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I Should Have Gone With The Unscented Deodorant!

Updated on November 16, 2007

Have you ever been about to leave on a quick trip and wanting to take all carry-on (and abide by the TSA's rule of nothing over a 3oz bottle and all of your 3oz bottles must fit in a quart sized (no larger) Ziploc bag? Well, I find myself doing this all the time. I travel to LA at least once a month to our corporate offices so I keep full-sized products in my office there (problem solved) but when I go anywhere else it's suddenly either start pouring all my products in tiny containers (looking like Igor from the Frankenstein lab) or go out and buy the "travel" sized products. Well, for my trip this past week I chose to go buy the products. Looking for everything that had the thinnest profile so I could cram it all in the quart sized baggy. Since they rarely have your brand in the travel sized stuff it's an opportunity to try something new. And perhaps that's where my error began. I saw this deodorant that was supposedly cucumber and something else and the container had a look of a spa or something. And so it went into my basket. I should have gone for the unscented deodorant - Don't Get Me Started!

Now I've been to spas where after the massage they give you cucumber water and it's all very soothing, cooling and refreshing so it made sense to me that who wouldn't want to feel all those things under their arms? Even if only for the three days I was going to be away. Well, the first morning I put this stuff on, I of course smelled it first and it smelled a little sweet (which I don't get as cucumbers aren't really a sweet smell to me) but nothing so smelly I didn't think I'd be gagging from the smell in a mere ten minutes. I got dressed and started out of the hotel to begin my day.

What you need to know is that I'm a very fast walker. Most people think that I'm the fastest walker they have ever encountered. I don't know if this is because I'm so short that I'm trying to make up ground to stay up with the rest of the world, if it's because I'm an east coast guy at heart and Lord knows in NYC, you'd better keep up or what but for whatever reason I walk fast and therefore while I didn't break out into a sweat per se (and by the way, I don't sweat I "glisten") suddenly while walking to the rental car and then into the offices where I was having my meetings I started to smell something, something I couldn't quite put my finger on. It certainly wasn't my Cartier cologne. No, it was sweeter...much, much sweeter.

By the time I got to the office door, it dawned on me, it was the deodorant and what's more, by this time it had gotten so sweet smelling (I guess activated by my glistening) that I could finally give a name to the smell I was smelling. It was as if I had two watermelon flavored Jolly Rancher hard candies under my arms. Do you all remember how smelly these candies were and still are today? Remember how when you would open the wrapper, you'd start to salivate a little just from the smell? (I'm actually salivating as I'm writing this from just thinking about it)

And so for two days (because I wouldn't go without any deodorant) I smelled like a watermelon Jolly Rancher candy. I kept asking people I knew well enough to smell me and see what they smelled. I don't know if they were lying to me or what but they said that they couldn't smell the deodorant/candy. I'm leery to believe them but I want to believe them all the same.

But for God's sake, who the hell would make a deodorant that has this strong of a scent? Especially the scent of a very popular hard candy? And if you are someone who does sweat a lot and stink a lot, is smelling like a Jolly Rancher going to make it better or worse do you think? Maybe they didn't intend for it to smell this way but believe me when I say, it does and by the way, I didn't smell a bit of cucumber in the whole thing. And the more the day went on the sweeter and more gaggy things became for me. Sort of like the way Snoopy used to gag on the cartoons. So while I enjoy trying new products and I like scented things I think that when it comes to my body I'm going to let the products that need to be smelly be smelly and when it comes to under my arms I'm going to just let them be as unscented as possible. I should have gone for the unscented deodorant - Don't Get Me Started!

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      Stafford 5 years ago

      I myself love this deodorant! I used to buy a different deodorant that was and was advertised as being watermelon center. Then it was discontinued as everythin else I try and like. I myself happend to buy this cucumber deodorant because it smells like watermelon. I can understand that it smelling like watermelon may be great for some, but it should be advertise as being watermelon center not cucumber!