Over the past month my family has made some major food changes. But since I started reading labels and researching nearly every ingredient, I couldn’t stop with just food. I started reading the labels on our body care products and what I found was disheartening.
I have known for a long time that conventional deodorant/anti-perspirant was not good for you. I have heard in the past that aluminum is not good for your body. But until recently, I didn’t really know what to do because me and my couponing self had over 20 free (or better than free) conventional deodorants. Since I recently decided that my health is more important than money, I decided that I could no longer use the “but I get deodorant for free and I have a shelf full of them” excuse.
And yes, the picture above is the deodorant/anti-perspirant that I have sitting in my bathroom at the moment. The stuff that’s open is being thrown away. The unopened ones are being donated.
Before I get to the actual review I need to just mention a couple things about conventional deodorant/anti-perspirant. Anti-perspirants contain aluminum or zirconium which cause our pores to close up and they keep our body from sweating (which is what the body is supposed to do; sweating is natural and healthy). Anyways, aluminum has been linked to Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. As I did my research on this I found that this issue is heavily debated. But you know what? I don’t want to be the guinea pig. I would rather err on the side of safety regardless.
Aluminum is not the only worrisome ingredient. Many deodorants contain Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, and Triclosan- all of which are harmful chemicals that can cause endocrine disruption, central nervous system damage, birth defects, and even cancer.
Lavilin was recommended to me by my aunt whom I love and trust. She told me it was the only natural deo that worked for her and she has been using it for years. I decided I had to try it out. You can order Lavilin from Amazon, drugstore.com, vitacost.com, iherb.com, etc. I have not seen it in any local health stores (I’ve checked them all). I ordered my Lavilin from drugstore.com since I have free 2 day ShopRunner shipping. Lavilin usually sells for around $11-$17. But when you realize that you only have to use it ever 3-7 days then the price doesn’t look so bad. 🙂
Ok. So, after getting deodorant for free for 4 years it was a bit hard to pay $14 for one thing of deodorant. But let me tell you why I will never go back to the other stuff and what I love about my new deo.
What does Lavilin offer? Odor free up to 7 days. No alcohol. No aluminum. No parabens. No phthalates. No BHT. No petrolatum. Gender neutral (no distinct smell). Water resistant. Does it live up to this?
I first applied Lavilin on Thursday, April 18 (my wedding anniversary!). That same day my family and I walked around the zoo for 2.5 hours. No smell. Barely any sweat. That weekend my husband and I took an anniversary trip to Asheville, NC where we spent 7 hours walking around the Biltmore Estate in one day. It worked great! Let me just say that the deodorant did not start to wear off until Monday, April 22…4 days after I applied it! I reapplied a small amount that day (April 22) and I have had little to no wetness so far. After my second application (on April 22) it once again did not start to wear off until 4 days later on April 26! I applied it again on April 26 and then again on April 30. Today is May 2 and everything is still great! 🙂
Lavilin really is water resistant. I have been showering and shaving as usual and it has not effected the deodorant at all. It does go on white but does fade throughout the day. It has not stained my clothes. There is no strong smell. And I also like how it’s applied. It comes in a little tub and the deo is the consistancy of thick lotion or cream. You use the small plastic applicator to apply it to your armpits (your fingers would work just as well). This makes it nice because you could share the Lavilin if you wanted to. 🙂 I shared it with my hubby because I wanted him to try it. It doesn’t seem to be quite as effective on men. He applied it in the morning on April 18 and it lasted til April 19– a full 24 hours. However, that’s pretty good considering his conventional deodorant/anti-perspirant didn’t even last 24 hours!
So while the Lavilin did not last a full 7 days I think 4 days is pretty darn good! I think this tub should last me for a while. I would definitely recommend this product. Hope this was helpful!
UPDATE: I did not list the ingredients in Lavilin because there seemed to be a discrepancy online. There were 2 different ingredient lists showing up on different websites and I did not want to post the wrong one. From what I’ve heard Lavilin has changed it’s formula several times. While checking drugstore.com I noticed that the ingredients listed Tetrasodium EDTA (NOT good). I never remembered seeing that before so I made a few phone calls. I called the company directly (Lavilin) and had the employee pull the current ingredient list. She assured me that the old formula contained EDTA but the newest one does not. They dropped the EDTA and added a few other ingredients to make it easier to spread. I was relieved. So the information on Lavilin.com is correct. Those are the correct ingredients. The ingredients listed on drugstore.com and iherb.com are incorrect and not yet updated.
I then called drugstore.com to let them know the ingredients have changed. They said they had been notified but hadn’t updated their website yet. The girl sent her tech team a note to have it updated asap. She couldn’t verify exactly which Lavilin I received (new formula or old formula) but she was pretty sure I received the new one (sans EDTA). I wish I didn’t throw my box away.
Here is the correct ingredient list for Lavilin:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil & Hydrogenated Castor Oil & Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Zinc Oxide, Potato Starch (modified), Talc (pharma), Triethyl Citrate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Glycine Soya, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactose, Milk Protein, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Fragrance, O-Cymen-5-Ol
Lavilin works by eliminating bacteria. It’s bacteria that causes you to stink…not sweat. Lavilin uses essential oils to do this. And it does it wonderfully!