Save Money: Buy Men's Toiletries Rather than Women's Toiletries

Why Should Men and Women Pay Different Prices for Similar Products?

Men and women should pay the same for deodorant, shampoo, and shaving cream.  However, in practice, this is not what happens!
Men and women should pay the same for deodorant, shampoo, and shaving cream. However, in practice, this is not what happens! | Source

Women's Toiletries Often Cost More Than Men's Toiletries

Have you ever gone to the cleaners with a white cotton blouse for a woman, and a white cotton shirt for a man? The dry cleaners almost always charges more to launder the woman's white shirt than it charges to launder the man's white shirt. In fact, I have a few women friends who like to wear crisp white shirts under their sweaters in the winter. Some of them have actually begun purchasing boy's shirts, which they can send to the shirt laundry and have laundered, starched and pressed for less than $2.50 ... far less than they are charged for a woman's blouse! In addition, purchasing a boy's white cotton shirt frequently costs less than purchasing a woman's white cotton blouse. These women win out all the way around.

This has become such an issue, that the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has actually issues guidelines that require dry cleaners in that city to charge the same price for shirts and blouses, unless the blouses have ruffles. Unfortunately, the New York City policy is not widespread. Women still overpay in most of the United States.

The dry cleaners is not the only place that charges women more for the same or similar service or product. Often, women find themselves paying more for their toiletries than men are paying for theirs. In other cases, the price may be the same for your personal hygiene products, but the size of the men's products are larger. With a little shopping, however, you may discover that you can save money every time you go to the store, and still have good hygiene, as long as you are willing to try a few new products.

Compare Prices on Personal Hygiene Products

The next time you are in the grocery store or drug store, do a little comparison shopping. Don't just check the prices, but also the quantity. Some products, such as deodorant and shaving cream, may have similar prices but for different quantities. When I did this price comparison, I found that one brand of shaving cream for women was twice as expensive, per ounce, as the same brand of shaving cream in a can labeled for men. Disposable razor blades may be cheaper when sold for men, as well. Several times I have seen packages of pink razors that contained fewer razors than similar packages of blue razors! In fact, I no longer purchase razors for women at all. I am perfectly happy using the same razors as my husband. In addition, it is more convenient for us both to be using the same types of razors when one of us happens to run out.

Several women I know have already made the switch to men's shaving cream. Since these shaving creams are designed to be gentle on men's faces, they are usually gentle enough for a woman's underarms and legs, as well.

Some of the other products you may want to check are men's skin moisturizers and deodorants. Read the labels. Usually the ingredients in the men's products are the same, or nearly the same, as the ingredients in the women's products. You may want to put them to the "sniff test," however. Sometimes the scents they use in the men's products smell heavily of musk or pine trees ... or, at least, that is the way they smell to me. However, I have also smelled men's products that were quite pleasant. By experimenting, taking my time, and careful comparison shopping, I have found that I can be quite satisfied with the men's products, and same a substantial amount of money, too.

Shampoos can also be a trap for women. For example, Head & Shoulders dandruff shampoo and conditioner for women is more expensive than the same size Old Spice dandruff shampoo and conditioner, packaged for men, even though the products are very similar.

Look for Unscented Men's Toiletries

As mentioned above, one reason why you may be hesitant to try a man's product, rather than staying with a woman's, is because they smell differently. This is certainly true in many cases. However, take your time and really check them out. Some of the men's products smell great.

On the other hand, if you absolutely do not like the way a product smells, see if you can find a scent-free version of it. Hypo-allergenic products are usually unscented. If the product is not scented, there is really no reason to spend more to get a product, just because it is in a pink package!

Is it really worth it to you to spend more for a women's deodorant, if you can purchase the same brand of men's deodorant in an unscented version? After all, with the money you save you could buy yourself something feminine that you really want!

Buy those unscented products, and pick up a little of your favorite cologne with the money you save!


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Excellent hub! And so sadly true! Its really unfair too, because women are supposed to use more products to meet certain standards. You are right about the smell of men's products, the smell delightful. For instance, Irish Springs body wash is sold under men's stuff, but it smells just like the bar soap you find on the women's side. Its cheaper because you and your partner can both use it.

Great advice! Voting up!


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Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you for your comments about how we can save money by buying men's toiletries and soaps rather than those labeled for women. It is crazy that these companies sell women more expensive products!


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Trish89 4 years ago

So true. I always buy men's razors and shaving gel. It's so much cheaper and just as good!


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Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks for your comments. I always buy men's razors and some other products, too. I don't know why they charge more to make pink razors instead of blue or grey ones!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Barbesol has a great shaving foam either regular scent or unscented and it's one of the cheapest products of its kind on the market. I like a lot of men's clothes too, like shirts and T's. The sleeves on the shirts are a little long, but I just roll them up. I only use them as a jacket anyway. Men's T's are generally cheaper than women's and who can tell the difference?

Good information for people to think about here. If it works just as well, why not save the money?


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you Au fait! Barbesol is a perfect example of a men's toiletry that is cheaper than similar women's products ... for no real reason at all!

You also make an excellent point about men's t-shirts and similar items. I agree that we should save the money on items like this. Thanks for your great ideas!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I never thought of this for saving money and I guess I just didn't realize men's products are cheaper. Voted up.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Good morning

I have never even thought about this really but it makes a lot of sense. I do not buy many masculine products as I live alone but do buy things for my grandson. So I will be checking out the products more carefully. Saving is a good thing.

Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day Angels are on the way :) ps


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

I'm glad that this article will inspire you to check the price differences between products that are made for women and those that are made for men. As other people have mentioned in these comments, you can definitely find some price differences!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What a clever and economical idea! I'm definitely going to look into this. It's so true that marketers know men won't pay as much for toiletries as women. Thank you!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

It can be so hard to find areas where we can save money, and this is one that could help many people without making much of a difference in their lifestyle.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Very good cost cutting suggestions and ideas, some of which I have been using for several years! Going to share with my followers.


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vandynegl 3 years ago from Ohio Valley

Good ideas! Never thought of this!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks for sharing this information with others. I think it is outrageous that women's toiletries often more expensive than men's toiletries. However, we don't have to put up with it. There is no reason we cannot use men's products, too!


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laurathegentleman 3 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

Isn't it ridiculous? I think part of the reason this occurs is because there is more competition for women's products, so companies have to spend more on advertising.

I've been buying men's shaving cream and men's razors for years!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Good for you for using men's shaving cream and razors! It's time we women rebelled against this kind of thing!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Would imagine there are a lot of toiletries being purchased right about now as young people get ready to go back to school or off to college for the first time. Plain unscented Barbasol has been my favorite shaving cream for years. Amway's is the best, but awfully expensive. My former EMT husband informed me that plain unscented Barbasol can also be used on severe burns to keep the air off and germs out during transport to the hospital/burn center. This is not a treatment, but a temporary solution that works better than applying a clean bandage or cloth in this situation, protecting the burn from germ invasion until doctors can address it. Never apply butter or any grease or oil to a burn.

Sharing this hub again and pinning it.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks for sharing that information about Barbasol. I had know idea it could be used temporarily on burns.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

You certainly is a keen observer. That is what my wife also told me. Most of the things we use are normally cheaper as compared to what women use. Great hub!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks for verifying that you and your wife have also found that men's toiletries are often cheaper than those made for women!


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a fun and useful Hub and I want you to know that it influenced by buying choices! I now consider unscented men´s products and sometimes even scented ones. I recently bought a men´s natural deodorant without aluminum that smells like cedar. I like the scent and it was on discount at Marshall´s. Thank you for a great idea.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you for your comment. I'm glad that people have been trying this suggestion. It really does save money!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

With the economy still not out of the woods for most people it makes sense to save money wherever a person can. A lot of things are less expensive if you buy from the men's department, like clothes for example. Jeans, sweatshirts, jackets, and even shirts sometimes are a better deal. Of course I'm not suggesting these things for office dress or formal occasions, but camping, working around the house etc.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

You are so right! I myself have bought men's sweatshirts because they are often less expensive!


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

There are a great number of men's products that can be purchased for less money than similar women's products. We owe it to ourselves to shop around.


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ezzly 22 months ago

This is a great tip for saving money, never would have thought of doing that! Men's clothing is also made better than women's my sister used to buy men's jeans for that reason!


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Deborah-Diane 22 months ago from Orange County, California Author

I have often bought men's sweat shirts for the same reason. They are frequently better made!


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Deborah-Diane 19 months ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you, ezzly! It really is outrageous that women have to pay more for similar products. It is well worth it to take the time to shop around!


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida

This is such a smart idea. I do use some products designated for men such as shaving cream but have not purchased others. I honestly did not even think about looking for them in unscented versions.

Thanks for the tip, Deborah.

Hoping all is good with you and yours.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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