Lush T’eo Solid Deodorant Bar: No Sweat?

First just a little warning: if you find it unsavoury to be discussing sweat and body odour on a (mainly) beauty blog, then you may want to stop reading now.  Or maybe you have an aversion to the word ‘armpits’? Oops, sorry.

Anyway. I can’t say I was specifically looking for a new deodorant when I stumbled on this funny little bar on the Lush website.  The reviews for the Lush T’eo Deodorant Bar were mostly positive though, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try something a little more natural for a change.  After being mesmerised for about five minutes by the video of someone applying the deodorant, I decided to buy it.

 

Lush T'eo Solid Deodrant

 

Lush do describe it as an Anti-perspirant, but I can’t agree with that; it definitely doesn’t stop the sweat.  The idea is that it soaks up the sweat, and therefore nasty odours, with the all natural ingredients.  The bar itself smells like fresh lemons, and it’s solid but flaky, so expect a bit of fallout.  It can be a little bit scratchy on the old pits too.  This doesn’t bother me because it is short-lived, but it may aggravate sensitive skin.  Being dry and a bit dusty, when it is rubbed on the armpits it does leave a white layer behind.  This can transfer to clothing when dressing, but brushes off easily enough.  On the plus side though, there is no drying time – so no sticky pits! Yay!

Most importantly though, how does it perform? My main concern was that it would not cope with sweat effectively, with it being summer, and with me being a sweaty betty.  However, I have found that it manages extremely well.  Yes, there is still sweat (sorry), but I have noticed no odour whatsoever.  I have used it every day for over two weeks, and in that time I have walked; energetically cleaned the house; worked out, and chased kids around.  All with plenty of sweat (look, I’m trying to be honest here) but no smell, other than lemons.  I am seriously impressed with the T’eo deodorant, and I cannot see me giving it up in the near future.   Especially knowing that Lush products don’t contain any nasty chemicals, and are not tested on animals.

 

Have you tried a natural alternative to the humble deodorant?  If so, what has worked for you?

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Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturisers – A Quick Burst of Moisture

I am always on the lookout for body lotions and creams that are not too heavy, but still do the job. I suffer with dry skin all over, so moisturising is not a step I like to skip. On weekday mornings particularly, when I have to get four children ready to face the day, time is of the essence. This means I can’t be waiting around in my undies until my body lotion decides to soak in.

In other words, I expect a lot from body moisturisers. I want good moisture, a pleasant but not overpowering scent, and for it to sink in quick smart. I don’t want much do I?

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I can say that these Vaseline Spray and Go moisturisers deliver exactly that. They are both nicely scented – I actually don’t have a preference – but not so strong that it interferes with my perfume of the day. They are moisturising enough to keep my flaky skin at bay. Because they are in spray form they are quite runny, but I don’t find them messy to use at all.  I picked these up from Superdrug here and here, they were only £4.99 each, and they last for ages.

All in all a successful purchase, and I would buy either again in the future.

What body lotions or creams do you like?

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St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower – As simple as it sounds?

 

I don’t want to Jinx anything, but it would seem that (whisper it quietly, we don’t want to scare it away) summer has arrived in the UK.  So that means it’s time to slap on the fake tan.  Now, we all know the dangers of frying in the sun or using tanning beds, so I won’t get into that here.  Suffice to say, it’s a pretty bad idea.

There was a time when I wouldn’t have touched fake tan with a barge pole; it was smelly, streaky and usually orange.  However, in the last few years, there has been such a huge improvement I have ventured into a bronzed new world.

 

 

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion
St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

 

I have to say, I do still prefer a gradual tanner, rather than a full-on tan in a bottle.  This is because I am a coward, and a messy one at that.  I still feel – as idiot-proof as most tanners are – there is too much margin for error for someone as careless as myself.  So when I saw that St Tropez had brought out a new in-shower lotion, I was quite excited.  It all sounded so easy! Simply wash in the shower as usual, then spread the lotion on, wait for three minutes and rinse off.  The tan the develops over the next few hours and voila! A gorgeous tan.

But is this just too good to be true? Well, for me, yes.  The first time I used it I followed the instructions to the letter, even turning off the shower when the tube told me to (the instructions that is, the packaging doesn’t actually speak).  I rinsed off (using just water) and carefully dried myself, and immediately got dressed.  So far so good, no stickiness or nasty smells evident at this stage. I had showered in the early evening, so I then watched TV for a couple of hours, eagerly checking my arms every 30 minutes or so.  Not much to see there.  Not to worry, I thought, it must need longer to develop.  Then I went to bed, convinced I would see a slightly tanned me in the mirror the next morning.  Alas, it was not to be.  I didn’t look ANY different. So, I tried again, repeating the steps that day, and the next, and the next.  In total I repeated five times before I ran out of lotion.  What did I see after all that? A little change in colour, but only very slight. Enough for me to notice, but I certainly didn’t look as though I had taken a trip to St Tropez in my free time.

So would I buy the in-shower lotion again? Well, actually yes.  The thing is, the colour is very subtle, but it is so easy to use that I think it could work as a top-up when using a proper fake tan, or if you have a ‘real’ tan, obtained the old fashioned way.

Just to break it down even further, here I present to you the Pros and cons, in my opinion:

       PROS

  •  Super easy to use, almost fool proof.
  • Quick.
  • It dries as you do, so no need to wait around feeling sticky.
  • No nasty smell, so can be applied any time of day.
  • Subtle colour for those with fairer skin.
  • nice colour (eventually) – not too orange.

 

      CONS 

  • Subtle colour, unless you’re prepared to repeat the process over a few days you may find it disappointing
  • Not cheap – £14.50 per tube – bearing in mind I used the whole thing before seeing much effect.

 

 

So, there it is, overall I think the St Tropez in shower tanning lotion is pretty OK, but don’t rush out and buy it if you’re looking to get an instant dark tan.

What is your favourite tanning mousse or lotion? Let me know in the comments if you can recommend an affordable, effective alternative.

 

As always, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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