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 ladies.
Come with me, sweaty friends. Let's talk armpit.
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I used the same deodorant for at least a decade. Well, actually, it was an antiperspirant: Lady Mitchum Smart-Solid. I used it through high school, college, and most of my twenties. Aside from it's tendency to crumble towards the end of the stick and limited scent options, I had no complaints.
A few years ago, after a few instances of breast cancer in my family, I started to second guess my decision to use a powerful antiperspirant. Regardless of what the studies say, preventing my body from doing something that it does naturally made me a bit nervous.
After hearing a lot of good things from both men and women, I decided to go the most natural route I could with my armpit armor, the all-mighty salt-stick. Unfortunately, my little "experiment" directly coincided with my improv comedy training (much of which happened in front of a live audience), and I'm a nervous sweater. I was genuinely shocked that I too could create body odor, as for years (while using the Lady Mitchem), I was convinced that I just didn't have BO. It works that well. Call me narcissistic, but after about 6 months, I abandoned my salt stick and switched back to antiperspirant.
Lady Mitchum was the only antiperspirant I've found that offers ample protection and exactly ZERO white marks on my clothes. Lady Mitchum also only comes in a few scents, so when they stopped making the only ones that didn't cause my nosehairs to curl, I started looking for a new brand. It was at this point that I re-started my quest to find a natural product that actually prevents odor. Because of my previous experiences, I figured a non-aluminum containing deodorant would be good enough for me.
While the Crystal Salt Stick didn't work for me, I personally know men and women that swear by it. It is very cheap, and so long as you don't drop it, one stick will literally last for YEARS. I think it's worth a try because it's the most natural thing you can use, next to using nothing at all.
Antiperspirant or Deodorant?
What's The Diff?
The terms "deodorant" and "antiperspirant" are often used interchangeably, but they really are completely different. Deodorant deodorizes or prevents odor by masking it or neutralizing it. Antiperspirant prevents odor because it actually prevents your armpits from sweating. Many antiperspirants contain a scent as well, but plain ole deodorants do not ever prevent perspiration.
Why Men's Deodorant is Better
The first time I considered using Men's Deodorant is when I realized that my husband only uses Old Spice Deodorant (which is aluminum free) and he does not ever stink. I thought, "Hey! My dumb lady stick makes me BO all over the place! What gives??" So, being the revolutionary that I like to pretend I am, I made the switch to Old Spice. Here's why I think it's better than the lady-pit products:
- Scent - Did I mention 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. There are a number that smell sweet, fruity, fresh, and generally gender neutral. There are also A LOT that are musky, but if you take a cue from the perfume industry, a musky lady scent is actually a quite sophisticated, classic choice.
- Price - It seems that a lot of brands like to jack up the price of women's products when they sell virtually the same thing to men (minus some girly pink/pastel colors and some stuffy granny scents). I was spending anywhere from $5-$6 for my antiperspirant, and now that I use a man product, I spend $1-$2 less per stick.
- Amount of Product - Because they are made for men, they tend to be wider and contain more product per stick. For comparison, my lady deodorant is 2.25 oz, while my Old Spice stick is 3.0 oz. That's 1/3 or 30% more product, for less $$.
- Protection - When comparing men's and women's deodorant, the men's sticks blocked 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. Unfortunately, I could only find them at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and after awhile, I couldn't find them at all. I can find my Old Spice Deodorant at literally any Target, Walmart, and Drugstore, and they even make it in a tiny travel size. Freedom!
Does Antiperspirant Give You Cancer?
The ingredient in antiperspirant that has a lot of people nervous is aluminium. There is the thought that there is correlation between antiperspirant use and Alzheimers as well as cancer (with an emphasis on breast cancer). While scientists and experts state that they have not found a clear, definitive link between antiperspirant/deodorants and cancer or Alzheimers, many (myself included) have decided to stay on the safer, natural side by opting for aluminum free deodorants like Old Spice.
Which Deodorant Do I Use?
Oye Vey, I love this stuff. It does not smell manly AT ALL. It actually has a quite sweet/fruity scent that works fantastically on women, and is a heck of a lot better than a lot of "women's" scents I've encountered. It's not over-powering, prevents odor all day, and does not leave any marks on your clothes. Also, the stick is HUGE, cheap, and easy to find!
How Common Is it for Women to Use Old Spice?
You're in good company.
Before I made the switch to men's deodorant, I wanted to do a little research. As it turns out, there are a number of ladies out there that have blazed the trail before me. With a nearly perfect rating on a top makeup/cosmetic review site, Makeup Alley, these ladies have obviously loved Old Spice deodorant as much as I have. It's what gave me the final confidence boost to try it out myself.
One of the most famous Old Spice converts is a model named Jessica Stam (that's her in the photo above). Jessica swears by Classic Old Spice Deodorant; she states that she's been using the original scent it 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 that we can choose from right now.
The classic Old Spice scent is often compared to another classic: Yves Saint Laurent's Opium. Opium is a women's perfume that smells spicy, floral, and woody. Not bad, eh?
© 2013 Shay Marie
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