30 March 2013

Savon Du Bois Completely Natural Deodorant

Savon Du Bois is a Canadian company best known for their handmade goat's milk soaps.  They also make massage oils, bug spray, body powders, and various other body care products.  I'd been chatting with them on twitter for a couple months when they asked if I would be interested in reviewing their Completely Natural Deodorant.  Having never used a spray deodorant before, I was eager to give it a try!

The deodorant comes in a lovely blue glass spray bottle and is available in three scents.  I chose the scent-free one, but there are also fresh floral (rose-geranium, sweet orange, lavender and clary sage) and heavenly herbal (sage, lavender, lemon and clary sage) scents to choose from.

The scent-free one contains no essential oils or fragrance.  It smells like alcohol when you first spray it, but the smell dissipates very quickly.  As you might expect, the deodorant goes on pretty wet, so I recommend waiting a minute or two after you apply it, before getting dressed.  Another thing to keep in mind is that there's nothing absorptive in the deodorant, so if you sweat, you may feel wet.  

On me, I don't find the deodorant keeps smells at bay for more than a few hours, so I need to reapply several times throughout the day.  I'm fine with that for days when I'm at home, but it isn't the most practical when I'm working or out running around all day.  That said, I do think the efficacy of natural deodorants has a lot to do with how products interact with your individual body chemistry, so just because this doesn't last all day on me, doesn't mean it won't work better on someone else.  

Going by this experience and my numerous other deodorant experiments over the last couple years, I think I can say with some confidence that deodorants with baking soda work best for me.  But, I know many people react to baking soda in deodorants, so if that's you, Savon Du Bois' deodorant may end up being a good fit!  It's gentle on your skin, and even though it contains alcohol, I didn't get any dryness or irritation from using it.  

Cost-wise, it's also pretty affordable.  The 80ml bottle (pictured above) sells for $13 and it does last quite a while.  There are also 400ml refills available for $39. 


Ingredients:  Ethyl alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Glycerin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil.



Disclosure: Product provided for my honest review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.

7 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this brand. It's too bad the deodorant didn't hold up though. I tried making my own deodorant and it was horrible because I find it hard to find something natural that works, but it was a fail. What are you using that actually works?

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    1. Deodorant is probably the thing I've had the hardest time finding too :/ What was wrong with your homemade one? My homemade cream deodorant is the only thing I don't feel the need to reapply. I wish I had a store bought one to fall back on sometimes though, since even though it's incredibly easy to make, I still get lazy sometimes and mixing it up can seem like a huge hassle!

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    2. I made one with coconut oil and baking soda and found it didn't hold up well. Maybe I just need medical grade deodorants to keep my stink at bay lol

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    3. Funny, coconut oil/baking soda works really well for me! Everyone's different I guess. I'm sure your perfect deodorant match is out there somewhere:)

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  2. check out purelygreat they make a great cream deodorant

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  3. check out purelygreat they make a great cream deodorant

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