Monday, 5 January 2015

The Body Shop Aloe Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Roll-On (review)

The Body Shop Aloe Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
After using Dove's Pro-Age anti-perspirants I was inspired to look for a more natural alternative – something gentle on me and the environment but to be honest the search was pretty fruitless as genuinely pure deodorants don't have anti-perspirant properties and that will never do!

This is the best I could with my requirements: The Body Shop Aloe Anti-Perspirant Deodorant. It's created for sensitive skin and makes do without preservatives, colours and fragrances. Being a Body Shop product also means it's not tested on animals – few deodorant makers can claim that! I feel the need to point out that parent company L'Oréal continues to profit from animal testing.

The Body Shop Aloe Deodorant
Deodorants usually claim an efficacy period; the usual being 24 or 48 hours. This doesn't, but from my experience – in these cooler months – I find one day is the absolute maximum. From the moment I apply it after my shower at night, I find this loses its effectiveness after about 18 hours. It's not great, but it's tolerable, but in Summer I will use something else.

I like it, though, it's exceedingly gentle (a razor cut didn't sting at all when I used it) and being fragrance free it doesn't interfere with my perfumes which is great. It's also very easy to use, with a free-rolling ball to apply the light, quickly absorbed liquid.

At £8.00 per 100 ml it's a little on the expensive side (over twice the price of some rivals products), but it is a more natural choice than the mainstream. And the 50 ml bottle seems to be lasting quite well so all-in-all I think it's OK value for money.

It's still a product I can recommend, with some advisories. If you don't sweat or get stressed very often, or live in a predominantly cool climate, then this is perfect. I find the anti-perspirant properties aren't quite strong enough for me, but the deodorising aspect is absolutely fine.

Very gentle formula
Doesn't last 24 hours
Dries quite quickly
Quite pricey
No preservatives, colourings or fragrances


Brand: The Body Shop

Size: 50 ml
Price: £4.00 (£8.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: Switzerland

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Steareth-2, Glycerin, Steareth-21, Sorbitol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Octyldodecanol, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, Bisabolol

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