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We Traded Gendered Products And Now We're Shook

Do the differences justify the price?

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We've been mindlessly buying gendered products ever since we were young.

Sarah: I'm not a pink, girly person per se, but I almost always buy products made for women. I guess I thought there had to be something unique about the product. There's a reason it's for girls and not rough, smelly boys. Right?

Kiebus: A lot of products like lotions and creams haven't been marketed toward men until the past few years. So maybe I just like feeling noticed. I also assume I prefer the scent of some of the male products — more of a lumberjack scent as opposed to lavender and roses.

True girly products smell more like roses, but that doesn't mean the gendered differences aren't complete bullshit.

Sarah: We decided to trade gendered bathroom products for a month to see if we really preferred stuff aimed at our respective genders.

Kiebus: In today's age, with the gender binary feeling so antiquated, it's weird how popular women's and men's items are.

Sarah: For our test, when a product did not have a version specifically aimed at both genders, we had the neutral stand-in for the missing gendered items.

Kiebus: Most brands assume lotions are for women. They don't need to include that in the packaging. For us men, we need a little convincing with black and orange design and bold fonts.

Sarah: Going into this, I expected women's stuff to be more expensive, just because my gender is used to getting screwed. I quickly found out that's not always the case.

Note: All prices were accurate at the time of purchase.

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"It puts the lotions in the basket."

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Sarah: So I guess you are paying 20 cents more for a coffee scent? I don't know if it's worth it.

Kiebus: I love the subtlety in the description. These two products are the exact same. They just smell a little different. Yet one "fights" dry skin and the other "smoothes" and "softens."

Sarah: According to Palmer's, masculinity is so fragile that men must be made to feel active and powerful when using lotion. Geez.

Men sweat from adventure, whereas women sweat from sex.

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Kiebus: These two items are marketed so differently, it's hilarious. But if I'm being honest, I do prefer the Adventure scent.

Sarah: Yeah, I'm not really a fan of either scent, but at least the women's antiperspirant isn't overpowering. Men must need a strong scent because they really, really stink?

Kiebus: Or they just fear they stink. But at least they are stinking because they are climbing a mountain.

Sarah: "Sexy Intrigue" makes me think there's a murder mystery and the lead suspect is the vivacious French maid. It's so silly. But hey, at least they're charging the same price.

Razors: Why do we need so many blades?

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Kiebus: So, as you might have guessed, the shaving creams were exactly the same except for their smell.

Sarah: And that women's shaving cream costs a dollar more. I was already onto this, however. I always buy men's shaving cream.

Kiebus: The men's razors were also much less expensive. They were $4.99 for a five-pack, whereas the women's were $10.39 for a five-pack.

Sarah: Double the price! I was so confused by this I actually contacted the company. They pointed out that the women's have five blades, so they must be superior. Priced per blade: Women's is 42 cents, and the men's is 33.

Kiebus: More blades is bullshit, and everyone knows it. I also found that the women's razors didn't last as long.

Sarah: Yeah, the women's has the lotion bar that quickly deteriorates.

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Kiebus: The women's is also SO WIDE.

Sarah: There's no reason for the extra plastic on the sides. Overall I much prefer the men's razor blade. It lasted longer. The only change I would make is to round the harsh edges of the men's blade so I don't hurt my butthole.

Kiebus: You hurt your butthole? Never mind. I don't want you to answer that.

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Do you have an extra dollar for shampoo?

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Sarah: Why is this men's shampoo and conditioner a dollar more expensive?

Kiebus: You are paying for the caffeine. Your hair didn't stick straight up after you used this? Like it was on a caffeine high?

Sarah: Lord no. And I really didn't prefer the smell over the regular Dove.

Kiebus: I don't love baby powder scent, but it's better than chemicals.

Everyone has zits.

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Sarah: I like the smell of both of these. I really like the men's.

Kiebus: Me too. The menthol scent is actually refreshing.

Sarah: However, they're all more expensive than the regular Neutrogena Acne Wash. That costs $4.99 for 6 ounces. You're paying about a dollar extra for the grapefruit scent, or you're getting an ounce less for the men's menthol scent.

Kiebus: For me, the scent might be worth it. I'm more likely to use it. Is that weird?

Cotton swabs and tweezers: There should be NO DIFFERENCE.

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Sarah: The tweezers are exactly the same. EXACTLY THE SAME.

Kiebus: I cannot explain why men's tweezers are so much cheaper. Please: Buy men's tweezers.

Sarah: Thankfully the cotton swabs are the same prince for either gender.

Kiebus: But the instructions for the cotton swabs are so needlessly sexist. It's hilarious.

These are the honest-to-god instructions for cotton swab use:

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Kiebus: Basically, men probably drink beer in a leather jacket as they use cotton swabs for motorcycle detailing and model building.

Sarah: Whereas us women have to take care of our babies and clean the bathroom.

Kiebus: I still can't believe this is real.

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Creme: Like cream, but French.

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Kiebus: Baby powder scent is back.

Sarah: Yeah, and again, I'm not a fan. I really prefer the scent for Nivea Men.

Kiebus: The packaging for Nivea Men is way better too. The women's one looks like something my grandmother would buy.

Sarah: It smells like it too. On the other hand, you are paying so much more for the scent. And a lot of people don't want scents in their face creams.

Kiebus: I still can't believe the men's says it will boost confidence in the description. I mean, come on, it's not that different from the regular.

Why is bar soap more expensive for men?

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Kiebus: I'm transported to the bathroom of a suburban home. There's a relaxing beach theme and the towels are freshly washed.

Sarah: That doesn't sound bad. I actually liked the men's scent better. It reminds me of winter swim team and trapped chlorine.

Kiebus: The "Aqua Impact" does smell a little better, but it's not worth the price differential, which is insane. I'd go with the pink soap here.

Here are our takeaways:

1. When it's gendered, it's likely more expensive.

The only exception was the men's razor. If you are looking for the cheapest price for the same product, go for something gender-neutral. Something your grandmother would buy.

2. Men's products have really chemically smells.

Sometimes this was pleasant, but most of the time it was just overly pungent. Can we get some lighter scents, please?

3. Coded words are everyone in gendered products, and they are hilarious.

Men fight dry skin, whereas women soothe their ailments and help heal babies. It's so blatant you can't help but laugh.

4. Gendered razors are a sham.

We both preferred men's razors, and they are cheaper. Honestly, if they just rounded the edges of the razor, they would have a nice gender-neutral razor for EVERYONE to enjoy.

5. Always compare prices!

Unless you are super obsessed with a particular scent, you should be comparing prices to get the best deal. Companies are making money on the fact that you are too lazy to compare and just will take the product assigned to your gender. Fight/soothe back. Do your research.

We also made our coworkers try these different gendered products, and they definitely agreed with us.

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