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For years I've been using Nivea deodorants, mainly because they don't irritate my skin as much as most other brands, they tend not to have an overpowering smell and they do pretty much what they advertise.
A recent special offer caused me to try the mens deodorant offering from The Body Shop.
What's in it?
There's a nice long list of ingredients, but noticeably absent are any aluminium compounds, not that I worry about having them in a deodorant but many people are offended by it's presence.
Maca root is in the name of the product, so I figure that should have a mention here too. Maca is apparently from South America (sourced from Peru for The Body Shop) and is actually a vegetable that is consumed in a variety of ways, it can even be fermented to produce beer. I've yet to find why The Body Shop introduced this ingredient into their men's product range other than it may possibly be good for your skin, a quick search online gives indications that it increases mating behaviour in male mice, but I doubt they'd be using it as a deodorant.
Other ingredients include aloe vera, which we all know is good for moisturising the skin and is especially good for sensitive skin.
The product also contains brazil nut oil, which apparently helps to moisturise the skin also.
These three ingredients are referred to as 'Community trade' and further information is on the website regarding their exact origins.
I'm sure I don't need to describe how to use the product! It is quick drying, so your clothes aren't going to get covered in it. It comes in a 75g stick and I found that one 75g stick lasts for quite some time, over a month at least.
The aroma reminds me a little bit of swimming pools, but don't let that put you off! I think it's the aloe smell that maybe reminds me of a pool on holiday with aloe plants around it, it doesn't smell of chlorine or anything! The smell is fresh and clean but very subtle, so you won't be offending anybody with it.
You also won't be offending people with any other smells, it is an effective deodorant and whilst I would say it is slightly less effective than the Nivea product that I am used to I am still confident to use it.
Of all the deodorants I have used I find this has irritated my skin the least, it actually leaves it feeling very soft, so I definitely recommend it for any sensitive skin sufferers out there.
Price and availability
Retail cost is £5.00. I picked this up myself in a 3 for 2 offer but at the time of writing this review it is 50% off on The Body Shop website, it is also of course available in their stores.
I didn't expect to like this product as much as I do, I've stocked up in the current 50% off offer and would definitely recommend trying it if you don't like strong smells and maybe have sensitive skin.