In my favourite, store, Lush, a while ago I made some new purchases, one of which was the Coconut Powder Deodorant.
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
***About the Product***
As well as the bath products for which they are famous, Lush make a number of other products including deodorants. One of these is the Coconut Powder deodorant, priced at GBP4.20 for 50g. It resembles talc, and comes in a black shaker. Lush describe it as the world’s only deodorant with powdered coconut milk, creamed coconut, dessicated coconut and coconut oil. That’s a lot of coconut! These ingredients are designed to help the deodorant stay in place all day. The bulk of the product is made up of tapioca, cornstarch and magnesium carbonate, ingredients which help to absorb moisture, and it is scented with vetivert and benzoin.
The deodorant is easy to apply but it does make a bit of a mess – it is white powder after all. Only a tiny amount is needed at any one time, so it lasts for ages. I’ve tried it as a deodorant and also as a talc.
As a deodorant, I’ve stuck to using it at night after my evening shower. This is because it makes a bit of a mess, which doesn’t matter when I’m about to get into my pyjamas, but can be a problem when I am getting dressed in the morning. I find it reasonably effective at keeping my underarms dry, so long as I don’t undertake too much exertion. It is very gentle on my skin and makes it feel more moisturised. I really like the scent of this – the coconutty aroma is very pleasant. I wouldn’t want to use it as an everyday deodorant, but for light use it's fine.
I also use the product as a talc, and it is particularly good in the summer owing to its deodorising properties – not strong enough for the underarms, but fine for the rest of the body. It helps to keep my skin dry in the heat, and makes my skin feel soft. The scent of the product is lovely, and very refreshing and summery.
Overall I do recommend this Coconut Deodorant Powder. It isn’t strong enough to be used as a proper deodorant – unless you are one of those lucky people who hardly sweat at all – but it is ideal to use on the rest of your body, especially during the summer.
A while ago, I decided to give this product a go - it was last winter, when I was going on a bit of a Lush rampage, and I really wanted to stop using aerosol deodorant because it's bad for you and the planet, so this, along with the fantastic smell, really swung this for me.
This is different in substance from the other deodorants Lush produce - most of the others come in block form (like a soap) and are very solid, and pretty strong smelling. I didn't like any of those smells, as I considered them to be quite sharp and a little 'manly' (or at least unisex). This is a powder, and comes in a little black paper tube (like a short loo roll tube), with a plastic top that swivels round to reveal or cover up holes through which the powder is dispensed. The packaging is identical to how you get the various 'dusting powders', but while those are just fragranced, this is actually a deodorant.
The product itself is a very fine white powder, composed largely of dessicated coconut, powdered coconut milk and coconut oil, with cornflour and tapioca starch for absorbancy, and some frangranced oils. The smell is very sweet and really strong of coconut - I would definitely wear this just as a scent, but unfortunately the smell wouldn't last nearly long enough.
To use, you can either apply straight to your underarms, but I find that can leave too much residue and leave white marks on your clothes, so I prefer to empty a small amount onto the palm of my hand and rub it in gently until it's all gone. I find it to be fairly effective in the winter, but in the warmer weather I have had to revert back to a stronger anti-persperant, which I'm a bit dissapointed about...but I suppose there's only so much all natural ingredients can achieve. I would point out that I was hugely impressed that this had any antiperseperant effect at all, I guess you could say I was a sceptic. If you were really dedicated to the cause you could just reapply during the day...BUT...that brings me onto my next point...
The design of the packet leaves a lot to be desired! When I first anticpated that I might need to re-apply I took it out one day in my handbag. As you can twist the top and cover the holes I ASSUMED this meant the product would remain in the packaging. I was very wrong! Quite a lot of the product comes out in transport, short of wrapping it in a sandwich bag I wouldn't say it's advisable to take it anywhere with you!
In summary, this is a great smelling product which DOES WORK, but maybe not as well as the chemical alternatives. It CAN leave white marks and it's NOT suitable to be transported. But I would recommend it, overall it's worth the measly £3.80 it costs for 50g, which will, believe me, last AGES!
One of the products I have had from Lush is their Coconut Deodorant Powder, its a different take on how we all tend to think a deodorant should be these days. Most deodorants are either in spray or roll on form, so when I first spotted the Lush Coconut Deodorant I was sceptical about its uses.
A very helpful assistant at the Lush store happily showed me several products, which she thought may suit my requirements and the coconut deo powder was amongst those.
It comes packed in a small matt black container with holes punched through the lid, so that you can shake a little of the product onto the area you need to deodorize. You can also sprinkle a little powder onto the palm of your hand and apply the deo that way.
The lid closes back over the holes when the powder is not in use, to keep the deo fresh and fragrant. The container is clearly labelled with the date of manufacture, the expiry date and even the name of the employee who made it.
You get 50g of product for £3.80, which may seem pricey, but as the small tub lasts at least several weeks if not more, its not as bad as it seems. Using it more sparingly will also make it last a little longer.
The main ingredients in the deo powder are cornstarch, desiccated coconut, grated coconut cream, extra virgin coconut oil, vetivert oil and tapioca flour. The tapioca flour is mainly used due to its absorbant qualities, which any good deo product needs.
You can use the deo powder both under the armpits and on other areas of the body. Just shake a small amount of powder where and when needed and you will immediately be reminded of exotic beach holidays and coconut suntan lotion, Malibu cocktails and coconut milk. The fragrance is so light and soft that its very pleasant indeed and its not at all over powering once in use.
I wouldn't say its 100% succesful as a stand alone under arm deo, it does have its faults. It is a loose powder so over the course of the day, its easily rubbed off, so may need re applying for maximum effect.
I think as a light deodorizing all over body powder it works at its best. It can be lightly dusted on and does a more subtle job than a spray product. You could combine it with the Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers G fragrance, as I do, which matches and compliments very well.
I would recommend it, but as above, more of an all over dusting of absorbent powder, rather than an under arm deo. Lush do have one or two other products which are more suited to whiffy under arms than this one. They too are worth taking a look at. Rating this as 4 stars for all over body dusting as its more suited to that.
Being a huge fan of all things coconut and of most things Lush I had to give this a go.
The product comes in a black pot with a twist opening lid, like salt, with little holes to sprinkle the product out of it. I find this a bit irritating as you don't get very much out at once and it takes a bit of shaking to loosen up the powder. I shake it onto my fingertips to rub in rather than directly onto my body as I find it too messy that way and you end up loosing a lot of product on the floor. I've heard of people using a soft face brush to dust it on but I think this would be quite messy too.
As a deodorant this is not going to keep you dry, certainly not on a summer day, but it will keep you smelling lovely. I put on my normal anti-perspirant first then rub this is in on top and dust it all over like I would with Lush's other dusting powders. You need to make sure it's really well rubbed in before putting your clothes on as it will leave white marks and residue if you've got too much on. It's really trial and error with that and takes a bit of practice to apply just the right amount.
The scent is just heavenly. It is coconut yes but it's not a synthetic overly-sweet smell. It's slightly nutty and a little spicy which I think makes a lovely summery scent. It lingers quite well on the skin as a dusting powder but if you're using it purely as a deodorant you'll probably need to reapply it several times throughout the day. I leave my pot in my room with the lid turned to 'open' and often get a whiff of it in the room which is lovely.
It's a fairly expensive product at £3.80 for a 50g tub but when compared with their solid deodorants (around £4) and the actual dusting powders (around £6.50 for 100g) I think this is quite reasonable as it smells a lot nicer than any of the others, in my opinion.
Overall, as a deodorant I would rate this around 3 because I don't think it would be strong enough on a very warm day or if you're exercising but as a light body fragrancing powder it is gorgeous and lasts well and it does a good job of keeping less sweaty areas (for example down your back or the backs of the knees) feel dry. It also has the added bonus of making your skin feel quite soft and silky. So for these little extras and the gorgeous tropical cocktail scent I'm giving it 4 DooYoo stars.
As far as its antiperspirant properties are concerned, i'd say that Coconut Deodorant Powder would only be suitable for people who don't tend to sweat a lot or for those who don't have an extremely active lifestyle. I wouldn't say that this powder would be a miracle worker for those looking for an end to their body odour.
The reason why I have given this product a high rating is that I didn't buy this powder to act as an antiperspirant, I was actually attracted to it's sweet (but subtle) scent, so I am basing the rating on my own personal use rather than how it would work as an anti-perspirant (in which case I would probably mark it quite low). I sometimes find coconut-scented products too heavy or sickly, especially in hot weather, but this powder is so light that I have no problems with the scent at all. The plus side of it is that you can apply it under the arms immediately after shaving and it doesn't irritate or burn the skin as some deodrants do. I apply mine all over the body - it leaves the skin feeling silky soft with that just-there summery tropical fragrance. I actually use a cheap £1 coconut deodrant from Marks and Spencers first, and in conjunction with this is smells delicious (and certainly keeps me dry on those more active days). The only negatives of this powder it that it can get a little messy on application especially if you have a dark carpet, but then I suppose if you are used to applying talc then it shouldn't be a problem. It does, however, leave white marks on my darker tops which can be wiped off by hand but can be a little annoying.
Overall I would say that this product is fantastic at giving yourself a little tropical scent, would be fantastic for those who want a 'light' deodrant, but not so good for those who suffer from seriously bad perspiration as I don't think it would be strong enough. I have had mine for over a year now and i've probably still got a quarter of it left!
Ok I admit it, I'm a Lush virgin. I don't have a Lush shop in my area therefore I rely on The Body Shop to buy the majority of my cosmetics. The one I buy regularly is Coconut Body Butter which is lush (ironically), however at £12.50 a tub it's a very expensive luxury so whilst doing some online shopping I thought I'd take a look at the Lush website to see what they have to offer. I looked up coconut butter but they didn't seem to stock it but what they did have is coconut deodorant powder. Intrigued I purchased it online for the pricey sum of £3.69 plus another £3 for delivery and waited anxiously for its arrival.
The packaging isn't much to shout about, infact it's very dull indeed. It's a very small black tub (50g to be exact) with instructions of how to use. It claims it will have you smelling like a coconut all day and it tells you to use all over your body, especially the armpits and other potentially 'offensive' areas.
The top of the tub has 6 small holes in which, when twisted will release the powder. The problem I had with the top is that you could already see the powder through the holes which left me thinking that it was open. This wasn't the case but I thought it wasn't very carefully produced if powder was already visible on the top. The top also seemed very dusty and in my mind it came across as if this had been on the shop floor as a tester before giving it to an unsuspecting online shopper. Overall I wasn't impressed.
Dispensing the powder can be quite tricky, when you think about talcum powder it has numerous holes to enable easy access to the powder inside however with only 6 very small holes it doesn't allow for a lot of powder to come out which will leave you tapping it into your hand and ultimately can be a very messy job. The top can come off, with some force but again this is even messier and with the build up of air that accumulates in the pot it means that when you put the top back the powder will fly everywhere.
I rubbed a little onto my forearm at first as sort of a tester and I must admit that it's a very nice smell without being too overpowering. Then after a shower I rubbed it over the majority of my body and decided not to use a spray deodorant to see if the claims that it uses 'absorbent tapioca and desiccated coconut' were true. This does work fairly well as a deodorant without topping it up too much however I only used it when I was lounging around at home. At the end of the day I wasn't sweaty but not having done much I wasn't expecting to be and the smell was still apparent on my body which I was fairly impressed with.
The main problem I have with this is the fragrance though, it's a subtle and pleasant fragrance however it clashes a lot with my perfume and when using this all over your body you can sometimes smell it over your perfume which is very irritating because no matter how much I like the smell I prefer my perfume.
Applying this can be quite messy and I recommend you lay a towel on the floor before applying any if you like the colour of your carpets! The powder is a white colour that isn't too thick, it absorbs into your skin within seconds and it leaves your hands smelling very pleasant. What disappointed me with this product is that it's not a moisturiser which I first thought it might be, it's simply a pleasant smelling deodorant. This is where it loses points in competition with The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter which I've been buying for years. This one leaves you smelling pleasant all day whilst not interfering with your perfume and it even moisturises as well.
When using this on my armpits I was wearing a tight fitting black top and although I thought everything had been absorbed efficiently I was still left with white marks which I was annoyed about because my normal deodorant doesn't leave white marks.
Overall I just wouldn't trust this as a regular deodorant. The smell is pleasant but nothing amazing and the fact that this isn't a moisturiser is a big minus in my opinion. At £3.69 it isn't a lot compared with my £12.50 body butter addiction however I'd much rather pay £12.50 for something that smells nice, doesn't clash with my perfume, isn't messy to apply and moisturises my whole body than buy something that just smells pleasant. I think I'll stick to my usual body butter and spray deodorant for now.
When I ran out of my Jason Tea Tree Oil deodorant, I baulked at the price of £4.99 in my local healthshop, so I decided to try and find another "alternative" deodorant elsewhere - lured, as ever, by the gorgeous scents of Lush. I specifically wanted to try something with cornstarch in it, as I have found (with the Jason deodorant) that this does have some ability to absorb moisture. This, combined with Neal's Yard's deodorant spray (please see my review on this), would hopefully give me a good balance between moisture control and, er, scent regulation, for want of a better phrase.
Does it work? To some extent... I've found myself wanting to re-apply (on a hot and muggy day, mind) which is an awkward thing to do, being in powder form. There is, however, some control of the, er, smell issue, too, which I was not expecting (Jason's deo didn't fare so well on that aspect).
Still, the scent is so gorgeous, I hardly minded wanting to top up. The glorious blend of soft, soft coconut lusciousness with just a tiny hint of spice is summarised nicely by the ingredients (note 4 different extracts of coconut!):
Cornstarch, tapioca flour, magnesium carbonate, perfume, powdered coconut milk, coconut oil, grated coconut cream, dessicated coconut, benzoin resinoid and vertivert oil.
There is, of course, the potential added annoyance of white marks on your clothes, but this only became an issue on the day I wore a close-fitting summer top. Otherwise, I would say that it's just not thick enough to rub off on looser-fitting tops.
All in all, it depends on how swayed you are by a fabulously beautiful scent (and just how stinky you are! - sorry to say it, meat eaters, but I have never smelled so sweet - okay, let's call it "relatively neutral" - since becoming vegetarian!) It's not hugely effective, but folks, you have to lower your expectations when you switch to a natural deodorant and just do what you can (ie apply regularly and combine with an anti-bacterial spray like Neal's Yard's). The bottom line is, you're not artificially blocking your pores up with aluminium and you'll know FOR SURE that you won't be developing cancer or Alzeimer's because of this particular daily habit.
The information is out there and the choice is yours!