Monday, August 25, 2008

Switching Deodorant... It's a Big Deal!

"I hope this stuff works!"

One of the funny things about being on this trip is coming across things that I never thought would be an issue. For example, I thought every place in the world (Especially Australia) would have the Old Spice deodorant that I used. However, here in Australia, the main type of deodorant is the kind that you spray. No Old Spice Red Zone for me. Goodbye trusted old friend...
^My Retired Deodorant^

When we arrived in Cairns at our program introduction we were told that "Australia has no ozone layer." However, when I tried to do my own research I found that the hole in the ozone layer is actually over Antarctica. Only a small portion of the hole sometimes reaches the far southern part of Australia.

So, what does the hole in the ozone layer have to do with deodorant? Well think I remember something from high school about how aerosol products help contribute to ozone depletion. Now I'm no scientist, but it looks like all these Australians using their spray deodorant is why the hole in the ozone layer is getting larger. One of the closest continents to Antarctica is Australia, so it makes sense to me. :-)

So anyway back to the nerve racking event that involves picking out a new deodorant. Switching types, brands, and smells. This is a big deal people! I was ready to replenish my deodorant reserves, and when I was at the store and I was confronted with several types of spray deodorant. I did not recognize a single brand. So decided to start smelling ones that looked cool. After about the fifth bottle, they all started smelling the same. And then I saw it... on the bottom row was a familiar logo and can:

Now it may have had something to do with the previous five deodorants I had already smelled, but the Brut didn't smell as much like an... um I mean... like I had remembered. It actually smelled halfway tolerable. So I decided to give it a try.

When I got back to my apartment, I asked my roommate what he thought was the best deodorant. Ya know, the stuff that makes the ladies go crazy. He told me, "The chicks like this stuff called Lynx." And he showed me the stuff he used. The scent he has is called, "Africa."

Now when I think of Africa, the first thing that comes to my mind is not something that smells nice. I think of lions, elephants, and exotic safari creatures of the sort. And I'm no Steve Erwin but last time I checked, elephants didn't smell very nice. Anyway, I digress. Back to the story.

Asked my roommate if that was the scent the ladies liked, and he said, "Oh yeah the chicks go crazy for it." I then showed him my purchase in the green can. He responded with, "Mate, you need to just throw that stuff into a fire, that's the only thing that it's good for." So I was sure to go back to the store as soon as possible to buy this "Lynx" and buy the "Africa" scent.

When I got back to the store, I had to choose between the "Deodorant Bodyspray" with the "Improved Fragrance" or the "24-Hour Anti-Perspirant." It was way too much pressure, so I just bought them both.

^My roommate says it makes the chicks go crazy...^