Powders just didn't seem to work, bars irritated my skin from the rubbing while applying them; and although I really quite liked the deodorants in push-up card tubes, I found that they weren't quite as long lasting as I needed when being very active and they occasionally left sweat stains on my clothes...
Pit Putty however, I really like. They call themselves "The natural deodorant that works!" and they're not kidding!
It's easy to use and it smells great too, you just take a pea sized amount, melt it between your fingers and gently rub it into your armpit. I was gifted two sample sized pots in different scents to try out and each pot lasted me for about two weeks, so it's decent value for money too. The first scent that I tried was the lemongrass and tea tree, and I immediately noticed the difference of how fresh I remained smelling all day. That being said I did prefer the lavender and lemon scent as it was more subtle when wearing it.
With a claim on their website to be "the most effective natural deodorant on the market" I really put this stuff to the test! I went hiking (for MILES), I wore it all day at work, I danced in it, I did some serious heavy lifting in it, I wore it with a big coat on the London Underground (if you've done that yourself then you'll know how strong a test it is!), I went to busy events in it, and I did an important audition in it (also a very strong test!).
I also really like that they sell sample pot sizes so that you can try it out first before you commit to buying a bigger tin. Firstly because it gives you a chance to see if you like it, and secondly so that you can discover which scents you like best and would like to buy in the bigger tins. They also have a handy store locator on their website if you want to see which of your local eco-friendly shops may stock Pit Putty. Useful in further reducing your carbon footprint if there's one right around the corner. Plus the tins that the putty comes in can be recycled or washed out and used for something else, I'm using my empty sample tins to carry a shampoo kube and toothpaste tablets for when I go away for a few days.
The biggest adaptation I've had to make while using Pit Putty is to move my deodorant from the bedroom to the bathroom because you need to wash your hands after applying it .That's literally it, it's so easy to use. I even have long nails so when scraping some out to use I just push my finger instead of pulling so that the putty gathers on the top of my nail instead of underneath it, which works a charm!
My skin can be very sensitive at times and I have noticed that I do get a little redness in the creases of my underarms. I'm not sure if it's the rubbing that's causing this or something in the ingredients but it's not uncomfortable or sore, it just looks a little red. I'm going to try applying a little less putty at a time as I feel like I may just be using too much and it's sitting in the creases, plus when it works so well I don't think that using a little less will make it any less effective. I'm also going to try out their other two scents to see if there is one that better agrees with my skin.
I've seen on their website that they are looking into a baking soda free option in the future so I'm hoping that at some point there may be a sensitive skin and possibly fragrance free line, which I would definitely try out as well! Overall I really do love this brand. It does work, very well, and it does smell amazing. It's not too expensive (as some plastic free products are) and it's one more step toward taking better care of our planet as well as ourselves as it is natural and organic, vegan, cruelty free, and aluminium salt free. All good things! If you're looking for a great deodorant that you really should give Pit Putty a try.