This is the sixth and final installation of the men’s body powder showdown. Though it is entirely possible that a rather sizable portion of this niche market was not included in this head-to-head challenge, enough of a variety was present to make things interesting, and show that us men are by no means hemmed in to a single choice when it comes to powdering our boys. Though the differences between the products tested were often times rather minimal, which made judging difficult at first, daily use of these products over a period of a month and a half made the final decision a simple one.
All the powders in this test were talc-based, which makes for a level playing field for all involved. The ingredients added by the individual manufacturers, the proprietary ratio of the added ingredients, and the packaging and application methods, were all taken into consideration, as was the fragrance of the product once applied to the body. This test was by no means scientific, double-blind, or untainted by personal preference, mood or state of mind. This is powder for your dangly bits and the territory immediately surrounding them. Preference of this sort is very personal. Feel free to give any or all of these products a test drive. None will disappoint, one may, as it happened in this test, stand out as the best product for your goodies. Let’s proceed, shall we?
- Of the four body powder brands represented in this test/showdown, the three from Balla were my least favorite. Though their poshly packaged product is the silkiest feeling of the bunch, the powerful fragrance of their original formula, and the lack of any discernible tingle, and only a mild cooling sensation from their tingle formula, left me feeling dubious about their entire line-up.
- Though I have had a bottle of Gold Bond in my bathroom for as long as I can remember, this old-school protector of private parts pales in comparison to some of its new-school rivals. If this test was based solely on the efficacy of the product once applied, either of the two Gold Bond powders tested would have won. Whether in original or extra strength, the proven combination of botanical and mineral ingredients works very well at keeping that swampy feeling at bay, soothing crotch rot, and preventing jock itch, but the medicinal, liniment-like smell of the powder is so grandfatherly in nature, it could not compete against the more contemporary and subtle products in this test.
- When I first started my research on Jewel Dust, I wasn’t exactly sure what to think. Their clever, but mildly macho, somewhat sophomoric, hetero-centric web presence, complete with girls in short-shorts posing with the product, another grappling with some dude on a couch, and the whole shebang, in general, looking a little low-rent, immediately made it appear as if they weren’t particularly interested in attracting any of the 2,000,000 or so gay men [source] in this country as their customers. That aside, Jewel Dust, is a mighty fine product. The minimalist mix of talc, zinc oxide, and fragrance works well and smells clean, fresh, and masculine.
- The winner of this bunch is from Dry Goods. Its not that Dry Goods is profoundly better at performing the duties of a powder of this sort, in fact, it is on par with Jewel Dust, which is to say, good, as far as overall efficacy and level of fragrance are concerned. Where Dry Goods excels in comparison to the rest of the products here is in its packaging and method of application. The packaging is clean and modern, masculine but not macho, and the fact that it sprays at all angles makes it perfect for getting those hard to reach areas that rarely see the light of day. Best of all, applying this stuff, though a positively chilling experience, doesn’t create a dusting of loose powder on the floor of the bathroom. It goes where it’s aimed, sticks where it lands, and does what it claims to do. Whether in original or menthol, Dry Goods is about as good as it gets.
Dry Goods and Balla can be purchased at www.groominglounge.com.
Jewel Dust can be purchased by clicking here.
Gold Bond is available all over the San Francisco Bay Area in places like Safeway, CVS, Walgreens & Rite Aid
Full disclosure: These products were provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be unrealistic.