I’m not sure how it happened but I actually started using Old Spice deodorant and have become a loyal consumer. It wasn’t long ago before I was contacted to see if I was interested in doing a post about Old Spice’s selection of bar soaps. I’ll be the first to admit that I have become accustomed to using gel body washes so to temporarily switch back to a bar soap would be a trip to the past that I wasn’t sure I was ready to revisit. Long story short, I did and despite this being a sponsored post, I’m actually really excited to #SmellItForward and do this product review for a company with 75 years of history in the male grooming realm.
So what was in my goodie basket from the Old Spice crew? A 6-pack of the Pure Sport, Swagger and Fiji.
Even with reservations about bar soaps, the moment I popped open the little box of Fiji, I knew things would be okay. Its scent has a few layers that are a bit tropical yet familiar. After a day or so of use, I switched almost begrudgingly to Swagger. Why was I reluctant? Because 95% of me hates the word “swagger.” To my surprise, it was this bar that delighted me the most (sorry, Pure Sport. I’ll get to you in a moment.)! I stood in my shower stream of warm, cold, scolding hot, warm water (gotta love old buildings and landlords who refuse to make upgrades!), I slowly lathered myself with Swagger and really took in its smell that reminded me of fresh laundry. The next morning when I walked into the bathroom, I was greeted by Swagger’s scent and actually helped me wake up and get ready a bit easier for the day.
Here’s a tip for all of you fashion dudes out there: it is okay to smell like fresh laundry. This is preferred over smelling as if you did a few laps in an Olympic size swimming pool of CREED’s Aventus. Don’t get me wrong!
After my shocking love affair with Swagger, I tried Pure Sport and was reminded of what a traditional bar of soap smells like: clean, fresh and not overpowering. Clearly, and I kinda don’t want to admit this, Swagger is one of the stronger options Old Spice has. Its smell was attractive and memorable and I actually wished it had a bit more of a moisturizing component. I use cologne every now and then but it would be great to have the bar soap cleanse and moisturize so its enticing scent could stay with me a little bit longer throughout the day.
So, is my first option to reach for a bar of soap when I’m out shopping for my bathroom necessities? No, but for the price ($3.99 for a 6-pack, $1.79 for a 2-pack) Old Spice is selling their product for, it just might be time to reconsider. Maybe this is how they’ve remained the #1 selling antiperspirant/deodorant stick and body wash brand with dudes for so long.