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Lush T’eo deodorant bar

October 19, 2010

I bought a bar of Lush’s Oxeo deodorant a while back and went to look up the ingredients today to discover they don’t sell it anymore. So the next closet product is the T’eo deodorant bar – also made from sodium bicarbonate with a waxy base. I suppose that proves how long their sodium bicarbonate deodorant bars last! I really love this deodorant so it’s a shame they’ve stopped making the Oxeo fragrance.

Lush say:

“Magnesium carbonate is a solid, white mineral, and frequently occurs in nature mixed with calcite, forming dolomite or dolomitic limestone deposits. It acts as a perfume carrier in T’eo. Juniper berry, tea tree and lemon essential oils help to combat bacteria and microbes.”

The bar is a compacted block of sodium bicarbonate with essential oils and a layer of wax holding it together at the bottom. This deodorant does not contain any pore blocking ingredient so it won’t stop you sweating, but it is incredibly good at keeping armpits whiff free. The smell lasts a whole day and is activated by body heat – so even if you get warm and sticky there is no smell. It didn’t leave any yellow or white marks on my clothes which was a bonus.

Even though the bar is dry there is no scratchiness. You just need to rub it on your armpit and it leaves a fine layer of sodium bicarbonate. I’ve also tried rubbing it onto wet armpits after a shower and that worked equally as well.

The Oxeo bar is a very feminine smell, and the T’eo bar more of a unisex fragrance. It smells quite strongly of tea tree oil but it’s not overpowering.

I’ve had my bar for a very long time (I’m surprised it’s lasted this long) and the wax has started to come off the bottom, so the bar is getting a bit crumbly. But it still smells lovely so I’ve decided to wrap it up in a piece of nice fabric and stick it my scarf drawer to make them smell nice.

The only downside (and up-side in equal measures) is that because it doesn’t have any packaging, you have to keep it dry and out the way of heat or the wax melts. I bought a small snap close soap box for mine which worked really well – I could leave it in the bathroom without it soaking up lots of moisture. But, less packaging means less waste!


  • Pros: Packaging free, kept me smelling nice all day
  • Cons: Needs to be kept away from moisture and heat


Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca), Blue Wax (Specerit Blue C), Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), Magnesium Carbonate, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus), Fresh Green Grapes (Vitis vinifera), Blue Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus), *Citral, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume. *Occurs naturally in essential oils.

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