Lume Deodarant Review: Why does it SMELL horribly?

Lume deodorant is a natural and organic deodorant that is suitable for people with sensitive skin. Unfortunately lots of users complain that this natural fragrance has a horrible smell.

Amy Patton calls it a garbage. According to her Facebook review, your natural body odor smells way better than Lume deodorant. Michelle affirms this by saying it kinda smelled old and cheesy like bad feet.

Now, the question is; why does it smell this way? Is it really as a result of no fragrance? Is Lume deodorant really a natural deodorant? Let’s find out!

First of all, I’ve to say that some natural deodorants work for some people and then they’re terrible for others. It all comes down to body chemistry.

Why does Lume deodorant smell the way it does?

It has been discovered that unscented deodorant is effective at preventing the odor-causing reaction between bacteria and BO. This is why Lume isn’t made with masking fragrances or chemicals to hide the scent of the raw ingredients. So the ‘funky’ smell you perceive is from raw ingredients. The good news is that that scent doesn’t stick around for long, but Lume’s odor control does!

Does Lume last for 72hrs?

Sadly, this is were I fault this product. The 72hrs. long-lasting scent is quite an exaggeration, the scent dissipates quickly. However, you wouldn’t smell the way you normally do. It totally eliminates body odor. The only reason why people have had issue with the smell is that they applied way too much. You only need little to do the trick.

Does It irritate the skin?

People have complained of rashes or blisters after using this product. However, this is not a general complaint. Like someone had pointed in a review, you might be allergic to a particular ingredient. Look at the following ingredients, are you allergic to any of them? If yes, then Lume might not be the right option for you.

Water, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Mandelic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Maranta Arundinacea Root Powder, Phenylpropanol, Tapioca Starch, Pentylene Glycol, Isoamyl Laurate, Lecithin, Behenyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lauryl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric, Cetyl Alcohol, Triglyceride, Palmitic Acid, Caffeine, Stearic Acid, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Naturally Derived Fragrance*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone.

Lume Vs. Native Deodorant: Which is more effective?

I’ve used Lume and Native deodorant, and I honestly would go for Native deodorant, any day any time. Why? aside from it keeping me smelling good, it is weightless and light. Also, it protects against odor better than any other natural product I’ve ever used. I’m a Fitness addict, I observed Native survived multiple HIIT workouts, carrying heavy groceries for blocks, and a trek to and from the beach.

No, it does not meant to prevent you from sweating. Instead, it uses tapioca starch—a natural ingredient extracted from the cassava plant—to help absorb wetness, keeping you dry while still allowing your body to go through its natural perspiration process. 

Having used all the scents, I’d recommend the Lavender & Rose scent for a start. This particular Vanilla has been bought 50,000+ times on Amazon, and has extremely positive reviews.

Or, you can save yourself the stress of ordering again and again (Because I promise you’ll be back!) and buy the pack of three – Lavender & Rose, Coconut & Vanilla, Cucumber & Mint.


  1. I just purchased the Lume deodorant for my son. On occasion he complains about still smelling after his bowel movement. I ordered the wipes and am wondering if the Lume can be used on the backside also.

  2. Lume absolutely does not last 72 hours! If I forget to use it one time, which happens… yay ADHD, I smell like I haven’t used deodorant ever in my life. The smell is awful. I’ve ordered Native to see how it does.

  3. Does Lume or Native off a discount on their products. I’m on SSI and I can’t afford it. My daughter bought my first bundle and I love it. I have been in the hospital for 3 months now and it really helps keep under my breast and in my private area protected from the moisture. I have it so bad that it bleeds sometime when I don’t use the Lume. My nurse noticed and it bothered them. They use Nystatin on my skin and it doesn’t work AT ALL.

  4. I have been using Lume for a few days unfortunately I smell. I don’t think it’s been approved for hot climates. I live in Arizona and it was 107 today and Lume didn’t hold up at all.

  5. I’ve used Native and Lume. I have no allergies, but Native caused my armpits to be so raw. Loved the smell, couldn’t take the pain. I’m very smell- sensitive and Lume stinks when applying– sour– however, it works and no irritation. I’ve used it on my armpits and it neutralized odor, but I like them dry, so I use a regular antiperspirant/ deodorant there. But it works AMAZING on skin folds, crotch sweat, and swamp ass. It literally just neutralizes– a pea size amount

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