Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant


137 reviews

55% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$


on 11/30/2014 11:56:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I stopped using conventional deodorant when I learned that antiperspirant and deodorant products are some of the worst offenders when it comes to beauty products. There have been recent reports of links between these products and much higher rates of breast cancer, and doctors report that those who get breast cancer are most likely to get a tumor in the area closest to the armpit. Antiperspirants, by sealing in moisture, are the worst. Besides putting aluminum in your body, they prevent perspiration, which is the body’s natural way to eliminate toxins.

With that being said and breast cancer running rampant in my family, I immediately ceased using conventional deodorant and started venturing out into the world of DIY beauty products, some of which have been great, like my natural hand sanitizer, and some were not so great, like my homemade deodorant. Most natural deodorants contain baking soda, which can be great at keeping you dry, but it can also cause the skin to be overly dry and irritated. I noticed that my armpits were horribly itchy and red and irritated when using my DIY deodorant, which made me so sad because it really did work so well and I was able to know exactly WHAT was in my product. I continued using it because I just couldn't bear buying a deodorant from Whole Foods that would also cause a rash because a lot of natural deodorants just do that to your underarms, so I bit the bullet and continued using my DIY deodorant. It got to the point that the skin under my arms was turning brown and scaly. Super weird. I think it was just my overly dry and sensitive armpits taking a stand against the baking soda. I complained to my coworker friend, who is also a crunchy granola homeopathic like myself, and she sent me a link to Lavanila. I couldn't believe the price was $14. I thought that was silly to spend that much on a natural deodorant. So I passed.

I kept using my DIY paste of coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils and I eventually started noticing painful cyst-like bumps in my armpits. I thought maybe they were ingrown hairs, but it seemed to correlate with the deodorant. I couldn't take it anymore. The dryness. The flakes. The redness. The itchiness. And now the bumps. I decided to hop online to read some reviews, because I always read reviews before I purchase products. It's one of my favorite past times. :) After reading some reviews, I decided to swing on over to Sephora and pick some up. I spent some time smelling all the scents they had and I decided on 'Vanilla Grapefruit". I couldn't wait any longer. Once I got out into the parking lot and into my car, I unwrapped my new deodorant and slathered my new Lavanila on my angry armpits. Immediately I absolutely loved the smell and feel of this deodorant. It felt slightly "wet" upon application and also a little cooling. I loved that it came in a twist up container, much like the conventional brands. I was so used to using my DIY paste and stuffing my fingers into a glass jar and scooping out my homemade deodorant that this was such a nice change.

I almost immediately felt relief in my armpits due to the irritation that was caused by my DIY deodorant. I loved that it didn't sting or feel weird and wet under my pits. It dries quickly and stays put. I even purchased mine in August, which is our hottest month. The more I used my deodorant, the more I fell in love with it. I didn't even care about the price anymore. It was totally worth it to me.

Onto it's effectiveness. I find it amusing to read other peoples reviews about this product being a major flop. This is a NATURAL deodorant. Not an antiperspirant. This product contains NO aluminum which seals in the moisture which is so unnatural and bad for you. You WANT to sweat. And unfortunately when we do it smells a little, sometimes a lot. Sweating is GOOD for you. We live in a culture now that frowns down upon stuff like this, that women shouldn't sweat or be gross. Well, we are HUMAN and sometimes we are a little gross. This product isn't a miracle deodorant that makes you not sweat whatsoever or stink. This is a deodorant that is filled with natural ingredients that can HELP aid in you not sweating AS much or stinking AS badly. I shower at night time so I can sleep later in the mornings so therefore I put my Lavanila on at nighttime. By the time I wake up for work the next day, it's already been about 12 hours since I put on my first application. I do not reapply in the morning. As the day goes on, I do sometimes sweat, and I do sometimes stink, (not nearly as bad as I would without using this product) and other days I don't. It depends on how hot or sweaty I get at work and how many layers I have on. I sometimes will go running after work or to the gym, again, I do not reapply. I still sweat, yes, and I may stink a little. (This is normal). So by the end of my 24 hour day, I can only smell my odor if I stick my nose in my armpits. ;) My husband doesn't smell me, other people don't smell me. My body is able to naturally rid itself of toxins. I am able to keep my armpits nice and healthy and protect my body from willingly forcing chemicals into it. I stay mostly dry and mostly odorless in a 24 hour period.

I can honestly say this is the BEST natural deodorant out there. Yes, the price is a bit steep, but you are paying for a quality product that shouldn't cause your armpits to be irritated. The formula is nice a creamy/powdery consistency much like our beloved conventional store bought brands that harm our bodies, the cap is twist off so it stays secure in travel, it's a twist up dispenser which is nice and convenient and the smell is just so nice. No, you don't smell like it all day, but did you smell like your conventional deodorant all day? I didn't. And that is okay. I am just happy to know that I am putting healthy ingredients in my body and that it WORKS and does what a natural deodorant is supposed to do. Thank you, Lavanila, for your amazing deod

10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

on 11/18/2014 1:10:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

i was on the hunt for a great deodorant that is formulated WITHOUT aluminum and came across the lavanilla healthy deodorant.
at first i was using the one in passionfruit but they stopped selling that so i opted for lavendar. the one thing is the scent isn't exactly representative of what you think it would be. the grapefruit one doesn't particularly smell like grapefruit and the lemon one smells a bit more like the lemon clorox wipes. nonetheless, at least you smell clean. they have more a baby powder smell to them, which isn't terrible and i don't mind it at all. i chose lavendar because.. well, nothing is wrong with smelling like fresh laundry.
these deodorants have about a 12-hour wear, they leave no deordorant marks on your clothing, and they don't discolor your pits. they also smell a lot better than other natural deodorants i've experienced. overall, i highly recommend them.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 10/30/2014 9:33:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

This stuff is awful, it makes me smell worse than if I wore nothing!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 9/16/2014 9:44:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

$14 for the smallest sample size stick. I wanted this because it said "all natural".
Well, it has the strongest cologne an alcohol perfumey smell that I'm allergic to (as i am allergic to scents..which is why i wanted a "natural" deodorant).

Even more…it didn't work! It did not stop any sweat and it made me smell. I could have smelt better not wearing any deodorant at all.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 9/15/2014 12:02:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I'm so glad I only bought the small trial size of this, because OMG it makes me stink more than if I wore nothing! I don't even know where the BO comes from, normally I don't stink like this lol.

I love the scent and I have and adore the perfume, so I figured this would be nice to have too...boy was I wrong. It does absolutely nothing.
I don't perspire much so I can't talk about the protection from wetness this may give (although I have doubts it works in this department!), but it definitely doesn't supress BO. If anything, it causes it.

Yeah...not worth the price tag...actually I wouldn't use it again even if it was free.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 9/14/2014 1:03:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Curly, Other

Eyes: Brown

I purchased this deo in Vanilla Lemon, in an attempt to try to go with a more natural deodorant. It smells amazing. The first few days I used this, I noticed I was sweating more than I usually do. After a few days, it seems my body adjusted and I could wear this all day at work without stinking or sweating very much, which is great. It does need to be reapplied if I go for yoga mid-day or am outside too long, but I don't find it a huge inconvenience. The price is bit steep, so I took a lippie off. Also, the packaging is rather hefty. I guess they do that so you can feel like it's fancy, but it just adds more weight to my already heavy purse. Overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to transition to a healthier deodorant, give it a few days and I'm sure you'll like it. I'm very happy with it.

on 9/13/2014 1:58:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I'm shocked that this works, as I have very little faith in natural deodorants. I'm not that sweaty of a person but in Texas in the summer, everyone is gonna get a little damp - to say the least. I bought this for the smell (Lavender Vanilla, yum) and didn't expect to get much use out of it except maybe in winter. To my great surprise, when I (probably unwisely) took the plunge and wore it out all day, it totally kept me stink-free. I didn't reapply or anything.

I took a lippie off for the fact that it's SUPER white and will get all over a black sleeveless anything. Since that's a significant part of my wardrobe, I still have to stick to my Dove or Crystal deodorants for black sleeveless days. I never thought I'd have to allocate space for multiple deodorants, but it's still a good product that I'd recommend.

on 8/13/2014 6:05:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Oh I wish natural deodorants worked better for me! This one is one of the better ones if only that it smells so so good (grapefruit vanilla) that I happily reapply. The texture is really nice and feels cooling and almost powdery on the skin. No funny marks or clumpiness. Have only removed one star for needing two applications a day.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

At first, it was amazing. I didn't stink after a moving day in 90-degree heat! At the end of my first stick, I was happy enough to buy another. But, over the next few months, it's effectiveness waned. I slowly began noticing that my pits were quite stinky after a few hours of television. The worst part, though, is how it began making me sweat more than normal. Yes, that's right. My pits sweat significantly more when wearing this deodorant than they do with none. Yuck! And when that happens, the whiteness of this solid (although not noticeable on my pale pit) melted onto my black tank top. A rim of white crust at the bottom edge of my arm-hole. It washed out just fine, but I'm hugely disappointed (and... eww). I tried my husband's deodorant (also not an anti-perspirant) and my pits had a nice, normal day - then I came back to Lavanilla, and BOOM! So. Much. Sweat. At least the effect isn't permanent! Lavanilla and I had a great romance, but it was short-lived. Now we're mortal enemies - I'd rather use my fella's brand and smell like a dude than have giant wet patches under my arms for the world to see (and smell).

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

This deodorant has a really nice creamy texture and is easy to apply. Its not slimy and goes on dry with a powdery residue which I like. Unfortunately the scent I choose ( vanilla/coconut) doesn't work well with my body chemistry. It has a really powdery scent to it that just doesn't mix well with my bo. Kind of smells like a stinky baby or something. I really like the package design really sturdy and easy to travel with. It was really pricey but if the scent worked for me I would repurchase.

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