Alright, so, short version: this is a bit of a girly post here. I bought some shaving cream awhile ago, like I do, and decided to purchase a new kind. Same brand, same type actually, just a different color package and a different name. Except when I used it, I was extremely disappointed to find out that I smelled like a dude afterwards.
Anyway, I have documented my message to the lovely people at Skintimate as follows, and at some prodding have decided to share it here with you all. Please to enjoy.
To the fantastic people behind the Skintimate Skin Therapy Baby Soft Shave Cream -
I wish this was a note to tell you how much I love your product. Actually, you know, it kind of is. I LOVE Skintimate shave gel. I have been using it for a Very Long Time and generally have been delighted by the product. It smells good, it feels good, and even people with dry skin like me can look as close as you can get to magazine cover models without using photoshop. When I buy shaving cream, I buy Skintimate.
Except, see, this time I decided to branch out from my usual…is it Dry Skin type? It comes in the pink bottle. Naturally, I was attracted to it because it was pink. I can’t speak for every woman becuase I know many, many women do not like being pidgeonholed with color-based gender marketing, but pink is my favorite color and I have dry skin, so it was a perfect fit.
Anyway, back to the point – for whatever reason that I cannot remember now (maybe it was the only color left and I was having some sort of Shaving Emergency?) I purchased the Baby Soft shave gel. I liked the promise of having Baby Soft skin and when it came out of the can it was the same usual shade of pink that I was accustomed to, except the SMELL. The aroma, my dear friend, was less than pleasant.
Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. It was a quite pleasant smell, it just…well, I’ll be blunt with you. I thought I had accidentally picked up a jar of Men’s Shaving Cream.
It still worked fine and felt fine and as usual my legs are looking fantastic (thank you for that, by the way) but I can’t help but notice that I smell like I just exited an Axe commercial or an Old Spice demonstration or, perhaps, a high school basketball locker room (pre-game).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are dozens – if not hundreds – of women who would love this smell, but I am not that lady. I am, in fact, one of those “typical” women that you expect would purchase your product. I like expensive things. I like pink shaving cream. And I like smelling like a bouquet of roses or a pile of kittens or unicorn poo or other delightful fancy, frilly things that we women are supposed to be smelling like.
I do NOT appreciate smelling like a man.
At any rate, I will absolutely continue to purchase Skintimate Skin Therapy Shave Cream in the future, but will likely not be purchasing the Baby Soft variety anymore. If it were at all possible to infuse the delightful scent from the Sensitive Skin formula into the Baby Soft formula, that would be much better. Or perhaps you could release a new Baby Soft variety that smells like cupcakes or daisies or anything on the opposite end of the spectrum from that Trademark Dude-Bro Man Musk scent that the current Baby Soft smell so closely resembles.
I thank you very much for your time, and thank you for creating an otherwise fabulous product, even if you do miss the mark on the scent testing once and a while.