I really wanted to like DeoDry Dry-Effect Deodorant by the Body Shop. I’ve been on the lookout for an effective, natural deodorant that’s aluminum-free. So when I came upon this deodorant by accident, I was pretty happy.
I chose the “Cool and Zesty” scent in the stick version of the deodorant because it smelled fresh and citrus-y. It could also be worn by men, since it doesn’t necessarily smell feminine or masculine. I still like the scent, but only when it’s first applied. Maybe it’s just a problem with my body chemistry, but the scent of this deodorant turns unpleasant after a few hours.
Some deodorants are ineffective after a while, but this one doesn’t just stop working — the fragrance actually changes on the body. I’ve tried taking the deodorant stick with me to see if re-applying would freshen the scent. This tactic is only minimally effective. 24-hour protection? Not for me.
I mostly use deodorant because I’m concerned about the effects of aluminum in antiperspirants. So when I saw the label’s claim that it contains no aluminum salts, I had to check it out. The label also says the deodorant is paraben-free. I hadn’t had much luck with my roll-on crystal deodorant, so I thought this might be a good alternative.
Unfortunately, my crystal roll-on deodorant works better than this one, and I’m not that excited about it either. The crystal rocks that you rub under your arms seem to be more effective, but they’re kind of rough, unlike the Body Shop’s DeoDry Deodorant. In fact, I’m able to apply it right after showering without discomfort, and I have sensitive skin. Yet another reason I wish this deodorant worked better.
The Body Shop doesn’t test its products on animals, and this deodorant is formulated to reduce white marks on clothes. I will say that I didn’t notice any marks inside my tops from this product.
Unfortunately, for all its good intentions, DeoDry Deodorant by the Body Shop just didn’t work for me. I haven’t even used it in warm weather, and I’m not a particularly active person, so I was especially surprised at its ineffectiveness. It’s also relatively expensive at $8 for 1.9 ounces, which wouldn’t be a problem if it worked well.
However, your mileage may vary. Everyone has different body chemistry, which is obvious when two people try on the same perfume and it smells different on both. This deodorant may be worth picking up on sale as a backup if you want to avoid aluminum and parabens.
The Body Shop has plenty of great products, and they tend to use a lot of Community Trade ingredients (including the aloe vera and alcohol in this deodorant). Like a lot of other deodorants that don’t contain aluminum salts, though, this one just didn’t do the trick.