“ Brand: Lush / Type: Deodorant Stick / Texture: Cream / Suitable for: Body „
I had been looking for an aluminium free deodorant for a while but all those from the health food shop seemed laughably inefficient. One brand (which shall remain nameless... ok it was Jason) claimed to "fight odour" (not very well, unfortunately) and advised users to "reapply as needed." What, every half hour?
I had used Lush deodorants a long time ago, and I liked them and their scents, but found that they ended up in a big crumbly mess, rather than staying in their original shape of neatly formed blocks. Now, however, there is a cream.... ideal! Or so I thought.
A pot of Aromacreme set me back £4.84 - more expensive than my usual brand, but it will clearly last me for months and months. I bought it with some trepidation, as I had read a few reviews on the Lush website which described sore red armpits, but I decided to risk it as my skin is not too sensitive.
First of all; the smell. It seems to be a popular one - described as "creamy" and "fruity" on their website. Well, perhaps my nose is wonky, because to me it smells like nothing of the sort. Upon opening my recycleable black pot, I was greeted with a pungent whiff of... well, it's indescribable. Perhaps playdough that has been left festering under the sideboard for a year or two? Try before you buy, is all I can say.
I had sniffed it in the shop but decided that it might not be so bad once it was on the skin (I often find that Lush products smell different in the shop - perhaps all those scents intermingle too much to make anything distinguishable). However, it is the same on the skin, and overwhelms any other fragranced product you may care to use.
The first few days of using this, my armpits felt unbearably wet (it is not an anti-perspirant - but hey, better out than in, right?) but this settled down after a while and my armpits seem to have regulated their own level of dryness, which is nice. (But this is March... lets see how they fare in August!)
The cream itself is a sort of light beige colour with little dark bits in it. The texture is something like soft, malleable marzipan, and rubs easily into your skin, perhaps crumbling a little more than you might expect. You only need a tiny amount, and no odour can escape! After about 10 days of use, my armpits did itch a bit, so I used another deodorant for a few days - I have now returned to Lush and everything feels fine.
To be honest, I will probably not repurchase this - not because it's a bad product, but because after the 6 months or so that this will probably last, I think I will be heartily sick of the smell. And Lush has many other products to try - I fancy the lemon scented Aromarant next!
I had been looking for an alternative to paraben-laden deodorants for a while and being a huge Lush fan decided I would give their deodorants a go. I randomly picked Aromacreme to try first, and am so glad I did, as I've used it ever since, which has now been over a year!
+It has a lovely powdery feminine smell and I never EVER smell of sweat while wearing it
+I only need to apply it every two days as it works so well
+Only a tiny amount, about a pea size for both armpits, is needed so it lasts for ages
+Its cheap, considering how long it lasts
+Very little packaging as it is wrapped in a piece of greaseproof paper (used to come in a plastic tub)
+Its paraben free and not tested on animals
-After a lot of use it makes my armpits itchy so sometimes I need to go more than 2 days before applying it again
-It made my armpits brown! I now apply a small drop of lotion to my armpits first as this seems to stop this problem
-As it is not an anti-perspirant it doesn't stop you from sweating and it leaves yellow marks on pale tops, although it washes out OK
-The greaseproof paper it comes in isn't ideal for storing it as the aromacreme can get quite dry. As other reviewers suggest, you can put it in a plastic bag or in a Lush tin
Overall, an excellent natural product but please be aware if you have sensitive armpits as it might not be suitable.
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.
I was wandering through our new Westfield shopping centre in derby and the smell of lush drew me in as it does every time I pass -the smell is so inviting . Anyway on this latest visit to Lush I was persuaded to try Aromacreme .
When you buy lush products they either come in the recyclable black pots or if they are loose products like this they are wrapped in a sort of greaseproof paper with the details of the product printed out on a sticky label - weight, price, product name etc. They then either put it in a small 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.
It is quite a dry cream and quite solid, well in our weather's temperatures anyway. It looks rather like a soap bar with bits in it but the feel of it is quite dry not smooth like soap. It smells wonderfully fresh and 'Lush-like'. Not only perfumes your armpits with exquisite flowers and, ylang ylang oil it neutralises odours with absorbent powders and keeps your armpits soft with moisturising almond oil and shea butter base.
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. In our Great British summer I haven't noticed the block ever getting any softer but I would think it might if it was somewhere tropical.
I keep mine just wrapped in the original paper and then a Lush plastic bag from another purchase as it keeps it moister. You can get tins from Lush and if you buy two of some products you get a tin free but I'm not sure if this works for the deodorants. I know it does for the shampoo blocks and the body massage bars but you could always ask.
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. Seems expensive £4.95 per100g but goes a long way, lasts ages.
A bit about this wonderful company:
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.
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
A solid deodorant is not really something I had ever considered buying until recently. I was in Lush and found myself browsing their range. The skin under my arms is one of the places I am prone to eczema unfortunately, and it often flares up which can look awful, and means I am limited to what I can wear -especially in the summer - as the redness makes me self-conscious.
I was very undecided about whether or not I should buy one of these or not, and decided against it, but once I got home, I kept thinking about it, and ended up ordering a bar of the aromacrème from the website.
I chose this one over the others available, as it was described as being fruity scented, which I liked the sound of, as although I don't mind floral scents in bath products, I had bought a Sanex deodorant a few months ago, and found the strong floral scent a bit nauseating. When it arrived, I found that the smell was quite nice it is fruity, but I also thought a little bit spicy, which made it a little bit masculine - I'm sure I had a boyfriend who used to wear an aftershave that smelled like this! It contains ylang ylang oil, almond oil, Shea butter and Lychees. To be honest, I can't smell the almond in it, and I'm not sure what either ylang ylang or Lychees smell like, but a quick internet search tells me ylang ylang has hints of jasmine and neroli in its scent, and Lychees are sweet and floral. Having learnt that, I now realise that there is quite a jasmine type scent to this, so I would say the ylang ylang is the more predominant fragrance.
To apply the deodorant, you simply stroke the bar under your arms. The bar is quite solid and doesn't melt in your hands like other Lush products can tend to do. The downside with the fact it doesn't melt easily, is that I found it very difficult to tell if any of this stuff was transferring onto my skin. At first I think I was pressing too hard which made my skin a bit sore. In the picture above, the product seems to have lots of little bits in it, but my bar looks a lot smoother than that one, and although there were a few bits, they seemed to disappear when applied to the skin.
As this just came wrapped in paper, I find it a bit inconvenient to store, I have since put it in a plastic lush bag which previously contained a bath bomb, but I do feel it's a bit of a pain especially if you want to carry it in your handbag.
Once on the skin, the scent is not overpowering, but if you sniff your armpit, you can definitely smell this stuff. As for keeping me dry and sweat free, I did actually find that this worked quite well. I tend to apply this in the morning and even with the hot weather we have been experiencing lately I have not yet needed to re-apply this.
Having gone back to the Lush website to check the price of this item, I noticed that there are several reviews on there from people who have developed a red rash from using this. Had I seen that at the time of purchase, I would not have bought it. I must say though, I have been using the product for two weeks now and I have not experienced any reaction at all - despite being prone to eczema under my arms. I think that if I was going to have a reaction I would have had one by now, so I am happy to continue using it.
This costs £4.95 for a 100g bar. I find it does seem to wear down quite quickly, but even so the bar is big, so you will probably get a lot of uses from it.
Overall, I thought this was OK, but probably would not buy it again. The smell was alright, although a bit masculine and it does keep you dry, but I found it a bit of a pain to use - hard to see if it was going on to the skin, and a pain in the neck to store.
The creamy, fruity one for everyone's armpits / Aromacreme is the third of our Aroma deos, a hybrid combination of the Kryztals' microfine powders and a moisturising almond oil and shea butter base / Not only perfumes your armpits with exquisite flowers and neutralises odours with absorbent powders, but it keeps your armpits soft and supple too / Take a small blob and stroke it on to the skin under your arms when it's dry / It sticks, it stays and it makes you smell lovely /