Does "men" shampoo/body wash, etc. makes a difference?

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    Aug 16, 2014 10:18 PM GMT
    As title. Or is it just a marketing scheme? I don't think skin cells differentiate between sexes on humans, right?
  • mybud

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    Aug 16, 2014 10:59 PM GMT
    You're right...It's all the same.
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    Aug 17, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
    Nope. It's all the same.
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:55 AM GMT
    Marketing scheme.
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    Aug 17, 2014 12:09 PM GMT
    they just have different scents. Otherwise, it's a marketing scheme.
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    if its a combination shampoo/body wash then its 100% crap.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Aug 17, 2014 4:58 PM GMT
    Shampoo is shampoo... try olive oil pure soap?
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    Aug 17, 2014 6:00 PM GMT
    Check the ingredients and there's your answer.

    Men do tend to have thicker skin and retain collagen longer than women though.......
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    Aug 17, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    For years I used liquid dish washing detergent on my hair. Palmolive, Dawn, Cascade; whatever. Never had any split ends or any problems. You can dilute it with some water so that you don't have to be as careful about how much you use.

    Detergent is detergent. Read either of the books mentioned in the following article.

    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130328/COLUMNIST/130329628
  • dtx1

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    Aug 17, 2014 6:47 PM GMT
    Seems like the only real difference in 'for men' products is the fragrance. Most have a more masculine scent compared to more flowery feminine fragrances.

    Recently while on vacation -- stupidly -- I purchased some Banana Boat 'For Men' sunscreen. I thought it might be fragrance-free, but as it turns out, it smelled like Axe Body Spray. So every time I hit the beach and applied the sunscreen I smelled like a horned-up teenage boy. icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 17, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    thanks for the answer!
    So I guess the difference is size and the bottle volume when I buy lol.

    next not related question since im lazy to make new thread.
    When should I buy cologne? lol. I don't go out a lot so I don't really do that.

    and do those armpit anti-sweat smell thing cause cancer? That's what i've been told but im not sure.
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    Aug 17, 2014 8:03 PM GMT
    Buy cologne whenever you want? It'll last you awhile since you said you never go out.


    As for the "anti sweat smell thing"....ummm...Deodorant? You should have been using that for years at this point.

    I've never heard of it causing cancer (if it does then add it to the list of everyday things everyone does that causes it...). I have heard of people not using it because of some hippie "BO/sweat is a natural smell" kind of thing and I just have to say thats crap.

    Apply a layer or two of deodorant after every shower....if only just in case you don't reek. Smelling like BO is not attractive in the slightest. Even if you don't smell or sweat - it's probably for best.
  • ai82

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    Aug 17, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
    for some reason I never use anti-perspirant. It just does'nt seem natural. I stick to deodorant.
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    Aug 17, 2014 8:45 PM GMT
    IceBuckets saidBuy cologne whenever you want? It'll last you awhile since you said you never go out.


    As for the "anti sweat smell thing"....ummm...Deodorant? You should have been using that for years at this point.

    I've never heard of it causing cancer (if it does then add it to the list of everyday things everyone does that causes it...). I have heard of people not using it because of some hippie "BO/sweat is a natural smell" kind of thing and I just have to say thats crap.

    Apply a layer or two of deodorant after every shower....if only just in case you don't reek. Smelling like BO is not attractive in the slightest. Even if you don't smell or sweat - it's probably for best.


    I forget what the word was called, lol. thanks!

    I'm guessing I'm just living with cancer-fearing people. (I swear, this is a personal issue lol)

    I don't usually sweat a lot, but then nobody tells me I reek...
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    Aug 17, 2014 10:42 PM GMT
    No, the error could be cataclysmic...

  • Beeftastic

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    Aug 18, 2014 4:31 AM GMT
    I love the scent of the Burt's Bee's mens products. It has a very fresh citrusy scent - all natural. I have even been complimented on my smell by die-hard no cologne leather types lol.

    But yes, there is not significant difference between mens and women's products except for fragrance and simplicity (Men's stuff is more no-fuss).

    Also there is little difference between body wash and shampoo. You can use shampoo for body wash just fine. Though body wash has a bit more detergent in it so can be a bit harsh on the hair, though the basic ingredients are the same.

    The difference between expensive products and cheap products are minimal too. With expensive products made to feel more luxurious on your hair and body and smell 'richer', but functionally they work pretty much the same. But the marketing mill on this segment is strong and there is a lot of your dollars at stake, so you won't get this perspective from many sources icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 18, 2014 9:07 AM GMT
    This video explains it well.

    http://www.upworthy.com/the-truth-behind-mens-body-wash-and-womens-body-wash-will-make-you-feel-dirty?g=2&c=mrp1
  • Beeftastic

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    Aug 19, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    sajock1990 saidThis video explains it well.

    http://www.upworthy.com/the-truth-behind-mens-body-wash-and-womens-body-wash-will-make-you-feel-dirty?g=2&c=mrp1


    Good Stuff!
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    Aug 19, 2014 6:34 AM GMT
    The real difference is the scent and the packaging. Otherwise, it's all the same chemicals.
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    Aug 19, 2014 10:23 PM GMT
    I use deodorant. I don't like the notion of all that aluminum in my shirts and on my skin.

    Some folks diet, and customs, can REALLY make them stink. BAD.
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    Sep 02, 2014 4:07 AM GMT
    Marketing scheme based on a white victorian era mindset of what smells good on a woman vs a man.
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    Sep 02, 2014 4:44 AM GMT
    xrichx saidThe real difference is the scent and the packaging. Otherwise, it's all the same chemicals.

    Yes, but in different proportions. A "man's" version tends to have stronger cleansing properties than a woman's, and therefore is a little tougher on the skin. And there are differences in the scents, and often more anti-bacterials to better control body odor.

    I don't use a body wash at home anyway, only when there's a dispenser on the shower wall in the gym locker room. I like an old fashioned soap bar, but even then I'll use a "man's" deodorant soap, since I tend to stink up pretty quickly when I sweat, from biking, golfing, gym workouts, etc. I've found it really helps control the odor, especially after I became allergic to underarm antiperspirants, and could only use a less effective deodorant stick.
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    Sep 02, 2014 10:19 PM GMT
    Sometimes the only difference is the perfume and the dye. But quite a lot of the time the only difference is the packaging.

    I do product testing on this stuff. But these companies are too cheap to pay me to test each one of their products. I get one sample of junk and a notarized letter stating that this material is identical to the following list of products. So I write up a certificate for each of those products based on the one sample that I actually tested.

    Another gimmick is the "line" of care products. You (or some woman) buys a set of like, five different bottles. One for your face, one for your feet, one for "before" one for "after" and a special one for hands or nostrils, or whatever. All exactly the same stuff in different bottles.

    And it's not just skin care. They do the same thing for specialty lubricants (sewing machine oil, clipper oil, weed-whacker oil, lock oil, etc.) and for car wash products, to name a couple of examples that I've tested.

    Of course, in most cases, I promised not to name names, so you'll just have to take my word for it icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 06, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    http://smallnotebook.org/wp-content/uploads/soap.jpg

    Body wash is horribly environmentally damaging, not to mention it's many times more expensive than bar soap. There is no reason to use a damn plastic bottle just to shower. "Kiss My Face" is my favorite soap, and despite it's name, I use it all over my body. 82% olive oil so no need to moisturize after showering.
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    Sep 07, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    All marketing. I collect hotel soaps and shampoos. I havent had to buy either in years.