This year, I bought most of my Christmas shopping online. We made humungous fragrance free gift baskets for every person we know who we’d ever want to come into our home. Cause, let’s face it: if they’re not FF, they can’t come in. (And we’ve been missing people. A lot.) My daughter found some deodorants while doing the weekly shopping at Lamana (an independent Grocery store) that we added to the baskets at the last minute; so, because we had already ordered fragrance free deodorants online (here), most people now have a choice of deodorants to wear when visiting us! (For some people (who use a lot of fragrance/haispray in their ordinary lives, we keep a change of clothes here for them. That way, they can ‘be’ fragrance free. Until, I can get better, this is something we may need to do more of.)
These are based on the same recipe that’s in all the Crystal deodorants, but they are packaged so that they come in a metal spray can that squirts, not sprays. I’d say these are marketed at teenagers, men, and women who are in the ‘cool’ crowd, because they look that way–cool. Well, in a Lynx-spray-can kind of way (not that Lynx is cool, but Unilever do a great job at marketing/hoodwinking it to be that way), so it’s great to see the companies, who are actually the good guys, catching up–because their products actually ARE COOL ( Well, at least, they are not causing the wearer of the product to infringe on other people’s right to breath, forcing those they come in contact with to breathe chemical laden air, and to get sick from fragrance ingredients dispersed in a solvent and petrochemical based hydrocarbon formula; and at most, they are not gassing young boys in their own bathrooms!), so it’s great to see some clever marketing in this area.
At first glance, you would not think these are fragrance free deodorants, at all:
So I guess I haven’t done such a bad job at getting my teenager to read labels after all. I’m quite chuffed and proud actually.
But I’m supper proud of this company for going this way with the marketing, not sure if they intended this pun though:
“Natural. Feel fresh all day – even after strenuous activity. Give your commercial body sprays the ax.”
You see, overseas from Australia, ‘Lynx’ is marketed as ‘Axe’ by the same company, Unilever. (And for those who don’t know, Unilever are not only pushing fragrance chemicals to the masses, but using smarmy, sleazy, sexist, bordering on misogynistic, tactics that stink just as much as their ethics do, to get them to buy these toxic fragrance chemicals. Evil much?)
If you click on this here link, you’ll see the Lynx packaging (actually, I just changed my mind, after being excluded from classes this year (because of companies like this one) I can’t share my New Years cheer with them, so you’ll just have to imagine what a can of Lynx looks like); and if you click on this here link, you’ll see the Crystal Rock Packaging. Cause Crystal Rock Rocks!
More information: crystal rock natural deodorant spray for men – 24 hour protection – unscented (unisex no fragrance) 118ml. Ingredients: Aqua/eau/water, caprylyl-capryl glucoside, potassium alum, fragrance/parfum*, sodium bicarbonate, benzoic acid, zinc gluconate.
*The Unscented version (as shown above) does not contain the fragrance/parfum, which is listed on the ingredients of the unscented version found online. I know this, because I bought it. But you would not know it from searching online. It’s a bit stupid for companies not to list the fragrance free/unscented version without the fragrance/parfum in the ingredients listing: it’s not like it’s just a personal choice, for some people; it can be very serious whether the product contains that particular collection of ingredients or not.
Hopefully, you, or someone you know, can find this in your local supermarket. If not, it’s available online from places like here
In the US, the Rock Unscented version, and the others are available here
More Links for Deodorants
More Natural Deodorants, from Vrindavan Body Care in Austalia
Any company who’d like to become a Retailers or Distributors can find out more here
In the US: Ron and Lisa: The Healthy Home Team: Deodorant: Ingredients to choose and ingredients to loose
Elizabeth Rose: Natural Beauty Guide: Natural and Eco-friendly
Natural Life Magazine: Spraying Yourself with Toxic Chemicals is Not Sexy
In Norway: Annelie Molin: Body spray – Lynx – Axe – Blacklisted
In Australia: The Allergy Whisperer: Scents and Smells
More in Australia: Sara Wilson: Part I Toxin Free Products
And Australia: Sarah Wilson: Part II Toxin Free Products
In the US: Campaign for Safer Cosmetics