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I came up with the idea behind Lume during my residency to become an OB/GYN. Women frequently came to the doctor complaining about odor “below the belt” and left with a false diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and a prescription for an antibiotic they usually didn’t need. It felt wrong, and I was determined to find a better solution for these often misdiagnosed women. .
I realized the odor problem was often an external one, and external problems require external solutions. At the time, there wasn’t an effective home remedy for women coming into my practice with odor concerns, unless they needed antibiotics.
Aluminum was first used in an antiperspirant in 1903, and other aluminum-free deodorant companies have commercialized deodorants you can make in your own home. .
The available deodorants that professed to control the odor were, at best, ineffective. In many cases, they were bad for the body.
So I dug in. For the better part of 10 years, I worked on finding a solution. I knew the science existed, and I just needed to discover it. .
Through clinical testing, I was able to prove the real culprit of most body odor is bacteria on the skin digesting bodily fluids. We’re familiar with that reaction in our underarms, but it actually happens everywhere on our bodies. This finding was critical and represented real hope for people suffering from low self-esteem due to their B.O.
I had my sister try it, and the next time I saw her, she told me it made her “lady parts” smell like the back of her hand. That’s when I knew we were on to something good. .
It was a long journey from my kitchen to where Lume is today, but Lume has quickly become one of the leading natural deodorants on the market and the very best “all-over” deodorant in the world.
Lume actually prevents external body odor from happening in the first place by stopping the odor-causing reaction from happening on our skin. .
Lume actually prevents external body odor from happening in the first place by stopping the odor-causing reaction from happening on our skin.
Even the leading “Odor Guru” of Princeton Consumer Research, Barrie Drewitt, loves it! Barrie has been smelling armpits for over 20 years, and Lume took him by surprise. .
When you try it, you’ll be surprised too. It won’t be long before you’re carelessly skipping showers every now and again.
What started years ago as a quest to find an effective solution for “feminine” odor has become an opportunity to give men and women everywhere the confidence to live their very best lives—free from body odor and self-doubt!
-Shannon Klingman, MD