Some of you have probably at one point or another heard of the risks of antiperspirant deodorants, and other products containing aluminum and parabens causing breast cancer. While research has not been conclusive on this, and it has been met with varying results and mixed opinions, I decided I was going to play it on the safe side, and find a natural alternative.

To further my point of why I decided to switch, is the risk factor: women with larger breasts are at an increased risk for breast cancer, and I am anywhere from an F-FF (G) cup.

My mother has been trying to get me to use natural deodorant for years (we are a well-endowed family) for the above reasons, but frankly, I really hated the options out there in the “natural” deodorant world… many of which I honestly believe made me smell worse than I did going au naturel.

If you are a heavy sweater and your job requires you to be fresh and sweat-free to maintain a certain level of professionalism, unfortunately antiperspirant deodorant or underarm botox injections are really the only things that are going to stop the sweating and keep you dry, but luckily – I do not sweat too terribly much, so I was able to find my happy compromise…

I am currently happily using Lavanilla’s The Healthy Deodorant with great success, which I purchased from Sephora last week.

Upon initial application, it feels slightly icy with a tingle. Nothing too extreme, mind you. The scent of this in Pure Vanilla is not my favorite; next time I intend to try it in Blackberry or Grapefruit. Pure Vanilla does not (to me) smell the least of vanilla. It simply smells clean (which is certainly not the worst thing in the world, but even so).

If you are looking for something with a distinct scent like I was, Pure Vanilla is not for you. But on the other hand, if you wear a lot of scented body lotions or perfume regularly, this is a good choice, as there won’t be any competing fragrances.

As for how well this lasts, I apply it immediately after I shower, and it lasts me all day. I have not had to re-apply, even with my long hours (typical work day for me is anywhere from 8 – 14 hours).

If I went to the gym (which I don’t, but should…) I imagine this might not hold out too well, but since going to the gym is for sweating it out, an antiperspirant seems a little counterintuitive to me, anyway.

All in all, I will definitely be continuing use of this item, but most likely in a different scent (save for some reason I am smitten with Pure Vanilla by the end of this tube).

Have any of you had any experiences (good or bad) with this, or any other natural deodorants? I would love to hear your feedback, so please leave me a comment below!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

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Ashley is a visual designer, artist, MUA, and photographer by day, lifestyle blogger by night. She enjoys How I Met Your Mother marathons, Swedish pop music, and has a bit of a shoe fetish, and will beat you in a kombucha drinking contest, any day, any time.