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My Lume Review – What Surprised Me About This Deodorant

My Lume Review - What Surprised Me About This Deodorant

My Lume Deodorant Review

Does this natural deodorant really protect for 72 hours?

2.5/5 stars

Pros:

  • Natural, gentle, vegan, and cruelty-free.
  • You can use it wherever (externally) on your body that you need odor protection.

Cons:

  • You have to let it dry after applying.
  • Odor protection wasn’t as promised.

Verdict:

I was enticed by Lume’s gentle ingredients, clinically tested efficacy for odor control, and the suggestion that it can be used on more than just your underarms. On paper all that sounded great, but the actual experience of using this water-based cream deodorant was a miss for me.

by Christen Russo, MSA Reviewer, Natural Deodorant Explorer
September 2, 2020| 148 comments

As I continue on my quest to find the best natural deodorant for me, I couldn’t skip over Lume. In terms of what Lume doesn’t include—leaving out potentially harmful ingredients like aluminum and sulfates, as well as common sensitive skin irritants like baking soda and essential oils—it’s in good company with the other natural deodorants I’ve tried.* But two things that set it apart from the others is that its formula has a creamy consistency and that it’s marketed as a product you can use for odor protection on any external part of your body.

Lume deodorant is sold both in stick form and in tube form. Both contain the same creamy formula; the only difference is that the tube deodorant must be applied using your hands, whereas the stick acts as an applicator. I decided to purchase the stick so I’d have the option of using the applicator, but I am comfortable applying deodorant with my hands—I learned this from my first-ever natural deodorant experience, with Schmidt’s jar deodorant. (I found Lume‘s consistency to be more lotion-like than Schmidt’s.) Read on to see how using Lume went for me!

*I’ve tried by Humankind, Myro, Kopari, and while our reviews weren’t written by me, I’ve also tried Native and Schmidt’s.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this product. (Check out the review process post to learn more.)

Lume Deodorant Quick Facts

Cost

  • $13.99 for a single bar
  • $12.59 when you subscribe
  • Subscribers can choose to have as many tubes as they want delivered every 1, 2, or 3 months.
  • Changes and cancellations to subscriptions must be made 3 days prior to the upcoming billing date shown on your My Account page.

Shipping

  • Ships to the US and Canada at varying rates.
  • Free shipping available on any order over $20.

Product

  • Deodorant sticks are 2.2 oz bar-style twist-ups that contain a water-based cream deodorant. You can apply with the stick or your fingers.
  • Lume also offers 3 oz deodorant tubes that contain the same water-based cream deodorant, meant to be applied with your fingers.

Perks

  • Cruelty-free
  • Aluminum-free
  • Baking-soda-free
  • Naturally scented (no artificial fragrances)
  • Vegan
  • Silicone-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Talc-free

  • Unscented
  • Lavender Sage
  • Juniper Berry
  • Silver Spruce
  • Jasmine Rose
  • 3-pack (includes Juniper Berry, Silver Spruce, and Jasmine Rose scents)

Ingredients: Water, Mandelic Acid, Arrowroot Powder, Tapioca Starch, Isoamyl Laurate, Sodium Acrylate/ Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 60, Lecithin, Pullulan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Silica, Fragrance*

*Lavender Sage is scented with only pure essential oils, while their other scents also contain naturally derived, skin safe botanicals. All of their ingredients are phthalate-free and they entrust Berje with all of their scent sourcing. Lume’s unscented products do not contain any essential oils or added fragrance.

While Lume does not contain any peanuts, tree nuts, or sesame, their mandelic acid is derived from almonds.

Lume deodorant ingredients.

My Lume Deodorant Review

The Feel

2/5 stars

 

The Promise: “Water-based cream that rubs in like a lotion.”

The Reality: A very wet experience with the applicator; better when you use your hands.

Despite all the talk of the creamy, lotion-like consistency of Lume deodorant, I wasn’t expecting it to be as thin as it is. I wouldn’t call it “runny,” per se, but it’s much less creamy than the body lotion I use after shaving my legs. Lume does advise very clearly that a little goes a long way and to start small. They also suggest it might take up to a week to get the hang of finding the appropriate amount to use. I gave it a week of use with the applicator, and I was kind of miserable every day that week. I released the smallest amount I could—one twist of the dial—then gave it a swipe under my arms and rubbed it in for 4-5 seconds like the directions suggest…and then stood there with my arms out waiting for it to dry and praying for it to not get on my shirt (my prayers were not answered) for a few minutes. I had to wipe some off, then try reapplying a few times, and honestly it just made a mess and didn’t feel good.

I then took to using my hands to apply this deodorant, and things were much improved. I feel firmly that applying by hand is the only way to go with this stuff; it’s the only way to stop it from being wet wet wet and getting all over my clothes.

Speaking of getting all over my clothes, when I used the applicator, the lotion-like moisture transferred from my pits to my shirt every time I applied it, and darkened the armpit area of my shirt. It did come out in the wash, so no long-term stains, but it also had me changing my shirt every morning after already getting dressed—I’m just not interested in starting my day with soggy underarms. Two mornings I did remember to apply Lume before putting a shirt on, and that solved the wet shirt issue, but it didn’t solve my having to stand and wait for my pits to dry. However, this wasn’t an issue at all when I used my hands to apply.

The Scent

4/5 stars

The Promise: “The detoxifying power of the juniper berry (which isn’t fruity) combines with bergamot’s crisp citrus.”

The Reality: Fresh, pleasant, and unisex.

I tried the Juniper Berry scent because I love gender-neutral, nature-inspired aromas in the products I use, and it did not disappoint. I agree with Lume, it’s not fruity at all—it’s a fresh take on a vague fir scent, it’s subtle yet energetic, and it’s perfectly unisex. I did catch faint whiffs of it early in the day, but it faded quickly and by afternoon my nose couldn’t detect the scent, even when I stuck my nose in my armpit and took a big whiff.

The Odor Protection

2/5 stars

The Promise: “Clinically proven 72-hour odor control.”

The Reality: Required multiple re-applications throughout the day.

72 hours of odor control is a serious promise to make! I was equal parts skeptical and ready to witness a miracle going into my odor protection assessment. Unfortunately I had no such luck—not even close. I wasn’t able to go a single day without reapplying. It has gotten hot here where I live, but I’m also in my air-conditioned house for much of the day, and I found myself needing a reapplication even on low-exertion days. While my experience did improve once I started using my hands to apply this cream deodorant, bottom line is Lume was not as lasting as other natural deodorants I’ve tried.

As for external use other than my armpits? I did try Lume on the creases where my buttocks and thighs meet, as that’s the only other part of my body that sometimes gets a little sweaty throughout a regular day. It was fine! It was like rubbing lotion on the backs of my legs. I don’t have a persistent issue with odor on that part of my body, so I can’t speak confidently to whether or not it worked, but it wasn’t uncomfortable at the least.

Side note on the clinical proof to which Lume refers. They actually post the results of the clinical testing right on their website, but I must say, it really doesn’t sit well with me. The absence of specific data, paired with patronizing language (“real women” with “real body odor”), made me feel distrustful of the study Lume cites throughout its product pages. I’d be remiss not to shout from the rooftops that every single woman walking this planet is “real,” and so is her body odor, however faint or powerful it is.

Good to Know

Natural Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant

Most deodorants you’ll find on the shelf are antiperspirants, which are meant to inhibit sweating (and therefore reduce odor) by using aluminum salts to block the sweat glands. Non-antiperspirant deodorants allow the body to sweat naturally, but contain ingredients that curb odor by addressing the bacteria that causes it. While some early research linked the use of antiperspirants with Alzheimer’s and cancer, according to Teen Vogue there is no compelling scientific case to prove it; still, consumers are increasingly wary of using body products that contain unnecessary chemicals. Some consumers also have concerns about interfering with the “detoxifying” process of sweating, but Teen Vogue clarifies that sweating is really only responsible for a “negligible” amount of detoxification.

Lume is not an antiperspirant and will not stop you from sweating. Lume does contain some ingredients to help reduce wetness, but it is not designed to block sweat. This company stands behind their odor protection, and suggests that many wearers of natural deodorant become less bothered by wetness, as long as there is no odor.

 

What is an “Armpit Detox?” Transitioning to Natural Deodorant

You may have heard tell of the 2-4 week transition period that’s typical when switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. Some sources call this period an “armpit detox,” which sounds kind of intense, but it doesn’t have to be. Everybody’s body reacts differently during the transition, but generally what you can expect is to be a little extra stinky for a time while your armpits adjust to sweating regularly again.

Here are a few tips for getting through the switch:

  • Research your options before choosing a natural deodorant. If wetness is a major concern of yours, Lume might not be a great first place to start. But if you’re mainly looking for an odor protection option, perhaps Lume would work better for you than it did for me!
  • Bring your new natural deodorant along with you for a bit—carry it in your purse or work bag so you can apply an extra layer if you feel you need it partway through the day.
  • Rest assured knowing that you’re probably way more aware of this smelly phase than anyone else is. It’s likely not as bad as you think! And, truly, it will come to an end.
  • If you experience any stinging, redness, or rash, it’s time to stop using that deodorant and give your precious pits (and, in Lume‘s case, your privates) a little break—and maybe even check in with a dermatologist if it’s bad. Sometimes even natural ingredients don’t work great with everyone’s skin, and there are all sorts of other natural deodorants to try out there.

 

Shipping, Returns, & More

Lume deodorant package.

Placing Your Order

For this review, I made a one-time purchase of Lume’s Juniper Berry deodorant stick directly from Lume’s website. Lume is also now available for purchase on Amazon and at some Walmart locations, in limited scents and for a greater cost than on Lume’s own site. Since I bought a single stick, my deodorant cost $13.99, but if you subscribe to receive it on a recurring basis (every 1, 2, or 3 months), each stick costs $12.59.

Standard shipping costs $2.99, but is free for orders over $20. Lume offers a 2-stick deodorant bundle where the second bar only costs $9.99, totaling $23.98 for 2 sticks (that saves you $4). Lume also sells natural soaps (in all the same scents that the deodorant is available in) and deodorant wipes, which contain the same active ingredients as the deodorant tube and stick—so you could try other products to help save on shipping, too.

Shipping & Tracking

I placed my Lume order on a Friday. The only shipping option available to me was Standard Shipping for $2.99. I promptly got an order confirmation email, and a shipping confirmation email with tracking showed up the next business day (Monday). My order arrived just two days later, on that Wednesday, and I was notified via email both when it was out for delivery and once it had been delivered.

Customer Service

Lume has an extensive FAQ if you have questions about how the product can be used, but if you have additional questions or concerns about your order, you can contact them using the form on their site. You can also email [email protected]

Returns

Lume offers a money back guarantee on your first deodorant stick or tube, even if it has been opened, as long as it’s your first purchase. They will refund you the cost of the deodorant, but you pay for return shipping. Any subsequent orders are final sale.

My Experience

After a couple of weeks of use I came to the conclusion that Lume deodorant isn’t for me. While I did like the scent, the consistency was too wet for my preferences and the odor protection didn’t hold up in comparison to other natural deodorants I’ve tried. For a smooth but dry deodorant application, I recommend Kopari. For reliable odor protection I like by Humankind or Native. But every body is different! What works for one person may differ from others.

Have You Tried Lume?

Did you try Lume and love it? Did you share Christen’s experience? We’d love to hear your thoughts on Lume and other natural deodorants in the comments!

And, be sure to check out our other reviews of natural deodorants:


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Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.
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148 comments

mia

I have had very good luck with the unscented stick. I recently cut back to showering every few days to give my skin a rest, and my Tom’s was not holding up for even one day. With Lume, applied after a shower on both armpits and soles, I really can go for 72 hours even when sweating. It smells icky for a less than a minute when first applied but disappears completely when dry.

Courtney

So my bundle shipped separately (weird) which wasn’t the issue… the issue is that as soon as I went to put it on I got a really big whiff of wet dog. It was the tangerine deodorant… It went away after a few minutes, but man did it stink! As far as odor protection… don’t waste your time if you’re smelly (like me)… I showered and applied before bed, when I woke up after sleeping in a cool room… I STUNK… like I ran 10 miles in 100 degree heat. It was really bad. I’m really disappointed as I can’t really find anything (natural or not) that stops my stink and I do not want to do Botox injections as recommended by my Dr. :/

Krissy

I tried it about 3 or 4 times and then I took a break. I smelled like onions, I never used deodorant or anti-perspirants before because I was lucky in my younger years not to stink much. I’m concerned the onion thing could be long-term…

Woody7

I actually really like Lume for my vag area. However, I am trying it on my armpits and they are stinging like crazy. I feel like perhaps that is normal when transitioning to a natural deodorant? Has this happened to anyone else?
As for the smell- it smells like all natural things, but the odor doesn’t linger. Once it dries, you smell nothing.

Ree

My armpits are on fire as I type this. I’ve used this deodorant in the past and had the same experience, but it eventually got better… So much so that I forgot how excruciating this burning sensation really is. It hurts BAD, and now I’m wondering if I need to cease use of it altogether.

Sarah

I have tried a lot of natural deodorants and none of them worked for me until Lume. It does smell weird (bad) in the tube/when you first put it on but the smell disappears pretty quickly. I hate applying deodorant with my hands but I like the stick version – can’t say I agree with the experience described in the post about extra wetness with the stick. I will say that the one thing I’ve noticed about natural deodorants is that different ones work for different people. Some friends love Native, which doesn’t work at all for me. A few of us love Lume, but not all of us. I guess this is no different than people having different brands of drugstore antiperspirant that try like. I just think so much depends on body chemistry that no one should put too much emphasis on reviews. Just try it and see what works for you.

Diane

I tried the soap and the wipes because, as some other mothers know, you can have issues getting thoroughly clean after bowel movements. The bacteria cause smells. I had high hopes for this. The wipes burn, and I got a UTI after using them combined with the soap. Wish I had read reviews anywhere else but their site. Will not buy this again.

Caroline

Lume is great for me, it is a good match to my body chemestry. No rash or irritation like I got from other “natural” products.
I tend to get rashes from the heat, and Lume has solved that.
I haven’t timed how long it lasts, but if I put it on at night after my shower, it keeps me odor free the next day. I like some of the scents better than others, but since they disappear as the deodorant dries it not a big deal.
The small tubes are very handy and I love the soaps.

Sandra L Schrank

This product is a miracle for me. It really works. I got the unscented and have no problem with any of my body part odors at all anymore.

Ericka

I’m so glad I found your review. I have been going insane trying to get this stuff to last more than a few hours a day for over a month! I’ve showered at night and put it on only to wake up smelling like old onions, I then shower again and reapply and within a few hours again smell to high heaven! I’ve applied unshowered and same thing. I have to apply it at least 3 times a day, whether I’ve showered or not! I’ve felt like it ends up causing me to smell worse than my actual body odor with no deodorant of any kind. I’ve given up and have gone back to my schmidts which works all day long for me. Mad that I wasted money on the lume that just does not deliver as promised and seems to make my pits smell far worse than if I don’t use any deodorant.

Jen

I also had a similar experience. I’ve found on days that it’s not too hot and I am not sweating much, it works. However, if it’s hot and I am sweating at all, my armpits stink after a while. It’s happened with a new shirt or two, so I know it’s not the shirt. If I’m lucky, I get maybe 5-6 hours of odor protection. Always have to reapply at least once during the day. Definitely won’t reorder 🙁

Vicky

I had the same experience: I never smelled worse than after I tried Lume. The first time I tried it, I had a very acrid, strange odor from my underarms. To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I tried it again a week later, and the same thing happened. Worse, both times it took several days for my body to get rid of the smell and get back to what is normal for me. I don’t sweat heavily, and did nothing else different during those two trials (didn’t even work out, so there was no great challenge to the deodorant either time). I returned the deodorant over a month ago, and Lume has yet to refund me (note that you don’t get a 100% refund; you still have to pay for shipping back to Lume.) I also have learned that Lume suppresses <5-star reviews on its site, so there are no reviews there where people can describe what didn't work for them. For me, what works is a magnesium-based deodorant called My Goodness. No smell in the product, no smell on me.

Karen

I had The SAME experience !
I tried Lume Warm Vanilla for a few weeks. At first it seemed to work fine but after awhile I got a VERY strange and UNPLEASANT Scent ALL over My Body!!! I used it on my underarms and around my Breasts. I took 3 showers In ONE day and STILL smelled BAD!
I even rubbed salt and baking soda on my hands! It will take Several DAYS for the ODOR to GO AWAY!
I had to wash my Clothes on Heavy Wash to get the Smell Out Too! DO NOT BUY LUME!
Too EXPENSIVE & TOO SMELLY!

Jez

I purchased Lume for my husband and I and it was a miss for both. The initial smell is gross but it does go away after it dries. The first 10 days we thought it was working, there was no smell all day. And then at about 14 days we both started getting horrible BO just a few hours after applying it, like rotten onions. My husband was so embarrassed at work he ran to the pharmacy to buy some Axe. I would understand if I was sweating but no, I’m working from home wearing a tank top with the AC on and guaranteed about 4 hours after showering/applying, as soon as I lift my arm I am punched in the face by the horrible smell. The one thing I will say is that it has worked for my breasts, I have a larger chest and sometimes get smelly by the end of the day. I’ve used Lume under the breasts and in the cleavage and no smell at all. Still I will not buy this again.

Bridget

Yes! Same experience here. Lume was a amazing for the first 10-14 days; I tend to be pretty smelly and thought that I’d FINALLY discovered something that was going to eliminate the bad smell emanating from my armpits and crotch area. I’ve tried other natural deodorants, but nothing has kept the small at bay for more than a few hours. Lume worked for 24+ hours; no smell at all… it was FANTASTIC! I was telling all my friends and family how great it was! Then, during the 2nd week of use, I noticed the bad onion smell so many other reviews have mentioned. The smell starts a few hours after application and is far more prominent in one armpit. I’m still using it in hopes that it will get better and this is just an adjustment period, but other reviews have diminished my hopes. I am still confused about how it could work so well in the beginning and be so bad now. 🙁

Mary

Yes! Finally someone who has had similar experiences. I’ve been using it for over a couple months now and for some reason one of my armpits smells like onions. I thought it was a weird detox thing so I’ve been continuing to try to make it work. I follow the directions etc… I even messaged them asking if this is something that will go away. No response. And I really wanted to love this! I like it for creases like under breasts but what is with the onion smell?! I don’t even think my normal b.o. smells like this. I am disappointed.

Rebecca

I agree with others that the initial smell is awful. I got a stick plus a lotion sampler of 6 different scents, and they all have the same underlying scent that’s really unpleasant, with a bit of the fragrance thrown on top of that–but not enough to make it smell better at all. Everyone has a different body chemistry, so I believe not everyone will have the same results, but the smell does go away for me within half an hour or so of applying it, and then I’m left with no smell at all … and no BO. For me it does deliver the odor protection it promises… (though I haven’t tested that “72 hour” claim…I do shower every day.) So I found the initial smell of the product to be tolerable when it gives me that end result–eliminating all odors for the entire day! My problem with Lume is that after a few weeks when I finished the stick, I went back to my previous deodorant, 0 aluminum Dove, and holy BO! After using Lume and going back to a regular deodorant, my armpits had the worst BO smell that I’ve ever had! It was like it had all been kept at bay while using Lume, and was unleashed with a vengeance as soon as I stopped! I’ve never had BO so bad as I did after using Lume. It makes me wonder what this stuff did to me. I don’t know if it killed the odors at all… somehow it just postponed odors? and then they were all unleashed afterward. Looking for potential explanations and found this site while googling for anyone else who might have experienced this.

Shannon Sedenka

I’m wondering the same thing. I used lume for a while and this morning I put on my regular deodorant and noticed later in the day a BO smell which I have NEVER had before even before lume so I’m sketched out by it.

Lil

My mom and I like to hunt for deodorant that actually works. She seems to like Lume OK and has sent me several different scents. I cannot stand it. It smells unavoidably like something in the product has gone ‘off.’ Rancid. I am open-minded, so I tried it anyway, hoping that somehow that wouldn’t translate into my armpits smelling rancid. No such luck. After several attempts to wear it, several months apart, and products from different orders, it still smells rancid. I’m not particularly sensitive to smells, so I really don’t understand how this works for anyone, but to each their own. If it works for you, that’s great!
I highly recommend only 2 deodorants of all that we’ve tried:
Blissoma stick deodorant (which has since changed formula, so I can’t attest to it’s effectiveness anymore. It also contains baking soda, which I can no longer tolerate).
Lavalin — I have tried both the 72hr roll-on and the unscented 48hr roll-on. Both work amazingly well. I prefer the mostly unscented, slightly clove smelling, 48hr version. The 72hr one is stronger and better in that respect, but I like the scent less. As a formerly stinky-pitted person, the 48hr one is good enough for me! I wouldn’t say either lasts on me for the full time they claim, but they last longer than any deodorant I’ve tried, and over 24hrs, if you need that kind of thing in your life!

Vic

I tried the tangerine last month from eBay, it was a mixed experience. The smell, when applied, is not attractive at all. That being said, after about 15 minutes, it disappears. I have only tried it on the underarms and it hasn’t been bad so far. It is much too expensive to be practical through, because you need more than recommended.

Veronica

Just received my order, tried it & love it so far! Agree that it should be applied with fingers & a little goes a long way. Since we’re home, we’ve decided to give it the full promise try. My newly teen son has acquired a stench even doing basic stuff & his fav Axe hasn’t been cutting it. He was especially stinky when our package arrived so he was first to try. Used on 1 pit to compare & REALLY? I mean REALLY? The stench was G.O.N.E.. It’s miracle stuff. I’m doing a 48 hour try & so far so good. Weather hasn’t heated up yet & as with all natural deodorants, I understand it won’t combat sweating but I feel dry. I usually use a variety of Great Value natural, Schmidt’s, Arm & Hammer& Nubian Heritage after my Primal Pit Paste was discontinued & it’s def a little sweaty. I also had severe burns off & on so am anxious to see how this rides out. So far I’m pretty happy!

Vic

What kind of diet is he on? Have him use a body scrub, preferably citrus-based, on his armpits a few times a week. Axe and the other products are hard to wash off and blocks the skin from breathing, meaning they make it worse. A lot of wax-based products do that.

Susan Hates Spam

The constant barrage of ads on my YouTube app grosses me out. It’s every other few minutes. And I love the lady creators obsession with claiming men and women have the same stink. Paaalllleeeeezzzze! We all know THATS not true. A man may get alittle funky after a long day sweating in the Sun or at a construction job, but that smell is nothing like that of a dirty vagina. Right from the beginning the lady creator cannot even be honest. She bases the whole reason for creating this product on the fact that “we are all the same,” when any honest person knows, that is simply not true. It’s like she cannot be honest with herself, and wants to build that lack of self realization into every part of the product, the marketing included. Don’t like the product and I hate the ads, and I cannot stand the concept, because it’s based on plainly obvious untruths. Stop spamming social media!

AF

THANK YOU! I get so many Lume ads on YouTube it’s ridiculous. The one I hate most is the one where the founder declares—twice!—that she uses the wipes “in between my butt cheeks.” Bleck! Disgusting and the way she says it makes it sound even more gross than it is. And you know they purposely had the “butt cheeks” comment first in the ad to get our attention. Even if I did wear natural deodorant, I wouldn’t buy Lume on the principle that they are spamming YouTube with gross ads.

EM

I so wanted to like Lume, but the formula stinks to high heck. It stinks so badly I simply cannot use it. I bought 3 different scents, the Warm Vanilla, the Jasmine Rose, and the Silver Spruce. They all 3 have the same gross scent, like rotten, yeasty, sweaty, dead skin. It’s beyond disgusting. I got several people to smell these, and they smelled the same stench. Just be warned. Wish I hadn’t ordered this product.

Amanda

Agreed. I tried Jasmine Rose in stick and tube and it made me smell worse than I already smelled 🙁 returning and hopefully getting my money back.

Kayla

Yes, same!! Thank God I’m not the only one. My husband walked in the house and said who threw up today?! I was so embarrassed and didn’t tell him about the new deodorant and then he said again no seriously did anything happen in here today. So terrible! Can’t believe I wasted 30 bucks on this!

Eileen

Deodorants are designed to stop odor. Anti perspirants are designed to stop sweating. Therefore.. Lume is good for odor issues.

CL

I love the ingredients list. It smells okay. I didn’t mind the application but it made me stink. I often don’t wear deodorant at all and whenever I wore this I smelled like I hadn’t showered for days (after a few hours). I passed it on to my sister to see if it worked for her. I would give this a hard pass.

NP

I have been using the deodorant for the last 6 months and I really love it, but……just over the last month I believe it or the Lume soap has caused me to have intertrigo!! I have larger breasts and sweat quit a bit underneath them. I love deodorant so much that I bought the soap and soon after I got an extremely irritating intertrigo (yeast) infection under my breasts now I also have a vaginal yeast infection. The soap also has a really bad smell, kind of like animal tallow. I will keep using the deodorant as it has worked with no issues for months but beware of the soap!! Not sure the scent makes a difference but I bought the tangerine scented soap

Shunta

I literally started searching to see if anyone was experiencing what I have! I’ve been using for about 3 weeks and as of the last 3 days I’ve had irritation between legs and under breasts! How do I fix this?!?! This is awful.

The 72 hour control does work but you are supposed to only try it after you’ve used the product daily for a week or so.

Lara

Lume is the cause of my underarm rash! Jasmine Sage stick, used less than 2 weeks and BUH-BAMM! a serious red rash shows up. The scent is unpleasant (as advertised, really) until it EVENTUALLY DRIES enough to continue getting dressed, and then odor free for a bit…but not even 12 hours worth. But the worst is this rash resembling a giant lip kiss tattoo. It doesn’t itch or feel painful, so that’s fortunate. I have never experienced anything like this before using Lume. #AnnoyedAF #DontSendAReplacementSendACuringCream
#MaybeItsTheSageFightingMyInnerDemons

Julia

I’m experiencing the same rash right now!! It’s been about 5 days and still just as red. Did yours go away??

Kate

Thank you for posting this! I have never had a UTI or kidney infection until now. The ONLY thing I’ve done differently is use Lume. I’ve been searching to see if I was crazy to think there was a correlation.

Thank you.

Tammy Rucknan

I have to admit I did not do my diligence and read reviews before I purchased, the first issue is the long wait for the delivery but that can be over looked easily, the thing I can’t stand is that the deodorant is the exact same thing as the lotion exactly the same, If i would have read the reviews I would have only gotten the lotion, I just received it so I do not have any comment on how it works although the smell is good, I’m older and I have had several lower abdominal surgeries and that mean an apron, I also live in Florida so this deodorant / lotion will be put to the test.

Charee

I can honestly say this does not work for everyone. I tried on privates, as I have had pap and bloodwork done and my dr doesn’t know why I can’t rid myself of the odor down there, but when I tried it, my husband noticed and was disgusted as was I everytime I sat down. It said unscented, but it had a smell when I opened the tube and after wearing, the smell only got worse. Glad it worked for many people, but it didn’t help me and i was very disappointed.

Cat Mom

My IUD gives me chronic low-grade bacterial vaginosis. It’s awful, and I’ve had it for many years. On bad days I will have to change my underwear three times. I’ve tried taking antibiotics, but they give me a yeast infection (kill the bacteria, yeast takes over), and it never lasts. I am a feminist who believes that women should not have to hide the smell of their vaginas, but natural smell is different than bacteria smell.

I truly want a miracle product, and I feel like the internet bombards me with Lume commercials. It’s a miracle! “I didn’t invent deodorant, but I changed everything about it!” No. No no no. I am so glad that I am not the only person in the world who doesn’t find Lume effective. (As a side note, I too was surprised that the tube and the stick contain the exact same stuff (they need to make that clear on the website — you don’t need to buy both), and I did not like the smell of the product either (I got the lavender-sage), though the scent goes away.)

The customer service person I spoke to said I have to use just the Lume in my armpits for several weeks before it becomes 100% effective, and I said there is absolutely no way that I will walk around for several weeks with BO while waiting for this to work, because my armpits are unforgivingly malodorous. Even during pandemic times when I didn’t leave the house much, you couldn’t pay me to live with my BO for several days, let alone several weeks.

I think it makes a slight improvement for my vagina, particularly if I apply it right before I exercise, so I’ve been trying to use it up rather than throw it away, but who wants a deodorant product that only sort of works some of the time? Deodorant should be all or nothing: it works and you don’t smell bad, or it doesn’t work because you do smell bad, whether you smell very bad or just a little bad. I recommend the Vagisil Odor Block wash for anyone suffering from persistent vaginal odor. You need something to balance the pH. I will look into an enzymatic laundry soap as well.

Trae

Try Rephresh products. you may have a ph imbalance most likely. There are several different application products to choose from. Try to refrain from excessive scrubbing in that area. It can exacerbate the issue.

Amanda

Hi, I had this same issue but realized it was my laundry, not my personal odor. Odor can be caused by inadequate washing of clothes and not killing the bacteria that causes odor! I would try an enzymatic detergent and occasional hot water washes and see if that helps xx

Sharon

Omg!! The reviews on Lume’s site are all praises. Life changer, great smell, better than expected…NOT. NOT. NOT!!!!!! This stuff smells worse than my butt. I was shocked…so much hype.

I can’t tell you how hard I laughed about your husband thinking someone threw up. I can’t stop laughing that he asked a second time!! It’s so bad I can’t believe it and I appreciate people sharing the truth because I’d thought maybe I’d just gotten a bad batch after reading the fake reviews about how great it was. Don’t spend your money! I wish someone really could figure it out.

J Cooper

Not for sweaters. Because Lume isn’t an antiperspirant, you can use it as much as you want but if you normally sweat a lot, you’ll just sweat it off every time. I had to reapply it so much that it started to irritate me. 🙁 Also, I don’t know what they all smell like, but the Coconut Crush I ordered barely smelled like Coconut. I don’t know what to say it smells like but I assume it’s just the smell of all the listed ingredients combined, with just a dash of coconut added as an afterthought. And whatever scent it does have goes away rather quickly. I had high hopes for this product due to it’s fabulous advertising, but I have to say that I won’t be a repeat customer. Not for me.

Debra Stewart

It 100% DOES NOT WORK. Don’t waste your money.

Avynne

I wanted to like this deodorant so bad because it really does help with b.o. and seemed like it would be a game changer but I always get a red, irritating rash wherever I use it. So disappointed.

Loved It- Read Directions

The smell of the product dissipates. It has no smell after it dries. Using a review by one person is a little off balance. Read the directions, there are ways to prep your skin for use, old bacteria with Lume can cause a rash, if you have folds in your skin, it tells how to prep your skin to stop irritation before use. I have used many natural products. The use of Lume for your private parts works great but on some folks not as effective. It took a few days for it to be effective. Never had a rash like I did with Native, Sweat Block and Schmidt’s. The Lume lotion is not gritty, it spreads easily, just let it dry and you are good to go.

Chuey

This site needs a thumbs-up button! (but please, not a FB branded “thumbs-up”) I would have given thumbs-up to this comment.
“When in doubt, READ THE DIRECTIONS!”

》Side note, showering with coconut oil bar soap (such as Kirklands; it strips away every speck of dirt/grease but must moisturize afterwards) for a few days before starting Lume may help remove the waxy buildup of old deodorant. Another idea being plain ol’ coconut oil applied directly to pits right before bed most definitely would assist the detox process (coconut oil is known for pushing junk out of pores; moisturize with it at bedtime, wash off in AM; see your pores improve). Wear an old tee-shirt if concerned about fabric stains; it does liquify at body temperatures.《

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