I had another more frugal testing session today.
A lady dressed in silver sprayed me with a deodorant in the supermarket during a promotion.
She told me I could win a trip to space if she could spray my wrist.
I stood there waiting for my entry form, but she was already spraying some other guy.
Then I realized she was a liar, and they weren't intending to send anyone into space as the second Afronaut!
Anyway, I'm still not sure if smells are inherently gendered.
Perhaps we do learn that some scents are for boys and some for girls during early childhood.
Maybe a bit like we associate pink and blue with respective genders, but apparently this was not always so in history, and pink was once considered a
strong "masculine" color, while blue was seen as feminine.
It does have a lot to do with packaging and marketing, and being habituated to smells.
The supermarket deodorant promotion reminded me of some booze promotions, and they used the same attractive female models.
Clearly men can promote sun-screens and gym supplements to other men, but cheap deodorants are promoted by flirty females.
The smell is already gone, and it really smelled like nothing.
Still, it was more fun than being served by the macaw behind the perfume counter in the boutique.
I actually feel quite sorry for these ladies in shops with expensive clothing that hardly have any customers.
So there's also a class thing going on.
The message I got today was that men shouldn't waste their money on real or expensive scents, because women only like a bit of male grooming, and not
Testing deodorants in supermarkets is more difficult, except for promotions.
The one brand that does have a tester has it secured on a plastic and elastic contraption.
Usually one tries to smell the nozzle, the upturned lid, or the roll-on product.
Still, I wonder sometimes how smoking can be banned in public places, but some people also have severe reactions to scents, and they can't stop
sneezing when the stuff is sprayed.
edit on 11-1-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)