Fair warning, there is, within this review, what some people would consider TMI relating to sweatiness and BO. I felt it necessary to provide that information to adequately discuss the changes with and benefits of, Lume. So, you have been warned.
I acknowledge this is a long post, so, if you don’t care about backstory and just want to jump down to the overview, feel free to do so.
Growing up, drugstore deodorants were all I had available to me. I switched between them regularly trying to find one that would completely eliminate body odor. In the past, I have tended towards smelly. I said it. If I would sweat even a little, I would smell. Not really bad, like not likely to offend anyone, but I could smell it, and it bothered me.
I was also very annoyed by how difficult those traditional deodorants were to remove. I could scrub until my pits were red and sore and still feel residue. Rather unnerving, really.
Some years ago, I started seeing ads for “natural” deodorants. That was roughly when I started hearing about how bad regular deodorants are. To be honest, I didn’t really believe all of the claims, but I was curious about the natural deodorants. Perhaps they were better.
Turned out, that was a big no. I tried three different ones, which, while much easier to wash off, offered little to no odor protection. So I went back to the drugstore deodorants. They may be annoying, but at least they did their job.
In January this year, I started seeing Lume ads on Instagram, namely this ad (watch from 0:14 – 0:56) nearly every day. Originally, I didn’t bother to watch the video, assuming it would be more of the same.
However, after seeing the ad a good 8-9 times, I became curious, mostly because of how silly it looked. So, I finally watched it. And it made me curious. The ad mentioned a few things I disliked about drugstore and natural deodorants. So I decided to give it a try. For reference, I bought the Lavender Sage Stick deodorant.
It didn’t get off to a great start. I still smelled, just like I had with the previous deodorants. But about a week after I started using it, I got an email from Lume. In it, they explained that it can take some time to get rid of all the residue from aluminum deodorants, and, that once it was gone, you have to experiment with how much Lume you actually need to apply.
There was also a note about making sure to apply Lume up to an inch beyond the hair growth areas to ensure full odor control.
So, I adjusted my application method and tried different amounts. It took some experimenting, but I finally had an odor free day. Then another. It was a great feeling. And, I found a great side benefit: my clothes weren’t covered in deodorant anymore.
I wanted to immediately jump on here and give you a review, but as i thought about it, I knew i needed to give it a proper test through some hot days.
So I waited. I made it through an entire stick and bought a second before I got a really hot (90°F) day.
I made it through the day with virtually no BO. That, of course, made me excited. Recently, I’ve had several warm and hot days (80+°F). BO has been nearly non-existent, and it’s been so liberating
Nothing is ever perfect. Lume has one big con in my eyes, and a couple smaller ones. The main con: you have to rub it in. It’s annoying. I miss having a stick I can just apply on its own.
The lesser cons: it’s expensive, and it’s not an antiperspirant.
Lume is anywhere from nearly double to nearly triple the price of other deodorants. But, it lasts me 3-4 months, depending on just how much I apply. And, if you need an antiperspirant, then Lume probably isn’t for you. It’s a deodorant, it won’t make you sweat any less, it just keeps you from smelling.
With all of the benefits, though, I can deal with these detriments.
Because I’ve already covered the pros in my overview, I’ll just list them here as an overview.
- It virtually eliminates body odor.
- It’s easy to wash off, and there’s no residue.
- It doesn’t stain clothes.
- Shipping is free in the US.
- It’s long lasting. A single stick lasts me 3+ months.
There’s also an additional potential benefit that I can’t verify yet. I have many shirts that are faded at the armpits, likely from my deodorant. It will be interesting to see if there’s a reduction in fading now that I’ve switched to Lume.
Overall, I can’t think of any reason not to try Lume, as long as you don’t need an antiperspirant. I heartily recommend it to anyone. It is, simply put, the best deodorant I’ve ever used.