My AliExpress addiction is hitting new levels: I have ordered a deodorant that I have been using for about a month now. I heard mixed reviews from people who have used these before, but I never tried it for myself, and I wanted to form my on opinion, rather than borrow someone else's.
Crystal spray deodorant – REVIEW
Get on AliExpress: http://ali.ski/sI_tr
According to Wikipedia, “[p]otassium alum It is commonly used in water purification, leather tanning,dyeing, fireproof textiles, and baking powder. It also has cosmetic uses as a deodorant, as an aftershave treatment and as a styptic for minor bleeding from shaving. […] It is used as a natural deodorant by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria responsible for body odor.” [source]
This is not a plain regular deodorant, this is a mineral salt diluted in water that suppresses body odor. The best part about this deodorant is that it does not block pores, and neutralizes the bacteria that essentially make you stink.
As per the listing, it is hypoallergenic, does not clog pores, does not stain your clothes, and is alcohol- and chemical-free. There are ones that are a large piece of rock in a bottle, that you wet and rub onto yourself; but in this case it is a 120 ml (~4 oz.) spray bottle with 35 gr. (1 1/4 oz.) of mineral rocks, that you fill with water and spray onto yourself.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this deodorant does not only work, but it works much better than the stick deodorants I have used before. I have been using this deodorant for over a month now, and it never let me down, even after 6 hour off-road rides.
The seller listing recommends that you spray 5-6 times under each armpit or on each leg.
I have noticed that the less you shake it, the better the spray works, and I recommend to shake it well once you put the water in, and leave it overnight. By the next morning the minerals should have diluted enough for the deodorant to work. Otherwise, if you shake it often, the spray dispenser gets clogged with air, and will only spray the liquid once every 3-4 pushes of the button.
I am currently half-way into the bottle, and it appears as there are just as many rocks as when I got it. So at the very least it will last the 3-4 months that I normally get out of a stick deodorant, if not more.
Check it out here: http://ali.ski/sI_tr
Jan. 11, 2016 update: It looks like this will be the last refill, the rocks look pretty small – this would mean this bottle will have lasted me for 3.5 – 4 months.
Feb. 28, 2016 update: I am still using the deodorant, there is a little less than half a bottle left, just the liquid – no rocks. This will be the last of it. I am really impressed how long it lasted though.
Mar. 19, 2016 update: There is still some left. I can't believe it is lasting this long. Already ordered and received a replacement from the same seller. This time the rocks and the bottle are slightly larger. Still looks legit though.
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