Product Type: Adidas Antiperspirant / Deodorant
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You'll feel blue after this challenge
Adidas Blue Challenge Deodorant
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Adidas Blue Challenge Deodorant
Advantages: Smells quite nice
Disadvantages: Irritates and doesn't prevent sweat, leading to mixed smells
I used to think that any old deodorant would do - that the smell would be the most important thing and that every product would have the same effect on preventing the smell of sweat from happening in the first place. Adidas' Blue Challenge range has been around on the shelves for a while now, and is quite noticeable and stands out, and the relatively cheap price tag (ranges from £1 to around £2 for a can, depending on where you shop).
Whenever I buy an antiperspirant deodorant, I do a little smell test first, as there are some smells of deodorant which really repulse me. I found that this actually had a rather pleasant smell about it, rather fragrant and masculine. I thought this would turn out to be a bit of a keeper, so I bought it straight away.
First usage revealed the same thing as with the test - a pleasant smell that made me feel very positive. The smell wasn't too strong, but it lingered - very subtly. Subsequently, though, I started to feel a little uncomfortable, and began to itch. This didn't ease up, no matter how much I tried to air my arms, and this irritation led to me getting all hot and bothered and sweating more. It was as if I hadn't actually used anything at all in terms of sweat prevention, and the irritation hadn't improved.
I gave this up to it just being the first occasion of using it, and as I had also started using a new shower gel, I initially thought this might have been the reason. The fact that the pleasant smell lingered had initially made me feel positive in this sense despite the irritation and sweat, but even this smell started to wane and becoming a bit more pungent, as if the scents that remained were a less attractive combination. It sort of arrested my nostrils a bit, and by the evening, the smell had ceased to be there and it was a more unpleasant replacement combo of sweat and old deodorant.
I had used it again, mainly because it was more of a worry about the shower gel rather than this. However, I have since found that the shower gel is actually fine, and does the job very well, while the deodorant is more of an air freshener than anything else. The smell is a very nice one as long as it isn't combined with something else, and the fact of being added to a body means that it's not fit for purpose. This, added to the fact that it irritated my skin almost instantly, means that it's a deodorant that I won't be using again.
What I don't get is that this is supposed to have been tested on athletes, and yet my sweat glands were easily triggered by hardly any exercise or movement, at least not compared to an athlete. It may well be that I had a reaction to something in the product itself, but this has not happened with any other deodorant, and I have used a lot of varying brands. Adidas is usually a brand I have success with in terms of quality brands. This is the first disappointment, so I won't ignore the brand, but their Blue Challenge range certainly hasn't done them any favours. Not recommended.
Summary: Poor deodorant from Adidas
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