After making this several times, I settled on using Spearmint & Lemongrass essential oils. I handed out samples to several friends, and used the same for myself. We ALL had the same reaction, which was
"it smells great, but man this stuff burns my pits". I do no think this is a fluke, and I see that many others have the same reaction. I give an "A" for effort, but this base is unusable for myself and my friends.
by jeanne michelle
I have been using this for a few months and was so happy to give up aluminum deodorant but both my daughter and I are having the same reaction which is getting worse over time. It burns really bad to apply and we have red bumps that itch on our arm pits so I am constantly like a monkey itching my arm pits. I sadly had to buy my old aluminum deodorant yesterday as this (the burn) is very painful. Even though it has been a day since I stopped using this, the rash is still there. Hopefully we are just annomolies and others are fine.
It seems like Christopher and i received a different product than everyone else, because this stuff burns. My husband and teenage sons had the same stinging. My pits are still sore the day after using it. I really had high hopes for this product, and am really bummed that we can't use it. Waiting on a response from brambleberry.
Update! Bramble Berry responded promptly and suggested i try the base without fragrance added. After my very sore pits healed, i did, and no burn! I shaved and tried it, no burn! I apologize Bramble Berry! This is a good product and it actually works! Evidently arm pits can be super sensitive to fragrances that you can use safely in other applications. I will buy again:)
So we only bought the 16 ounces to give this a try in our house before offering it to clients. Thank goodness we did. I was the first and only person to try it yesterday one pit had a slight burn to it which I gave up to the edge of the deodorant scrapping the skin since we couldn't give it a nice dome finish... this morning the burn was WAY worse for me and my partner tried it and also got a stinging feeling from it we both now have bright red pits and even still have the sting even after washing it off.
I purchased the 1lb package of this base to try out. My son seems to have problems with store bought deodorant and I wanted to try this to see if it would work and then see if it would work for him. I have been using it for over a week now and absolutely love it! I don't think i'll be buying store bought deodorant again. This is has a nice silky feel when you put it on, it's not sticky or greasy and it works! even under high stress situations (believe me, I've had them this week) Keeps me nice and dry and feeling soft! Love it!
I bought the 16 oz base and I didn't have a problem with melting adding the fragrance I wanted or pouring and when I put the finished product on it feels very silky and smooth I will be buying this again my family loves it
I was really wondering if this would work for me. I tried so many natural recipes and they were all failures. They either had to be applied more than once a day or they left my arm pits a sticky mess. This stuff is wonderful and I will definitely purchase again. I only wish it came in a larger size!!!
I bought it the first time with many doubts, but is really excellent, It lasts all day long from my morning bath to ,my evening bath. My clients love it, and we live in a hot, humid, beautiful Caribbean island.
by Bayfront Naturals
I like the results of this base, but find it hard to melt while keeping the temperature low enough. I also wish it came in a jar, I don't like microwaving the bag to get it out, then have to melt seeing before pouring. Also, mine is very crumbly. Getting it out of the bag is hard, it just crumbles. Does anyone else have this problem??
Was skeptical at first, but honestly works great! Would love to be able to purchase in larger quantities as it's flying off the shelves. Easy to melt and pour into containers ~ beware it melts fast! Make sure and do the 30 second intervals (even for the 16 oz size).
I have been using this for a few days and it is amazing!!! Poured easily into tubes. I added fragrance and it is absolutely delightful. Hasn't left any residue on darker clothing. So fun to make you own deodorant!!
Made my first batch the other day using this base and tried it today for the first time at the gym - a real test IMO. It worked fantastic! I'm sure all the gym people were wondering why I was sniffing myself periodically during the workout though. Will definitely be ordering a larger batch and my husband has already started using mine! Thanks BB!
I bought this a little over a week ago, Admittedly, I was skeptical, but because my at-home deodorant exploits were leaving me frazzled & red-pitted (10 different formulas, over 5 months, all natural), I gave in & purchased 16 oz. of this base. This is where you get TMI, but I want to give an honest review.
I made 4.4 oz. of deodorant with this; I added nothing to it but fragrance. I showered. I put it on. I went to bed - and didn't shower for TWO WHOLE DAYS. Oh yeah, my family LOVED me, but if you're gonna test something, you better TEST it, right? Right!
After 24 solid hours, I had ZERO of that oniony-type B.O. The fragrance had worn off, but I just smelled, well, *normal*. 24 more hours later, I started getting a hint of the oniony smell, but mostly it was just kind of a "sour, haven't showered" smell. 48 hours before any stench, folks. 48. Today, my daughter remarked that "this deodorant is the bomb-diggity". Mind you, this is *my* experience, but I am SOLD! :)
Does this stop sweating also or just prevent smell?
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Niccola! Our Aluminum Free Deodorant Base contains enzymes that fight odor causing bacteria to help eliminate odor. It also does help to reduce sweating. I will email you personally to discuss this further!
Love this deodorant. The only problem I have is that it leaves white marks on my clothes, so I can only use it in the winter. Please make a clear version of this. I will be a big fan.
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Hanh! I'm so glad you love our Aluminum Free Deodorant Base, we do too! Thank you so much for your suggestion. We will definitely keep that in mind!
My husband and I love this deodorant base! I was a little skeptical at first but once we tried it, we were pleasantly surprised. Can't wait for more to come in!
I am looking forward to buying another one of these. So simple to make. Ive been trying to find a good recipie for homeade deoderants and nothing has really worked well at all. This is the Best deoderant I've used since going homeade. FINALLY!
This is the first aluminum free deodorant I've ever used, and I am completely hooked. I used the Pikake Flower scent (from previous orders) along with the other ingredients in the kit, and can't believe how incredible it smells. What's even better, is that I haven't had razor rash after my first weeks use of this deodorant. My underarms are smooth, and I haven't had one single problem and I've been using it now for over a month. It doesn't cake either!! Highly recommend this product! Thank you BB!!
Having a mother with breast cancer and an aunt with Alzheimer's has made me a little scared of products containing aluminum. So when I found this base, I was excited but a bit skeptical as to its ability to control as well as an over-the-counter deodorant. However, I've never ordered anything from Brambleberry that I wasn't 150% happy with. So I ordered it, made a couple of testers, and I gotta say: this is the best deordorant EVER! My husband is using it, I am using it, and my mother is currently using it. I will be ordering more and offering it to my customers. THANK YOU Brambleberry.
I am so excited to have found this deodorant base and couldn't wait to test it out. To my surprise it worked wonders, it kept me dry all day and beyond. I am the perfect candidate to test this product as I sweat a lot and can't never find something that can protect me all day, not to mention THE CHANGES, if you know what I mean! lol. This product is a must have. I am placing my larger order inmediately to share with my daughters! As far as the tube goes, I read some people were unhappy and I agreed, however there are other containers available. Excellent, excellent product!
I bought this as a kit which came with the push tubes and the 4 oz size base. I've been using it for about 3 weeks now and I really like it. I normally do not use the white paste kinds of deodorant, they always tend to eat away at my skin and be uncomfortable. But this base has been really nice on my skin - and the deodorant works well. I plan to buy this product again and make some different scents. The only thing I didn't care for, was the push tubes. They were a bit small, and if you're not careful you'll push the deodorant right out! Next time I will try it with a different type of container. But, Bravo! I love it.
I use Tom's of Maine aluminum-free deodorant because it doesn't irritate my skin like regular deodorant but I don't care for the fragrances which Tom's comes in. After reading the very positive reviews here, I decided to try it. I scented it with "Shave and a Haircut" FO to give it a masculine smell and began using it everyday. I hesitated to give people my opinion until I had truly tested it and I can honestly say that it has held up VERY WELL under every circumstance...no odor and no skin irritation. I have since made it with "Baby Powder" and "Baby Rose" FOs for a couple of female friends and they both gave it very positive reviews as well although one of the girls did say that she used it immediately after shaving once which irritated her skin a little. To the reviewer who had such a bad experience, I recently read somewhere that you should only apply a thin coat of natural deodorant and applying too much can have the opposite of the desired effect. FYI
I made this using the push tubes they recommended and although the deodorant seems to work, no one can get the push tubes to work! Big loss of money and time for me and Bramble Berry will not resolve the issue. They continually ignore my emails. Just be forewarned and save yourself a lot of money, time, ad hassle
Reply from Bramble Berry
I ordered a small size of this product because I was a bit skeptical about if it would work on sensitive skin types which runs in my family.
Since its aluminum free, my whole family has been able to use it without any irritation and even with a bit of FO mixed in even after shaving). I also have several customers who love it.
I also have to recommend because my 13 yr old son wears it regularly and hes in karate and other sports and it works!
Definitely will order again. :)
I have a question now that I've read what others had to say about this product. I was under the impression that one was not supposed to use essential oils in place of fragrance for products that are to be applied to the body. I have allergies and sensitive skin, especially under the arm, and was looking at this base because I cannot even use any of the diy deodorant concoctions that people make up in their kitchens because the baking soda is too drying. I cannot use any purchased deodorants which contain alcohol because it stings too, too much and I will break out under the arm....no fun, I warn you.....please cast some light on this subject. As for the others, could you in the future provide a disclaimer before publishing the answers of others, if this is not advisable to add essential oils, because nobody would want to accidently pass on unhealthy information to others, even if this is a diy kind of business. We really must have some integrity and practice it, also.
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Jean, this product is alcohol free. Using essential oils and fragrance oils in your bath and body products is purely a personal preference and we recommend using them according to your skin sensitivities. Some essential oils require special considerations when applied to the skin, such as Peppermint. We try our best to give our customers as much information as possible about the particular fragrance and essential oils on the product page of each oil. Another option is to not add any fragrance to the product if you are sensitive to fragrances :)
I am not sure what I did wrong on this one. I read reviews and sure glad I didn't invest too much money into this. It did not work on me or my sister, and 3 of my regular customers tried it as well and said they smelled like "onions" before lunchtime. I didn't overheat, and it it very hard to get out of the bag. All n all I will continue to offer my regular deodorant.
Reply from Bramble Berry
I'm sorry about the deodorant base, this is the first we've heard of it behaving strangely. I let our research and development team know, and they are testing a bag of it as we speak! Thank you for letting us know about this. Did you add anything, such as a fragrance oil, to your batch?
I recently ordered your deodorant base. The four oz. to start to try it out. Melts beautfully, smooth glide. Takes fragrance well, I used eo of Lavender and ylang ylang. Gave half to my daughter and half for myself. My daughter is a busy resteraunt owner. She and her husband own five and run three of them. She waitresses, cooks does dishes sometimes, runs the errands etc. She is amazed that your deodorant base is working well for her no problems. Guess I will order more as I have two teen granddaughters.
Thanks Bramble Berry! I may add that yes I do make many of my own bath and body products and I sell soap. But there is much discussion and many women have had problems with ingredients,or the product just doesn't work. Your's does work.
Today was the first day I used this product. Because of the type of work that I do, I was really put to the test because it gets very hot especially when you are rushing around all over the place. I can honestly say that I was worried wondering and waiting when the deodorant was going to fail. Well it didn't. This product was incredibly easy to use. I melted the product, added my own special touch, and I am completely satisfied. Expect another order from me.
I have plethora of body types amongst my family and friends. They have always been willing to be my testers. From my partner (60yrs) a semi retired drug and alcohol counselor, my eldest daughter (40yrs) who is a restaurant manager, a granddaughter (20yrs) a college student and various friends. I use those descriptions because using different essential oils to their very different tastes, this was HANDS DOWN the best find yet and believe me, I have used more than one from scratch recipe for deodorant and my title of "THE BEST DEODORANT EVER" WAS THE COMMENT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. Trust and believe YOU WILL LOVE THIS!. I did find better success at the twist up tubes than the push up tubes for those that have arthritis issues but WHAT IS IMPORTANT is that this product just cannot be beat!