Natural Deodorant – does it really work?

Natural Deodorant – a contentious issue for many. I can see people shaking their heads, squirming in their seats and drawing the line that a natural alternative to smelling fresh and not offending others with body odour could even come close to working.

I hear you but just hear me out a little on this one…

Well, not all products are created equal, natural and chemical laden and we all may have our personal preference with how much scent we like to bathe ourselves in.


We are all very firmly attached to the idea of smelling nice (not a bad thing) and obsessively layer ourselves in fragrance to somehow cover our natural eau de perfume (perhaps questionable). We have come along way since perfume was first invented, when the world was a much smellier place and it was a godsend for the rich who could afford it.

But this natural deodorant I love well it’s a rather cheap alternative that is available to anyone who might think just question for a second that suffocating their pores with aluminium (as in like Al-foil you use on the BBQ), inhibiting the natural sweating that occurs when you get a bit hot and therefore inhibiting the cooling response that sweat provides, and/or having such things close to sensitive breast tissue and lymph glands might not be for them.

So, introducing….


La Vanila All-Natural Deodorant

It’s effective, conquers the BO while allowing you to remain in close proximity to others (in my case in the Ballet, literally sweating over them!), comes in a variety of extra oomph flavours and did I mention it actually works?! I was pretty excited to find this one!

This is the sweet smelling, effective but not too overpowering natural deodorant I have been wanting for years. I found this recently in Sydney at Adora Healthy Living in Potts Point, Sydney and I am in love.

Conventional anti-persiperant deodorants literally inhibit the pores from perspiring or sweating, the natural process the body uses to get rid of things through the pores, allow breathing space into the pores and to cool the body down when our body temperature rises. Unfortunately, conventional deodorants contain aluminium, yes like the Al-foil you use on a BBQ, and other extremely toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can cause severe harm to the human nervous system.

In recent years, questions have been raised about whether the aluminum in antiperspirants can be absorbed into the body and contribute to the development of breast cancer. Aluminium has also been fingered as a potential contributor to Alzheimer’s disease and people with kidney disease have been warned against using Aluminium containing deodorants.

But back to reality, sweat and body odour is never pretty right and no one wants to be ‘that person?’

As a ballerina, I am sweating almost constantly and always in close proximity to others and we all like to be conscious of being ‘not offensive’ to others in terms of body odour. Our rehearsal rooms can get pretty steamy and you can always tell who had a bit too much beer last night or garlic for dinner. As a society, we have been a little removed from the notion that you can’t put dirty fuel into the system and expect to have it come out through the skin smelling like roses.


Our state of health shows very obviously in our sweat, so if you are living a healthy clean lifestyle, your body odour actually shouldn’t be too offensive. Eating lots of leafy greens naturally alkalise and deodorise our system through the green pigment called chlorophyll, nature’s best deodorant. Following a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, avoiding fried foods and an excessive intake of animal protein can also make a difference to the eau de perfume of your sweat!

For me, I am mindful that if ‘it’s one of those days’ or I really need to stop the sweating, I use small amounts of traditional anti perspirant like Rexona. Only in emergencies, which means not 6 times a day. It’s not necessary in my opinion not healthy. But I practice mindfulness and balance of course.

La Vanila is my absolute pick for an all-natural Healthy Deodorant that I can use daily even when exercising. It’s a roll on which means no nasty aerosol chemicals or fumes, plus it’s better for the environment and also more value for money – I find aerosols ridicuously expensive seeing as we spray most of it into the air!

I can be sensitive to perfumes or even strong smelling essential oils but this one is a winner – it does the job, but lets the pores breathe as they are naturally wanting to do and its gentle yet effective fragrance leaves me feeling fresh. Full ingredient list click here.

I like the simple Vanila fragrance best but head to their website to see a whole host of Vanila-plus flavours that you might like – Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Coconut etc.

Read more about the La Vanila Brand here.


  4 comments for “Natural Deodorant – does it really work?

  1. Rosemarie
    May 31, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I’m hooked on Lavilin – I was skeptical at first, and it took me a while to get used to their cream, but since then it’s been great and I recommend it to everyone! Lasts several days per use and contains no parabens or aluminum!

    • Dana
      June 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      This looks like a great option too – thanks for sharing!

  2. Catherine
    July 9, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for an interesting read, I have always wondered about natural deodorant but have never been game to try it. I might have to check it out now.

    • Dana
      July 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Yes I was a little suspicious too, especially being in such an active and sweaty profession. I find this one the best for me so far, I also like the Weleda citrus spritz which is a bit lighter but nice and fresh. Let me know how you go on your natural deodorant journey and if you find something else that works great for you!

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