Soft & Gentle bring out a new paraben free deodorant
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You may have read some of the scary research recently that links parabens (a preservative ingredient found in loads of health and beauty products) with breast cancer, and whilst there is no evidence yet to prove that using parabens causes breast cancer more and more people are choosing to ditch parabens in favour of something more natural. I’m gradually trying to replace all of my old skincare and bodycare products with natural alternatives so that my body comes into contact with less parabens and other nasty chemicals.
One of the types of products which seems to be very late to the natural table is deodorant, there isn’t a wide variety of paraben-free products available yet but I was really pleased to see that Soft & Gentle, a well-known household brand, had brought out this new 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant. It’s free from parabens, allergens and aluminium and uses astringent plant extracts that shrink the sweat pores to reduce perspiration whilst natural herb sage acts as a deodoriser.
Available in three fragrances – Active, Floral and Care – I’ve been using the Floral Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant for over 2 weeks and I’ve really put it through its paces as the temperature has been fairly hot and humid for the last fortnight. With a deodorant there are 2 main factors that we can look at to evaluate its success – dryness and odour control. So how did this paraben free Soft & Gentle deodorant fare?
With regard to dryness I found that it kept me dry all day. I’ve been walking 2 miles or more most days and the weather has been warm, over 25 degrees some days, and I’ve been feeling generally a bit hot and sticky. But not on my underarms, they’ve been dry and I feel confident that this deodorant controls my sweat. In the first couple of days I did notice a little bit of unpleasant odour, but then I increased the amount that I was spraying under each arm and after this I’ve experienced no problems whatsoever, even after doing exercise or going on a long walk.
I usually use Dove Deodorant Stick and have never had any problems with it, so it’s been a while since I’ve used an aerosol deodorant and it shocked me how much of the fragrance gets into the air when you spray it (plus the hissing noise scares Tess the cat!). Also I find the Floral fragrance is a little bit too girly for me so I think I’d like to try out the other two fragrances – Active and Care – to see if there’s one that I prefer.
I’ve tried a couple of natural paraben-free deodorants before and neither has lived up to this Soft & Gentle one, in fact the Jason Pure Natural Deodorant Stick was very disappointing indeed. So I’ll definitely think about swapping to use Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant every day as I love the fact that it’s paraben free, it keeps me fresh and dry all day and it’s cheaper than my usual Dove deodorant!
Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant is priced at £2.99 for a 150ml can, available from Superdrug.
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