I've been on a very long quest to find the perfect all-natural deodorant - even more so now that's I'm expecting - and Lavanila was high on my list of brands to try. Recently I got a complimentary sample of Lavanila's The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender to put to the test, and here's how it went...
What they say: Lavanila's Healthy Deodorant is all-natural, aluminum-free! It delivers superior odor protection and vitamin-rich nourishment without the use of commonly feared harsh chemicals.
What I thought: Lavanila totally works - for regular, everyday use. A typical day for me includes brisk walks with my dog, running errands, and lots of sitting in front of a computer. Basically your average workday. At the end of the day, I do a smell check (LOL), then subject my husband to the highly scientific "smell check" - and ladies, I passed! Lavanila helped keep me "presentable" for all intensive purposes.
However, if I have a really important meeting or something (like when I did my satellite media tour and could not be seen sweating buckets on national TV), I will probably resort to using my chemical deodorants. But for me, those moments are few and far between. I'd much rather wear a natural deodorant that works "good enough" than slather on toxic chemicals - because if you think chemical antiperspirants and deodorants are good for you, they're not.
Lavanila might not stand up to an intense workout either, but if you're going to the gym and showering afterwards, I think you'd be totally fine.
What's more, Lavanila's packaging is chic, the botanical fragrance blend is beautiful and it feels great on your skin. It will get on clothing though so be careful with delicates and dark colors.
Lavanila has no harsh chemicals, no petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulfates or parabens. It's also not tested on animals and it is made in the USA.
Priced at $18.00 (for 2 oz) or $10.00 (for .90 oz Mini Deodorant), Lavanila is a relatively small price to pay for a safer deodorant that works well and smells great.
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