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, รก 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 โ€” but a human whose sweat just happens to contain notes of powdery sweet vanilla. I consider that a win. 

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant, $14, lavanila.com

Erin Mayer