A guy can learn a lot about himself from trying not to stink too much.
Standing there trying to chose from among such deodorant scents as "sweet pea and violet," "everlasting sunshine," "tropical paradise," and "cocoa butter," for example, teaches him that perhaps he'd better get himself on down a ways in the drug store aisle. Somebody he knows - maybe even golfs with - might see him and say, sort of sarcastically, "Buying women's deodorant, eh? Do you wear perfume, too?"
A guy never hears the end of that sort of thing. No man who smells like cocoa butter when he's not on a beach gets cut any slack from his friends. So, I moved toward the men's deodorants, where a man can smell like "Adrenaline," "Adventure," or even "Sport Defense."
Both men and women have an abundance of decisions to make when they buy a deodorant, not the least of which is whether to purchase a gel, a stick, an aerosol, or a powder.
Even if you stick with the same brand you've been using for decades, and the same consistency, a consumer still has to decide whether to trust the same old "Original" deodorant, or upgrade to the one that has the new "Odor Shield." Has the old deodorant not been shielding me from a few smells all these years? And to whom do I need to apologize for that?
Women have a whole different set of decisions to make. They need to choose between whether they want to be "Fresh" right away - the moment they put on their deodorant, or maybe just "Go Fresh," down the road sometime, I suppose, when there is a need for freshness.
Guys usually don't get all caught up in the social meaning of their deodorants. Often the decision they make is made early in life, when they just decide to use whatever deodorant their dad used. They have got some sport to play. Time can't be wasted on picking out a special personal hygiene product.
The only reason I spent any measurable amount of time dwelling on it was because I've gotten to the point in my life where I have begun to question some of my life decisions. I have given some thought as to whether I might want to change my life dramatically by altering the way I go about living each day.
It's sort of sad that I thought I should start improving myself by expanding my grooming habits to include the use of a deodorant that offers a special "Sweat Defense."
Contact Gary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.