For this product review I tried Lafes Deodorant Stick in lavender scent. Lafes offers a 99% natural deodorant that is free from propylene glycol, aluminum, and gluten. I had been using Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant Original, but when the warmer weather rolled around I needed something that was stronger at fighting odor. When Lafes contacted me about trying their products, their award winning (Beauty with a Conscience Award Best Deodorant for 2008 & 2009) deodorant sounded like just the thing I needed.
Through Lafes 1% Project, they donate 1% of the profit from every sale to support breast cancer prevention and environmental awareness.
A Natural Alternative to
Lafes Deodorant Stick Lavender is a natural alternative to antiperspirants or deodorants containing artificial fragrances, petrolatum, aluminum, and propylene glycol.
The word “fragrance” on an ingredients list is a place holder for an undisclosed mixture of scent chemicals and dispersants. “Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.”[1. Fragrance, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702512/FRAGRANCE/]
Petrolatum, which is obtained from petroleum, poses contamination concerns and non-reproductive organ system toxicity concerns.[2. Petrolatum, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704786/PETROLATUM/]
Although the jury is still out on the effects of using aluminum containing antiperspirants, I prefer to avoid them after thinking about the aluminum particles leaking into my skin.
Propylene Glycol , which enhances skin absorption, has been associated with allergies/immunotoxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), and non-reproductive organ system toxicity.[4. Propylene Glycol, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/70531/PROPYLENE_GLYCOL/]
- Glycerin (Vegetable),
- Aqua (Water),
- Sodium Stearate (Vegetable),
- Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda),
- Aloe Barbadensis* (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract,
- Cannabis Sativa* (Hemp) Seed Oil,
- Coriadrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil,
- Hamamelis Verginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract,
- Eugenia Caryophyllus* (Clove Bud) Essential Oil,
- Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender) Essential Oil.
Lafes Deodorant Stick Lavender has a score of 2, indicating low hazard, in the Skin Deep database.[5. Lafe’s Natural Body Care Deodorant Stick, Lavender, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/469018/Lafe%27s_Natural_Body_Care_Deodorant_Stick%2C_Lavender/] The main ingredient of concern is clove bud oil, which has a score of 5, indicating moderate hazard. The concerns posed by clove bud oil are allergies/immunotoxicity and use restrictions.
The Lafes Deodorant Stick comes in a clear plastic roll-up tube containing 2.5 OZ (71 g). Lafes uses EA (estrogenic activity) free packaging to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals.
Effective, Natural Deodorant Protection. Lavender essential oil creates a relaxing effect on the body, helping to maintain calmness throughout the day.
The deodorant stick is extremely clear and does not leave any flaky residue. It only leaves a bit of a sticky residue at the end of the day. The lavender scent is pleasant and has good lasting power. The deodorant is pretty hard and it takes a few applications for the edges to become smooth.
With two or three layers applied, the Lafes deodorant stick lasts throughout the day. But if it has been a particularly sweaty day, by the end of the day my pits may be a bit stinky mixed with lavender scent.
Rating (4 / 5)
Lafes Deodorant Stick Lavender receives its first star for containing natural ingredients. While the deodorant is labeled “all natural,” the product description on the Lafes website says that it is 99% natural. I am guessing that the artificial ingredient is ethylhexylglycerin, which is derived from vegetable oil.
The deodorant stick misses out on one star for not making an effort to use environmentally friendly packaging.
Lafes Lavender Deodorant earns a star for being a highly effective natural deodorant. It is possible to find natural options that still keep the BO at bay!
Lafes Deodorant Stick earns another star for being a good value for your money. The price of $5.99 is on the cheaper end of the spectrum of natural deodorants, which can cost up to $15.
This deodorant also earns a star for being a pleasure to use. I enjoy the soft feminine lavender scent and do not have to worry about any flaky white residue.
Overall, Lafes Deodorant Stick in Lavender earns 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend Lafes deodorant if you are looking for a safer more natural option that is still effective.
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