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Save Money: Buy Men's Toiletries Rather than Women's Toiletries
Why Should Men and Women Pay Different Prices for Similar Products?
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!