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Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

Reviewed by Marta June 14, 2009 3 Comments
At last a deodorant that does no evil. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant ($18)  might even do some good. Heck you could probably eat it. While that might seem unduly extreme, keep in mind that the founder of Intelligent Nutrients recently drank his line's hairspray to demonstrate how benign it is. I haven't yet tried Lavanila (although I do like their body lotion, The Healthy Body Butter), but there seems to be many reasons to check it out.

When seeking out a deodorant, knowing what to avoid is most important. You do not want aluminum. If aluminum is absorbed by the body, it gets to the lungs, liver and kidneys. The Risk Assessment Information System, sponsored by the US Dept of Energy, says that it "may be involved" in Alzheimer's and Parkinsons. You don't want parabens, which mimic estrogen and could be linked to cancer. You don't want phthalates - suspected to do damage to the liver and kidneys, to interfere with the development of the reproductive organs, and to mimic the hormone estrogen in the body. You do not want sulfates. The Journal of the American College of Toxicology says that it has "a degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties". The Journal adds that "high levels of skin penetration may occur at even low use concentration.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant doesn't have any of these.

Every single ingredient is plant derived. Even things like the emulsifier comes from artichoke. For shavers, there is soothing and anti-inflammatory aloe. I am very intrigued by lichen. Because it is a very potent antifungal, I suspect that this is one of the ingredients, along with tea tree, that is providing the deodorizing job. Another useful plant extract is goldenseal, used to treat skin conditions such as eczema. I like the inclusion antioxidant, vitamin C-packed goji berry.

A bonus feature of this deodorant is that it will make you irresistible to feline species as it contains valerian, which apparently works like catnip. For humans the effect is more of a sedative. Either way, I've no idea why Lavanila decided to include it

Ingredients: 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.
  • November 23, 2015

    by Gibbo

    Why on Earth would you a review a product that you *admittedly* haven't even tried? That's kind of ridiculous. HOWEVER... I have tried this product and have been using it for 3 years. For me, it is the best natural deodorant I tried, I've tried a few.

    Here's the deal though, you'll need to give it a chance to work. If you've been using regular anti-perspirant, your pits will have a build up of the aluminum in your pores. It take a good 5 days, maybe more for that garbage to get out. (maybe more or less for some folks.) Stick with it and once you get past that, you'll find this is a great product.

    I sometimes notice that by the end of the day it's worn off, so I just reapply a quick swipe and I'm refreshed. (It doesn't feel like it's building up in my pits the way that a regular antiperspirant does.)This keeps me very much odor free. I've noted that it contains aloe and I think that may be the ingredient that works for me.

    BUT... please note that it is NOT an anti-perspirant, so don't expect dry pits. You will still sweat, you just won't stink. For me, that's a fair trade. After all, our bodies are made to function that way.

  • April 25, 2012

    by Jan

    I am going to try this deoderant. Hormonal issues cause extreme underarm odor and I have literally tried every deo/antiperspirant, every holistic measure imaginable (Milk of Magnesia, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol to name a few) and nothing works well enough - I've had some EXTREMELY embarrassing situations - so I'm always on the lookout for a new deo to try. With that said, since I have to use the big guns (aluminum) to stave off the ripe odor, I'm very concerned with heavy metal toxin buildup. I very recently read about a cilantro/coffee enema that will help with that, sort of a holistic chelation. Will try both - the Lavanila Deoderant and the cilantro/coffee and report back!

  • June 22, 2009

    by Taylor

    I really enjoyed the article posted regarding harmful ingredients in deodorants. It was very informative, and I believe you are absolutely correct about the negative impact that harmful chemicals can have on our bodies. I have discovered several amazing reports to validate your position, and I think you would find the information fascinating. I would love to discuss this further with you. Please email me at your earliest convenience at tdeann24@gmail.com. One report in particular is very serious in nature and was documented on CNN. I’ll send you a link.

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