Sunday, July 20, 2014

Are Deodorants and Antiperspirants Seasonal in Germany?

Yesterday, I went shopping with a friend visiting Berlin. He needed underarm deodorant, not antiperspirant, which causes a rash on his skin. We went to DM, my neighborhood drugstore, because I remembered seeing scores of deodorants there. When we searched the shelves, I was surprised to see about 30 types of antiperspirants, but only two or three deodorants (one was organic, one was fruit smelling, and the other was Old Spice). The Old Spice would have to do. 

As I checked out, I asked the sales clerk why so few deodorants? She said that during the summer months, there wasn't much demand for deodorants, people wanted antiperspirants. It was a seasonal thing. On reflection, it made perfect sense. People tended to sweat more during the summer, and hence the need for antiperspirants. In the USA, people use antiperspirants year round. Leave it to the Germans to be so logical. 

1 comment:

My View From Maine said...

In Thailand we take two showers a day and do not need either deodorant or antiperspirant.

The tropical climate makes us sweat more so even after a nights sleep it's nice to get the "sticky" off your body.

If we are going out in the evening, a shower before is in order. Otherwise a nice rinse off before bedtime does the trick.