Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant

Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant Review Natural

The current run of hot weather has provided an excellent opportunity for me to properly test some of the deodorants that I’ve had lined up along my bathroom shelf. I’m not usually the sweatiest of people and so it takes a very warm day for me to get a proper bit of perspiration going. (Weirdly, I can also get the “juices flowing” (UGH) if I wear my Asda dressing gown to answer stressful emails – something to do with flammable fleece and complicated admin seems to trigger a spectacular bodily response. I’m like a boxer in a bin bag the day before a weigh-in – soaked from head to toe.)

So: Aurelia’s Botanical Cream Deodorant. Note that this is a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant – anti-perspirants work by blocking pores so that sweat can’t come out. They help to keep you dry – no damp circles around your armpits. Deodorants work by masking the odour or neutralising the smell – you might still get a wet sensation, but (hopefully) not the BO. The pay-off with deodorants is that they don’t contain aluminium salts, which have been shown in some studies to be linked to health issues. The evidence isn’t entirely conclusive, but many people – quite understandably – prefer to play things safe and avoid products containing them.

Which would be great if all deodorants worked as well as anti-perspirants, but sadly, from experience, many of them fall rather short of the mark. Some of them don’t even neutralise the odour – they’re just glorified body sprays marketed for the underarms. Perfume in a can.

Anyway, to cut a long story short: hot weather, deodorant testing. I’ve always liked the Pitrok Crystal* – a simple, aluminium-free roll-on that’s inexpensive and reasonably effective. But I think that Aurelia’s Cream Deodorant may have pipped that one to the perspiration post. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks, now, but I’ve been waiting for a good, hot day to properly road-test it. And I do declare that it does a great job at keeping armpits fresh and – surprisingly – dry.

Most of the deodorants that I’ve tested (PitRok, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Australian Body Care and Vichy, to name a few) help with smell but not with wetness. The Botanical Cream Deodorant from Aurelia manages to stop odour developing and keep the skin dry – even an afternoon hill-climbing session with the double buggy failed to produce any real sweatiness.

Do bear in mind that (as I’ve mentioned) I’m not the sweatiest person in the world – I’d love to know how this would fare if the Sweat Threat was greater – but it’s interesting that in the same conditions I did sweat (albeit odourlessly) with the PitRok. (I can’t believe how many times I’ve written the word “sweat”.)

The Aurelia deodorant contains arrowroot and kaolin (clay) to absorb moisture, but it also has moisturisers and essential oils to give it a zingy fragrance. It smells a bit like Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish  – that minty, eucalyptus sort of smell. Not my first choice for armpits, but it’s actually rather nice when the heat is on – it seems fresh and clean.

You apply the cream with fingertips, which is the only real drawback. I don’t particularly like fingering my armpits; there’s something toe-curling about dragging skin that has been shaved, or recently shaved, and I do shave my armpits once a week or so. But I can get over that, because I do think that this deodorant works really well – it’s not as convenient as the PitRok roll-on, but it feels beautiful and soft, is quick to dry and doesn’t seem to leave any white residue on clothing. (Though I’ll admit that I haven’t tested this aspect extensively!)

At £18 it’s on the pricey side if you’re used to only shelling out a couple of quid for your deodorant or anti-perspirant, but if you’re on a mission to avoid aluminium and you need something that’ll keep you sweat-patch-free then Aurelia’s Cream Deodorant, for me, has been the best of the bunch so far. It also has that luxury element – heavy glass jar, beautiful ingredients – I think of it as more of a treatment cream for the underarms than a deodorant. Yes, that definitely sounds much better…

You can find the Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant online at Cult Beauty here* and LookFantastic here*.

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  1. May 26, 2017 / 7:54 am

    wow i have never seen somthing like this before, it looks great such an amazing idea xx

  2. Cathy
    May 26, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Sounds interesting! I’m in LOVE with the Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant Cream which sounds very similar to the Aurelia one in terms of the consistency. It’s really good and a little goes a long way! I especially love the gorgeous citrus smell, but I must give the Aurelia one a try! Have a great weekend lovely! xxxxx

    • Missmouse
      May 26, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Me too. Soapwalla is a great formulation. The website Naturissmo does quite a few totally natural (no chemicals) deodorants and quite a few in trial size that you can try for a small cost. I highly recommend natural deos, I have been using them for a few years and although they don’t stop sweat they eliminate any BO smell totally (if they are good).

  3. Jo
    May 26, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I’ve not tried this but I’ve tried a lot of others that fail both the wetness and odour test – however the one I love beyond all measure is by The Natural Deodorant Company – three ranges and different fragrances. It really works – I live in a hot country – and I love it.

    • Eka
      May 26, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      ooh! I´ve just commented about the Natural Deodorant Co too ! :)
      The ARE very effective! Even the gentle version (love the tangerine scent)!

  4. Jlm
    May 26, 2017 / 8:26 am

    I tried the Aurelia on a recent trip to Australia. It just didn’t work. I am not that sweaty either but I found myself having to reapply every 2-3 hours to stop bo. Have recently tried Vichy aluminium free and it seems to work much better.

  5. Jan
    May 26, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Look fantastic have 20% off at the moment with LF20 code so it is £14.40 (no p&p charges). Thanks Ruth for the review

  6. Aromaology
    May 26, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Hi Ruth,
    Have you tried Malin & Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant?
    I find it to be pretty effective but I haven’t tried many of others you’ve mentioned so I am not sure how it compares.

  7. Saurs
    May 26, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Hmm. My concern is that solid perfumes are a known quantity, a niche in the contemporary perfume world stemming from a very old tradition, that work because of how the formulation has been translated to a different medium and how that medium has been stabilized. In those instances, jars, pots, and cans are acceptable; in a water-based arm pit-oriented CREAM* delivered in a less-than-hygienic container, however, I worry about cross-contamination and oxidation. I hear you on approaching like product like it were a treatment, but scent and effective skincare are rarely compatible allies because the ingredients that contribute to the latter render the former, especially in sillage and longevity, weak. On the bright side, that price point is okay to me if the scent is truly sublime and with regular use remains true through the life of the product.

    *I’m assuming that this cream is not formulated like your typical hand creme or body lotion cross-over certain perfume houses churn out; those rarely have the oomph to stave off, rather than mask, body odor

  8. May 26, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I rely on a CD one to combat the odors as I prefer aluminium free as well. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and I figured better safe than sorry.
    If that one would smell like the Aurelia face products I would be all over it.

  9. Eka
    May 26, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Oh i looove natural deodorants! lol
    My favorite ones, though, are the Schmidt´s Fragrance Free (in a STICK!!!) and Natural Deodorant Co Gentle (i.e. baking soda free) Deodorant with tangerine (in a pot, just like this Aurelia one) – the scent is so mild and pleasant :)
    I´ve also liked the Soapwalla deodorants ,but they tend to give me rashes if I use them for lot…. Now, I am sensitive to large amounts of baking soda – the ingredient that helps with the BO best and, thus, present in the majority of (effective) natural deodorants. So arrowroot , kaolin and some mild essential oils (and maybe just a tiiiiny little bit of baking soda) are my preferred ingredients.

  10. May 26, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    My girlfriend would love this. It’s a pity we don’t live in Australia

  11. May 26, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    This sounds so perfect! I’ve been on a mission for the best natural deodorant and will have to give this one a try. Previously I have always used LaVanila.

  12. Missmouse
    May 26, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Schmidts ‘Rose and Vanilla’ is absolutely the most tender and beautiful scented natural. You can buy a trial size online. Gorgeous and light if you love the smell of rose oil.

  13. Missmouse
    May 26, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Great article Ruth btw. It’s nice to see something like this getting more coverage. Some mainstream deodorants (chemical) or just vile so it’s lovely to have alternatives.

  14. May 26, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I’m currently using a stick from Schmitds and it’s doing quite well on wetness and odor. Almost as good as the lower end Secret concentrations.

  15. Maja
    May 27, 2017 / 11:08 am

    I don’t like fingering my armpits, but Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant Cream does a great job for me (admittedly I am not much of a sweaty person). Some people get a rash from it, so be careful.

  16. Hannah C
    May 27, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I find Salt of the Earth Pure Aura spritz pleasant and effective – it’s about £5.49 in Waitrose – but in all honesty I’ve gone back to “proper” anti-perspirant for long work days, or if there’s a possibility I might want to wear the same clothes tomorrow.

  17. May 27, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Sounds like such a luxurious product Ruth, a treat instead of something normally quite mundane. I’m in the process of finding a more natural alternative, thanks so much for sharing an in-depth review, it was very informative. Hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend, have a good one! :-) xx


  18. Christina Hansen
    May 29, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Thank you for a very useful review. I will buy this tomorrow.
    Love the probiotics!

  19. May 29, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Hi Ruth

    If they ship to U.K., give Meow Meow Tweet a look. They do both cream pot and stick all natural deodorants that work very well and smell amazing. I love the lemony one. I sampled most of their skincare range and it’s pretty lovely and reviewed some of it.

  20. June 1, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    This seems too good to be true – maybe that’s why the price is so high! For too long I have been using products which mask odour but don’t reduce wetness, and anti-perspirants can seem harsh on the skin. This is a beauty issue rarely discussed in the community but it’s important to find a product that ACTUALLY works for your underarms (if anything as a confidence booster!), so thanks for the recommendation!

  21. ClaraB
    June 4, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Schmidts and Soapwalla for me too. I used to used the most heavy duty aluminium-based deodorants I could find and still be disappointed in how they performed. As well as how my clothes always developed yellow marks. Then I got breast cancer and decided to clean things up. Miraculously, I find that Soapwalla and Schmidts leave me smelling better (no metallic tang) and my clothes in better shape. And I am in Australia, so have used them through very humid, hot summers. No going back for me.

  22. Viktoria
    June 6, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I suggest you try very nice stuff, I have been using the deodorants for over a year and would not want to miss them. So reliable and a pot almost lasts a year, which reduces waste They sell trial sizes, that come handy as there are lots of different smells to choos from.

  23. Claire
    August 20, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Just so you know the Pitrok deodorant does contain aluminium as Ammonia Alum (full name ammonium aluminium sulphate), on the amazon page it claims to be “free from aluminium compounds” rather than free from aluminium, to me it always feels like the companies are trying to mislead the consumer into thinking they products are aluminium free with that phasing.

    • Claire
      August 20, 2017 / 3:06 pm

      Also I think that ammonium alum technically is a compound which makes their claim an outright lie. In other places it is more clear that it’s only particular types of aluminium that it doesn’t contain, but personally I can’t trust any company that I feel is trying to mislead the consumer, I just find it unethical. So many of the crystal/mineral salt deodorants to the same thing and it’s frustrating.

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