The Holy Grail: Lavanila Deodorant

Deodorant is personal. My first one was that '90s cult classic Cucumber Melon (RIP) from Bath & Body Works that I used long before I needed it just because it made me feel grown up. I remember thinking it would be my signature scent for the rest of my life, but eventually I moved on, and deodorant became an afterthought. Somewhere along the way I lost my sense of adventure when it comes to underarm protection and settled on a generic Dove anti-perspirant. I used it for about ten years straight despite the fact that, á la Marie Kondo, it didn't "spark joy." In fact, it left me feeling pretty dry and irritated.

Recently, however, I decided that my armpits deserved better. Why shouldn't I love my deodorant the same way I love my lipstick collection and my favorite eyeshadow palettes? What's the point of spending money on a product if it doesn't make you at least a little bit happy?

Enter Lavanila's The Healthy Deodorant. I'm not really a natural beauty junkie, but I was interested in finding an aluminum-free product in hopes that it would cut down on some of the discomfort I experienced. This stuff is the real deal. It's moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and long-lasting. 

The Lavanila deodorants come in sleek twist-up tubes so they're great for travel as well. So far I've only tried the "Pure Vanilla" scent in the mini size, but they have a ton of options (I have my eye on "Fresh Vanilla Lemon" next) and a more full-sized version as well.

Bear in mind that these have a less artificial scent than many other deodorants on the market, so you will probably still smell like a human after you put it on — but a human whose sweat just happens to contain notes of powdery sweet vanilla. I consider that a win. 

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant, $14,

Erin Mayer