“ Brand: Lush / Deodorants / Type: Deodorant Stick / Subcategory: Deodorant / Suitable for: Body „
I'm surprised that Lush Cosmetics are still selling their solid Lavender Deodorant block, to be honest. It comes in bar-of-soap-shaped rounded blocks, and unlike many of the cosmetics made by Lush isn't sold on a weight basis - you buy it in discrete blocks that are about the size that'll conveniently fit into the palm of your hand. It cost around the £2.70 mark over a year ago when I bought it.
It is certainly quite a nice-looking product, with it coloured wax(?) base, and the sprig of dried lavender flowerheads that's imbedded into the top of each lozenge-shaped block. It even in its block state smells strong and terrific - really lemony / lavendery because of the presumably, real herbal extracts that've gone into the making of it.
No, the real problem begins when you try to used the solid so-called deodorant for its notional purpose. It's made primarily of what's effectively a compressed tablet of baking soda, and the first drawback you encounter upon using it is that it's highly friable - and after a couple of uses the block starts to come apart when you try to rub it on into your armpits. Some gritty powdery 'soda' will admittedly come off the surface of the block when you rub it onto yourself - largely by chance alone if I'm being honest (though if I remember right, I think the 'instructions for use' for this stuff suggest you should use it straight after you've had a bath, so that your underarm skin remains nice and moist so that the effectively entirely-made-of-baking-soda deodorant will stick to you) and a little of that might even stay on your skin in the short or longer term.
Unfortunately whatever limited amount of baking soda from the block stays in your armpit has a sum total of zero deodorizing power. While none of the 'Lush' brand deodorants claim to be antiperspirants, conversely, I felt I was actually sweating a bit MORE than ususal when I tried this stuff. It was quite probably my imagination, but I felt that the baking soda was in some way 'drawing' additional moisture out of my skin - probably because of the unpleasantly moist yet grittily slick residue of combined armpit sweat / baking soda that accumulated in my armpits soon after I'd used it. Maybe this armpit slick had a 'wicking' effect, I don't know. It began to smell quite frankly of BO pretty rapidly, I can tell you that.
This stuff doesn't work as a deodorant, and as such I found it utterly useless. And you know that antiperspirant that they advertise on TV with women all wearing it with their sleeveless little-black-dresses on the strength that 'it'll leaves no white marks'? Well this stuff is inherently by its very nature ALL white mark deposited by your underarm product, so something's clearly gone wrong there.
The block still smells nice though, and I use mine as a drawer-scenter these days, with limited success as still has a tendency to lose poweder off the surface.
I think the main problem with this deodorant bar is that the idea of the product is a lot better and more appealing than using it is. I thought 'oooh, wow, a BAR of deodorant!' when i first saw it, so i just had to buy one. When i got it home, however, it was a different story. The idea of just being able to wet the bar and wipe under my arms seemed relatively simple at first and to be honest, i was quite excited to try it. When i wet the deodorant i realised that the bottom half of the bar couldn't be used, meaning what i had bought was only half useable!
The green base at the bottom of the bar is made of a gel type material, which means it can be easily held, making it easy to 'angle' under the arms. I was glad that it didn't cover up the smell of my perfume and that it did actually stop me from perspiring, but i would actually rather have had to respray a bottle a few times throughout the day.
It was a disappointing buy from the Lush brand, whose products aren't often cheap! I got an 80g bar for around £3 and i only used it once, as the lavender leaves on top (for decoration) seemed to irritate my skin.