I kind of feel deflated about my recent experiences with natural deodorant as ditching the devil that is aluminium seems to be about compromise and expecting to smell. I have had positive experiences with other deos but I have smelled less than fresh after a hard day at work which bothers me immensely.
Anyway, I'm still open to trying new deodorants and finding that perfect one so I chose this one as I have yet to try Alva as a brand. It's a spray when I would usually opt for a roll-on, but at least it's not the horrid choking powder of traditional supermarket brands.
The first thing that hit me was the smell - really, really potently of Aloe Vera (contains no artificial perfume). Now although it's one of the greatest plants on earth, I'm not keen on the smell of it and I was surprised on first spray of this deo that I found the scent unpleasant.
However, I've mentioned my love of scent before and it should be pointed out that I have a very strong sense of smell and am very rigid about what I like and dislike in that area. Other people I know smelled this deo and didn't find it unpleasant. It was easily fixed; I added 3 drops of pure lavender essential oil to the bottle and now it smells mega!
My initial trial of this deo coincided with particularly bad UK weather. For a while it was really untested as I didn't break a sweat. It performed admirably on gentle days.
Then came the ultimate test. A swift walk to my local festival in 25C+ heat. I arrived wet through and unattractive, but not yet smelling. By the end of the day, there was a hint of sweat, but nothing to get upset about.
The following day was even hotter and I spent much of it outside. By bedtime, I only smelled, miraculously, of the deo itself.
In summary, a very impressive deodorant (if you can get past the smell). I would definitely try another Alva deo in the future, but one that's scented. Or or course add my own!
Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water*, Aloe Barbadensis*, Potassium Alum, Hamamelis Virginiana1, Glycerin1, Symphytum Officinale Extract1, Cinnamic Acid1, Rosa Damascena Oil1, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate1, Xanthan Gum
* Ingredients From Organic Farming 1 From Natural Origin
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*This sample was sent to me for PR purposes. I wasn't paid for my review.