A Vegan Deodorant that actually works? Avril Organic Deodorant Review

Monday, 9 January 2017

Or maybe not.
So Vegan deodorants are known for being a bit... useless and so I was skeptical to try one and am ashamed to admit this is the first I have tried, I hadn't even bothered to switch it up from my non cruelty free antiperspirant. Shame on me I know.
But I saw a review online about Avril saying they were a cheap french vegan company so I thought I'd give them a go. I also bought the toothpaste which I have featured as a little extra in this review.
So I had a search online and a lot of shops had expensive shipping so I ended up buying the deodorant from Amazon, for about £2 which isn't bad at all.  They don't seem to have it in stock right now but the Avril Store has plenty of their other products in so they may bring it back soon.
Most other sites I saw it on had it for around £2 but you had to be buying a few products to make the shipping worth it.
So onto the actual product. As I opened it and saw it was a roll on I was immediately sceptical, I don't do well with roll ons, even the roll on version of the antiperspirant I use doesn't work for me. But I thought I'd stick it out.
The smell is an interesting one, but a nice one. It's not particularly over powering or feminine which I think is nice, it's kind of like lemongrass I guess which I do really like about it.
So I put it on and went about my day, which wasn't a particularly strenuous one, came home and went to bed just as usual and when I woke up I smelt of sweat. I hadn't been excessively sweating during the night this deodorant just hadn't been enough to last me a whole 24 hours.
I kept trying it over the next few days hoping that it would work for me but most days it barely made the twelve hour mark meaning I had to have a quick sink shower for my pits and then re-apply when I noticed it had started to wear off. And after a few days of this I just gave up. I don't think me and this deodorant were meant to be.

Pros and Cons:
+ Cruelty free, Vegan, and Organic
+ Cheap
+ Smells Nice
+ Easy to Apply
- Doesn't last more than 12 hours

So unfortunately it seems it's not for me. I don't think I'm a particularly sweaty person, but hey, maybe I am. I am a lover of 48 hour antiperspirants so I don't have to worry about reapplying in less than 24 hours and don't have to worry about starting to smell at any point during the day no matter what I'm doing.
 I did see a deodorant review from someone the other day, though, who said they only liked wearing antiperspirants some days when they were exercising a lot so maybe I am quite sweaty.
Or maybe it's the fact that I walk super fast and just work up a sweat going about my day, either way I don't want to smell and unfortunately Avril's deodorant doesn't stop me smelling. Back to trying to find a vegan deodorant that does keep me smelling nice; there must be one out there.
Oh , and ss I said at the start I also bought the toothpaste from them, a little more expensive at almost £6 but that's pretty standard pricing for toothpaste. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this though as I have very sensitive teeth and for years have only been able to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
But I was pleasantly surprised, ok at first not by the taste as I'm used to quite sweet mint flavours of toothpaste. I got used to that though and have no issues with it now . But it actually worked for me! I have no problems with the sensitivity of my teeth (well apart from if I try and like bite an ice cube or something) and my teeth feel perfectly clean. So a win there where I wasn't inspecting one.

Pros and Cons
+ Cruelty Free, Vegan, and Organic
+ Works for my sensitive teeth
+ Not expensive
+ Tastes all right

Ok so the last two aren't massive perks but they're definitely not cons; and the taste probably wouldn't bother most people.
Overall there aren't really any cons I can think of, it's a toothpaste and it works, pretty simple.

And before we end this little review can we take a second to appreciate this t shirt, it was given to me after my Grandad bought it for my Nan and it didn't fit her. The fact my Grandad bought it for my Nan is amazing and it says:
"Well behaved women rarely make history"
Which is indeed very true, though has no relevance to this particular blog post I just thought it was great. I'm also happy to say it comes from a company with ethical working conditions and you can buy it here.

Anyway that's it for this review, hope it was helpful for some of you and it you have found a vegan deodorant/antiperspirant that works for you please let me know! I'm still on the lookout and haven't found anything promising yet (but I'll let you know when I do). 
I might also try some more of Avril's products because that toothpaste was a pleasant surprise.
But that's it until next time, my next blog post features a lot of elephants, including a little two month old baby so look forward to that.
Thanks for reading!

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