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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Borrowed from the Boys

Borrowed from the Boys

I have four brothers; four boys that think nothing of pinching my bath and skin care products, often without as much as asking. Rude. With that in mind it is only fair that every now and then I "borrow" some of their products, some of which I have grown a little too found of. If you told me a year ago I'd be using a caffeinated hair product aimed at men with hair loss, I'd have most likely side eyed you and yet here we are...

Borrowed from the Boys

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo (£5.55 via Boots)
I'm a worrier, one particularly bad hair shed last Autumn and I was convinced I was going bald. I'm in no way poking fun at hair loss, I know it is traumatic and of course that it happens for many reasons - male or female. To somewhat cushion my hair woe induced panic, my brother introduced me to Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo, a now cult hair product amongst men all over Europe (apparently a bottle is sold every six second or something like that). Marketing aside this is a great shampoo, it deeply cleanses my hair, leaves it soft and less prone to static. As the hair loss was mostly in my mind, I can't comment if this does or does not prevent hair loss but I have noticed less shedding and a lot more regrowth in terms of length. Apparently it works by penetrating the hair follicle and scalp with caffeine to strengthen the hair and encourage hair growth. Like I said I'm unsure to what degree this is true but it is a great, gentle yet deeply cleansing shampoo that my hair (and scalp) really enjoys.

Male Disposable Razors
I do have a few feminine razors that I truly do love and use pretty religiously but when away from home or when pay day is yet to arrive, I am not above popping into the Pound Shop (the UK equivalent of the Dollar Store/Tree) and purchasing a pack of BIC/Gilette for Men razors. Cheap, cheerful (well kinda) and easily found, they more than do the job of de-fuzzing my legs. As a side note male aimed razors (disposable or not) do tend to be cheaper than their female counterparts, something to pounder next time you are bored in the Supermarket aisles.

Male Shaving Foam/Gel
This is the product I do "borrow" the most from my brothers, as much as I love peach and berry scented shaving aids, shaving gel is the one product I forever forget to purchase. Sometimes I use conditioner, sometimes I use a conditioning shaving foam but mostly in my moment of need I'll route around my brothers bathroom cabinet. Let's be honest fragrance choice aside, all shaving gels/foams do the same thing - provide a comfort barrier and certain degree of slip, to help the razor glide over your skin and prevent cuts/rashes. Again if you aren't overly bothered by pretty packaging or scents male shaving foam is marginally cheaper than the female aimed version. 

I'm close to my family but not "let's share a stick of deodorant close", Gilette Clear Gel Cool Wave Anti-Perspiriant Deodorant was a happy accident and again a product recommendation born out of my continual life woes. 

As laughable as it may be, I have super sensitised skin under my arms, ludicrous I know but it is true. My under arms really dislike spray deodorants and I do struggle finding a roll on that is quickly absorbed. Oh life. One day I was grumbling about deodorant and my brother said he really enjoyed gel formulas - he didn't specify which because that would of course make my life a little too easy. On a mission to find a gel anti-perspiriant deodorant I found Gilette Clear Gel Cool Wave Anti-Perspiriant Deodorant, yes it has a somewhat aquatic, male centric scent but it really does work. A cooling, moisturising yet quick to absorb, hard working deodorant. Sure I may run the risk of any future boyfriend wearing the same deodorant but it is a risk I'm willing to take. 

I'm going to hop up onto my soap box and say that I don't think shower gels or body washes should be gender specific. I think like most things in life you like what you like, so why the need for a label? One of my all time favourite showering products happens to be Superdrug Orange and Ginger Shower Gel which can be found in the grooming aisles of your local store. A sweet, bright and oddly festive scent that uplifts the senses and cleanses the skin. I can't tell you how many bottles I've purchased in the last year or so but if you are fed up of overly floral or aquatic scents, I can't recommend this enough. As an added bonus it can apparently double up as a shampoo.

What do you "borrow" from the boys?


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17 comments:

  1. Four brothers, oh my goodness! The razor thing makes me cranky too, and I mean, a razor is a razor, it doesn't need to be a gendered product. That reminds me of how with babies, we always designate girls "pink" and boys "blue" as if it actually matters. I'll get off my soapbox now, ha ha.

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  2. I keep meaning to try out the Alpecin shampoo! I end up buying mens razors or shaving foam as like you said, they're often cheaper! At the moment I'm one of the many who have jumped on the Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer trend - it works a treat xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

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  3. It really winds me up that male stuff is the exact same but so much cheaper. I always steal my dads shaving foam and get annoyed when I go to my boyfriends and he doesn't have it (hairy man).
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    Pretty Mad Things .. x o

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  4. 4 boys to deal with and I thought 2 was bad! I constantly steal Iain's shower gel, mainly because the girls ones really irritate my skin, but most of the time it's him stealing my products. He loves to smell nice. I'm more likely to steal his clothing!

    Http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  5. Don't know how you deal with four brothers! I only have a sister so I guess I can't slyly try any of these products. x
    a life of a charlotte

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  6. Men's razors ROCK! More often than not I steal my man's razor to shave my legs...

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  7. Love the idea of this post - I never borrow any of my boyfriend's stuff but he definitely borrows mine. He once use my Loreal Fibrology shampoo and after drying his hair, let me know that it felt really bouncy and volumised!

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  8. I loved this!! The price of womens razors compared to mens is ridiculous and so annoying :/ I will definitely be checking out that deodorant x

    Blushhx

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  9. Such a nice original post! Cool one, thanks for sharing x

    Lina / lina-khalifa.blogspot.com

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  10. Boys products are all so ugly and functional. I don't want to like them, but their shaving gels and razors are just tops.

    http://baresome.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I love Alpecin it makes my hair grow so fast! Their razors are definitely miles better than ours and so much more affordable - i definitely nick them from my brother and dad (new ones ofc)

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  12. I love BOY shower-gels! Their scents just say WAKE ME UP to my body, maybe that's because they remind me of cute boys ;) hahaha! & WOW 4 brothers, how did you ever get bathroom time growing up?

    www.honestyforyourskin.co.uk

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  13. Loved reading this. Thanks for sharing!!
    www.beautyhome.co.uk - a mobile beauty therapy service

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  14. I have heard a lot of people using male razors and that they prefer them to female. I am definitely going to purchase a pack and try them out. I also really like the sound of the caffeine shampoo, next time I am in Boots I will pick it up.

    Beth x
    www.hellobeth.co.uk

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  15. Such a great post! Living with boys they don't see anything wrong with using your products i don't think they realise how expensive some products can be.. Some boys products are amazing esp their hair products.. honestly they have the best hairspray and hairdryers also their deodorants amazing too x

    www.veronicabizzarri.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I love this post so much! Haha thank you for doing it!! Maybe you can next do what your brothers borrow of yours?

    www.salmandean.com

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  17. I'm forever borrowing my partner's shave cream! x
    Beauty Wanderer

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