I am a Bzz agent... sounds exciting (maybe), well it is quite nice; I get sent free samples of stuff to try and the condition is that I let people know what I think of the products. The current gig is Vaseline’s new compact deodorant. So here’s the Bzz from Unilever ….
- Lasts just as long with less packaging
- Delivers even better protection than your old Vaseline can
- Perfect size for your handbag
- More environmentally friendly – it’s easy being green!
- well yes you can see from the pic above it’s smaller than your average deodorant aerosol – that green thing is a standard coffee coaster, made from an old circuit board. I can only assume that it does use less packaging and propellant gas – smart move on their part as well as being less environmentally damaging I assume the lower price of materials will cover the development costs over time.
- I don’t normally use Vaseline, or Sure or any other aerosol. I’m normally a roll-on person and my preference is actually for PitROK or a similar neutral product. So I can’t qualify if it offers better protection than other cans. I do know it smells more. I’m not used to smelling of deodorant and the fact the smell is there hours later when you get hot again is unusual.
- Yes I agree it’s small, not as small as a roll-on. The Bzz guide suggests you leave it out for people to notice when you are at the gym etc. I tried – can’t say anyone was bothered to be honest and I will keep doing so while the product lasts (I have two free samples). However, my general thought is that aerosols are antisocial beasts, the whole changing room does not want to share your spray. Whilst it is fairly ‘targeted’ in action it still spreads a smell a lot further than a roll-on would.
- More environmentally friendly? Discuss. I had an interesting twitter chat with someone when I mentioned the product. They said they would never use a Vaseline product. I assumed it was a Unilever/big corporate issue. But no, they assumed it had petroleum jelly in it. So I took a look at the product list for it and PitROK – Here is my compare and contrast….
|Aluminium chlorate||Ammonium Alum|
|Helianthus Annus Seed Oil||Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract|
|Lecithin Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice||Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice|
|Potassium Sorbate||Potassium Sorbate|
|Sodium Benzoate||Sodium Benzoate|
|Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone||Polysorbate 20|
I’ve done my best to line up similar ingredients but it’s not easy. I checked both products’ websites, both a bit vague – Vaseline refer to “Pro derma” – Hmm, what is that and what the heck are the rest for? I can see that some are propellants and I get that ‘The Law’ says that the perfumes even natural oils have to have their chemical names but it would be great if the websites said something like “Limonene – extracted from lemons, used for fragrance ——- if that’s the case; or Butane – propellant” etc. I would love the companies to add their ‘What the chemicals do’ comments.
Will I use Vaseline compact after the trial samples are used up? Unlikely, unless I think I’m going somewhere where I’ll get very hot and don’t care if people can smell my perfume over the smell of the deodorant; plus I’m unconvinced by the ecology argument – better than a big spray possibly but not better than a roll-on.
Unilever are now advertising several compact deodorants on the TV – what do you think?