Brand Rave: LAVANILA (Includes Product Reviews)

LAVANILA Laboratories
LAVANILA Laboratories

Thank goodness that due to elevated levels of eco-conciousness, there are more and more healthier choices when it comes to skin care. Another great brand I have tried that doesn’t use petrochemicals, silicones, PEGs, parabens and phthalates is LAVANILA, a US based company that specializes in the delicious scent of vanilla.

I have tried REN, Fancl, HABA, Aromatherapy Associates and some of the biodegradable formulas from mainstream brands before (e.g. Fruits & Passion, L’Occitane), and while each of these brands had some great products, it is hard to find anything ‘healthy’ when it comes to fragrances – until I came across LAVANILA. Its fragrances are made with essential oils and 30 vitamins and minerals, so they are actually good for your skin, as opposed to the traditional fragrances that are made with mostly synthetic scents that can be very irritating to people with sensitive skin (or sensitive nose!).

LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance Mini Roller-Ball Set, 4.5ml, US$28.00
LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance Mini Roller-Ball Set, 4.5ml, US$28.00

Vanilla is a tricky scent; much like the rose scent, it can be either too artificial or completely off the mark. It’s hard to get the true scent right, but LAVANILA has done it! I have all of the LAVANILA fragrances (in the mini roller-ball set pictured above) and the Pure Vanilla one is my favorite. LAVANILA’s vanilla scent is totally yummy and real – why, it’s made out of real tonka beans and vanilla oil.

LAVANILA The Healthy Baby Block SPF40, 2oz., US$20, exclusively available at Sephora.
LAVANILA The Healthy Baby Block SPF40, 2oz., US$20, exclusively available at Sephora.

Getting ever concious of toxic ingredients (such as oxybenzone) in sunscreen, I was in search of a mineral, non-chemical sunblock for my 2 year old daughter. I bought Clarins’ mineral sunblock for children (SPF30) but not only was it hard to spread and leaves a white cast on her face, it was also fragranced heavily. When I saw LAVANILA’s Healthy Baby Block SPF40, exclusively available at Sephora, I snatched it up. It has to be the BEST mineral sunscreen ever! Not only did it go on smooth (soft creamy texture that is easy to spread), it didn’t leave any white residue either. It was easy to apply and is 100% chemical and preservative/additive free. The added bonus is that it doesn’t contain any fragrance either. My 2 year old and husband both love it!!

LAVANILA The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla, 8oz., US$25.00
LAVANILA The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla, 8oz., US$25.00

While the Healthy Body Butter isn’t as rich as Aromatherapy Associates’ Rose Body Cream or Fruits & Passion’s Quenching Body Butter (biodegradable formula), I absolutely LOVE the pure vanilla scent. It’s so enticing without being overpowering. Like everything LAVANILA, the body butter is chemical and additive free, so I don’t have to worry about it irritating my sensitive skin (which reacts to mineral oil and petrolatum). It is non greasy and at first, didn’t feel very rich, but my skin is hydrated without feeling sticky. One caution: the vanilla scent is addictive!!! You may find yourself reapplying not out of necessity.

All in all, LAVANILA is my new favorite body and fragrance brand. It smells good and feels good, and the ingredients are safe and chemical free. Highly recommended for all Vanilla addicts!

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4 comments on Brand Rave: LAVANILA (Includes Product Reviews)

  1. Ashesela
    November 14, 2010 at 3:06 am (6 years ago)

    It’s great to hear about companies who respect people enough to not use harsh, nasty chemicals and toxins. I picked up a bottle of Lavanila Pure Vanilla fragrance yesterday evening, and I look forward to trying it out (I tried it on in the store, but I want to try my bottle out hehe). Thanks for the wonderul review and informative post, I think when I need to pick up some new sunscreen I’ll get some Lavanila!

    P.S. Lavanila packaging is so cute!! XD

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    • Joseibi
      November 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Ashesela!!!

      I love the Lavanila vanilla scent – it’s so real (unlike those artificial ones in other brands) and the ingredients are good. My 3 year old uses Lavanila baby wash, body lotion, body butter and baby sunblock and she has great skin! Just love the whole line. 🙂

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  2. Healthy Fragrance
    March 3, 2011 at 6:52 am (6 years ago)

    It is great that more companies are becoming health conscious about what chemicals they are putting in their products. It also gives a lot of alternatives to many of those that have allergies to a lot of the synthetic fragrances or beauty products currently available.

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  3. body butter vanilla
    June 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Nice article! It will help me more chose to what I will buy and What I will select for me.

    Reply

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