Sexy Deodorant Buy: Aurelia’s Botanical Deodorant – a properly effective gem

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Sexy deodorant alert!  Aurelia’s Botanical Cream Deodorant

Deodorant. It’s not a ‘sexy’ buy. It’s the thing you grab and stick in your basket alongside milk and cat food. It’s the beauty equivalent of buying cotton wool – a beauty staple but about as instagrammable as a half eaten plate of baked beans or your armpit.

So why a post about pits and stuff to put on them? Antiperspirants , or more specifically the aluminium used in them, has been on the watch list for some brands as a potentially problematic ingredient and ‘natural’ skincare lines have been leading the way in developing aluminium free alternatives. I haven’t looked into the research on this so I offer no comment on the science surrounding these concerns, but I’d rather not have too many ‘unnecessaries’ ingredient wise and traditional deodorants often have a large carbon footprint (all that plastic, all that metal) and I’d like to try alternatives. I’ve experimented with a couple of ‘natural’ aluminium free deodorants before but I’ve always found them a combination of a complete faff (the mineral stick things) and most importantly ineffective on the sweat/perspiration front (I’m more of a sweat lady, I dream of only perspiring and being more lady like). Fundamentally, whilst I like nice smelling pits my primary motivation is that I don’t want sweat patches and these alternatives just couldn’t deliver on the anti-sweat front.

Aurelia’s deodorant though is an unexpected and really effective gem. It comes in a jar, it’s a  cream coloured paste which feels like super super fine putty and it smells delicious and refreshing (all minty).   You take a small fingertip size for each armpit and rub it in. That’s it. It disappears; it’s not a faff and it doesn’t tickle when you do this. It also doesn’t transfer onto clothing or stain fabric. I’ve been trying this for a week now and it works – not just smell wise (they stay minty fresh) but anti-perspirant wise as well. In fact I find it genuinely the most effective deodorant/anti-perspirant I’ve tried, which is incredible. Admittedly it’s autumn now but it’s been warm here in Blighty and it’s stood up to some crowded commutes.

Downsides? It’s £18.00. I know, it’s pricey, but I think the jar will last about 2 months based on my usage – a smallish finger tip size per pit per day. It also works. If trying an aluminium free deodorant which works is your thing, and you have the cash then it’s well worth giving this gem a go.

Price: £18.00

Bang for your buck: 50ml. Jar packaging

Bunny friendly? Yes. Aurelia is Leaping Bunny certified.

Ingredients (taken from the Aurelia site)

Stuff which absorbs your sweat: Arrowroot (anti-microbial function); super fine Kaolin clay powder; Corn starch; sodium bicarbonate.

Stuff to give your arm pits a cuddle: Shea butter (hydration), Rosehip oil; Jojoba Oil; Vitamin E; Glycerin

Stuff to make you smell nice and inhibit bacteria: Essential oils of Tea tree, Eucalyptus , Peppermint (antiseptic and antibacterial properties); Lavender, Orange Peel, Bergamot (fragrance and deodorize).

The full ingredient list: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Coco-Caprylate (derived from coconuts), Sodium Bicarbonate, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Extract, Kaolin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Bergamia Peel (Bergamot) Oil Expressed, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Glycerin (plant derived), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Linalool*, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Farnesol* (*naturally occurring in essential oil)

Where can I get my mitts on this?

I haven’t seen it sold on other websites which sell Aurelia at this time (eg Naturisimo, BeautyExpert).

PS: Why do I use ‘natural’ in quotation marks? Describing something as natural is a marketing term so incredibly vague that it’s practically meaningless. You see it used with abandon across skincare ranges to imply some sort of ethical or environmental superiority for either the product or the company which can be extremely questionable when you scratch below the surface (Jurlique I’m looking at you for a start).

Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Quattro Mascara– Not so blessed by the fairies

Fairy Drops Quattro Mascara (not Quattro Fromagi - though it's tempting to title it that)

Fairy Drops Quattro Mascara (not Quattro Fromagi – though it’s tempting to title it that)

I’ve been a bit of a mascara floozy recently. I would say I’m generally a faithful lady to Lancome Definicils (stays put, lovely enhanced natural lashes and work appropriate), but sometimes when one is killing time waiting for friends to arrive so we can grab some supper on a rainy London night, the siren call of Topshop and all the new and shiny things in their beauty section is heard on payday.

As I was browsing away and colouring my hand with different bits of makeup (then wondering how the heck I was going to scrub the various eyeliners off) the glint of Fairy Drops caught my eye. There has been a lot of love out there for this mascara, most recently in the lovely harrymakesitup and viviannadoesmakeup blogs, so I thought I’d fairy flirt and try it out.

Now, the version that generated a lot of the original mascara hi-fives was the three-bobble wand one (waterproof) but I purchased the ‘Quattro Mascara water-resistant version (unintentionally – this was the only version I could see and also quite frankly my Japanese is not what it once was and so I couldn’t decipher the scrawl on the packaging).

The next day, lickity spit, I opened the shiny package and…well…hmmmmm. First off, do the Japanese not require some kind of mechanism to prevent the wand just pulling out globs of mascara like some oversauced Friday night kebab? Apparently not. I spent the next 2 minutes diligently scraping off the obvious excess. Next stop was actually applying it. The theory behind the four bobble wand is that it’s supposed to grab and curl the eyelashes in the right places – but it was just pretty awkward and the shape of it meant that when I tried to place the wand at the base of the eyelashes, it caught the underside of my lashline and left mascara on my upper waterline. My eyelashes at the end were OK (pretty long, average curl) but the annoying application cancelled out any ‘ooo factor’.

Bobble Bobble toil and trouble

Bobble Bobble toil and trouble

I then poddled along to work and things went downhill as my eyes started itching. The tubes in the mascara had started to flake off within an hour and began falling into my eyes leaving a gritty feeling and by lunchtime my peepers looked as if I’d been on a nightcrawl with early 90’s Keith Allen – red and irritated.

Not to be defeated, I have tried a few more times to find the fairy love but, whilst the flaking didn’t happen again the application process didn’t improve and the results just weren’t great. Alas, cute packaging aside, this Dacshund Detective is going to have to look for more friendly fairy companions.

Because a Dachshund likes to groove

Beautiful tune for the day is the Jake Steadman Remix of ‘From Eden’ by Hozier. Simply masterful.

Rodriguez at the Festival Hall

If any of you haven’t had the chance to see it already, then ‘Searching for Sugarman’ has been a standout documentary from this year – a heart warming, inspiring tale of a musician who, whilst unheard off  or forgotten (indeed believed to be dead) pretty much every where in the world, became a hero to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa…it’s just he didn’t know it for about 40 years.

Who is this ‘Sugarman’ you ask and why should we, or indeed anyone, be searching for him?

The artist in question is Rodriguez – a Detroit musician, born to Mexican parents, who was signed to Motown in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Touted as a kind of more soulful-sounding Bob Dylan, he failed to set the US charts a buzzin’ and was dropped after 2 albums.    Life went on in a series of dead end and low paid jobs…his musical career seemingly a flash in the pan.

Cut to South Africa during the apartheid regime.  Rodriguez’s albums become the soundtrack to the anti-apartheid movement, selling millions.  Generations of South African youth grow up knowing and loving his songs.  Did Rodriguez know about this or reap the material benefits? Nope – because everyone thought he was dead.

Finally 2 journalists decide to go searching for the truth…and in doing so discover not only that their hero is alive, but the remarkable story of his life.  Rodriguez, now in his seventies, goes on tour playing to packed houses reverberating to crowds singing his songs…kinda awe inspiring.

I was lucky enough to see the man himself at the Festival Hall in London at the weekend, where he was performing as part of the Jazz Festival .  Humble, soulful and shy, this beautiful songwriter, finally getting to enjoy the benefits of all his years’ work, entranced the audience.  It was wonderful.

If you don’t know Rodriguez’s songs then here’s a wee taster…

If you haven’t seen the documentary, then…GO TO!  Here’s the trailer to get your heart tingling…