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In cities like Delhi or Kolkata, there still exists the traditional manufacturers of Ittar (Attar), the plethora of scents derived from eco-friendly ingredients and often rare elements of nature. However, wearing Ittar is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially for the modern souls who prefer subtle, misty fragrances over strong ones.
Deodorant and perfume brands have harnessed a wide variety of chemicals to simulate natural aromas like the morning dew or musk or the smell of rain-soaked earth. However, it is still impossible to find those scents bottled up in sustainable ways.
Deyga happens to be one of the very few homegrown brands in India who has captured such natural scents in a completely organic avatar. In the form of roll-on deodorants, they promote fragrances like jasmine, rose and vanilla.
I decided to give the Deyga deodorant a try. This was the first time I was trying out a 100% organic perfume for that matter.
My Search for a Sustainable Scents
Being a patient of PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), sweat is my unwanted but unfailing companion. So, much to my personal dislike, I always have to carry a small bottle of spray-on or roll-on deodorant no matter wherever I go.
Every year, I accumulate heaps of empty deodorant bottles which cannot be repurposed or upcycled otherwise, or at least not in ways that I know of. So, I have been long searching for a viable sustainable alternative for chemical deodorants.
After extensive scouring the online marketplace, I came across Deyga. The organic, handcrafted brand had tons of good recommendations in skincare, hair care and of course, deodorants.
I browsed the available variants and decided to give the rose deodorant a try. Personally, I am not a big fan of strong aroma like the rose, but I had come across a few subtle versions of the same which I enjoyed. So I went ahead with the order.
The Deyga Rose Deodorant Experience
The deodorant arrived after around one week from ordering. The packaging was impressive. The pocket-size stick of deodorant (100 ML) is wrapped in biodegradable cardboard. Instead of rotating, you need to push the bottom slightly to move the stick of deodorant upwards.
The handmade deodorant had an uneven surface, unlike its commercially popular cousins with perfectly rounded tops and translucent appearances. The packaging recommended a patch test for the product and so I rubbed a bit on my wrists and waited for a few hours. There was no sign of untoward allergic reactions. Rather, the sweet, rosy fragrance lasted for the entire duration.
It also absorbed the sweat quite well. My armpits felt fresh and fragrant for hours. And thanks to the silkiness of shea butter in the deodorant, there was also no sticky and uneasy feeling which happens to be the case with other roll-ons.
However, the aroma was very sweet and quite strong for my liking. It resembled the smell of Gulkand or Gulab Phirni. But the smell did fade with time, leaving a subtle hint of rose that is beautifully pleasant.
The list of ingredients for the Deyga deodorant is definitely a dream come true for any environmental crusader. Made with shea butter, extra virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, Kaolin clay and beeswax, with a touch of Vitamin E oil, the deodorant is good for skin as well. There is not a single drop of artificial preservatives or colours. And it does keep the armpits soft and moisturised yet sweat-free for long.
The shelf life of each deodorant is around 8 months from the date of manufacture, which is fairly more than most sustainable fragrances available in the market.
One of the plus points of using the Deyga roll-on deodorant is that it does not interfere with the natural bodily phenomenon of sweating. It simply absorbs the sweat and masks the body odour instead of blocking the sebum glands. The product is also suitable for all skin types – be it dry or oily or sensitive.
I am definitely willing to try out the other deodorant variants from Deyga. Perhaps a subtle fragrance like their vanilla deodorant would be more suited to my style.
Cruelty-Free, Organic and Handcrafted products
All Deyga products are essentially cruelty-free, biodegradable and handcrafted by traditional artisans. The brand adheres to recipes from traditional sources and thus helps revive our long-lost heritage.
The Help-Me-Choose page on their website deserves a special mention. It filters the products for a visiting customer according to their specific needs. Not only does this feature save a ton of time, but it also helps any new customer to understand the brand better.
The brand has a treasure trove of beautiful products for everyone – men, women and even babies. Their prices are also well within the range when compared with similar labels.