Today I’m sharing my Lume deodorant review, because body odor is a real thing. Some people go all natural, more power to you, others of us, want a clean, good-smelling deodorant.
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Shannon Klingman, MD, embarked on her journey to create Lume deodorant after she repeatedly saw over-the-top treatments prescribed to women who complained of below the waist odor.
Shannon discovered through clinical testing that most body odor is simply caused by bacteria on the skin digesting bodily fluids and could be solved by deodorant.
Lume is supposed to block bacteria from digesting fluids on your skin so it prevents odors from ever starting in the first place.
The quest of Lume is to give people everywhere, including men, the confidence to live free from the worry and concerns of body odor.
Lume Deodorant Ingredient Breakdown
Lume is considered a non-toxic or cleaner alternative to mainstream deodorants because it doesn’t contain aluminum, baking soda, phthalates, sulfates, parabens, or talc. The brand is also cruelty free and vegan.
However, as you’ll see in the ingredient list below, the deodorant does contain the preservative ethylhexylglycerin. This can potentially be a toxic ingredient if it hasn’t been tested for contaminants such as toluene, ethylene oxide, and 1,4 dioxane.1
Ethylhexylglycerin has also been known to be a skin irritant.2
I did ask them if they tested their Ethylhexylglycerin and here’s what they said:
We have not tested Lume for PAHs and Ethylene Oxide ingredients, but we do not use them nor do our manufacturers use them for other products that they manufacture. They are used as cleaning agents and our manufactures do not use or source them for other brands.
The Ethylhexylglycerin we use does have an EWG rating of 2. You can find out more about the EWG rating scale on their website by clicking here.
Our products do not contain PEGs. We actually updated our deodorant formula and removed the ingredients that raised concerns based on our valued customer feedback. By removing PEG-100, polysorbate, and phenoxyethanol, we are able to deliver the “clean beauty” experience our customers demand and deserve. Lume Deodorant and our family of products continue to be free from aluminum, baking soda, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. All of our products are vegan and cruelty-free!
The only difference between the ingredients in the unscented and scented deodorants is the fragrance which is denoted by an asterisk.
I talk more about the fragrance in the deodorants below.
Soothing – Panthenol is a moisturizer and helps lubricate the skin.
Exfoliant – Mandelic Acid prevents bacteria from reacting with bodily fluids which is the source of odor.
Antioxidant – Caffeine has antioxidant properties and can help with the smell of the deodorant.
Absorbent – Maranta Arundinacea Root Powder
Abrasive/scrub – Zea Mays (Corn) Starch
Antimicrobial/antibacterial – Mandelic Acid
Emollient – Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Stearyl Alcohol, Isododecane, Isopentyldiol, Lauryl Laurate
Emulsifying – Stearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Oleate
Moisturizer/humectant – Isopentyldiol, Panthenol
Preservative – Ethylhexylglycerin
Solvent – Isododecane, Isopentyldiol
Surfactant/cleansing – Stearyl Alcohol
Viscosity controlling – Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ozokerite, Stearyl Alcohol, Silica
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Lume Deodorant Review
Texture and Consistency
The texture and consistency is amazing on the stick deodorants. It’s creamy and goes on so smoothly. I never felt like it was hard to apply. The tube formula is nice as well, it’s not too thick but not too thin where it comes off your hand easily.
Longevity and Performance
The longevity and performance was great for all of them. It stayed on well, I didn’t smell like B.O. Even the unscented kept me feeling clean and I didn’t just smell my odor- kind of amazing!
I didn’t love the scented one I got (Minted Cucumber). I did email Lume to ask about their scents, because it was so strong to me and smelled synthetic. So I definitely wanted to dig a little deepr and see for myself. Here’s what they said:
“Our scented products contain a proprietary blend of skin-safe synthetic fragrances. We continue to follow the International Fragrance Regulatory Association or IFRA guidelines for safety first and provide a delightful scent experience second. Fragrances are added in low percentages to our formulas, have low allergen potential, and are always free from phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde donors.”
So they are synthetic but it’s nice to know they seem to land on the safe side of synthetic fragrances. If you want to deep dive into fragrance, check out my natural fragrance post here.
However, it was still too much for my liking. I felt like I could just smell my underarms all day because I could smell the scent. It was like I was wearing perfume! I haven’t tried any other scent but the Minted Cucumber was too much for me – definitely preferred the unscented versions.
The packaging is very user friendly. The tube one is easy to use but wouldn’t be something I would be drawn to, since it’s one more step in the process of applying my deodorant. I like ease of use and don’t like having to wash my hands after applying my deodorant, so I would pick the stick deodorant.
Their packaging is made from recycled materials.
This is the big winner here- I had zero irritation from Lume! None. I find I can get irritated easily and I didn’t have any. This is what I had heard was the biggest factor for a lot of people in choosing Lume, because they didn’t get skin irritation while using and they hadn’t been able to find a deodorant that wouldn’t irritate. I can see why though. The formula is very creamy and really lends itself to being extra smooth and creamy.
I also think not having the baking soda in the product really helps to not irritate skin as well. I found it to be interesting that it was so soothing, considering it does have the ingredient: ethylhexylglycerin in it which has been known to be a skin irritant.
Pricing and Value
If you buy from Lume’s website you can find the deodorant for $14.99 which is on the lower end for a natural deodorant. If you subscribe, you can end up paying only $12.74 for your deodorant. Not bad at all for a natural deodorant.
You can also purchase from Amazon, although the prices appear to be slightly more if you choose to do that.
Lume Customer Reviews
Overall, Lume has positive reviews.
The most negative feedback revolves around scents and how they interact with users’ body chemistry. Some people claim they react to some of Lume’s scented deodorants and can only tolerate the unscented version.
However, even the unscented version has some negative reviews from people who claim that it has a funky smell but then others love it. I think it really boils down to body chemistry and those pheromones.
The average review on their website is 4.2/5 stars based on 17369 reviews.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the reviews:
“It does what it’s supposed to do. But I’m not crazy about the scent.”
“Did not control my underarm odor any better than my regular deodorant.”
“Hands down, this is the BEST deodorant I’ve ever used. It actually works!
No rashes! No smell! It’s actually better than antiperspirants. “
“I have put a little here, there, and everywhere. It works. It is a fantastic product. I am very careful with what I put on my skin. It has not caused me to itch or feel irritated. It dries clear and does not leave residue.”
“Lives up to all claims. I am very pleased.”
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Lume Refund Policy
According to Lume’s website, you can return their products within 60 days of purchase.
You can expect your return to be processed within 10 business days of their returns department receiving it. Refunds do not include the original shipping cost.
However, Lume recommends checking out their tips on application and clothing prep first, before returning their products so you have every opportunity to experience the efficacy of their products.
Lume Deodorant Class Action Lawsuit
A proposed class action lawsuit filed in May of 2023 claims that “Lume’s statements are deceptive because the sample sizes in the study were ‘neither large nor diverse enough’ to verify the claims of long-lasting odor control”.
In the complaint, the plaintiff stated that she would not have paid as much or have purchased Lume deodorant at all, if she had known that clinical testing had not in fact proved Lume’s odor-blocking claims.
Lume’s claim to fame is that their deodorants block body odor all day, and continue to control odor for 72 hours.
The other point of contention is that Lume markets their products as aluminum-free but technically deodorants don’t have aluminum in them, only anti-perspirants.3
Conclusion: Is Lume Deodorant Really Worth It?
I do think that Lume deodorant could be a good option for those transitioning to a natural deodorant. It really does hit all the marks for an effective natural deodorant. My only drawback is the fragrance in the scented deodorants and the ingredient ethylhexylglycerin. While the percentage is small in the formulations, it’s still something to consider when purchasing Lume Deodorant.
Have you tried Lume Deodorant? Share your thoughts below.
If you liked this post, check out these past posts:
- National Library of Medicine (2007) Toxicological Profile for 1,4-Dioxane
- Contact Dermatitis (2016) Ethylhexylglycerin: a low-risk, but highly relevant, sensitizer in ‘hypo-allergenic’ cosmetics
- ClassAction.org (2023) Lume Deodorant’s ‘Clinically Proven’ Odor-Blocking Claim Is Deceptive, Class Action Alleges