For years, I’ve been concerned about the aluminum in traditional antiperspirants because of possible health risks. But when I was a teen, I had “problem perspiration” and my grandmother sewed dress shields (half moon shaped fabric) into the armholes of my dresses and good blouses. Thankfully, I grew out of it, but I’ve always thought of myself as someone who needed a strong antiperspirant. These days, I really don’t perspire very much at all.
Over the past few months, I’ve read a number of reviews of natural deodorants from beauty bloggers I follow including a couple of reviews on LaVanila’s Healthy Deodorant. During the Sephora VIB event in April, I decided to give it a try. I bought the Pure Vanilla version.
It’s an easy to apply solid stick, soft enough that it goes on smoothly. Although it’s an off-white shade, it’s not white or even visible on my skin, it doesn’t come off on my clothes. It has a subtle vanilla-ish scent, and I don’t smell it when I’m wearing it.
It works by a combination of natural antioxidants, anti-bacterials and oils:
- Beta-Glucan Technology: Promotes healthy skin and fights odor with a complex of powerful antioxidants, anti-bacterial agents, and polysaccharides.
- Goji Berry: Provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, 21 essential minerals, and 18 amino acids.
- Japanese Honeysuckle: Acts as a natural preservative and an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
- Lichen Lemon and Tea Tree Oils: Prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria; provide safe, long-lasting protection sans harsh chemicals or alcohol.
So far, it has kept me dry and smelling good. It hasn’t been super hot and humid here yet, so I can’t say I’ve given it the extreme heat test.
Phyrra in her recent empties post mentioned that LaVanila has a Sport Luxe version that may be “stronger”.
The regular version comes in a variety of scents: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Summer, Vanilla Coconut, and Fresh Vanilla Lemon. The Pure Vanilla also comes in a travel size – if I’d known that, I probably would’ve tried out the travel size, but so far, I’m having good results.
It’s 100% natural, free of aluminum, has no parabens, and is not tested on animals.
Ingredients Pure Vanilla: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Botanical Fragrance Blend.
LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant is priced at $14 for 1.7 oz and the Sport Luxe is $16. The travel size contains 0.9 oz and is $8. It can be purchased on the LaVanila website, at Sephora, Macy’s, dermstore.com, Target, Amazon etc.