I was telling a friend about Lume the other day because I had recently started blogging for the brand, and because she wanted to find a natural deodorant that worked for her. She tried a few different products, ones that are highly rated on the internet. They gave her rashes and made her underarms red, bumpy, and super itchy.
Since I'm well-informed about the intricacies of how natural deodorant is made, I told her that the brands she had tried all contain baking soda. Many people have skin reactions caused by this kitchen staple. Turns out that the skin is a little acidic and baking soda is alkaline. So if you have sensitive skin, alkaline products can be irritating.
Why is baking soda a common ingredient in natural deodorant? It's because baking soda absorbs moisture, and it can also neutralize odor as it inhibits bacteria.
Another friend of mine is also into the whole natural and organic lifestyle but has trouble finding a natural deodorant because many of them contain coconut oil. She's allergic to the ingredient. I recommended Lume Deodorant because it's free of coconut oil. Oh, and it works!
In addition to deodorant, I've tried numerous natural skincare products over the years. Sunscreen is a good example. Many natural SPFs contain zinc oxide, which makes them hard to rub in, leaving my skin feeling tacky and streaky. I use it because natural sunscreen is highly effective at blocking out the sun's rays, and it's safer for my skin and body.
When I opt for soap, I stick with Lume Natural Soap for Face & Body because it's free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), parabens, phthalates, and artificial dyes. It keeps my skin feeling super moisturized–even on my face–and I have peace of mind knowing it's safe to use anywhere.
The bottom line is: I have high standards for all the stuff I put on my skin, whether a cream or deodorant. I expect a natural deodorant to be skin-safe AND really work for me.
Even if an ingredient is natural, it doesn't mean it's good for you. I mean, look at baking soda. It's great in cakes and cookies, and it's found in toothpaste and deodorant. But it can be very irritating to some people’s skin. Or take coconut oil, for example. Coconut oil is in tons of natural products, but it causes allergic reactions in some people, like my friend, and it is highly comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores.
I don't know about you, but if a product irritates my skin, it's bad for me. A natural deodorant that's skin-safe has different meanings for different people. That's why it's important to find one that works for your body!
When it comes to antiperspirants containing aluminum, some people can't use it. They may have medical issues with their kidneys, and too much aluminum in the body can be harmful. You may find yourself sensitive to antiperspirants. Maybe they give you a rash. Conventional antiperspirants can contain propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, or zirconium, which can cause irritation.
On top of that, aluminum can actually increase the count of odor-causing bacteria on your skin and actually make you smell more. And then, there's the issue of yellow shirt stains...
Lume is made from naturally derived ingredients and does not contain aluminum, baking soda, phthalates, sulfates, parabens, gluten, corn, soy, talc, propylene glycol, or synthetic fragrances.
There's a great story behind it, too. Dr. Shannon Klingman, a gynecologist, developed Lume after trying to find a solution for her patients' "feminine" odor that's completely normal and natural, but women found it embarrassing. Dr. Klingman created Lume to inhibit odor-causing bacteria, and it is effective at controlling odor anywhere on the body—private parts and all.
Lume comes in a deodorant stick or tube. With either application, you rub in the odor-fighting cream for maximum effectiveness. You can buy an Unscented version or one that is scented with essential oils or botanicals. You can even fend off odor when you're on-the-go with Lume Deodorant Wipes—imagine having a shower in your pocket!
Remember, natural deodorant isn't as important as skin-safe deodorant, because skin-safe deodorant can be something different for everybody.