My part of the world has entered the so-called dog days of summer, which means I'm thinking about a mundane item like deodorant more than usual; and, as a scent-obsessive, I can't use even the most basic body product without thinking about its fragrance. I used to buy antiperspirants at the drugstore, and any unscented variety would do. However, since I converted to deodorants a few years ago, I've become hooked on Lavanila. Lavanila's "Healthy Deodorants" actually do their job, they don't irritate my skin in any way, and they happen to smell great.
Lavanila recently launched a new collection called Sport Luxe, "created for an active life in motion," including a Sport Luxe Deodorant. It has a "crisp" scent with notes of jasmine, honeydew, green apple and "a whisper of powdery vanilla." This scent is much lighter and less vanilla-y than Lavanila's other deo fragrances; in fact, it's more like a mainstream deodorant/antiperspirant scent that you might find at the drugstore. It has a lot of apple, some melon, and a very sheer white musk beneath the fruit. For reference, my favorite Lavanila deo scents are Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Lavender (especially nice in cooler weather) and Vanilla Passionfruit. This one isn't as "me" as some of the other scents, but it's actually easier to wear in very warm weather when I'm paring everything down and I can't tolerate even a whiff of a stronger scent. I wouldn't necessarily wear it as a perfume, but it works nicely as a subtle body-product fragrance.
Like Lavanila's original deodorant line, the Sport Luxe formula is aluminum-free. The ingredients look very close to the original formula, with a few minor tweaks further down the list; the main difference, to me, is that the Sport Luxe looks and acts a bit more like a solid gel and less like a white stick. (This means less potential residue on clothing, incidentally.) It works just as well as the original formula for me, and it has gotten me through some very steamy, sweaty days over the past month. I really wish Lavanila would make more of its deos available in mini-sizes (the only one, for now, is the Pure Vanilla) — but that's a minor complaint.
How are you keeping cool, if you're experiencing hot summer weather right now?