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~~~ The Back Story ~~~
My friends will tell you that I am one of the most organised people they know. The truth however is the polar opposite. However as someone who is very well aware of her weaknesses, I spend a lot of effort attempting to overcome my natural scattiness. Unfortunately this does not always work out quite right, especially when I am working for days or weeks on end.
Hence, I found myself needing to buy an antiperspirant at very short notice. I don't usually buy a specific brand of roll-on antiperspirant, but have several that I choose based on price as their performance of those few is all the same.
I bought this Nivea double effect antiperspirant deodorant for £1.10 from Lidl.
~~~ The Product ~~~
Manufactured in Germany, the "Nivea double effect- gentle care and violet senses", antiperspirant deodorant proclaims to provide 48 hours of gentle care. The product is ethanol-free, apparently has avocado extract and is sold in a 50ml serving in a clear glass jar that has a pretty violet-coloured screw lid.
It also claims to soften skin and enable a closer shave.
~~~ My Experience and Opinion ~~
I have owned this product for at least three months, and used it for the majority of the time. The container therefore lasts a long time and the product smells similar to a floral laundry detergent. The roller works well. It never noticeably stained any of my clothes. This however is somewhat irrelevant as I found it to be unreliable. It simply did not work for me most of the time and especially during the recent hot weather.
Different people perspire (or glow, as my Grandmother used to say) at different rates or points of exertion. Now, to put this rather bluntly, I cannot recall emitting an offensive underarm aroma at the end of a usual working day when wearing my usual underarm products. That's not to say that I might not smell, but I wouldn't smell to the extent that I'd be concerned that someone walking into my office at the end of the day might notice it.
This Nivea double effect worked well enough on a casual, exertion-free weekend. However I cannot trust it to be effective when I am work, no matter how light a day I may have planned. I really smelt, and even had to pre-treat my clothes prior to laundering.
Finally, I should point out that I also noticed no difference in "closeness of shave".
So why have I kept using it? Firstly, I'm quite tight with my money and secondly I changed my work scrubs more regularly throughout the day on work days.
I am unable to recommend this product as being suitable for most people.
There are much better products on the market for a similar or better price.
I bought this deodorant when it was on offer in my local Sainsburys. At £1, it sounded like good value, especially as it claims to soften skin, therefore reducing hair regrowth. To be honest, it sounded too good to be true but I thought I would give it a go anyway.
The product and effects : The deodorant itself is a very runny, pearly looking liquid, you can see it through the glass bottle which also means you can see how much product there is left. The product's packaging says that this has 'avocado extract' for smoother underarms and that it is Violet scented. This deodorant has no colourants or alcohol. It comes in a 50ml bottle, with a roll on ball for application directly onto the skin. The actual product goes on in a thin layer so it dries quickly, unlike some other deodorants which can take a long time to dry before you can put your clothes on. I do like the smell of this deodorant, and it does seem to last a long time. It claims to last 48 hours, and have 48 hours gentle care, but I have never tested that out as I would wash and reapply every morning.
Disadvantages : The only thing I was disappointed with s the fact that they claim to make the underarms smoother for a closer shave. I saw absolutely no difference in the state of my underarms and didn't feel that this claim was correct. Maybe for other people it would work, but according to some of the other reviews I have read on this product it is not just me that this hasn't worked on. I think this has been really hit and miss for other people too. I just feel that if it is not going to work well for the majority of people, then there is no point in putting it on the bottle, it just gets people's hopes up.
Overall, I like the scent of this deodorant, and that the smell lasts a long time and keeps me feeling fresh, however, I do with that they would only makes claims that they know the product can stick to.
I'll be honest, I only bought this roll-on because I had totally run out of my usual brand, so dashing into the nearest supermarket for a few essentials, I grabbed the Nivea which was on offer for £1. The girlie lilac bottle caught my eye (and the offer price, of course) and I chucked it into my basket with gay abandon. Later that day, after a shower, I retrieved it from my bag and was pleasantly surprised to read the words 'SMOOTH UNDERARMS' emblazoned onto the lid in bright pink letters. Ah! I thought to myself, this must be one of those hair-minimising jobbies, designed to slow the regrowth of your hair. The label said 'smooth underarms for longer' but I soon realised that this just meant the product had a softening effect on your skin, meaning that, in theory, you got a closer shave. This is a classic example of misleading labelling. Ok, so if I hadn't been in such a rush I might have examined the label more closely before buying this deodorant, but I felt a tiny bit cheated.
In the absence of anything else to use, my husband and daughter both use spray types, a real no-no after shaving your pits due to the extreme pain, and my boys well they just stink, I rollered it on anyway. The smell was ok, floral but slightly chemical and stronger than I'm used to but at least it didn't sting. It was quite gloopy and I found myself doing the 'wave your arms in the air like you just don't care' routine as it took a while to dry and I was not at all confident that it wouldn't mark my clothes.
At the end of a very long day, I was relieved that I didn't smell bad, so the deodorising ingredients obviously work well and it is alcohol free, which is good because you would not want to drink it!
The addition of avocado extract, the magic ingredient warranting the confusing Double Effect name however, made absolutely no difference to the condition of my underarm skin. I feel that this was an attempt on Niveas' part to boost sales but it has no real benefit for the consumer.
It's an ok deodorant at best and good value if you can find it on special offer.
I really love the Dove deodorants but for my birthday I got a few different brands of deodorants off my mother (I don't know if she was trying to tell me something!?) and not being one to knock a gift horse in the mouth, I gave each of them a go. One of the first ones that I used was the Double Effect Anti-Persipirant Deodorant Roll on by Nivea.
What does the product do?
The product is designed to stop you from sweating and to also stop your armpits from smelling badly, and it promises to do this for up to 48 hours after each application. It promises to be gentle and to leave the under arm skin feeling soft and smooth.
How does it work?
The product promises to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth thanks to the addition of Avocado extract which moisturises and nourishes the skin with vitamins and minerals. The deodorant contains Glycerin which draws moisture into the skin and also the skin to hold onto to it. The product is alcohol free with no artificial colourings and the product has been dermatologically approved so it is gentle on the skin too.
How do you use the product?
The first time that you use the product you need to roll the ball a few times to release the product. The product is then to be rolled evenly on to freshly cleaned armpits. You are advised to wait until the product has dried before dressing. You shouldn't apply the deodorant to irritated or broken skin.
The aroma of this deodorant is called Violet Senses and this is described as being a delicate flower fragrance. And when they say delicate, they certainly mean delicate as it is really barely there. It is probably the weakest and faintest aroma that I have ever smelt on a product of this type and I was worried that this would mean that no bad smells would be masked by it. It does smell like flowers and a little bit of musk but you need to breathe in really deeply to smell anything at all.
Packaging and Price
The packaging of the product looks really nice. It comes in a heavy glass bottle which does weigh down my handbag but it also looks attractive. The weight of the product means that it is impractical for travelling on holidays with as it would take up a lot of your baggage allowance. You can see the cloudy liquid inside and there is a lilac sticker label on the bottle which tells you a tiny bit more about the product. It has a lovely lilac lid which you twist to remove and then you see the roller ball dispenser underneath.
The product will cost you around £2 for 50ml of the deodorant and it is available from most supermarkets, department stores and also from a variety of online websites.
The product is easy to apply to the underarm and the roller ball never gets stuck. A lot of the product comes off when you use the product so it doesn't take long at all to get the desired coverage. The faint aroma is barely noticeable even at this stage which is a disappointment. It takes a few minutes to dry on the armpits so you do have a bit of a wait before dressing. It doesn't feel sticky under the arm or make me feel uncomfortable at all. I have used the product straight after shaving and it didn't sting.
As with all of my experiences with Nivea, this has been a disappointing one. It didn't stop me from smelling which was no big surprise to me and it didn't stop me sweating at all. It probably made my skin a bit softer but if I'm being honest, my underarms being soft isn't one of my main priorities in life! I find the claims of this product lasting 48 hours laughable as it doesn't even last for one.
All in all, this is a really disappointing deodorant that doesn't keep any of its promises or fulfil any of my expectations of a good anti-perspirant. It doesn't have much of an aroma, it takes a while to dry and it's too heavy to carry around with me in my handbag... Not that I would want to do this!!
I'm never loyal with buying deodorants or toiletries, I tend to go for anything that is on offer and give it a try. On offer in Sainsbury's was "Nivea double effect gentle care violet senses...................." so I bought it and thought I would give this a try. The claim on the roll on bottle is that it gives you smooth underarms, because it has "Avocado Extract and 0% Alcohol", and also I imagine the claim of 48 hours gentle care was as a deodorant.
I've been using this product for a few weeks, but I'm not at all impressed. Once I had used it for a few days I had another look at the bottle, I was wondering if it wasn't really a deodorant but a skin soother for underarms. No, it says on the bottle "Anti-perspirant deodorant" so it should be good to use, Nivea is a trusted name and I was not bothered about my underarms being smooth, I just wanted a good deodorant.
Well, I don't think this is a good deodorant or anti perspirant, it certainly did not keep me smelling fresh for 48 hours let alone 24, I even asked my daughter if this product's aim was to GIVE me body odour and not to prevent it!
It comes in a very attractive 50ml roll on bottle, it's colour scheme is obviously violet and it looks very effective.The busy label says you will have smooth underarms for longer, but I would prefer to lose all the gimmicks and just have an effective deodorant and anti perspirant. I don't care if my underarms are not smooth, but I do care if I feel I smell a bit of "BO"! Arghh and it's not even summer, I certainly would not buy it again or reccommend it.
As I have said lots of times before when it comes to deodorant it usually has to be Dove for me. Not only does it work well but it is also ideal for using straight after shaving with no painful stinging.
I do however try others from time to time just for a change and to see if anyone has managed to make a deodorant to equal Dove!
I always use the roll on version which I find convenient and easy to use. I tend to find that the aerosol ones catch the back of my throat and make me cough when I spray them. There is another problem with anything that I have to spray into the air and that is that Mew does not like it at all - he runs away as though his tail is on fire!
Anyway I was shopping in Boots the other day and I noticed that the Nivea roll on deodorant was on offer at two for £3 so I decided to try a couple. The individual price is currently £2.35 each. I unscrewed the lids and had a sniff and then chose Pearl & Beauty and Double Effect which both smelled very nice.
The one that I am reviewing today is the Nivea Double Effect Gentle Care 24 hour deodorant.
The container is made from glass which of course is recycleable, which is another good point as far as I am concerned. The label on the front has the recognisable dark blue Nivea logo and is in shades of pink and lilac if you want to find it on the shelves.
The information on the label tells me that this deodorant has violet senses and avocado extract and will keep my underarms smoother for longer as the avocado extract will make my skin softer and will help me get a closer underarm shave.
Although the containers of most of the roll on deodorants have changed recently so that they stand with the lid at the bottom to make getting the last bit of the deodorant out that much easier, Nivea have kept the traditional design.
The glass container stands in the bathroom cupboard with the plastic screw on lid at the top. This means that when the container is almost empty I will need to stand it upside down to make sure that I use all the deodorant before recycling the glass. This will prove a bit of a challenge as the top of the lid is rounded so I will have to stand it in between other things so that it doesn't fall over! I don't like to waste anything you see!
Having unscrewed the cap you find a fairly big ball, if you'll pardon the expression, which makes actually applying the deodorant to your underarms nice and easy. The deodorant always runs freely and there are never had any problem with it drying out.
This deodorant smells lovely and although I find fragrances very difficult to describe I will try. It is sweet and flowery (could that be the violets?) but not too sickly; it is more of a fresh clean sort of fragrance if you see what I mean.
It dries very quickly which is a big advantage for any roll on deodorant as far as I am concerned. Many times in the past I have been seen walking round the bedroom flapping my arms up and down like some strange bird trying to get my deodorant to dry before I could get dressed but not so with this one.
This deodorant feels nice when I put it on too. It is smooth and easy to use and does not sting at all. I have to say that I haven't noticed an appreciable difference in the closeness of my underarm shave but then it was always good enough anyway.
The deodorising and antiperspirant effect lasts all day even in hot weather, and when I am out in the garden sawing and chopping wood for our log burner!
Being a roll on, it is in a small container making it ideal to take on holiday, and as it contains no propellant it can be taken on an aeroplane with no fear of explosions.
The other advantage of using a roll on deodorant is that it is kind to the environment, as it does not contain any CFC gases.
In conclusion I am very impressed with this deodorant - it works well, it isn't expensive and it smells lovely!
So, it looks as though I might have found a rival for Dove.............
I bought this deodorant a couple of months ago in Boots when it was on offer at 2 for £2. As well as the offer, I was drawn to the product I admit due the brand name, knowing that Nivea are excellent at moisturising products.
The packaging is good quality - a nice sturdy glass bottle with a lilacy plastic lid - not the nasty cheap plastic packaging that comes with some really cheap deodorant bottles.
The fragrance is called Violet Senses, but I can't say that it says overly violet like to me, though it does smell lovely and fresh and floral.
On application, the deodorant feels cooling to apply, although does feel slightly sticky for a little while before it dries - not long, just a few seconds, but long enough to notice. It does not leave any tell tale white marks on clothing, and more importantly for me, it is absolutely pain free on applying after shaving - something that I think is very rare in a cheap deodorant.
The packaging says this product offers 24 hour protection, and I agree it is very effective and really does last all day.
Nivea publicise heavily that their deodorants are moisturising, and I was highly sceptical about this, but my underarms do really seem less dry so it must be working somehow!
All in all, I have been very impressed with this product. I think when it is not on offer it is around £1.80 - a small price to pay for a product that actually delivers on what it promises. Give it a try.
I like a lot of items in the Nivea range and this is my review of one of their roll-on deodorants called the double effect violent senses.
The roll on is one I bought a few months ago to take to Spain with me but I did not use it while I was away and brought it back home. I had put it away and forgot about it so this is why I have only been trying out the deodorant recently.
I bought it from my chemist near my house and it was on special offer at £1. I think the usual price is about £2 which I am not sure I would pay for a roll on. It is a bit dear.
The packaging is nice and it is quite eye-catching and is a girly looking design as it is a purple colour. The smell is there when I take off the lid of the deodorant so I know I will like the smell of it before I have used it. It smells a very girly scent but it is nice and not to young which is important for me when I buy scented items.
The first time I used the roll on I had just shaved my under arms and I did not like the feeling of the roll on under here. It felt like it was tingling and I had to wash it off because I was worried it would get sore.
I tried the roll on a couple of days later and I thought it was ok but I have used better roll-on deodorants than this one before! I did not like how the Nivea double effect made my skin feel tingly when I had put it on and it also took ages to dry into my skin. I even felt sticky on my under arms for ages after I have dressed and I do not like it when deodorants do this.
The Nivea roll on did keep my under arms dry and reduced sweating but I thought it was horrible to use and I ended up throwing it out. I am glad I did not buy it at full price!
I did not like the way the roll on made my skin tingle and as I have delicate skin I was scared it would cause a reaction so didn't want to take the chance. Also it took ages to dry in and I thought it was to much hard work to use it.
I would not suggest giving it a try cos there are much better deodorants for about the same price so try a different one instead of the Nivea double effect violet because this was a waste of time and money for me.
I only ever buy deodorants when they are on special offer and therefore rarely stick to one brand and am not averse to giving new ones a try!
I bought this one from Sainsburys quite a while ago when it was for sale at one third off the RRP of £1.95 for 50ml.
~ What does the packaging stage? ~
- Gentle care
- 24 hour anti-perspirant protection
- Softens skin for a close shave
The info on the packaging is somewhat confusing for me as in one statement it implies that you can use this for underarm shaving; ' with natural avocado extract softening the skin and helping you get a close shave' whilst there is another statement of 'this is an anti-perspirant not a shaving product'.
~ My Experience ~
It has a screw top lid and a transparent glass bottle which enables you to see when you are close to finishing this. This is an advantage over many other ones that I've used, where you can't see when you are about to run out until it dries up!
It's really easy to apply and so far the 'rolling ball' has never 'jammed' which I have sometimes found with other roll ons. It glides very easily on my underarm but sometimes a little too much fluid is distributed! This does mean that it takes a few minutes to dry which isn't great if you are in a real hurry.
As a lot of you ladies may know, some deodorants are unbearable after shaving your underarms and you have to wait an hour or so before applying them. But this really doesn't sting after shaving which is a real bonus if you have given your underarm the quick once over with the razor before going out.
-The smell -
This has a very feminine, light floral scent to it when first applied.
This is where the anti-perspirant fails for me. It is fine for the first few hours but as the day progresses it does absolutely nothing to keep my underarms perspiration free, let alone keeping them fresh for 24 hours!
- My verdict -
~ Pleasant scent when first applied.
~ Doesn't sting your underarms after shaving
~ Doesn't combat perspiration.
~ It takes a while to dry.
~ It leaves the odd white mark on black clothing if put on after applying it.
~ The difference between an anti-perspirant and a deodorant ~
A deodorant simply masks body odours with fragrances whereas an anti-perspirant works by reducing the amount of perspiration produced, resulting in a reduction of BO.
- Overall -
Given the fact that this does nothing to keep my underarms fresh throughout the day, this was a big disappointment for me hence the fact that I have replaced it with more efficient alternatives even before finishing it!
Thanks for reading :-) This review also appears on ciao.
When it comes to deodorant it's something I buy really very often and get through at the rate of knots! As a total gym-a-holic I can accept that whilst at the gym I pour of sweat but I couldn't cope with smelling like it! I don't go to a gym like that! lol
Now usually I favour a spray on anti-perspirant however I saw this on offer in my local Sainsburys priced at a pound rather than it's usual price of £2.29 and decided to give it a go simply for that reason!
See-through glass roundish bottle with a dent to the back of it for ease of use and a pale lilac twist on/off cap/lid to the top of it concealing a large whitish rollerball. On the front of the bottle there is a light pink oblong label and on that in white, burgundy and navy writing I'm told it is Nivea Deodorant 'Double Effect' Anti-Perspirant Protection 'Violet Senses' with avocado extra to give smooth underarms for longer and that it's a 24 hour formula and the size is stated. On the back of the bottle there is a white label and on there the recycle symbol is displayed as are contact details for Biersdorf (the manufacturer of the product) and the bar-code is displayed. If you peel back that label (as suggested) your told a bit about the product and ingredients are listed, directions for use are given, storage details are also there and once again contact details are given.
A Bit About The Product According To The Bottle....
With natural avocado extract, softening the skin and helping you to get a close shave.
Leave underarms smoother for longer, 24 hr confidence, anti-perspirant protection and gentle Nivea care.
No alcohol, colourants or preservatives.
Directions For Use...
Roll on evenly and allow to dry before dressing. Don't not apply to broken or irritated skin. This is an anti-perspirant not a shaving product.
Me Using It....
Well first off I'm a little confused and Nivea must be too! One of the statements on the bottle says 'softening the skin and helping you to get a close shave' and then feels the need later on in information to point out this isn't a shaving product? Ok so they must mean you use this daily and then when it comes to shaving it's easier to shave. I'm not sure but it's weird lol.
So using this is rather easy. It has a large flexible rollerball to the top of it which is of course smooth and as you roll the liquid is dispensed. It comes out really easily and like a moisturising liquid really. in the bottle the liquid is like an opaque white lotion but as you apply it it goes on transparent. It's a bit wet when you first apply it but it sinks into the skin completely and leaving no residue in about a minute or so and feels gently hydrating and none greasy and then your free to get dressed etc. You can't feel it at all and it's job done!
The smell of this is rather nice. It's called violet senses which makes me think it's meant to smell of violets but to me it's a mature orchid sort of aroma. Quite floral and a little sweet and like I say to me it's a very mature and grown up fragrance.
Now a word to the wise here! Do not use this unless your of strong constitution straight after shaving! Sure Nivea says it's fine I do not! I applied it straight after shaving and it tingles so much afterwards it was uncomfortable. It had no other adverse effects as such but I decided not to do that again! So the next time I used it I applied it an hour after shaving and the same thing happened! The feeling does wear of but I don't like the feeling one bit so for me I'd only use this when my armpits are not shaved on the same day!
Does It work?.....
Sort of. Now as I mentioned earlier this dries rather quickly however the warmer I get and the more I perspire it sort of melts under my arms and becomes like a damp moisturiser. It's a bit of an odd feeling really however I haven't noticed any residue on my clothes when this has happened. The smell of the deoderant stays put for a good couple of hours and even with me pounding the gym I haven't smelt any nasty whiffs so yes.... it works well for me...
I don't like the way it really isn't any good to use after shaving at all. Just for the purpose of this review I shaved my armpits at 7pm , applied this deodorant at 9pm and at 12am my armpits are still feeling sore! They also feel smooth and moisturised and are highly fragrant though but for me this is a no no deoderant I'm afraid!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists.