Back in October, I strayed. I was forced out of my comfortable monogamous relationship. I cheated. And I never went back.
Okay guys, stick with me here, you might find this a bit weird, but I’m about to spontaneously write a post about deodorant. Occasionally a product is so darn good you feel it really deserves to be talked about, and this is one of those times.
As a PGmom I get sent monthly bundles of P&G products including among other things the occasional Secret deodorant. Secret deodorant is actually one of those things I am hugely brand loyal on. A bazillion years ago as a teen I tried out a handful of different deodorants and eventually settled on Secret, baby powder scent and solid please, as the one. A handful of times I’ve strayed, always regretted it and came back to my chosen favourite.
So you would think being a P&G Mom and having them send me care packets that include Secret deodorant would be a great fit, right? The problem is they keep sending me “weird” deodorants. Secret brand, true, but never the one true chosen Secret deodorant I’ve been buying for years. And at first I wouldn’t even try them. I mean not only were they the wrong scent but they weren’t even solid, this was some strange cream version.
And they kept sending deodorants that were “clinical strength”. Why the heck would I need that? I mean my sister’s friend has this glandular problem where she sweats excessively, she uses special clinical strength deodorants. That’s not for normal people is it? The packaging says prescription strength. I don’t need prescription strength deodorant. I tossed them in my donation pile and kept on buying my regular favourite.
But then it happened. It’s 2am and I’m packing to head to Toronto for six days, and I realize I’m out of deodorant. Should I grab one of the “weird” ones from the latest P&G care pack, or try and hit the drug store first before boarding the train…. What’s it going to be?
I grabbed a box of Secret Clinical Strength Soothing deodorant. It comes in a box. See, weird, right? So I got it out of the packaging, opened it up and gave it a sniff. I am really picky about fragrances, and there is no way I was going to be walking around all day wearing something that made me feel nauseous. Not even if it were the last stick of deodorant on earth. I’d rather smell like sweat, sorry guys.
Anyroad, in this case my fellow conference goers were in luck because while I found the aloe vera scent to be very strong, it wasn’t unpleasant. So I put some on that morning, again with a little trepidation because I wasn’t crazy about the fact that it wasn’t a solid stick like I’m used to. It felt a bit odd and I worried about the white cream marking my clothes. At this point if my regular old deodorant had been in the house I would have very happily packed that instead. Given a lack of options, I tossed the Secret Clinical Strength Soothing stick in my luggage and headed off for the train station.
This was one of those fortuitous moments, because over the next six days I fell in love with Secret Clinical Strength Soothing deodorant. Like I wanted to go around randomly telling everyone, “This deodorant rocks!”. I put it on once a day, with zero reapplications. I was relatively physically active, plenty of stairs, plenty of walking, plenty of being outdoors in what was an unseasonably warm October, and I was bone dry. People, crowded rooms of people, make me irrationally nervous. Receptions, mingling, occasionally overheated, yet bone dry. This stuff was like magic. I never realized how inefficient my favourite deodorant was, until I tried this one out. Needless to say, I never swapped back to the old standby.
So what about you folks. Ever been “forced” into trying a new product, only to discover you really love it?
Disclosure: I’m a P&G Mom, and as such I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. As always the opinions on this blog are my own.