Review: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

Product Name: The Healthy Deodorant
Formula: Twist-tube
Packaging: Plastic twist-up tube
Cost: $17 CAD, $14 USD
Amount: 57g, 2 oz
Availability: Sephora
Expiry: Unknown
Vegan: Unknown
Cruelty-free: Yes
Sulfate-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes
Gluten-free: Unknown
Leaping Bunny Certified: No

I started using Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lemon about 3 months ago. My first impression was extremely positive. It made my armpits smell great and they didn’t really sweat. Plus my armpit skin became really soft from the moisturization of the deodorant. I loved it so much I got a mini size in Pure Vanilla for travel.

It has a unique consistency. It comes in a solid stick form but when applied to the skin it melts and becomes more of a liquid consistency. But after about a minute or so it changes to a dry finish. It’s actually quite refreshing.

Also, the scents are great. When first applied it makes my armpits smell great – to the point where it smells like I’m wearing a light perfume. And since I can’t wear most perfumes because of my allergies, this is great. They also have a fragrance-free version for those who don’t want a scent.

After about 3 weeks after I started to use it, I noticed I started sweating more. I didn’t really mind it since the product is a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant, so I knew it wasn’t supposed to stop sweating. But then my armpit odour came back and the deodorant needed to be re-applied once or twice during the day to keep my odour down. The funny thing is, this only really happens for the lemon scented one, not the vanilla one. And I remember watching a review from Logical Harmony where she said that each scent is a hit and miss for her and you have to find the one that suits you. So I’m going to give the same recommendation as her – try out the mini sizes and find out which one works best for your body.

The stick itself lasts quite a long time. I’ve been using it for 3 months and will probably last me another 2-3 months.

The deodorant comes in a twist-up container, like typical deodorants. The lid is a screw-top lid, probably to keep it more airtight. The container itself is a cylinder and quite large, so the travel-size version is great to keep in your purse or for travelling.

What’s great about this deodorant is it has a lot of natural ingredients and omits harsh chemicals. It does not contain aluminum, parabens, petrochemicals, phalates, mineral oils, sulfate or synthetic dyes. It also has a essential oils, which make your skin super smooth.

The cost is my major issue with this product. It’s quite expensive at $17 CAD, but for what it is – cruelty-free, natural and moisturizing – I’m willing to pay that price. But I know that a lot of people can’t afford that so it’s a shame it can’t be less. However, the mini size is $11 CAD, so you could get this instead.

It’s only available in Sephora in Canada, and they don’t carry the entire line.

I really like this deodorant. The vanilla scent works better for me than the lemon one and I’ll be repurchasing it when my large lemon one is done.

OVERALL: 4.5 out of 5

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DDM Cosmetics Is Cruelty-free

Do they test their products on animals? No Email (see below)
Do they use third party testing? No Email (see below)
Do they use ingredients tested on animals? No Email (see below)
Are they owned by a parent company who tests on animals? Unknown
Are their products vegan (they contain no animal ingredients)? Some are Email (see below); according to their website (see here) their lipsticks and lipglosses are vegan
Are their products gluten-free (they contain no gluten ingredients)? No Email (see below)
Do they sell in countries that require animal testing? No Email (see below)
Are they on Peta’s cruelty-free list? No Not on Peta’s Peta’s website
Are they certified by Leaping Bunny? No Not on Leaping Bunny’s Color Cosmetics list

DDM Cosmetics is a new Canadian makeup company who is also cruelty-free. It is founded by celebrity makeup artist, Diego DeMatos. Their products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic and made in Canada. Their products are currently only available at these locations as they’re currently working on the ability to purchase off their website.

I recently reached out to them a couple of months ago to find out about their animal testing policy. This is what they came back to me with.

Me Jan 25, 2015 Hi there,
Can you please tell me if your products are tested on animals?
DDM Cosmetics Jan 26, 2015 Dear Hotashi,

Thank you so much for reaching out to us and for your interest in our brand. DDM Cosmetics is not tested on animals and we stand against any company that has that kind of practice. We at DDM are animals lovers and absolutely condone that kind of practice or any other that involves animal cruelty!

We do not sell in China.

I hope that helps answering your questions, and thank you for your interest.

Team DDM,

Me Jan 29, 2015 Hi there,
Thanks for getting back to me. Can you clarify if no animal testing includes no animal testing on your ingredients? Also, do your ingredient suppliers test on animals?

Additionally, are your products vegan and gluten-free?


DDM Cosmetics Jan 29, 2015 Dear Hotashi,

Thank you for your email.We really appreciate your interest.

Our products are not tested on animals. Including our ingredients and supplier. We work only with cruelty free suppliers and ingredients.

Some of our products are vegan. Not gluten free.

Team DDM,