I know I talk about this a lot on here; but in theory, I'm really into natural products, products that are better for you. I do also talk about, however, how dubious I am as to whether these can actually hold their own against non-natural alternatives - after all, surely there's a reason for the chemicals? With that in mind though, my curiosity won over and so when Pitrok offered to send me some of their natural deodorant, I graciously accepted and put it to the test.
Okay, first things first - the two types I tried from their company are very different from one another; one is the Crystal Natural Spray Deodorant and the other was the Berry Burst Roll On Deodorant. I had a few teething problems with both of these, to be honest, but my favourite of the two was definitely the Crystal spray. I spent a lot of the time during the first week that I was wearing this worrying about how strong it was - and so I carried a spare Mitchum bottle in my bag but I didn't even use it; this stuff really does seem to work and keep BO at bay, although I have had to add a body spray as it doesn't give a clean smell like a traditional non-natural deodorant. That's only a tiny problem, though.
My main issue with this is the pump spray. I knew this wasn't going to be an aerosol, but this really did throw me - the pump spray means you literally get a ton of water on your underarms, it takes around a minute to fully dry and it does drip. It doesn't stain your clothing, so it's not such a big deal, but it is quite inconvenient and it's worth bearing in mind, in my opinion. It does work though, and it isn't crazy expensive for a natural deodorant at £4.05 and given that it isn't an aerosol it definitely does seem to last longer than a similar sized deodorant with the aerosol.
The Berry Burst Roll On I was less impressed by. It wasn't bad, by any means, but it just wasn't for me personally. The smell isn't really there for me, or I might have liked it better, but I just find this a little dry comparative to similar non-natural roll on deodorant that seem to be thicker and creamier. This, like the first deodorant, does actually seem to work - but I'm just not sure that it stands it's ground next to traditional roll on deodorant in the same way that the Crystal Spray does to traditional spray deodorants.
These do have their high points - they seem to work better than most other natural deodorants that I've heard of, and they really are a good price at £4.05 - they definitely won't be setting you back much more than your deodorant you're using now, chances are. On top of that, they're aluminium free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians, as well as being cruelty free - bonus. I'd definitely be buying some again, but I'll be paying the extra to opt for the Natural Deodorant Stick which I think would be the most effective but without the drip factor.
Have you tried natural deodorants? What would you recommend?
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