Yes, I’m a woman reviewing men’s deodorant. I went to my local drugstore about eight months ago and they were out of women’s deodorant (I’d gone there because my supermarket was also out of women’s deodorant as well, what are the odds?). Wait, I’m lying. There was one stick of Teen Spirit which smelled like Victoria’s Secret exploded on my face when I opened it. That’s not going anywhere near my person again! Usually, I get some brand in a powder scent and I’ll switch it up every now and again if they are out of powder scented ones but I’m pretty picky. I’ve used many natural deodorants; unfortunately, none so far have worked for me. For whatever reason, any deodorant with tee tree oil in it makes me smell like I’ve bathed in cumin. It’s not even fragrant cooking cumin, it’s rancid cumin paste you forgot in your fridge from that one time you made curry last year. So what was I going to do? I sucked it up and started cracking the tops off of the men’s deodorants in desperation.
Axe had one or two that didn’t smell so distinctly like Axe but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them. One of them was even named chocolate fantasy or something equally ridiculous. To be honest, I didn’t want anyone rummaging through my toiletries to judge me for buying Axe. The one Dove brand stick they had on hand at the time smelled too manly for me. I then saw the sign “new scent” on an Old Spice product I’d never seen before. The name was Wolfthorn and the logo looked like a direct ripoff of a wolf from World of Warcraft. I thought to myself, “What the hell!”
When I lifted the lid it was like time stopped. A choir of angels started singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah overhead. I started to levitate off the ground in an haze of olfactory bliss. Why did it smell so good? I’ll tell you why: it’s an almost carbon copy of one of my favorite scents on the planet, the Capri Blue Volcano scented candle from Anthropologie.
At this point I honestly didn’t even care if it worked or not, it was coming home with me. To my surprise it’s been the best antiperspirant deodorant I’ve ever used. It goes on smooth and dries fast. It doesn’t stain my clothes. It’s invisible… yup, LBD approved. No product buildup you have to use a body scrub to get off; it washes off clean with soap and water. It’s even kept me dry while running. It still smells nice at the end of the day.
You can imagine my disappointment when I couldn’t get it again a few months later. I was actually mad! I even asked the manager to find out when more was coming. He said not for about a month. I went through the whole debacle again of smelling everything in the men’s section. I found one that smelled very nice and bought it. That brings us to the Dove Care Comfort Clean stick in my bathroom.
The Dove smells like a cross between SJP’s Lovely and a perfume I bought myself in Paris. It’s soft and herbal with a powdery cashmere musk skin scent in the background. It’s perfect for someone who likes a powder scented deodorant but finds most of them are too sweet. It also still smells good at the end of the day. It doesn’t seem to stain my clothes or need an industrial paint stripper to remove. I’ve not tested it’s LBD worthiness. It keeps me dry 90% of the time. Men are also attracted to the fragrance. I was surprised when I was complimented on my perfume but all I was wearing was this deodorant. The scent is fairly unisex though.
Bottom line ladies: you owe it to yourselves to try these two out. The Old Spice Wolfthorn is the clear winner for me with it’s slightly better performance and scent. I like the Dove and I do think I’ll keep using it on low energy days or days when I want to smell like a warm blanket just out of the dryer rather than a pile of sugared citrus and crisp greens. To the men out there, just because these don’t smell like urinal cakes or by the gallon bathroom cleaners doesn’t mean they can’t be manly too. Most men’s deodorants actually smell terrible. These might be a welcome change to your self care product routine!