If you live in Korea as a smelly white person such as myself, you will know how hard it is to find a deodorant that does not break the bank. By nature, Koreans don’t smell, really, so the market for deodorant is, naturally, relatively small. Accordingly, prices are very high compared to Western countries – expect to pay the US$ equivalent of at least US$5-7 if you go for the bottom shelf stuff and expect to pay more for more well-known or more prestigious brands.
Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of trying many different deodorants from different countries as both Lalavla and Olive Young rotate their range quite frequently. On the other hand, if you have one that you really like and it is discontinued, you might get a little annoyed I guess.
Byly is a brand that I have seen come and go and come again at Lalavla. Let’s get into the review!
EDIT December 2019: I have tried another deodorant by Byly and have since concluded that my pits hate this brand. I tried their spray deodorant pictured below and dealt with itching, aching pits for over a week. There is something in their deodorants which causes skin irritation in my case. Cannot and will not recommend.
First off, I cannot seem to figure out where this company is from and where its deodorants are produced. Google is giving me lots of search results from Canada, but then the packaging contains lots of Spanish? If you know, give me a shout in the comments.
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Zinc Oxide, Lanolin, Silica, Hydrolyzed Silk, Dipropylene Glycol, Triclosan, Benzyl Alcohol. Aluminum Free.
Price & Availability: around ₩6,000 at Lalavla Korea.
Opinion: As I was browsing, my eyes fell on the beautiful design of this deodorant and I just loved it. I have always had a soft spot for floral designs and lavender. It had a nice scent too: Kind of old lady-ish and very old-fashioned, floral and a bit heady.
I took it home and it did a reasonable job of keeping those pit smells at bay. There was definitely a bit of a stink at the end of the day but nothing I or the person next to me could not tolerate.
What I did notice after a couple of days though was a burning sensation. As I kept using this, my pits got more and more irritated. They started to get red, they itched and flaked, and after a week I had a serious case of pit dandruff. Wearing tight clothing became painful, and I was unable to shave during that time and for a week after that.
Full disclosure: As I am getting older, I am noticing that my skin and body are becoming ever more sensitised to certain ingredients, fragrance and alcohols in particular. It might just be me. Unfortunately though, I had to chuck this after a week unfortunately due to the aforementioned skin concerns.
This deodorant is excellent value for money, I love the packaging design and the scent, too. If your pits are none too sensitive, give this small company a fair try. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.