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September 18, 2016Reviewer: A customer in China* As it says, this is a deodorant cream, or putty (it's changed viscosity during the time that I've been using it!), that you apply directly onto whichever sweaty area you desire, and forget about it: wash, as you like (perhaps be a little gentle, so as not to remove it, unnecessarily), until it's time to re-apply. It's not an antiperspirant, so you do still sweat. But, I'm sure that there's less perspiration.
I've been using it for a couple of years, and started doing so because I wanted to get away from the myriad of chemicals that are in the normal antiperspirants and deodorants. I've never had a particular perspiration problem, nor had any real B.O. problem, until I moved to a hot climate. Now, with a normal deodorant, I would have to wash and re-apply at least twice a day, and suffer the consequent body odour when needing to do so!
Cons (the reasons why I haven't given this 5 stars):
- Firstly, when I originally researched this product, I found countless reviewers complaining that it had changed: apparently, the original Lavilin was in a much larger black jar, and was a cream with quite different ingredients. Many were complaining that the new cream was not the same thing, and they could no longer use it. It seems as if the original manufacturer had been bought out.
- Maybe this second point no longer applies, but I still wish to mention it. In the first couple of jars that I bought, the cream was more like a putty: quite stiff and dry: not easy to apply! The last couple of jars, since I've noticed the 'Now' logo, have been like a cream that's much easier to apply.
- Smell. I noticed a distinct odour of castor oil, when I first started using it. Better than BO, for sure, and it doesn't bother me (and I stopped noticing it, after a few applications). But, it may bother some.
- Rub! This has got to be my biggest issue with using this stuff. When I sweat, especially when I'm not wearing a T-shirt, the area around where the cream has been applied tends to rub. I need to put talc, around my armpits, to reduce the friction. This is mainly an issue at the start of the summer, when I'm wearing.....less, and my skin hasn't got used to it.
- B.O. Yes, body odour! As mentioned, it works, for days. BUT, when it stops working, you'd better be ready to wash and re-apply! It doesn't 'fail' over a prolonged period, and give you plenty of warning that you may need to re-apply. No! You just suddenly notice that your armpits wreak! The best way is just to become familiar with how long the cream lasts, for you, and then do a 'preemptive' re-application. It doesn't seem to have any product build-up/over-application issues.
- Finally, packaging. There's nothing wrong with the packaging, par se. It's just that it's packaged like one of my wife's overpriced beauty creams: lots of box and container; not much product!
OK. So, if I've got so many issues with this cream, why do I give it 4 stars, continue to use it, and recommend it for others to try?
Pros: - It works! I usually go 3-5 days between applications, and maybe more in the winter. Once you apply it, which just takes a minute or two, you can just forget about any BO issues, until it's time for the next application, no-matter how hot, and/or humid, the weather!
- It's probably better for me. I got tired of reading about the possible negative health effects of the chemicals in regular products.
- A little bit goes long way. Despite the 'beauty product' packaging, I only need a couple of jars a year. So, it therefore represents good value for money. (I just wonder what the original stuff was like!)