Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant

I had recently been looking for an alternative to my trite and true Secret Clinical Strength deodorant.  I have read so many horrible things about the aluminum in deodorant that I thought I would give a "natural" deodorant a try.  I decided to start with Lavanila's The healthy deodorant that I had seen several times at my local Sephora.  This is what Sephora.com says about this deodorant.

The Healthy Deodorant
What it is:
A clinical-strength deodorant that is 100% natural, safe, and effective.

What it is formulated to do:
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant uses beta-glucan technology to effectively fight odor while soothing, conditioning, and strengthening the skin. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This dermatologist-recommended, non-irritating, allergy-tested formula does not contain aluminum or mineral oils.
(Information gathered from Sephora.com)

Here are my thoughts.....

  • Smells amazing!  The one I purchased and used up was in their lavender vanilla scent.  I would have liked to try their grapefruit vanilla scent as well.
  • It is not a "wet" deodorant.  It goes on dry and pretty much stays that way.
  • The packaging is adorable and sophisticated.
  • Void of any  nasty chemicals such as aluminum!
  • The formula is smooth.  It feels silky as you glide it on.
  • Unlike using my Secret deodorant, I was able to wash off the residue of the Lavanila easily in the shower.  I'm sure that feeling was a side affect of the aluminum or the other chemicals my old yucky deodorant.
  • Unfortunately, this deodorant did not last all day.  I had to reapply mid day.
  • The price is kind of steep for deodorant ($18)
  • This deodorant also caused a rash under my arms.  I know, I should have discontinued it's use, but I wanted to use it all up!
  • Both a pro and a con, the scent somehow mixed with my body chemistry and developed into an awful smell towards the end of each day.  Am I just weird??
  • Since the formula is somewhat creamy, it did cause white deodorant stains on my shirts and under my arms.
Guess I have to keep looking :(
Have you tried this deodorant? 
Do you have any other suggestions for a "natural" deodorant?


  1. I love Lavanila there body butters are amazing. One brand that i know of is Salubritas. I received a sample in my Eco Emi box 2 months back. And if you are into natural you should check Eco Emi out. I did a review on them on my blog! If you want to check it out.

  2. Thanks for the tip! I will drop by your blog to check it out!! :)

  3. I just got some Lavanila deodorant a couple of weeks ago, and I have rashes under both arms too. I'm hoping Sephora will take it esp. since I bought a two pack. I'm still hunting for a deodorant that works. This one does work so it's a bummer about the rash


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