Why I Switched From Women's to Men's Deodorant
Why Mens Deodorant Works for Women
I currently use mens deodorant and it has proven to be better in just about every way. In this article, I'll discuss why I stopped using women's deodorant and antiperspirants, why I find men's products to be the superior choice, and which specific scents/brands I've tried and recommend for women.
Come with me, sweaty friends: Let's talk armpit.
Why Men's Deodorant Is Better
When I realized that my husband only uses Old Spice deodorant (the type he uses is aluminum-free) and he never stinks, I thought, "Hey! My dumb lady stick can't cover my stink. What gives?" So, being the revolutionary that I like to pretend I am, I made the switch to men's deodorant. Here's why I think it's better than the lady-pit products:
- Scent. Most lady scents generally smell awful. I was sick of smelling like a pungent dryer sheet or a baby's butt. Men's deodorants don't all smell like a hormonal teenage boy. Some smell sweet, fruity, fresh, and generally gender-neutral. Many are musky, but if you take a cue from the perfume industry, a musky lady scent is actually quite a sophisticated, classic choice.
- Price. Brands like to jack up the price of women's products. They sell virtually the same products to men—minus some girly colors and some stuffy granny scents—for vastly lower prices. I was spending anywhere from $5 to $6 for my antiperspirant, and now that I use a man product, I spend $1 to $2 less per stick.
- More Product. Because they are "made for men," they tend to be bigger and contain more product per stick. For comparison, my lady deodorant was 2.25 oz, while my Old Spice stick is 3.0 oz. So women pay more even for 1/3 less product.
- Protection. Comparing men's and women's deodorant, the men's sticks block odor much more effectively. I figure if it's good enough for my husband's hairy armpit, it's good enough for mine.
- Appearance. It seems that for many lady sticks, you have to sacrifice appearance for protection. I was having a helluva time find a women's deodorant that didn't leave white marks all over the place. This isn't a problem with the men's stick I use. It is a gel solid that goes on perfectly clear. It's also not clumpy or greasy.
- Availability. Back when I was using Lady Mitchum, the only scents I could stomach were the papaya and rose scents, which I could only find at Bed, Bath and Beyond. After awhile, I couldn't find them at all. Now, I can find my Old Spice deodorant at literally any Target, Walmart, or drugstore, and they even make it in a tiny travel size. Freedom!
Old Spice for Women? How Common Is That?
If you smell like Old Spice, you're in good company. Many women have obviously loved Old Spice deodorant as much as I have and gave it a nearly perfect rating on a top makeup/cosmetic review site, Makeup Alley.
One of the most famous Old Spice converts is a model named Jessica Stam who swears by Classic Old Spice deodorant; she says that she's been using the original scent for years.
I figure it's just a matter of time before savvy marketers catch up with the trends and get their armpit-product act together. In the meantime, let us enjoy the bounty of men's pit-sticks.
Which Deodorant Do I Use?
Would you try men's deodorant or antiperspirant?
Questions & Answers
What Old Spice deodorant can be considered unisex in scent?
I'd consider the Wild Collection" deodorants to be unisex, but if I remember correctly, they are all kind of sweet in smell. You might actually like the original Old Spice scent.Helpful 27
So awesome that I found this. I have been searching for a plain deodorant with no antiperspirant for women for weeks and I finally decided to try Old Spice after looking for one for my husband. They had a "Manly Lavender" scent called Wilderness that I decided smelled pretty darn good; way better than any girly lavender I've ever smelled..and so I'm trying it out now. I'm pretty excited especially after reading this. Is there any other brand you have tried in case this doesn't work out?
I haven't tried any other explicitly "men's" deodorant, but I have tried Tom's and Nature's Gate -- both have fairly unisex scents.Helpful 5
I have overactive sweat glands due to my anxiety. I have tried every woman's deodorant, and some men's, and I have yet to find anything to help both keep me dry and smelling nice. Can you help me?
I've had luck with the brand Mitchum in the past, but it's been a long time since I used an antiperspirant (a product that prevents sweating) as opposed to a deodorant (a product that just takes care of the smell). If it's an option for you, consider asking your doctor about it. Overactive sweating could be considered a proper health condition, and there are treatments like Botox injections that can be prescribed to help.Helpful 16
Does Old Spice deodorant cause darkening of the underarms?
I have not experienced armpit darkening from Old Spice. However, like any cosmetic product, what works for one person may not work for another.Helpful 5
Is Old Spice deodorant aluminum-free?
As long as it is deodorant -- and not anti-perspirant -- yes. All deodorant is aluminum free; it's anti-perspirant that contains aluminum.Helpful 2
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