Product Type: Lush Antiperspirant / Deodorant
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Lush Coconut Deodorant Powder
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Lush Coconut Deodorant Powder
Date: 19/12/09, updated on 18/08/10 (182 review reads)
Advantages: Absorbs quickly and easily, pleasant smell
Disadvantages: Can't be trusted as a real anti-perspirant deodorant, clashes with perfume, poorly presented
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.
Summary: Will not be buying again.
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