It Took a Long Time, but I Finally Found a Natural Deodorant That Works

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I might as well just kick this off by stating the truth. I've become smelly. I don't even have to work out for the odor to develop under my arms — I just have to be awake and breathing. It's nasty. I don't want to walk around stinky, so I tried many natural deodorants and antiperspirants to try to remedy this problem. And, after a lot of trial and error, I finally found one that works.

I try my best to buy products that are both cruelty-free and natural. In the stink department, however, it can be tough to find something natural that actually works. The first few deodorants I bought only camouflaged my awful smell (for, like, an hour), and I still sweat profusely while just checking my email. Finally, out of desperation, I threw out a message in my friend group text: "OK, ladies," I typed. "I know this is gross, but I straight-up stink now. Anyone have any recs for a natural deodorant?"

My friends began flooding the feed: "I need one, too!" Finally, our favorite sweaty friend said, "YES, try Lume." She told us how she fell in love with this natural product immediately and sent a photo. I bought a stick right away.

The best thing about Lume is that it can be applied to your feet, armpits, and private parts — a triple threat! You can also buy it in a tube or deodorant stick. I prefer the tube, because you can more easily control how much or little deodorant you use on your designated areas. Lume's site claims that it can stop the stink for up to 72 hours, and I can attest that this is true. I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it's really that great. According to the brand, in clinical tests, the deodorant was found to control odor six times longer than its leading natural competitors — and considering I've tried what feels like every natural deodorant on the market, I can believe it.

There are so many scents to choose from that I suggest starting with a variety pack, like the Lume Sun & Sand Sampler Box ($30, originally $35), which contains five mini deodorant tubes. I didn't do that initially, but luckily, my friend gave me the ones she didn't really like so I got to experiment. My favorite scent, by far, is Clean Tangerine. Be warned that it's strong, but if you like citrus flavors, you'll like this, too. So, if you've got a stinky problem like me, give Lume a shot. I hope it works for you!