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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.

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.

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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:



Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.


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195 comments

Lisa

I was so excited to try this product. I purchased a three pack and when it arrived, I tried it…A few days later I was broken out under my arms and other places I used it. I am so sad that this will not work for me. I understand that it must be a mixture with my body and not the products fault. Now I am stuck with the other two bottles….:-(

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Teresa Cravens

I had the same problem, only I ordered 5 of them..

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Cynthia L.

It worked for 72 hours for me. So who knows?

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Zelda Gluck

I was disappointed not only in the soppy product and the price, but THE COMMERCIALS ARE OFFENSIVE. I.e., Dr. with head between a womans’ legs during exam,(embarrassing to patient) and young women lifting their feet up with their hands to expose their “private parts” (reminds me of “dead bug” yoga position). Couldn’t they think of a classier way to present their over-priced, under performing product? Even toilet paper commercials are less demeaning I do not recommend product and turn off commercials when I see them.

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catherine johnson

Bought these products for my wife & thought they worked great, but to my surprise my wife CAN NOT USE it more than 1 day, if she uses the product 2 days in a row she breaks out like crazy.

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Alison

I bought a Lume’ tube last year and still have about 1/4 of it left. I stopped using it because is just seemed to stop working. It was great for the first 6-8 months but then, it’s just sort of died. Can anybody tell me if it expired or if it the body get immune to it after a while?

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Chelsea

I thought the same thing had happened to me. It turns out a new bar soap I bought was messing me up and the Lume started working again as soon as I stopped using the soap.

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Terry Hevel

The comment on the commercials of any other sticky stinky crevices going to have men calling her private parts stinky crevasses that’s just horrible.

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Not sold on it.

This kind of deodorant was a big fad decades ago, in spray can form as I recall, it faded away. Face it, it’s targeted really for a certain body part, and that’s isn’t the place to kill off good bacteria, change the PH, if it’s not doing that, then nor just mask odor that would kill thousands at yoga separation mat distance? But then I’m no MD. So what does a deodorant do? Kill randomly bacteria, good or bad, change PH, or just hide, mask a smell?

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Carrie

I just tried the unscented lume in the stick for the first time yesterday. I opted to not shower today to really give it a test. ZERO SMELL! I’m amazed. I wish it was cheaper, but if I have to apply only every 2-3 days that may actually SAVE me money on deodorant!

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acwalls01

I really like Lume. I wanted to go natural as had tried other brands and hated how they smell. I am going through menopause and was still smelly in my armpits after a shower. Lume totally takes care of that. It does have an odd smell when first applied (no matter which scent you get) but it goes away and leaves odor protection. This is not for people who want a baby powder smell in your armpits. It is for effective natural body odor. It is pricey but a little goes a long way. I ordered a stick and a couple of small tubes in July. It is November and I’m just now replacing

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L

Lume is the only thing that has worked for me. I shower twice a day, use antibacterial soap, and keep up on my hygiene, but I sweat so much that all my bacteria get the all day meal ticket to the sweat buffet everyday. I don’t know how Lume does it—considering they don’t do anything for perspiration, but it works!!! If you suffer from BO like I do, give Lume a try. It doesn’t go the full 72 hours for me, but generally lasts all day. I find that some scents last longer than others as well, and the unscented one works the best. I have tried everything, and Schmidt’s charcoal deodorant was the other bramd that worked for me, but also left me with burns! I have also tried the Schmidt’s sensitive skin but it didn’t work for the smell. You know what works for the smell? Lume deodorant.

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Louise

Deodorant for private parts give me a break it’s called washing then you won’t stink soap and water is cheap

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Maureen

I really like it for my private parts. I had a horrible odor going on down there and couldn’t figure out why. I think the Lume must work to neutralize that bacteria. I only use it maybe once a week.
On my underarms, though, I’ve been disappointed. By the end of the day I’ll have the onion smell. But that’s what my underarms smell like without deodorant, so I think it’s just breakthrough odor. I’ve switched back to regular deodorant, but I’ll keep buying the tube for the privates!

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Mari Waid

I love lume. I’ve been using it for 2.5 months now and for me it lasts about 48 hours. I’m a bug girl so I sweat a lot but lume keeps me odor free for 48 hours without having to reapply. I do have to use more product due to my size so a tube lasts me about 6 weeks or so.

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KB

It works great for me. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I have zero smell, even after a long stressful day, even after working all day then going on a hike or dog walk in the evening. It keeps the smell away better than my old aluminum stuff. I’m pretty amazed.

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LadyBug

Lume doesn’t keep me fresh throughout the day at all and when it wears off I smell like onions. It’s embarrassing and sometimes you may not be near your deordorant to reapply more. I find that the Degree men’s 48hr aluminum-free deordorant works best for me and the scent is nice. I do have to after a shower wait about 5 or 10 minutes before applying deordorant. It keeps me fresh all day no matter even when I sweat.

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Penny Roofener

I was skeptical at first, but decided to give it a try. Now I can’t imagine using anything else!! Our family has a genetic thing with stinky feet, but Lume stopped the stink, and was the only product that did. Love many of the fragrances, but my faves are Twisted Lime and Lavender Sage. Also the Tangerine is awesome too!!

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Pat

I’ve used Lume for about a year or so now. I can’t use it on really sensitive areas like advertised, but on my feet and pits it works wonders. I can go about 48 hours before needing to reapply. When camping the Lume wipes work really well to freshen up all of the important bits and reapply the Lume which keeps me smell free. I’ve not had an issue with the onion smell others report so maybe this depends on body chemistry? I did notice if using on skin folds it seemed like the skin would get really sensitive, almost thin/cracking, but this doesn’t happen on feet/pits. Overall I really like it and will keep using it unless I develop the onion thing at some point.

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P

I have to tell you you may have a good product I don’t know but your commercials are stomach turning disgusting and I’m not the only one that feels this way just thought you want to know.

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hew

That’s a good scolding! You realize that you’re not talking to Lume though, right P?

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JP

This Lume deordant was the stinkiest This was terrible I sent back for a full refund. 😷 gross and stinky

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Zoila

I got a bad rash after a few weeks of using Lume,

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Bonnie

Ordered Lume deodorant in lavender sage it smells like barf not sure that’s a better smell than B.O. this is the first time I have tried it and I think it will be the last it’s way to expensive for barf! Even my husband agreed with me that it stinks bad.

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Lynn Marie

Barf, that’s it! I just can’t describe how awful this smells. I compared it to sour dishcloths or spoiled milk. You hit the nail on the head, it smells like barf.

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Dyana

I also smell like an Onion Patch the smell is worse than regular body odor.As others said the onion smell is pretty embarrassing, I stopped using Lume 2 weeks ago and I still have the horrible odor, Tried using Tom’s but it is no match may have to buy something clinical.

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Randa

So here’s something crazy. Third day in a row after showering and applying lume each morning I’ve thought “ew someone smells” and then realized it was me. But only my RIGHT pit. Left remains odorless. 3 times. What gives??

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Eve

I loved LUME Anna used ie for a few years with no problem. Recently they changed their formations and it itches my armpits like crazy. I even tried the unscented to no success. I’ve move on to another brand with success

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Autumn Catron

What is the other brand you tried?

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Maryann Morris

What are you using? is it working? I also used Lume forever and have loved it but now I am itching too!!!!

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Sonia

I tried this deodorant for the first time two days ago and it almost made me 😢 I have stunk up a lot of clothes for many years trying to use natural deodorants even started using them on my six year old but they weren’t working. When I say I tried for years I mean it. I am 48 years old. I put the deodorant on after my showertge night before and didn’t reapply the next day then after a whole day of work then a 30 minute walk still no odor. Woke up this morning still no oder, my six year old that I applied it on the same time still oderless. Lume is a God sent to me. I ordered the unsented.

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Sassy

Why are you applying deodorant to a 6 year old child?! Have you heard of soap and a bath dear??? Some people can really benefit from a biology class prior to becoming a parent. Goodness!

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S

Thank you for posting this review. I’ve been using Lume deodorant for about 8 months now and have had no issues, so I guess it works for my body chemistry. I’ve put it to the test, too. Hiking in the Utah desert in 90+ degree heat, and I didn’t smell afterward. Yes, I asked my husband for an honest opinion. Lol. I use it on camping trips when showering isn’t an option and, true to the advertising, it holds up for me for 72 hours. After reading all of these reviews though, I’m not going to have my teenage daughters try it. No need put them through the misery if their body chemistry is different than mine. There are other products out there that they like (Tom’s, Doterra, etc.).

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