Continuing in my quest to use beauty products free of parabens, toxins, and the like, I have a new product to share with you. Behold, The Healthy Deodorant by Lavanila. Deodorant it seems has become a hot topic among blogs I've read lately, namely because several studies have suggested that aluminum and parabens in deodorant could be linked to breast cancer. Doing my due of diligence, I picked up current Dove deodorant, flipped it over, and sure enough, the main ingredient is Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%), sounds really natural, right? Um..no.
While this data is only pulled from a few studies, and perhaps is inconclusive, that is reason enough for me to seek out an alternative, healthier antiperspirant. My thinking is, deodorant is something I apply EVERY SINGLE DAY. If there is even the slightest possibility that any of these ingredients could be linked to breast cancer, that's reason enough for me to change my ways.
A few other bloggers have reported success with Lavanila, so I bought it on Amazon (also available at Sephora) between $14-15 per stick depending on your scent. I opted for Lavender Vanilla. This brand boasts no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, silicone, or mineral oil. Scents are derived from essential oils and anti-oxidants. Three days in, I'm quite pleased with this product. There's no sweaty smelling odors late in the day, I've had no issues with staining on my clothes, and I feel it's held up with my level of activity and exercise.
Are you up for the deodorant challenge?