Product Type: Adidas Antiperspirant / Deodorant
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A Blue Challenge Indeed!
Adidas Blue Challenge Deodorant
Member Name: Nar2
Adidas Blue Challenge Deodorant
Date: 22/04/10, updated on 22/04/10 (255 review reads)
Advantages: Fresh and sporty fragrance, good prices. Compact size.
Disadvantages: Hard to find, new labelling better than old, burns, dries out, not long lasting.
It isn't often that when it comes to the brand of choice for male body wear that I tend to buy many products from the famous German brand, Adidas. I once visited the factory when I was an exchange secondary school student at a secondary school in Germany and my pen friend's dad happened to work at the actual company. Back then Adidas as a label was only ever restricted to sports wear and the odd skip cap! When it comes to fragrances such as after shave and general deodorant I tend to keep away from masculine marketed products simply because most are too strong, smell like dry sweat and don't really appeal to my senses. After all I don't wear expensive aftershave for nothing, only having to have it blanked out by a stronger deodorant spray along the lines of Lynx or similar.
A couple of months ago however I was given a birthday gift in the form of a new fragrance from Adidas known as the "Blue" range and within that product line up, "Blue Challenge," although it isn't a new fragrance in its entirety having seen on the shelves at many pharmacies, I often allowed Adidas as a fragrance brand to walk on by. However since my birthday I've been hooked with Blue Challenge's fresh and energetic smell against the pine and sandalwood tones I'm used to wearing. So I decided what better product to accompany my new gift than the sports derived deodorant in spray form? At a cost price of £1-99 per 250ml I'd say for the price here it sits against Lynx and other masculine branded products without being overly expensive even though two local pharmacies in town seemed to stock everything but this sporty body spray. Over to Co Op and Morrisons however and the story was the same. At Tesco however I managed to score a tin spray quite happily and discovered quite a few different ranges of Adidas sports derived deodorants for men.
Firstly I don't go in for advertising much but the tin spray here is a delightful laser blue in colour with black and silver writing whilst the "Blue Challenge," has two sets of oversized letters in greys and blacks whilst the updated tin has light blue contrasting writing. I was so excited in finding Blue Challenge that I bought two tin sprays: one of the older stocks and one of the newer stocks. It isn't the most sporty of products in look but it has a black pull off top that is organically rounded and shaped, whilst the whole spray tins weighs in at 250ml and in its very neat and compact design, suitable to be slung in a sports bag at a moment's notice.
Secondly, the fragrance of Blue Challenge has plenty of sweet cologne tones such as a light and mysterious dusky scent that isn't overpowering to a rounded scent that smells a little like Yankee Candle's Midsummer Night candles (their purposefully masculine orientated cologne candle) without being overly sweet and less of the pine that sporty sprays for men are usually compiled of. Fresh, inviting and full of bright zing is about the only way I can describe this fragrance, at times having low undertones of citrus. My female friends seemed to adore the scent and commented freely wondering what brand I had "spilt."
The sport additive claims that this product has been "...developed with Athletes," and other blurb claims on the basis that Adidas is a master of caring for the consumer based on its own sports expertise and research. Now in all my time as a deodorant user, I much prefer sticks or dry roll on sticks as they seem to do the trick and up until now for my daily application, it is Mitchum that rules the day here. Sometimes I like something different for a "challenge," and from my experience of the gifted aftershave, I've actually fallen for the scent in a big way.
After the first application, I found the Blue Challenge quite intoxicating and although I had kept more than 6 inches away from my body when using this product, I did feel some after spray burn on my underarms, which I wasn't expecting. I prepared to let this pass however for the grace of this scent which I began to fully enjoy. However even if it was slightly windy by being outside in the garden, by a couple of hours passing and sitting down reading in a short white T shirt, I wasn't expecting my armpits to feel sore. Not only that but after a couple of hours later I was seriously wet and very uncomfortable. Just what kind of Athletes have Adidas been testing these products on? Swimmers by any chance? I have never sweated so much before - but then I've never detracted from a stick roll on to a spray for many years until now.
I threw out the "old" label tin immediately putting it down to literal old stock and tried the new tin the next day. Undaunted I was really prepared to give this a product a go! After the first couple of days, Blue Challenge "the new label," proved to be a much better bet and naturally put the first tin down as a dud. However it wasn't long before my armpits started to feel hot again upon applying this product and soon in the day my armpits felt like they were on fire. Combating the smell of sweat wasn't a problem however because most of this product rolls off my armpits and with whatever sweat has been built up during the day gets taken with it. Then I was left with seriously sore dry armpits and a bad odour of dry sweat coming through by evening. Mitchum to the rescue!
That's the problem with a product that is claimed to be "helped out," by Athletes. I would never have assumed Blue Challenge would give me 24 hour protection when it doesn't carry those exact words. For a sports orientated product and the imagery of Athletes in their arduous sport practice regime, Adidas should really think less of the chemical smell and care for those who may well buy into the idea of Athletic approved deodorant. One good aspect of the product is that it doesn't stain clothing but if it irritates my skin, this is a general no-go product.
What a pity that for a premium internationally known company like Adidas, both this fragrance and deodorant is absent on the global website and the product leaves me soaking wet with burning armpits. I can't think which is the worst of two evils! To believe in a brand that stands for sport or to believe in a product that stands by sport but challenges itself by chemicals and armpit burn! What a shame the deodorant isn't as good as the fragrance. As such I'm not wasting what I have left of the spray - it will do as air freshener! Thanks for reading ©Nar2 2010
Summary: The Adidas Blue fragrance is lovely but this is a total nightmare deodorant.
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