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      08.03.2011 22:23
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      A reasonably effective natural deodorant

      If you read my reviews regularly, you'll know that I am trying to sample every Lush products available (almost), which is proving quite an undertaking! On my last trip to a Lush store I chose a number of items and was standing looking at the deodorants, trying to decide if it was worth picking one up. One of the helpful assistants saw me hesitating and offered to give me a sample of any deodorant I chose! I decided to pick Aromarant as it was a deodorant I had never previously tried, and the assistant cut me quite a substantial sample, about 50g (the minimum you can buy is 100g). I was very happy with this!

      Lush pride themselves on their natural products, and don't put aluminium or parabens into their deodorants. I can't say that artificial ingredients bother me all that much, but I'm still intrigued by Lush's unusual approach and have tried their other deodorants with varying degrees of success. Aromarant is similar to another deodorant, Aromaco. They are both solid deodorants, but Aromaco is white in colour and based around patchouli, whereas Aromarant contains lemon.

      The deodorant comes in a solid block and when you buy some a piece will be cut off for you and wrapped in paper. I find it's best to remove it from the paper, or else it might absorb all the oils, and keep the deodorant dry and in a tin - I'm using a massage bar tin for this purpose. Aromarant is a light brown, sort of cloudy colour - if you've ever eaten brown Kendal Mint Cake, it looks surprisingly like that, although I'm willing to bet it doesn't taste anything like as nice! The deodorant smells lemony, but doesn't have the sharpness of lemon - perhaps the other ingredients tone it down. It's a pleasant smell - not the sort you'd want to smell in a body lotion or perfume, but it's fresh and appealing enough for a deodorant, and in any case anything's better than sweat!

      Aromarant is suitable for vegans and is made with lemons to keep you smelling fresh. Witch hazel is also included which helps tighten your pores. The deodorant works by absorbing odours with micro-fine sodium bicarbonate, and also contains sandalwood oil to help keep skin soft. The deodorant is a versatile one that can be used on both feet and armpits, and indeed anywhere else you're feeling a bit sweaty!

      I've tried this deodorant on several occasions. To use it, I just rubbed it over my dry underarms. Unlike Aromaco, Aromarant didn't seem to irritate my underarms at all - it didn't make them scratchy or sore. The deodorant seems to be quite soft.

      After rubbing it on, I get dressed as normal, without needing to wait for the deodorant to dry. I've found that if I'm just sitting around the house, the deodorant is fine. It lasts well and I notice no stickiness or wetness under my arms.

      If I'm going out or doing anything more energetic, I do notice that my underarms get a bit damp. I think this is because natural deodorants like this one don't actually stop you sweating, they just stop the smell. I must say, even when I am sweating I don't get that 'sticky' feeling I get when sweating with other deodorants!

      I have noticed that I never smell bad when using this deodorant. Even if I've been sweating, when I sniff my underarms at the end of the day (purely to judge the deodorant's performance for this review, you understand!) I can just smell the lemony deodorant smell. This is pretty impressive!

      I did once try applying the deodorant to my feet, but although it worked insofar as it stopped them from smelling, I didn't like the way it made my feet feel - rather claggy and sticky - so I won't be using it on my feet again.

      The deodorant costs £4.20 for 100g. This is better value than it sounds, as it lasts well - I would estimate my piece, which is roughly 50g, has lasted about 3 weeks - 1 month - but it still works out a little more expensive than normal deodorants.

      Overall, I am pleased with this deodorant for what it is. It performs well for a natural deodorant, is pleasant to use, handy to carry, and smells nice. However, I will probably stick to my proper deodorants in the future as I would rather stop sweating altogether and I don't really care about the supposed bad chemicals - rightly or wrongly!

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      29.08.2010 13:21
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      Excellent personal grooming product

      Lush solid deodorants are a collection of products designed to prevent the unsavoury aroma of human underarm odour from developing, yet at the same time - and unlike standard antiperspirants - not work by blocking up the sweat glands there.

      Most antiperspirants that you buy in the chemist or supermarket work - as most people know -work by temporarily jamming a person's skin pores shut, usually with (I think) zinc- or aluminium-based compounds. Being aware of some suspected health-problems that have been linked with in particular aluminium, I stopped using anti-perspirant-type deodorants about 12 years ago - but it was difficult to find an alternative on the market at that time that was any good. I tried herbal roll-on products that made you all sticky under the arms and never dried properly, soild 'crystal deodorants' from Thailand that did next to nothing, and even a supposedly magic formula that was alleged to last up to a week with one application! (That barely worked either).

      Around that time I visited my first 'Lush' shop in Glasgow. I wasn't too enthused by the various 'bath bomb' products that everyone seemed to be raving about back then but I thought the solid aromarant bars looked worth a look - and have basically been using them ever since.

      The aromarants are sold by weight and come in hand-made-soap style rustic slices or chunks that have been taken off a larger block. They come studded with little lumps of 'natural ingredients' (eg. baking soda nodules - baking soda being one of the chief deodorizing ingredients) on the surface and a few of this inclusions occur through the matrix of the block too - so they look exactly like hand-made soap as well. The chunks you buy in the shop are generally about the £5 each to buy mark. In the old days they came wrapped in cellophane-type stuff but for the last few years they've been sold in waxed-paper wrappers which I can understand given the Lush company's commendable environmentally-friendly ethos - paper being recyclable / sustainable etc. Unfortunately, Lush aromarants do have a tendency to dry out over the course of their useful life - a block costing a fiver lasts (me, with daily applications) roughly about a month and a half - and as the paper wrapping disintegrates almost immediately, you have to wrap them in a plastic bag to keep them 'good' anyway.

      Personally I get on very well with the various Lush soild aromarant bars. Despite them not being antiperspirants I don't notice that I get any (sorry) sweatier under the arms when I'm using them than I did when I used 'traditional' deodorants - but then I have been using them for 10 years and my memory of what things were like 'before and after' may be a bit faulty. (Certainly I can only remember one occasion over the past decade when I've been using these products when I've had what you might call a cataclysmic personal-grooming-product failure - but it the middle of summer, and I was literally running from place to place and wearing a synthetic-fabric shirt that memorably unfortunate day).

      The blocks leave a slight soapy-feeling (but not sticky) residue under the arms and do have a tendency to get onto your clothes - where they can leave a small amount of residue that usually lasts through the wash as I think it's quite 'waxy' material. So I suspect these products wouldn't be brilliant if you wore them with a lot of white / very delicate fabric clothes. The smell of the one I'm currently on - a sandalwood base, I think it's got - smells faint and inoffensive and I barely know I'm wearing it.

      My only fear is that now I'm so reliant on this product, some day Lush are going to stop making it.

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        24.06.2010 10:42
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        Worth getting a sample to see if its suits

        Lush are really very innovative with what they manage to come up with and one of their more interesting products is the Lush Aromarant solid deodorant bar. Ok so it may sound a bit 'off the wall', but most Lush products seem that way, at least until you have embraced the idea of them and given them a try.

        Aromarant, comes without the plastic container and twist out mechanism that more traditional solid type deodorant sticks come with. The deo bar is priced at £4 for a 100g piece, which is often cut freshly to size and then weighed for you. Most Lush stores will not allow you to buy any less than this, so if you are unsure about the product, ask for a free sample, as most Lush stores are happy to oblige.

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        The price at £4 per 100g, does seem like a lot to pay, but as its very long lasting, a £4 bar can turn out to be good value. Plus a 100g chunk looks much larger than you imagine its going to be.

        A really good way to get the most out of the product is to cut the 100g chunk of Aromarant into 2 or 3 smaller pieces. Doing that will mean they are easier to use and each chunk will also last better. I have found that each smaller chunk can last for at least 3 weeks each.

        Another tip is to keep your spare Aromarant chunks sealed up till needed, as this will stop them from drying out too quickly. I recommend that you wrap each spare piece in some fresh cling film. That way you can easily store it in a cool dark place till you need it.

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        The chunk in use can be kept in one of the silver metal containers Lush do. If you are buying anything else such as soaps or solid body butters, buy 2 and they will give you one of the containers for free. Its handy to have these as you can just take out your Aromarant bar when you want to use it.

        Aromarant is a blend of ingredients that include bicarb, which is used to absorb nasty whiffs. Zingy lemon is added as it can neutralize / counter act any lack of freshness and its also antibacterial. The main scent in the deodorant is sandalwood, but witch hazel and oak bark are also in the mix.

        The scent is rather pungent and to my mind it takes a lot of time to get used to. It actually smells stronger before you use it, as a solid bar, than when you apply it to the skin. It does work and manages to ward off smells successfully enough, but when compared to the Lush Aromaco deodorant bar, I find it doesn't hold up half as well.

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        Aromarant comes in a rather nasty shade of yellow brown too, no idea why they picked that, as its not very attractive to look at. It also seems to have a harsher rougher texture when brushed against the skin, than the Aramaco deo bars have.

        In summary the Aromarant deodorant bar offers good value at £4 for 100g of product, only if you like the scent of it. To my mind the Aromaco deo bars are nicer and would be a better choice.

        It is nice to give new things a try and I would recommend that you ask for samples of both deo bars so that you get a better idea of how they feel and perform when on the skin. An overall rating of 3 stars is adequate for this product, if the scent had been nicer it would have gotten 4.

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          30.05.2010 19:27
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          Fine if you don't mind wet pits

          OK, so I was doing this "challenge" where I tried not to buy any new cosmetics or toiletries until I'd run out. With a backlog of dozens of shampoos, body washes, moisturisers, etc, it seemed like I wouldn't need to buy anything new for at least a year. If you're a man and you're reading this, you might be thinking, that's brilliant, no need to spend money on smellies for a year! However, if you're a girl you might bethinking the same as I was: argh! No excuse to go to Lush for a year!!

          So imagine my utter delight when my boring Mitchum deodorant (previously reviewed) broke in my armpit (yeah, I didn't know deodorants could break, either) and I realised that due to it being such a boring product, I HADN'T actually stockpiled deodorants! So I had the perfect excuse to buy something from Lush!

          So I went to Lush and told the assistant I wanted a deodorant. I knew Lush did deodorants but I had always ignored them before because they just don't seem exciting, you know? But this was an ESSENTIAL PURCHASE. I needed this product. Anyway, the assistant told me there were two different types of deodorant, powdery ones, and non-powdery ones. I decided to go for a non-powdery one because white marks on black T-shirts are never appealing.

          Let me remind you that Lush try as hard as possible to avoid packaging because it's bad for the environment and stuff like that. So their deodorants come in chunks that look like soap, with no packaging other than a yellow paper bag. So there's no plasticky bit to hold, no wheel that you turn to get more product, and no lid to put on after you've used it. When applying it, you have to pick it up and rub one face of it against your armpit. Then you have to wash your hands because it feels icky on your fingers. You'll need somewhere to store your deodorant. Keeping it in the paper bag is OK, but doesn't exactly look nice on your dressing table. And if you want to keep it in the bathroom it might get splashed, leaving you with soggy paper stuck to your deodorant, and hence your armpits. I keep mine in a little snack box style tub with a lid.

          The assistant talked me through the deodorants they had and Aromarant jumped out at me as being the best of the bunch. For a start, it smells like Sandalwood, which is quite a pleasant, non-overbearing scent. Their other similar deodorant is patchouli scented which is a bit too hippy-ish for me to be honest. Aromarant also seemed like a good choice because of the witchhazel and lemon which tighten your pores, so sweat escapes more slowly. It also contains bicarbonate which Kim and Aggie tell me absorbs odours.

          The thing you have to understand about Lush's solid deodorants is that they are not anti-perspirant, meaning when you use this on your underarms, you will still sweat. You will still get wet patches. However, it will stop the sweat from smelling bad, and it will also stop it feeling as sticky. That's because it's the bacteria in your armpits that make your sweat smell bad (ever notice the sweat on your brow doesn't smell bad? That's because hardly any bacteria live on your forehead) and the lemon and witchhazel kill the bacteria.

          To be honest, Aromarant isn't brilliant. It smells a bit funny, it feels weird and I'd much rather have an anti-perspirant. But it does manage to neutralise body odour, and it does apply just as well as a chemist-bought stick deodorant. It costs £4 for 100g (which is the smallest they let you buy), which is quite a lot. You're paying for the novelty, really.

          So, all in all, it's an OK product, and it's great that it's free of packaging, but I think this is one for the Lush-crazy, and perhaps not for normal people.

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            17.09.2008 20:43
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            Smells better on a man

            This deodorant block is a nice rusty colour and smells of lemon and sandalwood , for lovely fresh arm pits!

            I like these bars more than the powders or the other bars which have a big layer of bicarb on top.

            This bar has bicarb in but it is mixes in so the bar doesn't feel all powdery. The bicarb will neutralize any odours throughout the day and leave your arm pits lemon fresh!

            This bar also has witch hazel in so it stops any nasty skin irritations some people may get especially in the hot wither.

            I do like this deodorant but I personally think it smells better on a man. The sandalwood is a very earthy scent so I find this smell much more inviting on my partners skin than on mine.

            It does work well, you don't get any odours if you wear this for general everyday use, but remember this one doesn't have the big bicarb layer which sort of acts as a natural anti persperant, so if you wear it at the gym be prepared to have rivers of sweat running down your sides.

            A great blokey smell for everyday wear!

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            12.06.2002 06:31
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            So, I started going to Lush as I was drawn in by the yummy smells of the balistics and soaps... But soon enough I noticed the less glamorous items, and its these that have done the most to transform me from a spotty smelly greasy-haired teen into my glamourous 20-something self! While I adore Fairy Jasmine (glittery aphrodisiac ballistic) and Creamy Candy (sugar-sweet bubble bath) it's Aromarant, Angels on Bare Skin and the solid shampoos which truly have captured my heart. I have always had problems with being a bit sweaty, I'd get up, have a bath, go to school and already be smelling :( I have tried progressively stronger and stronger products, each of which would work for a few weeks or if I was lucky months, but by the time a bottle ran out they were usually next to useless, and even if I didnt sweat too badly the fragrance would start to smell wierd... Then I tried Aromarant. I thought "it'll never work" and the first time I tried it, it didnt - just made my armpits sore. Then I figured out you need to use it wet - duh! Well it was amazing! As a mum of a toddler I don't always get to have a bath every day, and some mornings I forget to even have my usual wipe-with-a-flannel - with Aromarant I have gone 2 days from application to application without even a whiff of stink! WOW!!! Fortunately or unfortunately I find that a 100g bar lasts so long that by the time I have got about halfway through a bar, it has started to go a bit funny, possibly because I havent figured out how to keep it dry/in circulating air. My latest bar smells a bit like frozen peas - huh? Anyway, it is about 8 months old so I can forgive it! At the moment I am using a different product as I havent been able to get to Lush.

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              24.02.2001 21:56
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              I first bought this deodorant block from Lush a few months ago.Call me a bit of a new-age weirdo,but the thought of having other deodorants with their aluminium content and other nasty man-made things in them spurred me to buy something more natural.Besides this looked and sounded like a good product,so I parted with the reddies and bought a block. The product smells really nice,a kind of heady blend of sandalwood and lemon.Being a wee chap I thought this wouldn't make me smell too feminine,and hopefully offer me some more "natural" protection from the tropical rainforest which happened to be my armpits. The problem comes with trying to apply the thing to your armpits,it is wrapped in paper;yes that's right paper.Trying to apply it first thing in the morning when you can barely keep your eyes open is no joke. It melts after quite a while,and being as I had glandular swelling in my armpits at the time,it felt as if I was being constantly headbutted there.It would get on my hands, and was quite hard to wash off. It would've helped if they had packaged it better. I know it conflicts with lushs' policy of minimal packaging but even if it was a card sleeve holding the deodorant in place it would have been better. Another problem arose after a hard day at work in the summer. My job involves quite a lot of lifting and moving heavy drums of pills about. After prolonged sweating the deodrant just seems to wave a little white flag and gives up. I was beginning to smell the rather unique aroma of sandalwood,lemon and BO. So I really can't see how people use it after the gym (as quoted in their brochure). To sum things up it has a lovely smell, lasts for ages and is quite cheap. Unfortunately it gives little protection against humid weather,and is a real git to apply. This is a bit of a shame because all the other Lush products I have tried have been really good and very effective. In other words I have gone back to my alumi
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              29.01.2001 20:20

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              I'm forever looking for ways to smell nice and especially smell nice in useful ways, so am forever on a quest for a decent deoderant that doesn't cost the earth, doesn't wreck my clothes and doesn't leave me with huge sweat stains. This is not it. This is very very bad. Stay away from this solid deodorant. Other than being completely ineffective, it crumbles, it sort of makes a moist nest for itself and it's just generally icky. I bought it in good faith as nearly everything from Lush works beautifully, does exactly what it says on the tin etc. But this white lump is just well a white lump. blech

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              05.09.2000 05:53

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              Lush’s products smell the best in the world and usually look good enough to eat. This however can only be described as a “lump” of what looks like putty, and smells absolutely divine, like a garden full of flowers. The most bizarre thing is taking this lump and rubbing it under your arms! It is however one of the most effective anti-perspirants I have ever used and lasts for the entire day, as did it’s aroma. I don’t use it anymore due to the fact that I tended to get more on my hands than my armpits, which is alright until you realise it’s quite hard to wash off, being a good anti-perspirant!

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              14.08.2000 08:41
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              This should have been the perfect product for me - environmentally and animal friendly and no nasty aluminium salts. Unfortunately it's also one of the most horrid products I've ever had the displeasure of encountering! The waxy bar wasn't really nice to handle in the first place, but I persevered and used it. Lumps came off. Little lumps and big lumps. It took some time to clear up. I left it unwrapped and tried a few days later when it had firmed up. That worked better. Unfortunately the smell of patchoulli became quite overwhelming the minute I got warm. And the warmer I got the more like a skanky hippy shop I smelt! Lesson learned, I didn't try it again.

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              17.07.2000 06:25
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              Aromarant comes in huge blocks that look like soap. When you go to a Lush shop, you can ask for as much or as little as you want to be cut off and weighed.. it's just like shopping at a deli counter! They even wrap it up in waxed paper with a little sticker. There are two fragrances you can choose from, and both are suitable to be used on freshly shaved pits. They contain only natural ingredients and aren't tested on animals... but do they *work*? I'm glad to be able to report that they do...I have tried both fragrances now and I'm really pleased with them. They kept me dry all day and left no nasty white marks on my clothes. The fragrances can be a little strong, so it's best not to wear them whilst using another perfume as it'll clash. Also, it can be a bit difficult to hold as the block gets smaller, and you may have to hold it in the packaging paper to stop it getting on your hands. I wouldn't use this for everyday, but it is very effective, smells lovely and is a pleasure to buy (something very satisfying about watching your little block be cut and weighed.. I know, I'm weird...).

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              Uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) with essential oils and plant infusions to neutralise the smells which decaying bacteria make on your skin, especially under your armpits / This one smells of lemons with woody oakbark and exotic sandalwood /