Posted by: Jordan
This is my final installment in the Bubble & Bee deodorant series (see the reviews of the stick and spray versions), and I think I’ve saved the best for last. I LOVE these deodorant creams so much! They work (for me…keep in mind that everyone’s body chemistry is different) just as well as the DIY deodorant and Soapwalla, which are my two favorite natural deodorants thus far. Are we starting to see a trend here with the cream form of deodorant coming out on top? But the one difference I’ve found is that they don’t cause any skin irritation! I’m lucky in that none of the deodorant creams have irritated my skin, so I like to have Emily and our friend, Amy, test them to make sure they don’t give them irritation. Both Emily and Amy agreed that there was little irritation. Amy actually did experience a small amount of redness after a few days of using the creams–like a small rash–so she wisely emailed Bubble & Bee to ask for their feedback. They responded with a surprising suggestion, but one that totally makes sense (and according to Amy, this advice works! No irritation ever since!). They said the irritation is caused not by the baking soda in the product (which we were all assuming was the culprit), but from a condition called Intertrigo.
“Intertrigo is caused by skin-to-skin friction, and is common in moist areas of skin in areas such as the groin, between folds of skin on the abdomen, under the breasts, under the arms or between toes. The simple rubbing together of the skin creates friction and thus irritation and red skin. Applying more product should actually help with this problem, as the powder helps to alleviate the friction. “
Who would have guessed that using MORE product would actually help the situation?! The other thing I love about the deodorant creams is how smooth and silky the consistency is. It rubs in easily with absolutely no white residue, which was my complaint with the Pit Putty stick.
I purchased the Pit Putty Cream sampler pack, which gives you six sample-sized deodorant creams in various scents to try out. I loved trying each of the scents and deciding which was my favorite. I think my absolute favorite is the Spearmint & Tea Tree scent. It brings back memories of my childhood because it smells just like Wrigley’s spearmint gum! Here’s a rundown on all of the scents I tried, in order of favorite to least favorite
- Spearmint & Tea Tree – fresh, long-lasting scent with an odor-fighting power that lasts all day for me
- Jasmint – it was a close runner-up to the Spearmint & Tea Tree. Such a pretty, fresh scent
- Geranium & Lime – love it just as much as the other versions (stick and spray) but I found I liked the freshness of the mint scents even more
- Lemon & Clove
- Super Pit Putty (too much patchouli for my likes)