Natural Deodorant…it worked!

Did you read about the whole Solange Knowles and her Twitter rant about The Natural Hair Police? Remember we should not place rules on how people should wear their hair… that’s all I am going to say.

(Sigh) I’m sick as anything, I have a cold so bad that I sneeze about 20 times in a row and get a mass headache from it. All of this was not helped by me doing a 5.6k race around the city last night. I have made some great choices in my life but that REALLY was not one of them. 

The cold could be because I am a bit busy and run down. The wedding is next month (gosh I feel nervous when I say it and I have so much to do. I’m going away on Thursday I have a hen weekend to a secret location, all I need to do is turn up at the airport with my beach stuff I am really looking forward to it. 

So I was making a packing list and I  remembered the natural deodorant I told you I would try in my ‘Natural Deodorant Post’ a little while back. Here you can read the reasons why I decided to try it out.

I did try it and it worked, its coming with me on holiday so have a little read about how my trial went.  

About the Deodorant
The deodorant I tried was Bionsen £2.75 from Boots.

It contains: Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Aqua, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Triclosan, Copper PCA*, Zinc PCA*, Manganese PCA*, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl lonone, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Eugenol, Citral, CI 60730.
*Thermal Salt Complex

Apparently a few of those are spa minerals rather than chemicals but you do your research. Most importantly, it does not contain Aluminium or Parabens. To me this is a huge step up from the one I was using…remember small steps to being more natural.
I must remind you that because it has no Aluminium it’s a deodorant not an antiperspirant. This means it won’t stop you sweating.

The company that makes Bionsen writes:

“Antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat glands to keep you dry. Most antiperspirants contain ingredients called aluminium salts, and these salts block glands to prevent sweating.

Deodorants work differently, they allow you to sweat, but prevent odours by including antiseptic agents to kill the bacteria that cause bad smells

We haven’t substituted aluminium with anything. We respect the body’s right to cool down and detoxify naturally, which means avoiding any chemicals that interfere with this process by blocking the pores.”

Some more of their products 

My Trial
I started the trial on a weekend, I figured if it was going to let me down or I was going to have sweat patches let that be around people who love me. When I first put it on I noticed that it does smell quite like a spa. It sort of like fresh minerals, this is not typically a girly smell but it was still nice. All weekend my other half was begged to keep sniffing my armpits to see how smelled. It got a bit silly and anyone looking into our home at that time might think we were a strange couple but hey I did it for you guys. It passed my weekend test, I stayed fresh all weekend.  

I wore it to the spin class 

On the Monday I wore it to work. Monday lunchtime I went to a spin class and it was put to the test.  I did notice that I did have sweaty pits but to be honest the whole class had sweaty everything. When I lifted my arms a lovely spa scent escaped plus I had a shower straight after so it didn’t matter. This was when the strange thing happened.

In my gym bag I didn’t have the Bionsen to wear after my shower I only had one of my old aluminium filled ones so I put that on and went about my day.  I think my body must have rejected the old one because by the next morning I stunk. It was so strange, it was a horrid metal smell so I decided to dash the normal deodorant for the week as mixing the two didn’t work.

From then on it was Bionsen every day, I was a bit paranoid so it was in my handbag all week as well. This was just in case I needed a top up but I never did.
The small problem with my test is the weather has not been hot so I wondered if that was why it was working so well. Then on the Thursday night I attended the Curls Unleashed UK launch at Grace’s Milk Bar in Piccadilly. When I got there it was so so hot, their AC had broken down so I was worried. Here I was in a social gathering with natural deodorant…aggghhh!

I will admit I kept the hugging and kissing people to a minimum but I didn’t smell (or at least I think I didn’t haha) I did feel a slight clamminess under my armpits but when I lifted them for a quick (private) sniff test I got the minerals smell.  

The deodorant survived. I walked to the station 20 minutes each day, no problem I didn’t have any sweat stains or patches all week apart from in the gym and even wore a white shirt to work on one of the days.

Since writing this I have been reading about how you can make your own.  Perhaps that will be my next trial.

I hope some of you by reading my experience will feel confident to try out a more natural deodorant there are loads of them on the market. Please feel free to ask my any questions. 


  1. Wow, I was waiting for this! Now you have me Almost convinced. Hmmm

    On aside: happy hen weekend and all the best for your wedding!!!

  2. I used this during my last pregnancy and it does work. Thanks for the reminder too I’ve been meaning to switch again to deodorant and keep forgetting. Gotta get one today!

  3. BBlack* says:

    My sister’s been a long time user of Bionsen and she swears by it. I’ve used it a couple of times myself and it’s pretty good.

  4. Boots are sold in the states at Target, so I hope to find it here. I think it’s awful that women can’t easily find deodorants like men. My husband can readily buy deodorant that isn’t antiperspirant. I guess women shouldn’t smell like anything but morning powder 🙂
    Thanks for the tip!