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A couple of weeks ago I went along to my usual Boots pharmacy to purchase my Mitchum SmartStick deodorant, a product that I have been using for a few years now having been literally burnt by overly perfumed products that either make body odour smell worse or try to mask it with something cheap and synthetic like a lot of aero-tinned room sprays! The ones designed for men to attract the opposite sex often attract lumps under my arms and are very painful. I haven't touched a man's product range for quite some time now because of the fear of searing pain under my arms and the dry skin that follows afterwards. After buying a new product by Mitchum called "Endurance," that is anything but (and still to appear online) I ended up buying a new product by Nivea for Men called "Silver Protect," 24 hour roll on deodorant. Compared to what I'm used to in the chalky, soft and smooth roll on stick Mitchum usually sell, this product by Nivea for Men travels back in time to the standard liquid assisted plastic ball roll on design, and from first use to continual use continually reminds me of how mass brands do things differently - as well as of course, being wet from the moment it is rolled on!
But before you look away from that aspect, yes, whilst "Silver Protect" is a wet application roll on, it only cost me £1.05 for the 50ml product and is so handy in size, I did think about buying two of the same products at the time just for the fact that it is so cheap! However the experience of buying cheap has memories of wasting money and in an age of recession where everything is becoming so expensive to buy, I do wonder how much this product actually costs/suggested selling price too or if the £1 is an introductory offer; unlike the "Sure" products on the same shelf, I was surprised to see such a cheap price on the basis that this is a glass bottle with a plastic top against Sure's all soft & glossy plastic products.
The Nivea for Men "Silver Protect" range at the moment, comes in 4 different products like a shower gel, spray deodorants (available in "Polar Blue," fragrance marked by its silvery blue tins against the chrome/brushed stainless steel appearance of the original) and the roll on product I have looks like a sex toy at worst thanks to its domed silver pull of top, and at best a bullet with a clean and clear bottom thick glass bottle with a clear labelling transfer with tacky silvery stripes that adorn each side. At least the product does stand up to the initial claims - it is a clear product, alcohol free (at last!) and has no colour added. Nivea also claims the product gives 24-hour confidence (marked by the fact that it has"24" in a little silver circle displayed on the front of the bottle) and has an antibacterial additive such as Silver Ions added to inspire freshness and help to fight body odour as well as being dermatologically approved.
The use of "Silver Ions," is probably a marketing ploy - certainly it can't be seen in the clear glass bottle, but the only other brand I can think of who have tried the scientific approach with silver ion coatings is Hoover, who claim that the stuff is used to coat their filters on board of some of their vacuums to make it antibacterial friendly. I'm sure given the chance, many people with a hygiene issue would love this product; they go mad for products that have "antibacterial" emblazoned across them, whilst I don't go in for the marketing - I was just intrigued to see why this product was cheap, sitting right next to a Sure product claiming to do just the same, but stank strongly of Old Spice!
In use, I was really surprised to find that "Silver Protect" roll on only takes seconds for this product to dry up and with it being a clear water based liquid, no staining worries. The liquid doesn't feel oily, but rather just like water, almost like the feeling of just coming out of a shower with no additional cooling effects that some other roll ons have. It was disconcerting at first though as it has been many years since I have used a roll on of this type and although not available at the time in a roll on type, I can confirm that the "Polar Blue," spray has a peppermint smell, with hints of melon in the undertones. Here the good news is that this roll on deodorant has a much weaker, understated fragrance of men's "general" cologne. The scent isn't very strong though and certainly has aspects of cedar and sweet pepper.
Once applied, "Nivea For Men Silver Protect," doesn't sting me and I'd say that the claim of no alcohol additive is spot on and it only takes seconds to dry into my armpits, pretty much the same way as Mitchum's Smart Stick; soft and smooth feeling as if nothing has been added. During the day, I can sometimes smell the light, peppery cedar fragrance whenever I'm doing things like lifting boxes, or even vacuuming - but the biggest surprise of this product is that it actually works! Put through the stages of gardening and taking old appliances to the dump, "Silver Protect," has really been put through the duration of building up sweat and the product does work over a 24-hour period without having to reapply. I was so amazed by the formula, I waited two days to see how long this product lasts - and it can last up to 48 hours dependent on the amount of work you put your body through! Afterwards, as I went to check my armpits - no sign of bad body odour - just the slight underlying scent of this product's fragrance.
All in all I'm really impressed - but it goes without saying - it would be interesting to see just how Nivea for Men release the actual pricing for this product. For the fact that it is so cheap - at the moment - the handy size of the product's bottle means it is also easy to travel with as well as being quite discreet in its packaging - and it's a product that of course, appears to work. Apt for buyers who have sensitive underarms but need 24-hour protection, the added bonus of no colours and no alcohol means it's less of a burning dry issue and whilst the underlying note of the understated perfume is freshening, the formula doesn't over take and affect other aftershaves, if they are used. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011