31 January 2014

The Greeench Deodorant Powder

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.

Vegan?: Yes

2019 Price: £


  1. Hi Jen,

    funny enough, for me it was completely the different experience :)

    The smell is the thing I don't like at all, you basically just smell like a salad, which isn't exactly the way I want my hygienic products to smell :) I'd much rather prefer a scent like Brightside or Each Peach.... (and I already told Lush so *lol* - I hope they will make something like that :)

    But for the rest - The Greeench was recommended in a forum, and so I tried it since I was looking for a deodorant that really works for months and months and months... after having to take certain medication my body chemistry somehow must have changed, and deodorants that formerly worked didn't anymore .. oh, and I also must mention that I was looking for an aluminium-free deodorant, which made it even harder (even though I learned that lycopodium does contain aluminium, but obviously in a non-harming way...) - so I tried the Greeench..

    And it works wonders with me... I smell like a Salad for a couple of hours, then it dissolves, but definitely not like sweat :) and where other deos stopped working after one day max., meaning that in the evening I'd have to shower again even if I did in the morning, the greeench even protected me from odour for two whole days, as I found out when I was ill and couldn't shower...

    So thumbs up from me anyhow, and for anyone reading this - give it a try, maybe with a sample :)

    1. Oh - and I forgot - I find it rather easy to apply, I do it leaning above the sink, so nothing gets on my clothes and the floor :) And anything that gets stuck on the clothes when I dress I find rather easy to remove with a towel... :)

  2. I completely agree with you Jen, I had the exact same experience. I don't mind the smell at all, and that's about the only thing that suits me.

  3. I agree with you Jen, I had the exact experience. I don't mind the smell at all, but that's about it.