We all know that I’m no social media influencer. I’m sharing this information because I’ve spent years trying to find an aluminum-free deodorant that actually works for me, and I’m really excited that I finally found something. I paid full price for this deodorant on a late night online shopping whim, and this post is in no way sponsored.
That said, Lume Deodorant has been life changing for me. I discovered it when I was goofing off on my phone late at night when I should have been asleep. This ridiculous video popped up in a Facebook ad, and for some reason I watched it from start to finish. Afterward, I read approximately ten thousand online reviews of the product, and surprisingly, they were overwhelmingly positive. Even though I felt pretty damn ridiculous spending $14 on a stick of deodorant, I decided to give it a shot.
This stuff is awesome. Ever since I started taking Zoloft, I’ve been sweating like a fountain. I don’t understand why this drug makes me sweat so much, but it drove me so crazy that I actually tried to lower my dose. It turns out that excessive sweating is vastly preferable to excessive anxiety, so I’m learning to accept/tolerate the issue. I’m also using a lot of deodorant.
One of many things that I appreciate about Lume is that it’s not an antipersperant. Lume allows your body to sweat (which is healthy!) but it doesn’t allow your body to stink. This might take some getting used to if you’ve been using a traditional antiperspirant for years and aren’t used to feeling dampness under your arms, but I promise you’ll adapt.
Lume doesn’t contain baking soda, which can irritate skin. (Not to mention that the granular nature of baking soda isn’t particularly comfortable to apply.) It’s also cruelty free, which is a huge check in the pro column for me.
The web site says that it will control body odor for 72 hours, which I have yet to experience. I’ve only been using it for 3 weeks and I get about 12 solid hours out of it at this point. As I said, though, Zoloft makes me sweat like a marathon runner in July when all I’ve actually done is a few laps around the air conditioned supermarket. Lume has worked better for me than even the clinical strength stuff you can pick up at Target.
Another huge issue I have with deodorant is the scents. For some reason, I am incredibly sensitive to the smell of deodorant itself. Some of the scents out there are just nauseating to me, and every time I would find one that I could tolerate, it would be discontinued. Apparently the general public does not appreciate citrus-y scents with the same level of enthusiasm that I do. (If Dolce & Gabbana ever stops making their Light Blue perfume, I will need counseling.) For that reason, I was really concerned that the natural lavender and sage scent in Lume would be too much for me. I’m really glad I took a chance and ordered that scent anyway, because I actually love it. A lot. I kind of wish there was a matching hand lotion or something. They also have an unscented option, which I have not yet tried.
Anyway, I’m not going to keep rambling about this stuff. I love it. It works for me. You can order it here. Pro tip: I was on the fence about ordering both the tube and the stick, but the combination was $$ so I decided to go for just the stick. At checkout, they offered an incentive to add the tube to my order for an even better price, and I went for it. There’s really no difference between the two, but the stick will leak if it gets too warm, so if you’re looking for portability (like leaving it in a gym bag in a hot car) I recommend the tube.