Posted by: Jordan
After several recommendations from readers about this organic deodorant from Utah-based Bubble & Bee Organics, I made it my mission to seek it out. I found a place in the West Village, Lifethyme Market, that had a couple of the scents of the stick version in stock. Bubble & Bee deodorants come in three forms: stick, spray, and the newly released creams. So far I have only tried the stick form, so I can only comment on that. I’m hoping to try the spray and, especially, the cream formats soon!
I picked up the Geranium & Lime scent blindly, as there were no testers at Lifethyme Market. At $10 for a full-size deodorant stick, at least I wasn’t spending a ton if I hated the scent. Luckily, I’m in love with the Geranium Lime scent–it’s an addictive zesty limeade scent that’s both zingy-fresh and girly. All of the scent options from Bubble & Bee sound really lovely–I’m especially curious to try out some of the cream scents such as Jasmine, Lemon & Clove, Spearmint & Tea Tree, and Lemongrass.
So how did the deodorant hold up? Overall, pretty well, but there are some definite “buts” to discuss. Of course, since it’s a natural deodorant rather than an antiperspirant, it doesn’t minimize sweating. But I didn’t expect it to do that–sweating just comes with the territory with natural deodorants! It does do a fairly good job of keeping body odors under control, but occasionally (and usually it depended on the fabric of shirt I was wearing) I would find that I needed to reapply the deodorant by mid-afternoon. Not a huge deal, as I often carry some extra natural deodorant in my handbag in case a refresher is needed. However, when I stashed this deodorant in my purse I found that when it warmed it leaked out a little bit and got white residue all over the inside of my purse. Learned my lesson on that one!
My main concern/complaint with the stick deodorant was the white residue left not only on the inside of my purse, but on me and my clothing! Even after rubbing the deodorant in with my fingertips, as directed on the package, I found that a few minutes later more little white balls of deodorant would appear under my arms. And forget about wearing this deodorant with a sleeveless top–it left white marks all over the armholes. I think this deodorant is best when worn with a loose cotton top that has sleeves. I’ll continue to wear it for occasions like that, but I find an all-weather/all-clothing option to be more convenient for me. It’s just a bit too high-maintenance for me to choose what I’m going to wear before I choose what deodorant to apply each morning.
Therefore, my conclusion of this deodorant is that while I love the scent, I probably won’t buy the stick option again. But that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to try out the spray and cream options to see if those fit my needs better! In fact, Bubble & Bee has a great Deodorant Satisfaction Guarantee/Exchange Policy which you can read more about here! I think I’ll keep my stick version just because I love the Geranium Lime scent so much, but will wear it with only the appropriate clothing. I plan on testing out the other versions and will keep you updated!