Organic Pharmacy Deodorant Spray

I’ve never tested it to the absolute limit (ie I’ve not run a marathon in it), but it worked great f

The Organic Pharmacy Deodorant Spray, £15, 50ml

Tested: various dates throughout 2007

Launched: Summer 2007

Stockists: The Organic Pharmacy, 396 Kings Road, 169 High Street Kensington, 23 Great Marlborough Street, 36 Neal Street and selected retailers, call 020 7351 2232 for stockists or to order by mail. www.theorganicpharmacy.com.

A natural deodorant that really seems to work. I’ve never tested it to the absolute limit (ie I’ve not run a marathon in it), but it worked great for me, living and working every day in London and having to travel on stuffy tubes. It contains sage, bergamot, lavender and sage, all of which are said to be natural deodorises. It’s completely free from any artifical preservatives, colourants, fragrances or petrochemicals. It comes in a small glass bottle, so whilst the latter isn’t great for travelling, the fact that it’s a fairly small container, and compact, makes it the best natural deodorant so far tested for travelling/to the gym. It works by natural pump that seemed to get every last drop out, useful when you see the price. But as it’s organic and handmade I guess we can’t complain. Plus it lasts about 2/3 months so when you think about the price per day, it’s not so bad. The Organic Pharmacy should think about a refill service, which is currently not available.

Ingredients:

Lemon, sage, water, Witchhazel, lavender, rosemary, Rose water, Organic Rye Alcohol, Neroli, Bergamot, Vegetable Glycerin.

Annalisa Barbieri was in fashion PR for five years before going to the Observer to be fashion assistant. She has worked for the Evening Standard and the Times and was one of the fashion editors on the Independent on Sunday for five years, where she wrote the Dear Annie column. She was fishing correspondent of the Independent from 1997-2004.
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