You’re a mean one, Mr. Greeench. Lush Cosmetics thought they were being clever naming this green powder after our favourite fuzzy green Who but little did they know, it would be a little on the.. ehh nose.
In a conscious effort to be more eco-friendly, I’ve been researching environmental alternatives to everyday hygiene and beauty products. One of the first products being aerosol deodorants. My two options were to switch to either deodorant bar/balm or deodorant powder. Not confident in my ability to create my own, I searched the high street looking for an eco-friendly deodorant alternative. As many people do when looking for vegan or eco-friendlier beauty options, I ran into the arms of Lush. Lush had a somewhat impressive range of deodorant alternatives, including a couple of powder deodorant.
Out of the options available, I purchased The Greeench, ‘a mean green powder that steals smells away’. Thyme, tea tree, rosemary, and sage are listed as some of the ingredients which will take away any odors and kill bacteria. Another ingredient of note is the lycopodium powder which is meant to absorb any sweat.
The Greeench has a scent that can only be described as medicinal. Not unpleasant but not exactly great either. The consistency is similar to talc which is expected for a powder deodorant. My first impression was so-so, I was very hesitant before using this product, not fully confident that it would actually work.
As a Marketing Executive with no gym membership, I can’t say I live an incredibly active lifestyle. My daily commute includes a twenty-minute walk and the occasional run to make my train but by no means would I describe it as a strenuous workout. So why when using this powder deodorant, would I find myself in work soaked through my shirt, panicking about the potential stink cloud threatening to envelop me? TMI?
Once in use, the medicinal smell was no longer an issue, it can only be described as vile. Using this product made me feel panicked and self-conscious. I work in a small office and have to stand on my very busy morning train, could people smell the horrible stale deodorant smell? I definitely found myself reaching for my perfume a little more in an effort to over-compensate.
I just really did not like this deodorant. It just didn’t work! I used it for over a week just in case the issue was the fact that my body wasn’t acclimatised to the product but nope, I continued to be a sweaty mess for the duration. I wouldn’t say I’m even an overly sweaty person by nature but this product just did not work. Overall, Doctor Seuss said it best when he said – ‘The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote: “Stink” “Stank” “Stunk!”’
At this point, I am not entirely convinced that The Greeench is not Lush’s idea of a practical joke. An odd-looking green powder with a questionable smell, less of a who and “more of a… what”. The true embodiment of the Grinch.
What are your thoughts on environmentally friendly deodorants? Are there any products you swear by? Please PLEASE let me know!!
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