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Why Soap and Water May Not Be Enough To Keep You Feeling Fresh and Clean

Why Soap and Water May Not Be Enough To Keep You Feeling Fresh and Clean

by Shannon Klingman, M.D.

I have had some healthy conversation and even received some criticism when I’ve suggested that women (and men, for that matter) could benefit from a deodorant on their bottom half.

I’ve heard people say, “You don’t need deodorant on your private parts! All you need is soap and water.”

The argument that all we “need is soap and water is, indeed, correct.

We don’t need to perform as many acts of hygiene as we do routinely in this country…

We don’t need to…

  • Shave
  • Wax
  • Brush our teeth with toothpaste
  • Use mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Brush our hair
  • Wash our face
  • Trim our nails …

Heck, we don’t even need to use deodorant!

Yet, most of these things have become part of our hygiene routine.

Would you just use soap and water for your underarms?

If you do, everyone knows it, trust me.

If you are good with that, then scrub up, and let the chips fall where they may.

For me, I would smell like a BARN on day one (let alone after skipping a shower).

By day two, I would smell like beef stew. By day three, a stinky French cheese.

How do I know this?

You don’t want to know the details, but when creating a deodorant, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

This is not about body shaming, this is about the facts, Jack.

Think about it this way: The two most bacterial-laden areas of our bodies are our mouths and bottoms.

For women, our anatomy is down where it’s really close together! The vagina serves as a reservoir for semen, blood, and discharge that finds its way to our peri-rectal bacteria.

Men don’t get a pass, either. Heat, hair, scrotal sack are all just a landscape for this chemical reaction, too.

Bacteria and bodily fluids are always doing their thing down there just as they do in our mouths, our feet, our pits and our skin folds. It’s a jungle down there.

Bottom line: Bacteria + Bodily Fluids = Odor

I joke about my theory on why people work to prevent odor in their underarms, or to control the smell of their breath, and it’s because our noses are inches away!

If you are not doing a little digging around and recognizing that you have odor that occurs regularly in your loins as part of being human, then you need a longer nose.

Don’t believe me?

Next time you hop in the shower, suds up after skipping a shower or two. Or perhaps after you have had intercourse and the bacteria are really cooking down there between your legs and smell the suds. That odor is called the “amine reaction.”

Why does this happen?

When anaerobic bacteria come into contact with more basic fluids (like semen, menstrual blood, soap, body washes, saliva, vaginal discharge) they release a fishy odor as a result of that. This happens to ALL humans.

Our skin is able to absorb odors, especially when it is constantly exposed to these odor-causing reactions. This is why even a shower with soap and water may not be enough to keep you feeling fresh and clean all day. Soap and water are not enough to eliminate those odors or the continuous odor-causing reactions on our skin.

You are only as clean as the moment you step out of the shower!

Life happens, and bacteria begin replicating (birthing more baby bacteria), and the colony counts expand exponentially.

How do you determine if your workout pants are clean enough for another wear?

I don’t know about you, but I give the crotch a sniff… There. I said it.

That odor is partly due to man-made fabrics. It is true of all exercise clothing – they hold on to odors like a dog with a bone.

You can pretreat those areas with a product like Nature’s Miracle, which is great at breaking down those odor molecules.

Lume Deodorant for Underarms & Private Parts is the first ever product to block the odor-causing amine reactions (or, the reactions that cause B.O.) on our skin.

Not only will you get great odor protection for your underarms, but also your nether regions.

If you shower every day no matter what, dry off really well and apply a little Lume Deodorant externally to your groin area, making sure a little makes it back up by your tailbone, just a few times a week.

If you shower just a few times a week (go ahead, skip that shower!), dry off really well and apply a little Lume every day. Just a thin smear is enough.

We recommend that also you use a mild, natural soap when you bathe that doesn't contain any problem ingredients, like Lume Natural Soap for Face & Body. Get ready for added, whole body freshness and some seriously healthy, moisturized skin.

You will be shocked by how well Lume works. Shocked, I tell you!!

How do we know this? This is the kind of fun we like to have here at Lume.

Find out how many days you can go without a shower and remain odor-free… Play along, give it a try. 😉

With Lume Deodorant Wipes on hand, you will worry about showering even less, as it's basically a shower on-the-go. Lume's biodegradable wipes contain all the same revolutionary odor-fighting active ingredients as Lume Deodorant, but with added convenience. Try out individually-wrapped single wipes or in a multi-pack, and you can't go wrong.

Did you Lume today?

Shannon Klingman, M.D.

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