There is a tiny, invisible world living on, in, and all around us. Understanding the invisible world of bacteria is what led Dr. Shannon Klingman to develop the first deodorant innovation in more than one hundred years.
Science is always evolving as we make new discoveries and we build on the knowledge of the observations of the past. What seems like common sense and is widely-accepted as truth to us today was more of a mystery to even the most advanced thinkers not so long ago.
Until relatively recently, scientists didn’t have any knowledge of the invisible world of microorganisms. Scientific understanding was based on observations of the time, and there were some important pieces of the puzzle that were missing.
Understanding bacteria and how they thrive, reproduce and have different roles paved the way for Dr. Shannon Klingman to develop Lume Deodorant for Underarms & Private Parts.
As an OB/GYN, Dr. Klingman observed a common practice that caught her attention. Women would make an appointment to see their doctor with concerns about feminine odor. Doctors would detect a fishy odor and assume the odor was an indication of a bacterial infection and send their patients home with a prescription for an antibiotic.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is misdiagnosed 61% of the time, partly due to the fact that the criteria for making the infection’s diagnosis is based on the doctor's opinion. A lot of times, if a doctor detects a fishy odor during an exam, BV is assumed right away. Women would often leave their appointments feeling insecure and embarrassed.
Dr. Klingman was discontent with misdiagnosis and with seeing women day after day whose confidence had been eroded by what appeared to be normal body odor.
So she used that discontent to make progress.
Dr. Klingman conducted testing in an outside lab and discovered that the odor molecule that forms with bacterial vaginosis (trimethylamine) inside a woman’s vagina is the exact same odor molecule that forms with external intimate body odor. She then went on to prove that Lume blocked allexternal odor reactions on our body no matter where they occurred!
You need an external solution to solve external body odor. An oral antibiotic can’t do that.
External body odor is created when a certain kind of bacteria living on our skin consumes our bodily fluids and produces odor as a byproduct. And by byproduct, I mean waste. Gas. Farts.
Bacteria + Sweat = Odor.
If gassy bacteria is the culprit in causing body odor, then the best and most logical solution to control odor is to restrict this bacteria’s diet. Stop feeding that beast!
Bacteria may be tiny and invisible, but they outnumber humans by a long shot. While the numbers can vary widely from person to person, or even throughout the day, each of us is likely to be hosting more bacterial cells than our own human cells. And we come into contact with countless more on a daily basis.
Can we co-exist? The answer is yes. We were designed to co-exist. Science is coming to a better understanding of our microbiome–the world that lives within and on our bodies–and the role bacteria plays in digesting our food, regulating the immune system, and protecting against disease. So we are learning that not all bacteria is bad. And science continues to build on itself.
We have all reaped the benefits of living in a world that has been changed and advanced by people who were passionate enough to be discontented. Hug a rebel scientist today!
Lume addresses body odor in a way that challenges how it’s been handled by products since the beginning and also expands our awareness of its cause. We are proud to play such a key role in this history.
Check out the Lume shop for doctor-developed, natural products like Lume Deodorant for Underarms & Private Parts, Lume Deodorant Wipes, and Lume Natural Soap for Face & Body that can revolutionize your hygiene routine.