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Product Review: Stella McCartney Soft Deodorant

Bear with me a moment while we talk about something a little unusual. A couple of years ago, I decided to make the switch from antiperspirant to deodorant. At the time, I was suffering from some pretty gross breakouts, and I had a crazy theory that antiperspirant, by blocking my sweat glands, was sending toxins to my face and turning them into pimples. (Like I said, it was a crazy theory.)

Anyway, when I went shopping for aluminum-free deodorants, I wasn't too excited by the, er, natural selection. Tom's of Maine left a slimy trail in my underarms, and the "crystal" deodorant irritated my skin. Then I tried Stella McCartney's deodorant (well, not hers—but you know what I mean). To find out how it works,

I love Stella eau de parfum because it's soft but complex, and the deodorant is just as pleasing. It's a roll-on, and the formula itself is a milky, watery liquid that takes about 30 seconds to dry. By design, a deodorant doesn't stop you from sweating, but after about a week I realized that I just don't sweat that much in the first place. Having softly scented underarms that match the fragrance on my wrists made me feel luxurious—or at least as luxurious as one can feel when we're talking about perspiration.

Stella Soft Deodorant is $19, and I've found it only at Nordstrom. As a sweat-blocker goes, it's pricey, but the cost is completely justified if you love the scent (which I do) and you treat it as part of your "fragrance wardrobe." Have you tried it? What do you think?


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Talldiva45 Talldiva45 10 years
$19 for a deodorant is a bit much for me - I like Mitchum Shower sent clear gel - never done me wrong!
nigerienne nigerienne 10 years
I hate all her scents so I doubt I'll like this one.
jettafer99 jettafer99 10 years
thanks for the tip, Chatoyante. I just bought some funk butter and cant wait to try it from all of the rave reviews.
lollipopgirl lollipopgirl 10 years
aww i dont think i can get it here in canada =[
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
I heart Stella! Must try, though it is a little pricey... I use a WONDERFUL natural deo that works better than normal antiperspirant for me. It's called Funk Butter and I get it from oyinhandmade.com ($4.50). All of the other natural ones never worked on me, but FB is great and the Black Cedar Fig smell is divine.
lovealways lovealways 10 years
I love Soft & Dri and Ban. I keep telling myself to look into the aluminum-free stuff, but I've never actually done it yet.
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 10 years
that would never work in my hot, humid, southern climate. Anybody would sweat. I back the Dove invisible - though before that I used Mitchum hydraclear.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
OH MY GOD. i have to have this. i use stella perfume.
sugarrr sugarrr 10 years
I use dove cool cucumber invisable anti-perspirant and it works great and smells
butterfly7 butterfly7 10 years
mmm Sounds like another new product to try!
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Wow, I gotta get some of this. i LOVE stella mccartney!
Miami-Gal Miami-Gal 10 years
I only wear deodorant or anti per. when I think about it. I'm lucky in that I don't stink when I sweat. I just don't like to when I know I am going to go to a power meeting, which triggers me to sweat. Even living in Florida, on average, I barely sweat. But some of them smell very good!
ToonasaurusRex ToonasaurusRex 10 years
the best one i ever tried was the Soft & Dri with the power stripe. i swear, when i use it i don't sweat AT ALL. too bad they don't make it any more :( now i'm back to Secret.........i guess. can't justify paying more than $5.
tigerlyllie21 tigerlyllie21 10 years
I started using Tom's of Maine because I was getting an allergic reaction to certain deodorants... turns out I'm also allergic to the stuff they use as perfumes in the Tom's of Maine as well! In fact, that reaction was much worse! Dove Ultimate Clear is good though.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I have to use an antiperspirant, and there are only two brands that work for me. But I'm with you about the roll on. It feels gross putting it on, but it's the best invisible pit stick out there.
Beauty Beauty 10 years
Cravintheory: I tried the Adidas stuff, too! It didn't do much for me either. As far as the zits are concerned, I don't think the switch in sweat-stoppers was the main reason my pimples cleared up, and I don't think my theory has any basis in reality. With that said, though, my breakouts did go down a little. Then again, I also started using an amazing face mask that I promise to write about soon. My guess is that the face mask did the trick, but I like to joke that deodorant is the key to a prettier complexion! :)
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
BELLA: Did the change in theory stop the zits??
nancita nancita 10 years
I have often worried about the chemicals in other deodorants but also don't like Tom's of Maine. This one sounds worth a try. Thanks!
erinb erinb 10 years
Does it really help with the breakouts? If so, it's worth a shot!
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 10 years
Target had a special last week- 3 sticks of Degree (or Secret) for $5! I'm gonna stick to my cheapy cheap deodorant! Nice theory by the way, Bella.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Addidas makes an aluminum free deodorant, but apparently aluminum free doesn't work on me....
epicurean_Essy epicurean_Essy 10 years
If it smells good, doesn't leave marks, and is longlasting, then its worth the price!
redegg redegg 10 years
That sounds wonderful, bella.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
$19?! I'll stick to the crap I but at Target for $3.49.
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