Can a 7 Year Old Wear Deodorant?

It’s hard to believe but the smell doesn’t lie. My barely 8 year old daughter has body odor. It’s not stinky kid smell either. It’s full on smell – like an older kid. She’s pretty active and sometimes, even after dance class, she can be pretty smelly!

I never expected this so soon. I don’t think I wore deodorant until I was in 7th grade. Did I need it sooner? Who knows. 

Can a 7 year old wear deodorant?

The short answer is YES. In fact, kids as young as 5 may need deodorant. Once they start to stink and sweat more like an older kid, it might be time. You don’t want people to think your kid smells. Mine certainly did smell strongly. It’s one of the first signs of puberty and although she’s much too young to me, I have no say in it!

And if your kid is like my kid, they don’t usually shower every day (because of time and/or it’s a lot of work because it takes forrrevverr). 

I wanted to find a gentle more natural deodorant. I found one that is perfect called Lume (rhymes with roomie). I’ve been using it since I bought some several month ago. What I realized is, it’s great for my daughter too.

Here’s why it’s great: it lasts for 72 hours (3 days). So that means if she doesn’t get a shower, we’re still covered. Let me repeat that – it lasts for 3 days! 

Where was Lume when my son was still living at home?? Getting him to shower is like trying to get a sloth to go fast. It was a constant battle. Now he’s in college and only his roommates know if he stinks. But we tried!

Then there’s the fact that it was created by a woman who is an obgyn and it can be used anywhere that is sweaty and stinky. And it’s all natural with gentle scents. I really love this product! 

Lume Lotion

Lume comes in a lotion or a stick. We got lotion for her feet (they can smell awful too). She can also use it on her underarms. While unscented is the most popular “scent”, I like the Jasmine Rose for her. And you’ll love that the scents are subtle and not overpowering. 

Jasmine Rose Lume

Does Lume work?

I already knew it worked because I’ve been using Lume for a while and LOVE it. Why? It works so well!

TIP: make sure that you put on a thin film of Lume, on clean pits. Then let it dry before putting on your clothes. If you use as much as you’re used to it won’t be as effective.

The natural ingredients are important to me too. However, I have to say that in the past, natural deodorant was an oxymoron. It reminds me of my college boyfriend who decided to go full hippie and not wear deodorant. I begged him to end that experiment and was relieved when he agreed. He tried all sorts of natural solutions including some crystal deodorant and some baking soda mixture he made himself. They didn’t work.

Lume does work. You can either reapply when your child showers, or have them not wash their underarms. 

lume deodorant unscented lotion

Lume Ingredients

Water, Mandelic Acid, Arrowroot Powder, Tapioca Starch, Isoamyl Laurate, Sodium Acrylate/ Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 60, Lecithin, Pullulan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Silica, Fragrance*

*Lavender Sage is scented with only pure essential oils. Other scents are also made with naturally derived, skin safe botanicals. Unscented products do not contain any essential oils or added fragrance.


Aluminum, Silicone, Phthalates, Sulfates, Parabens, Gluten, Corn, Soy, Talc, Coconut Oil, Baking Soda. 

Lume Cost

Here’s the kicker. Lume isn’t cheap. But I think it’s worth it. Why? Here are a few reasons: you only need a tiny amount, a pea size dollop. So a tube can last 6 months or longer. Each application lasts for 3 days. So it goes a long way.

Check Lume Prices (bundles are the best value)

So yes, your 7, or 8 year old may need deodorant. I wish we could put it off for a lot more years, but puberty is already starting. If we can’t delay it, at least she can come through smelling like roses!

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