Switching to a natural, packaging-free deodorant

November 6, 2019

Edit: I’ve since looked at the ingredients and discovered that T’eo isn’t actually 100% natural; it contains a number of ‘safe synthetics’ in the ingredients list, which you can find on the Lush website. I’ve also stopped using T’eo as I’ve had some problems with blocked ducts under my arms. Obviously I can’t claim that this is directly due to using T’eo, but given some of the negative reviews on their website detailing similar skin complaints, I’ve discontinued my use of T’eo immediately.

It’s taken me a while to make the switch to a natural deodorant. I was uncomfortable with the amount of plastic that was involved in the packaging of my roll on deodorant. I wanted to make the change, but I also wanted to find a product that would be effective at keeping me dry and odour-free.

Lush Teo natural deodorant surrounded by slices of lemon and grape.

When I first started asking my friends about natural deodorants, Eilidh shared her honest experience of switching to natural deodorant. I’ll be honest, reading this during the summer made me decide to wait until the cooler months to make the switch! I was horrified at the thought of having sweat running down my sides, and my worst fear is that a stranger might think that I smell.

Once September arrived and the hot weather had passed, I started to think about which natural deodorant to go for. Lots of my friends recommended the Earth Conscious deodorants, but they all contain shea butter, which my skin seems to hate, so they weren’t an option for me.

So, I decided to pop into my local Lush and asked one of the assistants what they had in terms of natural deodorant. She recommended T’eo. I’m going to be clear here and state that this isn’t an ad, I paid for the T’eo bar myself as I wanted to try a natural deodorant.

Lush Teo natural deodorant surrounded by slices of lemon and grape.

I was fully ready to need to try several different natural deodorants to find the one that works for me, but actually, I’ve found T’eo really effective. It’s a solid powder bar which contains grape juice, lemon oil and tea tree oil amongst other things, and smells really fresh. To use, you just rub it into your armpits when they’re clean and dry. It’s quite rough as it’s surface is bumpy, and I managed to snap mine in half after using it for a couple of weeks, but I find it works well.

I have sensitive skin and haven’t had any problems with using T’eo at all, but it’s worth mentioning that there are a number of reviews on the Lush website reporting an allergic reaction, so it’s worth taking care. I have only noticed minor irritation when I’ve got a bit carried away shaving my underarms; most of the time it’s been fine, other than feeling a little rough on application. As it’s a powder block, it does crumble a little, but still works effectively despite having broken in half!

T’eo isn’t perfect; it doesn’t keep me as sweat-free as my roll-on antiperspirant deodorant. But to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting it to. Generally, it keeps me dry, provided I don’t wear too many clothes for the weather! I have on occasion felt a bit wet under the arms, but nothing major and certainly not sweat running down my body in the way that Eilidh described!

I’m really pleased that I’ve made the switch to a natural, packaging-free deodorant as it’s been an unexpectedly easy swap. I’m really pleased with T’eo as a starting point, and I’m looking forward to trying some other natural deodorants to see if I can find something even better. If I do, I’ll let you know!

Pinnable image for the Lush T'eo natural deodorant review.

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