As you know, it's very rare that I have anything bad to say about Lush: I'd certainly never sugar-coat my opinion about anything just for the sake of being positive. The great thing is that I never normally feel like I need to as I can usually find merits in most of their products. Which is why I was rather disappointed when I began using The Greeench.
Lush claim it to be 'a highly effective deodorant powder that can be used on the underarms, on feet, or in trainers.' And to sniff it might, at first, make you believe it.
Firstly, nothing is more effective at neutralising nasty whiffs than tea tree powder and oil, which kills and neutralises the bacteria that cause smells. Lush have included both of these ingredients in here, obviously keen on eradicating any unwanted pongs. There is also powdered sage here which is supposed to help you sweat less, since it’s an astringent and constricts your pores. Finally, the inclusion of Icelandic moss, containing lycopodium powder, steals away perspiration by absorbing it and leaves your arms fresh and dry.
On paper, The Greeench sounds like the perfect deodorant, yet it did absolutely nothing for me - it didn't remove sweat smells or help to keep my underarms dry. In fact, after a few hours of wearing it, I felt rather vulnerable without my usual roll on.
Secondly, it was very difficult to apply. It leaves a white powdery layer on my armpits, which then transferred onto all my tops very quickly and left stains that wouldn't wash out. I also found that a lot of product was lost when trying to get it out of the bottle and onto my armpits; the amount of product that decorated my floor was shocking!
Overall, this is yet another Lush deodorant that is best suited for people who pretty much don't sweat at all, which for someone who works out a lot and has to get through twelve hour days at work, is not the ideal or practical solution. The only positive thing I can say about The Greeench is that the £5.95 price tag is extremely good value for money. I was using it twice a day, for almost a month, and the powder is barely a centimetre away from the top of the bottle.
Despite this, I didn't have any problem with the smell - it is very pungent and may put people off. However, the tea tree does smell very sanitary and clean, which I didn't mind at all. I may use the rest of bottle to freshen up my much worn shoes as I can imagine it working well in this way.
I know I look for Lush for solutions in all of my cosmetic needs, but as of yet, they have yet to convince me that I should move away from my regular bottle of Nivea.
Quantitative Ingredients: Talc, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Trisilicate, Lycopodium Powder, Perfume, Water, Tea Tree Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Powdered Sage, Powdered Tea Tree, Powdered Rosemary, *Limonene, *Linalool, Chlorophyllin.