Product Review: Brut Black Ice and Blue Wave Deodorant

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Et tu, Brute?”

Who among us hasn’t been “betrayed” by our deodorant? Do we hold it accountable, or do we just live with it and blame ourselves?

In their quest for the perfect men’s deodorant, Brut really cranked the weirdness meter up to 11, as evidenced by the groundbreaking technique shown below:

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The result? The most superior men’s deodorants ever created, embodied in two separate scents: Black Ice and Blue Wave.

I tried both and found them to be distinctly different. While both scents are subtle to your nostrils, Black Ice is a stronger scent, a little more forceful.

Blue Wave was barely even detectable, but it provided a crisp, fresh scent that lived up to the name Blue Wave, which made me think of the chick-centric surfing movie, Blue Crush.

Blue Wave is like Kate Bosworth’s character, Anne Marie. Free flowing and effective, but unsure about pursuing her dream of becoming a professional surfer over a pending relationship with NFL quarterback Matt Tollman in town for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii during the offseason.

Black Ice is the hardcore Eden, played by uber-babe Michelle Rodriguez. It’s rugged, rough and uncompromising, but still super hot and appealing in a completely different way.

What’s significant about the new offerings from Brut? For the first time in nearly a decade, the classic men’s grooming brand has introduced these two new crisp, clean and masculine scents, offering a modern take on a timeless tradition.

Skewered by friends and other players wives for receiving the “Matt Tollman Makeover,” Anne Marie relents on her quest to slay him for her own, the way we at times are overpowered by dominating body odor. Aside from the smell, both deodorants are designed to fight back against and prevent wetness for 24 hours at a time thanks to the special Trimax Triple Action Formula.

As far as makeovers go, Brut has also undergone one. The entire men’s grooming line, from cologne to aftershave balm, has also received a new look for 2014, with a sports-inspired logo that “reflects the key attributes of the BRUT man: strong, confident and powerful.”

When I see those three words strung together, I immediately visualize legendary all-male crooner Tom Jones, purveyor of a Monster Hammer.

Back then, his musk was surely enough to sway many a babe to partake in the endless waves of his sensual delights. Note how smoothly and coyly he gets kisses from two sisters sitting in the front row.

Look at this one; he doesn’t even ask, but demands a kiss and gets one.

But in 2014, it’s a different ball of wax. If you want to hang ten with a discerning babe and receive kisses on demand, some men’s grooming is necessary. And at the bare minimum, you don’t want to be emitting a strong odor of B.O.

To be a man like Tom Jones, the 2014 version, lather your pits in the new deodorant from Brut, which costs just around $3 each.

For more information, check out the Brut website here. You can also give Brut a shout-out via social media by using the hashtag #LetYourManOut.

  

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Product Review: Sebamed Sensitive Skin After Shave Balm and Deodorant

Sebamed first hit store shelves in the 1960s, which makes it about twice as old as Sabretooth, famous archenemy of X-Men character Wolverine. Maybe if Sabretooth used Sebamed, his pH levels wouldn’t be so out of whack and he wouldn’t be as vicious. He would at least have better skin.

Speaking of which, healthy skin has an intact protective barrier which defends against environmental irritants and guards against dehydration. In fact, the surface of the skin is covered with a hydrolipid film called the acid mantle that is slightly acidic (pH 5.5). The acid mantle is essential for supporting the barrier functions of the outermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. And you thought the acid mantle and stratum corneum were obstacles you encounter during the Tough Mudder.

“Acid mantle? Stratum corneum? What is all this stuff, Paul?  The active ingredients in Sebamed sound like something straight out of X-Men. But it’s just another facet of aging, and as you age, you start to care about stuff you never thought you would. Like warranties, APRs and how rezoning of the local school district may impact what school your daughter attends. You also want to avoid crow’s feet and other examples of skin pushed to the limit without the intercession of a tender hand. And that is where the tender, caring, nurturing hand of Sebamed makes the difference, just like the tender hand of Professor Charles Francis Xavier aka Professor X.

Disruptions in the skin’s barrier function can lead to sensitive and dry skin. The skin then becomes susceptible to outside (allergens, irritants, weather, infection) and internal (stress, hormones, diseases) factors which can trigger skin inflammation. Moisture is lost through unprotected cracks in the outermost layer of the skin and the skin is also more prone to infections.

I tried the Sebamed for Men After Shave Balm and the mix of botanical phytosteroles and chamomile extract had a soothing effect, like a fat tax refund. It didn’t dry my skin out because it isn’t loaded with alcohol or mentholated.

But the product that I really enjoyed was the Sebamed Balsam Sensitive deodorant. What I really liked is that it is aluminum free. Amazingly, almost all name brand deodorants contain aluminum, and I just don’t think there’s any way that is good for you, unless you are Magneto, primary villain of the X-Men. It was also applied via roll-on applicator and reminded me of Certain-Dri in terms of consistency and application.

Sebamed isn’t going to wow you with an awesome marketing campaign like Old Spice’s “Mom’s Song,” but that’s not their brand. Sebamed is the old standby that doesn’t jump up for attention, like Mystique, who is there and you’re glad, because they hit the mark every time.

For more information on Sebamed, click here.

  

Bullz-Eye tackles Tough Mudder Lake Tahoe Degree DO:MORE Style!

Degree Men DO-MORE CORPS

There is no feeling on earth like sliding into the $125 robe in your room at the Ritz Carlton after spending six hours on the most difficult obstacle course in the world. Wait a minute, did someone say “Carlton”?  I thought they did.

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This robe is the kind of robe Carlton would’ve rocked when he was on “Silver Spoons” with Ricky Schroeder. God, how I yearned to ride on that sweet in-house train, even just to go get the mail. Imagine me and the robe and the train. We’d run a train on the train; me, Carlton, the robe, Ricky… good times.

Sure, I thought about stealing the robe. Who wouldn’t? But the minute I stepped foot off the premises, the magic would’ve been gone, like when a young Moonlight Graham steps over the foul line in “Field of Dreams” to be irrevocable transformed into Doc, the kindly doctor who removes a piece of hot dog from Kevin Costner’s daughter’s airway to save her life.

Anyway, I left the robe, and about a pound of ball skin, on the mountain that day, and lived to tell the tale.

Keeping it REAL klassy on the mountain...

Keeping it REAL klassy on the mountain…

But you know what I didn’t leave on the mountain that day, friends? Sweat, or a stench of any kind. That’s because Degree had my back, not unlike the way Chuck Norris had Jonathan Brandis’ back in the movie “Sidekicks.”

Degree allows you to DO: MORE with three levels of protection.

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