Is your deodorant failing you? The Experiment! Part One
The most interesting thing happened a little while ago that I just needed to tell you about. My girlfriend is spending the night to help me put stuff away in my new home and get organized. After a hard day of moving boxes, etc. she decided to jump in the shower. When she was done we were chatting in the dressing area and I noticed her putting on what I thought was her husband Jeff’s deodorant. So I asked her if she accidentally brought his along in her overnight bag. She said, “No that’s what I’ve always used.” And I have to say now that I think of it, she’s right. We’ve shared hotel rooms on vacations I’ve stayed with her many times and never once in thirty years mind you have I noticed typical girl’s deodorants in her bathroom. And even more importantly I’ve never seen her sweat nor have any odor even after a hot day of running and/or working out. She also told me how her daughter (a collegiate soccer player) now uses it as well. She was getting painful Botox shots for underarm sweating (one of its medical uses) and no longer wanted the expense and pain that the Botox caused, so she tried her Dad’s antiperspirant as well and found that it works effectively.
I got to thinking she’s really on to something. What difference does it make if you wear a man’s deodorant or a woman’s? I mean considering you like the fragrance or you find one that is unscented. I actually think (and this is just an educated guess), that a man’s deodorant might very well be stronger. Some women sweat more than others and they go thru every deodorant in the market (staying on the girls side) to find one that works never considering stepping over to the man’s side. I say we just give it a try and see if it seems to be a stronger more effective deodorant/antiperspirant. If we’re wrong the only thing we have to lose is the cost of the product. And for me that’s a small price to pay for an experiment that may just likely have a good outcome.
Debbie’s is unscented. However, when I try one I don’t care if it’s scented or unscented because I’ve always loved the scent of men’s colognes more than women’s anyway. Therefore it will be easy for me to see if it’s stronger (and works better) than what I normally use. And the irony in the (men’s scent vs. women’s) scent issue is I’ve always used unscented but on the woman’s side of the aisle! So all this time I could have probably used a stronger more effective product, but because of marketing and just plain ole follow the sheep routine it just never crossed my mind to cross the gender line (or in this case, gender aisle) when it came to my deodorants.
I found it so strange that for years she’s asked me every beauty tip I’ve ever known and yet she had a great one all along right under her arm…sorry, there was just no way of getting around that pun! I looked at the 2 deodorant/antiperspirants in my medicine cabinet and one was pink and the other was light mint green with feminine labels. I’m not saying they aren’t effective, I’m just curious if they are AS effective?
So if you give this a try, be sure to comment or forum me so I can find out how it worked for you.
Keep in mind, if you’re sensitive to new or possibly stronger products its possible you may be sensitive trying these. I’d suggest you do a patch test or little area first and just be sure you can wear it without any irritation. If you find that you are indeed sensitive to this or any product you would obviously need to discontinue use and for more severe problems see a doctor.
Lastly I was thinking, for years I’ve been suggesting female skincare to men (taking individual indications into consideration of course). So it would seem to me that ingredients that work well in skincare do simply that; they work well regardless of gender. However, as always, there may be exceptions, but for me in general I’ve never had any problems with the men I’ve set up with what most would consider a skincare line developed for women. Don’t look at packaging if you’re into taking on this experiment because it may cause you to back away. Remember it’s the product on the inside we’re trying out.
So please when you help me out with our little Beauty Research study try to keep it some what logged. Time of day you put it on? Number of times, such as morning and bedtime application. How did it hold up at the gym and any other information you might think pertinent to keep it as “controlled” (for lack of a better word) as possible.
My hypothesis is that a deodorant/antiperspirant made specifically for men will work better than a woman’s.