Product Review: The Body Shop's Deo Dry Deodorant

Photo: Photo Courtesey of The Body Shop

Keeping cool on hot and humid summer days can be a challenge for all of us, especially those of us trying to reduce our carbon footprint. To do our part, we try to avoid cranking up the air conditioner, look to find places where cool breezes come off the water and solar powered fans are our new best friends. But the reality is, despite our best efforts we still break a sweat. And with many of us in close quarters with others during the day (on public transit or the office), a deodorant is a must. So we tested the new DeoDry deodorant from The Body Shop.

Company:The Body Shop

Item(s) tested:
DeoDry Fresh and Floral Stick ($8.00)
DeoDry Cool and Zesty Roll On ($8.00)
DeoDry Chilled and Breezy Roll On ($8.00)

Where can the item be purchased?Online or at BodyShop Stores across North America. Click here for the Canadian store locator. Click here for the U.S. store locater.

The claim of the product: A unique blend of ingredients, including natural volcanic minerals and essential oils. Delivers effective dryness and 24-hour odour protection. Minimizes white marks on clothes.

What was great about the product:

  • We liked that this is a deodorant versus an anti-perspirant. Deodorants simply control odour, while anti-perspirants also block pores using aluminum salts or other potentially harmful ingredients to actually prevent sweating. We don’t mind sweating, it’s natural after all.
  • The scent of the product was great. Our favourite was the Chilled and Breezy scent (the blue one). It’s is fresh and light and not like anything else on the shelf.
  • We preferred the roll on over the stick because The Body Shop has created a refill for the roll on that uses less plastic then purchasing a new pack. It is also easy to refill — not always the case with some products.
  • It lasted through the 18-hour day of a busy mom, a bike messenger and a student. Odor was kept to a minimum more effectively — for these testers — than with other brands such as Degree and Secret.
  • Made in the United Kingdom.
  • Contains Community Trade aloe vera from Guatemala and alcohol from Ecuador.
  • No animal testing.

What was NOT so great about the product:

  • We found both the stick and roll-on went on clear but dried with some whiteness, leaving white marks on our clothes, though not as dramatically as a traditional deodorant. It didn’t pass our “little black dress” test.
  • We found at least two ingredients from the “dirty dozen” list. INGREDIENTS: Propylene Glycol, Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Ceteth-20, Perlite, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Citral, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Cymbopogon Flexuosus Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Eugenol, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Nepeta Cataria Oil.
  • Packaging is recyclable but not made from recycled content.
  • No third-party logos to support fair trade, community trade or no animal testing.

Grade from Green Living: C- (Though the product works and smells great, it has some big steps to take before turning green, from their packaging to the ingredient list).