The prospect of ditching traditional antiperspirant has been on my mind for a bit, and I ended up making it one of my new year’s resolutions. So in February when it was about time to start looking for something to replace my stick of Secret, I visited Lush to see what options they had.
One of the great things about Lush is how helpful their salespeople are. I asked about what options they offered, and a woman walked me through the different products (they have five). To tell you the truth, I was a bit overwhelmed by trying to figure out which one would be best for me, but Aromaco was the one that the sales woman personally used. She mentioned that her skin was sensitive and some of the other options are too strong, but Aromaco is both effective and gentle enough for her.
This solid bar is convenient to use, and it also won’t leave any white residue on dark clothing like a powder would. The Lush website describes it as an easy transition from a traditional roll-on. It does harden if left out, so I was advised to cut a little off the end of it if it feels stiff and then keep it in a plastic bag. I think it smells really great, too. There’s some patchouli oil and other fragrance in it, and it feels like a pretty classic Lush scent.
The first few days I used this, I was really impressed. It really does feel pretty similar to a normal stick of deodorant, and it seemed to be effective and last throughout a whole day. I’d smell fine at the end of the day and would only notice a bit of an odor when I’d wake up the following morning. Unfortunately, after 3 days or so I noticed that my skin was starting to get red and itchy where I had been applying it. I have food sensitivities that sometimes affect my skin’s ability to cope with new products, so I put Aromaco aside for a couple of weeks while things calmed down.
When I picked it back up, I was really disappointed to find that my skin reacted even worse and became red and itchy within about 3 hours. The ingredients are so simple that I can’t imagine I’m actually allergic to anything in it, my best guess at this point is that maybe the amount of witch hazel is high enough that it’s too drying for my skin. I’m going to keep it around for a while, because … maybe I’ll try it again later? I don’t know. Based on what I see online, it looks like this really does work for most people so I wouldn’t want you to be completely deterred by my experience. I’m bummed because I really had a good first few days with it!
Ingredients: Witch Hazel Infusion (Hamamelis virginiana), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile Vinegar (Anthemis nobilis), Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Citral, Perfume
Online you can purchase 3.5 oz of Aromaco for $6.95 (really reasonable!), or you can choose any weight you like if you visit a Lush store.
Have you tried it? Do you use a natural deodorant?