I had to write a review on this after reading CAZUAE's below as I completely agree - I also licked the thing as I didn't believe it was doing anything when applying it (not an experience I'll be repeating!)
I too have been amazed at how effective this deoderant is as I've had a long search for effective deoderants/anti-perspirants including all major brands and have found them to be pretty poor by the end of a long day at work (and I don't think I'm that sweaty!)
However, I've been using Crystal for a week now following recommendations from my mum and sister and I'm pleased to say I've been completely odour-free for the entire week, including during exercise. So I'm very pleased with this product. My mum was saying she's had hers for a year and it's still half-full, so top marks for value for money. It's also paraben free and not full of nasty chemicals, so even better! I don't work for the company, honestly, I'm just really impressed that my long search for a decent deoderant is finally over! : )
I used this as it was a free gift with purchase. I have never had a real problem with deodorants before and usually only use them once I get out of the shower, at night. I have to say that this product made me stink! More importantly it made the SO ask if I had showed, as in I smelled that bad. I do not know if it was because I do not reapply or if it because it only last for 8 hours but I will not rebuy... I will stick to my Kiehls instead.
I saw a TV program which tested deodorants and the natural mineral deodorant came out tops so thought I would give it a go albeit with a heavy dose of skepticism. I found the Crystal body deodorant stick at the chemist for around GBP 5 so bought that cos frankly I liked the packaging and there weren't too many other options.
I honestly didn't think it would work. It says to moisten with water slightly and smooth under arms which I did... but I kept 'smoothing' cos I honestly didn't think it was going on! I also have to admit to actually licking it to convince myself that something was going on... 8-) The things we do for the sake of beauty!
2 weeks later I can absolutely confirm that this stuff WORKS. Unbelievable but true. It doesn't stop you sweating but your sweat doesn't smell of anything.. and I can honestly say it lasts 24 hours.. Even with my best alternative deodorant (Mitchum for women) I found that at the end of the day my armpits might start to smell slightly... lovely topic right?!
Seriously good stuff and very economical as it says this should last up to a year, which, with the cost of deodorants/anti-perspirants these days is not an inconsiderable consideration. I will definitely continue to use this...
I don't know if I did something wrong or what- but I really really wanted to love this! All natural, no bad chemicals, non-irritating for my very sensitive underarms- it truly seemed perfect based off reviews. Controls B.O but not so much effective for sweating- I don't sweat much, just need something to keep me smelling fresh.
Well- this was not effective in the "fresh" department for me whatsoever! I'm very dissapointed! I'm going to test out Almay Hypo allergenic next, but I hope in the future I'm able to find something all natural that will not make me smell WORSE than if I used nothing. For now I'm back to using my trusty but irritating and chemical laden Dove.
Oh- also the packaging on this is hideous- can't it atleast be semi-attractive? It get's a 2 though in my book for being all natural.
Now I don't sweat much, so I only have a little odor during the summer heat. However, after applying this (and waiting for a while for it to dry) I have never had any odor. Bonuses- it's all natural, unscented (no smelling like febreeze!), cheap, and won't leave nasty yellow stains on your shirts.
The roll-on did not work out so well for me, but the regular crystal is awesome. With the crystal, you have to wet it and then do something like 30 swipes under each arm for it to work. I figured the roll-on would save me some time, but it does not hold up nearly as well as the regular crystal.
I wanted to try a product that did not have the "bad" stuff in it. I was tired of my shirts being damaged from all that "fake" stuff (they would be yellow and disgusting within months of purchase. I found this and Tom's. They were comparable, but my grandmother used to use a crystal when I was growing up. I do sweat a lot, even with antipersperants (sp) so I figured, let's try. I love it. My odor is down, I still sweat, but my clothes are free!!! I will definitely buy again.
I tested this deodorant for a bit and it didn't work for me very well:( I was very disappointed. I had to reapply throughout the day quite a bit. Making it very inconvenient.
I would recommend this product if you do not have an issue with sweating. It really does control B.O for the most part and lasts all day. The downside of course is the sweating so I can only use this product when I'm wearing black or darker colors so the sweat stain is not so obvious. I also like to wear this deodorant on the wknds to give my skin a rest from the harsher deodorants that contain chemimicals. I think it is the best natural deodorant out there, even better than Tom's of Maine.
This is the first natural deodorant I've tried. I wanted to go with something more natural that didn't contain aluminum and I was also sick of dealing with white marks under my arms and on my clothes. You do have to wait a bit for it to dry and it since it is not an anti-perspirant, you will still sweat, but I love this stuff. It works well even after working out and sweating a lot. The only thing is you can only reapply to freshly washed pits, otherwise it won't work as well. I have since bought an actual crystal rock I use instead of the liquid as one crystal lasts for years and there's not as much plastic packaging waste or expense involved...also the rock is more travel-friendly.