An Honest Review of Lume Deodorant

by - January 31, 2023

It's been awhile since I've done a product review, but I think I've been using Lume products for long enough now to have formed a valid opinion. I started using Lume back in August, so it's been about half a year.

I can't remember when exactly I made the switch to aluminum-free deodorant, but it's been a few years. I have extremely sensitive skin, and as I've gotten older my sensitivities have seemed to worsen. I started having issues with my underarms - itching, painful bumps (not razor burn or ingrown hairs), and just general discomfort. So I decided to make a change in my deodorant. I went through a bunch of different brands before settling on an all-natural aluminum-free brand, and that worked for awhile.

Then, I had my hysterectomy, which launched my body into what is essentially pre-menopause, and my skin sensitivity changed again, my underarms included. This time, though, it wasn't so much discomfort as it was my newfound favorite all-natural deodorant just couldn't seem to keep up.

I have always sweated more than seems average, but never have I felt like I had noticeable body odor until this point (probably hormone-related). Sweat I can handle, even if it can be embarrassing in some situations, but I could not handle this new odor. So the great deodorant hunt began. I even went back to aluminum-included brands out of desperation, but in the end nothing worked long-term. Then a friend recommended Lume.

I did all the research before ordering. Lume was created by an OBGYN whose goal was to target body odor and stop it from happening at all, which is exactly what I was in the market for, so I decided to give it a shot. Plus, with a 60-day moneyback guarantee, I figured I had nothing to lose.

I decided to go with the Starter Bundle. With this bundle, you get to pick four products for less than $35, and shipping is free. My first choices were the cream deodorant tube in Peony Rose (pictured above), the cream deodorant stick in Toasted Coconut, an unscented travel size cream tube, and an unscented travel size body butter.

I will be completely honest here - at first, I hated the scents. Even the unscented one had a weird odor to me, but after a detox period (remember, I had gone back to aluminum-based deodorants for awhile) the smells became tolerable. They're still a little strong for my personal taste, but they're not assaulting my nose anymore.

When I first made the switch to Lume, I had just started teaching. My classroom has its own air conditioning unit, which I usually have set to the lowest possible setting in an attempt to keep me cool (The kids can wear jackets, y'all. Hot flashes are real.), but even then I was still struggling with overheating which led to sweating and the dreaded post-hysterectomy BO.

The first couple of weeks I used it, Lume did not last a full day of teaching. I'm pretty hands-on, so lots of movement and interaction, i.e. sweating. I was uncomfortable to say the least and worried my students thought I stank. Thankfully, even though my body had not fully adjusted yet, Lume did significantly reduce the odor in those first few weeks.

Just like when I made the initial switch to aluminum-free deodorant, my body had to go through that detox phase. It can last anywhere from two weeks to a month or longer depending on your body. For me, it took about a month.

Most days I have no odor at all. Some days, usually those days when I'm randomly hot flashing, I'll have some odor (just on one side for some reason), but unless you're in my personal bubble, a.k.a. too close, it's noticeable only to me.

The thing you need to remember is that Lume is not an anti-perspirant. You will still sweat. I still sweat, and yes, some days it's noticeable, but like I said earlier: I can handle sweat so long as there's no odor accompanying it.

I am still using Lume today. In fact, I just ordered a refill since I'm starting to run low. So if you've been struggling with body odor, or if you've got sensitive skin and feel like you need something a bit stronger than the all-natural deodorant you find at the drugstore, give Lume a try.

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  1. I love lume deodorant and acidifying body wash!

  2. I have tried everything from women and mens deodorant. Waited for years for something that would work for me. And found out at about lume. It been amazing awesome wonderful for me. They are best. Even a person like me with sensitive skin. I love it 😀 😍 ❤