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    Question Needed: neutral soaps, shampoos, deodorants that won't interfere with scents?

    Hello,

    I've been reading in some of the threads here, esp. from female basenoters with discriminating noses, about how many women appreciate a man's natural aroma with or without enhancement by a fragrance and was thinking about my own experiences. I once met a great girl, great personality and great looking too, but stopped asking her out because I didn't like her smell; it wasn't body odor because she was very clean, but I just didn't jive with her scent so I think I know what you guys mean.

    The only comments I've ever gotten is that I smell 'clean' and 'right out of the shower' and am realizing it's probably because I'm active so I use a strong deodorant, use a deodorant soap, and a nice smelling shampoo so no wonder women can't smell 'me' or colognes I try: I probably smell like the detergent aisle of the supermarket!

    So I need some recommendations on some neutral soaps and shampoos that don't smell and won't dry out my skin so I can give these scents a real try.

    Any advice?

    Thanks,
    Jeff

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    Default Re: Needed: neutral soaps, shampoos, deodorants that won't interfere with scents?

    Here's what I use

    body wash - http://www.vitacost.com/Desert-Essen...-Wash-32-fl-oz
    yes, it's listed as a face wash, and it does work well as one, but I prefer to use this as a body wash. It is lightly scented with natural oils, but the scent does not linger at all. It is a bit too drying (on my skin) for winter time use, however.

    deodorant - I prefer Ban Unscented roll-on. Most white stick antiperspirants leave my armpits extremely itchy. The Ban roll-on is one of the few antiperspirants that doesn't cause me any problems. If you can deal with the chalky white stuff, I've found that the Arm & Hammer unscented truly IS unscented (unlike say Mitchum or Sure, both of which actually have fragrance listed [and smellable] in their supposedly unscented product. The Mitchum was a damn strong clean musk note - NOT what I want in an unscented deo.) For days when I don't need to stop the sweating but just kill the odor, I like to use one of those Crystal Deo Sticks - http://www.vitacost.com/Crystal-Body-Deodorant-Stick

    Shampoo - I use this http://www.vitacost.com/Desert-Essen...c-Tea-Tree-Oil
    It has a strongish tea tree smell but it doesn't last very long (the matching conditioner, despite being all naturally scented, is too strong for my tastes).

    Conditioner - For conditioner I use the Suave brand "Rosemary & Mint" - it's cheap (< $5 for a huge 32 ounce bottle), it smells good but not too strong, and actually has a fair number of natural botanicals in it. Most of all, it really works for my hair.


    You may find that (some) scents last much longer on you once you switch to a different soap. Surely almost all soaps leave some residue on our skin and change its pH level (if indeed they aren't neutral), so it should be little surprise that scents can and do behave differently given different soap usage.
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    Default Re: Needed: neutral soaps, shampoos, deodorants that won't interfere with scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Here's what I use

    body wash - http://www.vitacost.com/Desert-Essen...-Wash-32-fl-oz
    yes, it's listed as a face wash, and it does work well as one, but I prefer to use this as a body wash. It is lightly scented with natural oils, but the scent does not linger at all. It is a bit too drying (on my skin) for winter time use, however.

    deodorant - I prefer Ban Unscented roll-on. Most white stick antiperspirants leave my armpits extremely itchy. The Ban roll-on is one of the few antiperspirants that doesn't cause me any problems. If you can deal with the chalky white stuff, I've found that the Arm & Hammer unscented truly IS unscented (unlike say Mitchum or Sure, both of which actually have fragrance listed [and smellable] in their supposedly unscented product. The Mitchum was a damn strong clean musk note - NOT what I want in an unscented deo.) For days when I don't need to stop the sweating but just kill the odor, I like to use one of those Crystal Deo Sticks - http://www.vitacost.com/Crystal-Body-Deodorant-Stick

    Shampoo - I use this http://www.vitacost.com/Desert-Essen...c-Tea-Tree-Oil
    It has a strongish tea tree smell but it doesn't last very long (the matching conditioner, despite being all naturally scented, is too strong for my tastes).

    Conditioner - For conditioner I use the Suave brand "Rosemary & Mint" - it's cheap (< $5 for a huge 32 ounce bottle), it smells good but not too strong, and actually has a fair number of natural botanicals in it. Most of all, it really works for my hair.


    You may find that (some) scents last much longer on you once you switch to a different soap. Surely almost all soaps leave some residue on our skin and change its pH level (if indeed they aren't neutral), so it should be little surprise that scents can and do behave differently given different soap usage.
    Wow, thanks for such a thorough reply! I'll try all of these...I get my supplements from VitaCost anyway, it's a great site. Those Crystal Sticks sound good, always wondered whether they work, but will try based on your rec.

    Thanks again,
    Jeff

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    Default Re: Needed: neutral soaps, shampoos, deodorants that won't interfere with scents?

    I like the fragrance-free Canus soap (made with goat's milk).
    http://www.amazon.com/Canus-Goats-Mi.../dp/B001E7BDIQ

    Although I don't have any problem using scented soaps. I favor citrus and mint fragrances -- the same scents that tend not to last in perfume form. And I steer clear of industrial-strength deodorant soap formulas.
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    Default Re: Needed: neutral soaps, shampoos, deodorants that won't interfere with scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulSC View Post
    I like the fragrance-free Canus soap (made with goat's milk).
    http://www.amazon.com/Canus-Goats-Mi.../dp/B001E7BDIQ

    Although I don't have any problem using scented soaps. I favor citrus and mint fragrances -- the same scents that tend not to last in perfume form. And I steer clear of industrial-strength deodorant soap formulas.
    Thanks Paul, I'll try it out.

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