I don't think I've ever reviewed a deodorant here before, but there's a first time for everything. This happens to be a brand of deodorant that I particularly like — and, before I begin, you'll want to note the basic difference between an anti-perspirant, which prevents perspiration by plugging up the sweat ducts, and deodorant, which allows perspiration but neutralizes it with odor-absorbing ingredients and a (hopefully) pleasant scent.
Of course, everyone's body chemistry is unique, and what works for one person may not for another, but I've been using Lavanila for over a year and it's my favorite deodorant. It works for me on all but the very hottest days of the year, and it happens to be available in a range of appealing fragrances. The newest fragrance is Fresh Vanilla Lemon, which features notes of "crisp lemon, pure bamboo and powdery vanilla." Its ingredients do include actual lemon peel oil, as well as a mysterious "botanical fragrance blend."
Don't let this product's namesake vanilla scare you off; I wouldn't wear a strongly vanilla-scented deodorant by any means, and I happen to like the smell of Fresh Lemon Vanilla. It's definitely lemony, with some green, herbal notes. And it is "fresh" and "clean," but not in an ozonic or laundry-detergent way. It reminds me more of a traditional Eau de Cologne than anything else, and the vanilla is very, very subdued. This deodorant could easily be worn by men, although male shoppers are probably not Lavanila's customer base. The scent was very light on me by the time I left the house, and I didn't notice it again until I returned home and I was changing my clothes.
I've tried a few other Lavanila scents: Vanilla Lavender, which is far more "powdery" than Fresh Vanilla Lemon; Vanilla Passion Fruit, which smells more like pomegranate and red currants; and Vanilla Grapefruit, a lively citrus-vanilla blend that seems stronger than the others. I've avoided Pure Vanilla and Vanilla Coconut, because I know that I don't like coconut fragrances, and because an overly gourmand scent wafting from my underarm region would just confuse me.
If you're curious about the rest of Lavanila's ingredients, you can read about them on the company website. Basically, the deodorant's base is a blend of aloe, cornstarch, and various coconut-derived ingredients, and it's free of aluminum, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, and so on and so forth. I haven't tried the matching Fresh Vanilla Lemon perfume yet, but if it's close to the deo's scent, it would be an easy and appropriate choice for summer.
And, à propos of nothing, I have to say that I'm always happy to spot some potential competition for Fresh's overpriced and overly scented Sugar and Sugar Lemon product lines. Lavanila's Fresh Vanilla Lemon deodorant is actually the same price as Fresh's Sugar roll-on anti-perspirant, without all the potential irritants and preservatives. Just a word to the wise, if you're thinking of splurging on something along these lines.