I am a sweater. It may be my busy lifestyle; it could be genetic (a towel around the neck is one of my father’s favorite fashion statements); or perhaps it is just one of God’s many blessings. However, I have embraced this fact and I have taken steps that allow me to appear presentable in most social situations. I have taken the time, for your pleasure, to put together a list of qualities that describe a sweater. If these descriptions are familiar, welcome to the club:
- Brow – funnels straight from my brow into my eyes. I judge my activity/sweating level for the week by the number of people who ask if I have been crying or if I have pink eye.
- Chest – heart-shape pattern forms on my t-shirts about 2 minutes into a workout; fortunately my girlfriend finds it endearing.
- Lower Back – is it normal for underwear to be wet in the front and the back?
- Legs – can feel beads building behind my knees right now.
- Armpits – surprisingly, not bad at all (for those of you who expected me to say “like a faucet” – give me a break, I’m not completely disgusting).
Despite my sweating, I consider myself to be a fairly good-smelling fellow. I shower regularly and use nice colognes or after-shaves before I leave in the morning. My clothes are almost always freshly laundered and I border on obsessed when it comes to oral hygiene. You may now be wondering where this post is going, and I am almost ready to tell you.
As I have laid out, I do not have abnormally sweaty or smelly armpits, so I try to avoid harsh deodorants/antiperspirants. I find that many sticks have an overly strong smell or contain harmful ingredients that I don’t need or want. With all of that being said, I have found two sticks from respected male product lines that I have been testing with mixed results. Neither product claims to be an antiperspirant, so for individuals looking for extreme sweat protection, these may not be what you need.
Payot Homme 24-hour Deodorant ($26) has a modest scent and a light feel. It rolls on so easily that, but-for the temporarily wet sensation, I would be left wondering if I had applied anything at all. After a crowded commute on public transportation, a long day of work, and a rigorous workout, this stick always keeps me feeling and smelling fresh. I like how it doesn't tug at your skin or hair upon application and doesn't leave your underarm feeling dry or sticky.
Sadly, I must note that besides claiming that their product is alcohol-free, Payot Homme does not display additional ingredients on the product or on the web. I find this omission to be a bit disconcerting and would feel better about its results knowing what it contains. If the ingredients check-out as being kind, I highly recommend this product.
Sothys Homme Deodorant Stick ($19) has a strong cologne-like scent. It is not unpleasant, but it is extremely pervasive. I can actually locate in the dirty laundry bin which undershirts correspond to the days I wore this deodorant. The stick itself has the look and feel of a gel but it applies more like a soft wax.
While Payot glides on smooth, Sothys needs a great deal of pressure and repeated swipes to achieve proper application. Though it is not exactly painful to apply, Sothys Homme it not nearly as effortless as Payot Homme. Nor is its scent as subtly refreshing. But this deodorant provides ample coverage and long-lasting protection throughout the day. Moreover, its claim of being aluminum-free makes me feel better about this product.
For those readers who want a milder, more comfortable deodorant, I would suggest the Payot Homme. Readers who are looking for a strong-scent and need a powerful masking of natural body odor might want to go with Sothys Homme. But since neither seems to actually inhibit perspiration, the telltale signs of a sweater will persist.
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Ingredients in Sothys Homme Deodorant Stick:
Propylene glycol, Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, PPG-3 myristyl ether, Parfum (Fragrance), Bis-PEG-15 methyl ether dimethicone, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, Triclosan, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl salicylate, Alpha-isomethyl isonone, Malt Extract, Citral, Linalool. Does not contain alcohol or aluminium Salt.