Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Stick in Lemon Eucalyptus Ingredients:
*helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) root powder, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, magnesium hydroxide, *butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, *theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, sodium bicarbonate, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, *eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, *eugenia caryophyllus (clove) flower oil.
(*certified organic ingredient)
Meow Meow Tweet's Deodorant Stick evokes both the new and old in its form and unique design. It reminds me of those neon orange, ice cream push-pops I used to eat in the summer when I was a kid. But, this deodorant is very much a new thing and I was really excited when I heard Meow Meow Tweet was coming out with a deodorant in an easy-to-use stick form.
I have been using the Deodorant Stick for months now. Although I loved it initially, I had some conflicting thoughts about it as I was close to finishing my first tube.
First of all, the effectiveness of this deodorant is just as great as Meow Meow Tweet's other deodorants like the baking-soda free deodorant. I tested the Deodorant Stick on swampy and gross 90-degree New York City weather (on subway rush hours, no less!) and I still smelled good at the end of my day. The Lemon Eucalyptus scent is amazing - the hint of spice from the clove oil blends really well with the brightness of the lemon and eucalyptus oil. Overall, the Lemon Eucalyptus is the perfect clean, fresh, and hint of spice scent that would work well on all sexes.
There is a hint of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in the Deodorant Stick formula but I didn't notice any signs of irritation on my underarms. No matter how hot or gross my day was, the Deodorant Stick made me smell amazing.
However, I have two issues with the Deodorant Stick and they were almost deal breakers for me when I was confronted with the choice of buying another stick or just going back to the deodorant cream formula. The first issue is that the small 1 oz. size tube is fairly hard to use. The cardboard bottom of the Deodorant Stick is very stiff and it takes a bit of muscle to push up the deodorant. There was one memorable morning when I couldn't push up the deodorant so I picked up one of my bamboo knitting needles to do it. Even with the knitting needle, I had a hard time getting the deodorant out of the tube. Further more, I had the Deodorant Stick snap on me twice because I pushed it up too much and I had to gather up chunks of broken up deodorant. Ironically, I placed these broken chunks of deodorant in a jar to use with my fingers.
The second thing, the formula isn't as creamy as I would like it to be. I fully understand that Meow Meow Tweet had to tweak their deodorant formula for it to work in stick form, but the Deodorant Stick formula is a little disappointing. Looking at the Deodorant Stick ingredient list, it shares most of the ingredients with the deodorant cream but it's clearly missing the coconut oil that the cream formula has. The instructions on the packaging says to warm up the tube to make the deodorant to come out easier but that didn't work for me. I had to warm up the Deodorant Stick on my pits or on my hands to get it creamy enough for application. And even when I took the time to warm it up, the deodorant would drag on my underarm skin and pill up. It ended up being a chore getting the Deodorant Stick to apply on my underarms - and this was something I couldn't put up with in my morning routine. Texture often plays a huge part in deodorant performance and I can't help but think that the deodorant would break less if it was more creamy.
With the Meow Meow Tweet deodorant cream, the cream warmed up perfectly on a finger and this was something I couldn't do with my Deodorant Stick. I had really high hopes for the Deodorant Stick but I think my excellent experience with the deodorant cream formula meant that I would always hold the Deodorant Stick to much stricter standards. Also, there are really great deodorant stick formulas out there right now without this problem (though most of them are in plastic tubes). I'm open to trying the larger 4.5 oz size in the future because Meow Meow Tweet has said those are easier to push up. I also wonder if the increased surface area of the larger size would mean it's easier to warm up as well.
Meow Meow Tweet has a real knack for creating deodorant formulas that smell amazing, work effectively, and also doesn't irritate skin. Although the packaging is tricky to master and the formula could be creamier, the new Deodorant Stick proves that Meow Meow Tweet is still really good at making people smell good. The Deodorant Stick didn't make me a huge fan however, and the cream formula is much better in my opinion.