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I spotted this Nivea Invisible for Black & White anti-perspirant a few weeks ago in Saver and thought I would give it a go because it was reduced to £1 rather than the normal £3 and as it is the larger-than-average size of 250ml I could not resist the offer.
I tend to wear a lot of black or black and white clothes and whilst I do not really notice other deodorants leave a residue I thought I would give this a go because Nivea products always seem good. The can is quite stylish too (as you can see in the picture) so I do not mind it on show in my bathroom in case visitors pop in unexpectedly.
The can is quite tall and it is thicker than average sized cans which means it is easier to hold with wet hands. The perspex top can be removed easily and the size of the ridged pump spray is good - it performs well time after time without leaking or clogging. When dispensed the mist is denser than I am used to and the smell is slightly stronger but pleasant enough - nothing exciting scent-wise just a normal kind of deodorant smell which soon fades after use.
Performance-wise, even in the hot weather, it has proved to be very effective and kept my underarms 'dry' and not smelling of perspiration and I found, as promised, it lasted the full 48 hours. I did not experience any tightness or drying of the underarm areas either - something I have noticed when using some other brands - so as an effective deodorant I would give it full marks. I cannot really comment on the effectiveness of anti-staining though as (luckily) I do not sweat too much anyway and have never noticed yellowing on underarm areas of white clothes nor any white marks on black clothing. All I can say is that this was still the case when using this Nivea one.
There is tons of information on the back of the can including directions for use, the obligatory cautions and long list of ingredients. Nivea claims the following -
- 'white mark protection for black clothes'
- 'anti-yellow staining for white clothes, keeping them white for longer'
- '48h effective anti-perspirant protection and gentle NIVEA care'
-' skin tolerance dermatologically approved'
- 'without alcohol or colourants'
I like the fact that this is alcohol-free but, as unfortunately, as expected when buying most deodorants these days, the ingredients appear to be rather dubious containing lots of ...ites, ...ates, ...ides and ....iums plus butane and propane etc in a 'pressurised container' (sigh :()
On balance I would say this is well worth trying if you are looking for a change of deodorant brands especially if you find it on offer as it does, in my experience, work for 48 hours and does not dry the skin.
We have a small Asda store near to where I work and they often have great reductions, I picked up this deodorant spray for 50p a few weeks ago, the spray would usually sell at £2 for a 150ml and £3 for a 250ml tin.
The deodorant comes in a mainly white tin, it has a spray top on it which is covered with a plastic lid which is ideal as I bought this one to keep in my handbag so it doesn't go off by accident. The tin states it is for black and white and has anti white mark protection, anti yellow staining and the effects last for 48 hours.
The spray gives a good burst of deodorant on each press but does also give a surrounding puff of mist, the smell is just fresh really a little like a fresh autumn morning but nothing I can exactly pick out of the aroma. I find that one quick squirt under each arm is plenty and it feels really cool when you apply it.
So are the claims really true? I have found that the spray doesn't leave any marks on white or black clothing so that is great and I haven't found any yellow staining on my clothing but then I have never particularly found that anyway so that isn't really just this deodorant.
As far as 48 hours protections goes it most certainly is not true, I have never found a deodorant yet that has lasted this amount of time and this one is no better. I find that if I use this on a normal day then it gives all day protection if I just reapply once through the day but if I use it when running around at work which is pretty constant then I feel like I have to reapply it a couple of times within a 7 hour shift.
I would give this 3 stars, it's normal selling price is about the same as other brands similar products although I did get a bargain, I find it has to be reapplied even on a normal day just pottering about so it certainly doesn't last 48 hours. The smell is ok but I like something a little stronger but it's anti white marks protection is perfect, overall a pretty average product.
Like most people, I have better things to spend my money on than deodorant, but as the world would be a smellier place without it I tend to go for branded products I can rely on, whenever I see them on offer. My most recent purchase was this one from Nivea, which I picked up from Morrisons on offer. The full RRP is £2.30 for 125ml.
The deodorant is an aerosol, which comes in the usual can with a plastic lid. It's quite eye catching, being white adorned with blue, black and white, and this is in keeping with the "Black and White" theme of the product name. I wouldn't say it's particularly attractive or feminine, however, and it does look a bit of an eyesore on my dressing table. The "black and white" theme is to do with their claim that this deodorant will not only prevent white marks on your clothes, but will also protect against any yellow underarm stains (nice!).
The first thing that struck me about this deodorant is the unpleasant speed and force with which the product is dispensed. It has quite a large "button" on the top which dispenses the spray, and this immediately creates an angry cloud of deodorant, to the extent that it makes me cough most mornings. Even after leaving the room and re-entering it, I can still detect this spray and it tickles the back of my throat. I think anyone with asthma or breathing difficulties would struggle with this deodorant.
Once I've got past the initial unpleasantness, I can detect a lovely fresh cotton scent from this deodorant. It's quite difficult to describe, but it's more cotton fresh than floral. It's not overly evident on wearing it, so it doesn't clash with perfume or body spray. However it dries quickly enough, and is quite effective throughout the day, keeping me dry and fresh. It doesn't release any further scent throughout the day, in that way some deodorants can when you start sweating, but it does seem to combat any unpleasant smells. Anyone who likes their deodorant to be particularly fragrant should probably steer clear of this one.
As for the "black and white" claim, I've not had any issues with this deodorant creating white marks on my clothing, and I do wear a lot of black for work. It's not a uniform or anything, but I tend to have a separate work wardrobe as I hate mixing work and leisure clothes. This deodorant is one of the best I've used in that respect, although I notice earlier reviews weren't too complimentary about it, so maybe they have changed their design. I can't say yellow stains under the arms is something I suffer with, unless it was the height of summer and I was wearing white, but either way I have not noticed any staining whilst wearing this deodorant. It also claims to last 48 hours but like most people, I have high hygiene standards and I do this thing called SHOWERING daily to avoid the need to test this claim.
Overall, I would probably buy this deodorant again if it was on offer, but it's not one I would actively seek out. On the plus side it's effective at combatting body odour without leaving white marks, but to its detriment it creates a rather unpleasant cloud of choking aerosol on spraying, and the scent isn't noticeable soon after application.
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This product is one that I grabbed in excitement when I saw it on the shelves in my local supermarket; I am always in search for the ultimate antiperspirant deodorant that lives up to its hype. This product was on an introductory special when I purchased it at Sainsbury's and therefore I only paid £1 for a 250ml can; this product normally retails £3-10 at this supermarket. I am of the opinion that most of the deodorants that you find within the 'antiperspirant' family always leave a residue of some sort or another. I personally believe that this is due to the chemicals used in order to achieve the 'antiperspirant effect' and ultimately the search is for a product that leaves the least residue once used.
This product has some appealing aspects namely it is attractively packaged and is compact enough to fit comfortably in a smaller handbag. It has a fresh and light fragrance, which is not overpowering and therefore allows the perfume that you use to work well without via for position with your deodorant. Most importantly in my opinion is that it does reduce the amount you perspire and helps minimise the unsightly sweat patches that can develop on your clothing during the course of the day.
Its biggest downfall is the misleading 'INVISIBLE' claim; like most antiperspirant deodorants this product leaves a residue that can be frustrating and difficult to remove from clothing. I am of the opinion that all companies have a responsibility to ensure that their product is branded accurately and sadly this products name is in my opinion invalidated by the fact that it does as do many antiperspirant products leave a residue.
All said and done I am of the opinion that this product is no worse than many others of a similar type available on the market; ultimately correct application/ use of antiperspirant deodorants will improve the outcome. I do personally feel that the usual recommended retail price is expensive considering the product does not live up to it's hype of being 'invisible' but I am happy to purchase it at discounted price.
I was once given a tip about correctly using antiperspirant deodorant - the antiperspirant effect does not work unless the product is fully dry - so grab your hairdryer, set it to cool and make sure your deodorant is completely dry; alongside this after the deodorant is dry use a hand towel to dust off any residue prior to getting dressed and voila black clothing is your best friend again! This product in my opinion is no worse than other similar products available; what it does do is leave you smelling fresh and leaves you free from unsightly underarm sweat marks!
~~~~~~ Nivea 48h Invisible antiperspirant ~~~~~~
When I need to buy deodorant I simply look for the biggest can for the best price - it's one of those things I refuse to pay full price for! The last time I had to buy this is what I picked up - Nivea Invisible antiperspirant deodorant for black and white. I paid £1 for 250ml from Morrisons. I wasn't particularly attracted to this one (price aside), although once I picked it up and saw that it claims to eliminate white marks on black clothing and yellow stains on white clothing, I was extra chuffed at the bargain price. I have a few older tops that have these little stiff deodorant marks right in the underarm, and nothing I have ever tried has shifted it. Very annoying when the top is otherwise still in perfect condition!
~~~~~~ First impressions ~~~~~~
My first impressions were very good - as mentioned I liked the claim this was making, and the can itself is very attractive. Black and white (of course) with pink accents. Nothing spectacular but it is actually quite eye catching and feminine. All the usual information is displayed clearly on the back of the can, as well as further information about the performance of this spray.
The main things to note about this deodorant is that it will not leave white/yellow marks on clothing or skin, will work for 48 hours and is alcohol free. I do not need a deodorant to work for 48 hours (does anyone, really?) as I shower daily, but nice to know it should last.
The fragrance is described as "uplifting...with elegant floral notes". No matter how hard I try I can not describe it as uplifting, although it's not offensive. It does smell a little floral but to me it smells like a 'generic deodorant' powdery kind of thing! It has a hint of Nivea smell to it, which I've found to be true of every Nivea product I have ever smelled. It's not overly strong though, and is quite neutral in that it didn't interfere with any other scent I used. I wouldn't rush out to get this deodorant again for the scent, but it's fine enough.
~~~~~~ Using & results ~~~~~~
Unfortunately, I found using this deodorant to be a rather unpleasant experience. It is dispensed in a relatively thick spray, but it is quite wet when it hits my skin - I could actually see a little of it running down my skin, and I swear I didn't spray too much! I know I didn't spray too much as when I first used it I was dismayed to see a big white sheen to my skin, as soon as it landed there. It's very hard to describe, as my logic brain can't make sense of how this can be wet and leave a white, somewhat powdery, mark at the same time. The white mark is not that really dry powder you can often get with cheap sprays, it is thicker and stickier, but very much present. Major disappointment.
Due to the dampness it left on my skin, I would have to wait until it dried before getting dressed. The first time I used it I discovered how wet it was when I put my bra on and it got wet; I thought I'd missed a bit of water from the shower on my side! Now this isn't a big deal for me, being a voluntary worker at the moment (only until Friday....sob) I don't need to get out the house quickly in the mornings, but I certainly would mind if I was trying to get ready for work.
So all that aside, how did it perform? As you probably guessed from the pitiful 1 star rating, it practically didn't! The scent is barely noticeable a little after using it, but this doesn't bother me so long as the antiperspirant properties kick in. Well, after a couple of days using this it became apparent that it was not working at all, even just on a regular day when I'm not exerting myself enough to actually feel myself sweating. At the end of the day, I would have a sniff and I could smell stale sweat on my skin. It was slight, and not enough that anybody around me would smell it, but had I been working all day, running around a busy office or just generally to-ing and fro-ing from 8am until teatime (then getting home and doing the hoovering etc etc), then I can only imagine the smell would have been very noticeable. it does not inspire confidence.
I ended up using a roll on then having a spray of this just to save wasting it, but I could not use this alone, not even for a day in the house where all I might do is housework and animal care, as it performs so poorly that you may as well not use any - the results would be the same.
On the plus side, throughout using the whole can I never found white or yellow marks on my clothing!
~~~~~~ Recommend? ~~~~~~
No, I just can't. Not even for the slobs among us who literally do next to nothing in a day! All the usual things I take into account are completely invalid here, as it simply does not work as an antiperspirant deodorant. So in reality price, how long it lasted and all that is just irrelevant. Don't bother with this one, would be the take home message here!