solid deodorants I had wanted to try one of these for ages but thought that at £2.90 per 100 grams they were pretty expensive compared to the £1.20 I roughly spend on deodorants usually. My other qualms were whether I would like the deodorant and whether it would be easy to use?? I normally stick to whatever roll on is on special offer. I have experimented with the different creams and sticks but often found them to be very flaky and did not last long. So how does Lush?s Aramoco compare to other deodorants The visual aspect The piece of deodorant does not look as flash or funky as other Lush products. In fact it looks rather plain. Perhaps this is why I picked this ugly duckling of the stop smelly armpits world. It is a plain white cuboids with no adornment unlike some of the other deodorants that had bit of lavender and cornflower on top of them. On first sight it is very smooth but on closer examination it has little ridges and flakes. It does not come in a fancy plastic tube that might harm the environment. Instead it comes in the trademark Lush coarse paper wrapper;. Now that I have used it a lot it has gradually eroded away and looks like a miniature work of sculpture full of little indentations and smoothed off so it fits my armpit quite comfortably. The Smell This deodorant contains patchouli, witch hazel, camomile vinegar and bicarbonate of soda amongst other things. When people mention patchouli to me I think of hippy shops and incense sticks. I imagined this to be quit
e heavy and overpowering. In fact the scent of the deodorant is really nice as although the patchouli with its notes of wood and flowers is present it is not too strong. The bicarbonate of soda is also evident giving it a clean subtle smell. I actually really like it and feel it smells more natural than most other deodorants and antiperspirants I fel they are often too chemically whilst this is wholly natural. Feel and texture This deodorant is ultra hard so is not going to crumble significantly like a stick I tried a few years ago. You do get the odd flake that breaks loose but these are normally tiny. When running my hands over the bar I find that it is mostly smooth with minute gritty bits which are the important bits of bicarbonate of soda How is it used? It is easy peasy. You just rub it under your pits, along your feet or anywhere else where you might become a bit of a Sweaty Betty. It is ok on dry skin but I feel it works better on wet skin as it glides along easily depositing a thin layer of silky deodorant. How is it supposed to work?? This is not an antiperspirant. An antiperspirant clogs your sweat glands so you do not sweat. Lush?s deodorant work with your body,. The bicarbonate of soda neutralises nasty niffs and the witch hazel as an astringent helps with any bacteria that might cause these smells in the first place So does it work?? Yes. It does. I have found myself feeling a lot less sweaty due to the cooling properties of this deodorant. I actually feel it works just as well if not better than a normal antiperspirant. I found that in the evening after a hard day at work my pits were clean and fragrant. On applying I have noticed it rubs in very well so no waiting for the deodorant to dry like roll ons and no white marks like the spray ones. I?m not sure on the condition of the skin under my arm pits but it does not sting and do not think it has caused much irritation apart
from a spot so maybe the witch hazel does not work so well after all! Is it long listing?? Yes it is. I?ve had this for four months now and the block although shrunken is still in existence. I am sure I will get at least another two months out of this block Are there any others in the range? There are seven jn the range each scented slightly differently. Some have flowery basses such as lavender whilst some are more exotic such as Fuwari. However they vary in price from £2.65 per 100 grams right up to £7. I feel the £7 would have to last me at least a year for it to be good value. Other stuff This bar like all Lush products is not tested on animals and is suitable for vegans. The bar can be bought at all Lush shops and via their mail order outfit and over the internet Would I buy it again? Certainly. This is a hundred times better than some of these stick deodorants and much better than my normal roll ons. I have been impressed by the smell and the longevity of this product. If I did not buy Aromaco again I would try Aromarant a lemon and herb scented bar which is the same price. All in all this is a great natural deodorant that turns a stinky sweaty Sarah into a sweet smelling one.
When I was a student, I used to while away the hours in what we called ‘head shops’ – you know, the ones with ty-dye clothes and joss sticks. They always stank of patchouli – as did a couple of the boyfriends I had and some of the floors I slept on. While my life is thankfully decades away from all that carefree unpredictability, I still like the smell of patchouli, although admittedly it is an acquired taste. I remember an ex who had a little brown bottle of this scent, which he wore liberally. When I was missing him once, I seem to recall borrowing his jumper because it smelt of him. Sadly, it had bags more personality than he did. But browsing through the delights of the online Lush catalogue – For, as you may have noticed, I have been unfaithful to Avon of late! – my nostrils were wafted back to those hazy student days and the word ‘patchouli’ popped out of the screen in a haze of nostalgia. It was only a matter of time. I hadn’t tried a Lush deodorant before. I hadn’t tried a solid deodorant bar before either, so I ordered a bar of Aromaco and one of T’Eo. I have already reviewed T’Eo separately, but it’s inevitable they will be compared. Inevitable, because I do compare them at the end of this opinion ;-) Aromaco is an unassuming oblong shape. It’s a boring white colour and has no interesting lumps, bumps or bits of dead flowers squashed on top. But it has the power to take over any room. This is a deodorant bar with a penchant for World Domination. Wherever you hide it, you will be able to find it by following that long thing that sticks out of your body – yes, your nose ;-) When my hubby-to-be got home from work last week, he looked around the bedroom suspiciously. I’m sure he thought I’d hidden a couple of hippies in the wardrobe or had been smoking illicit substances to help me to cope with homeschooling. (No,
I don’t, just the odd Baileys and tub of ice cream!) Patchouli is not a smell that is known for its subtlety. It grabs you by your nostrils, shakes you around threateningly and goes HELLOOOOOO in a kind of slurred, not-quite-with-it way. Armpits positively quake at its fanfared arrival. So you rub it into your armpits, which is a bit awkward as it’s oblong shaped and your armpits aren’t. The bar is smooth, hard and only a little bit comes off at once. You don’t have any powdery residue to come off onto your clothes, which is a good thing, it does absorb into your skin pretty well. It is very gentle and causes no irritation at all and is suitable for sensitive skin. (You know, the sort that cries in the corner if you say it’s a bit spotty.) It is even okay to use straight after shaving, if you wish – certainly much better than that STING you get from sprays, ouch! Lush don’t do anti-perspirants, with sweating being a good and natural thing to do – it’s just the whiffy bit we want to avoid! So this contains essential oils to make you smell nice and bicarbonate of soda to “neutralise those nasty niffs.” (Copyright – some advert or other…) This one contains with hazel, chamomile vinegar and that all important patchouli oil. I’m not sure of how much of each ingredient there is in there, but picture a wild student party. The witch hazel is sipping a Coke in the corner, the chamomile vinegar has gone home with a headache and the patchouli oil is strutting its stuff madly in the middle of the living room. The deodorant bar looks like it’s going to last well and be good value for money. I haven’t used up much of it yet. Then again, everyone else thinks it’s too strong, so they’re giving it a wide berth. Admittedly, when you sweat, it does make the patchouli seem that little bit sweeter – which can be slight
ly nauseating if you feel below par anyway. I like it. You may not. Oh, here are the comparisons I promised you… SHAPE – Aromaco is oblong and harder to get into your armpits. T’Eo is rounder, more contoured and fits snugly into any armpit. MARKS ON YOUR CLOTHES – None from Aromaco, which is a solid block. Plenty from T’Eo, as the powder does come off and often puts white marks on your clothes. PRICE – Aromaco costs £2.60 for 100g. T’Eo is £3 for 90g. But it’s prettier. SMELL – The in-yer-face sweaty hippie smell from Aromaco… … Or the gentle whiff of lemons from T’Eo. Who goes? Who stays? You decide. Damn. Knew I’d been watching too much Big Brother.
This antiperspirant from Lush is a very simple and effective patchouli scented deodorant with witch hazel to discourage over sweating and baking soda to absorb moisture /