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Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Review

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Review

Now, there is a lot of scary stuff out there on the internet about the harmful effects of applying aluminum to your pits on the daily. There is also a lot of information out there that debunks claims that aluminum is linked to increase risks of certain cancers. Do you own research, come to your own conclusions. I seriously have no idea what to think but about a year ago, I swapped my Secret for an aluminum-free option.  

Whether or not aluminum causes cancer is rather irrelevant to me because I discovered that I was allergic to traditional deodorants. I have long suffered from itchy, scratch, burny underarms that I attributed to my relentless depilatory efforts. I’m 50% Italian...ya girl is hairy. I got my armpits waxed in hopes that saving them from the razor would soothe the red, patchy, rash of doom and I could once again raise my arms in public without embarrassment.


Turns out that waxing your armpits hurts. A lot. Like a lot, a lot. And even after they recovered from the injury that is using cosmetic lava to forcibly remove hair from your body, the rash persisted. 

Finally, I came to the conclusion that it was not the shaving that was the problem. It was the chemical laden goop I was slathering on tender skin as often as twice a day that was making me itch.  In fact, I’m not even entirely convinced that aluminum is the real issue. It is just as likely that I’m allergic to the synthetic dyes and fragrances found in traditional deodorant products. Thus began my journey into the land of all-natural deodorants. 

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Review | Laurel and Iron


I started with Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant line. Because they’re  popular and accessible. But do they work?

Found on both Sephora and Amazon, Lavanila is easy to get your hands on. You can find it here*!

Like most natural deodorants, it requires warming up before application. Holding the stick against your skin for a few seconds will do the trick.  

The scent is nice and subtle. The formula does contain baking soda, which can cause irritation. In fact, I normally stay far away from baking soda as a deodorant ingredient. Because it turns my underarms into blistered, nasty messes. Pretty, no? Baking soda is pretty far down on the ingredient list and this stuff doesn’t bother me at all. 

Unfortunately, it simply doesn’t work for me. Within a few hours, I’m suffering from underarm wetness and oh-so lady like stink. And after spin class, goodness gracious, you wouldn’t want to be within a 10 mile radius of me. Ask Thomas. He’s experienced this first hand. Sure, I could reapply but who wants to carry around deodorant with them all the time? As far as natural deodorants go, this one is pretty middle of the road performance wise and a little pricey considering it doesn’t last terribly long.

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