I haven’t purchased deodorant since 2003

It was a sunny day in Waco, Texas when I walked into the grocery store near campus.  It was May 2003.  I noticed a bargain bin advertising the deodorant I wore – Shower Clean Degree.

The sign over the bin read:

Shower Clean Degree
99 cents
No limit

99 cents?  No limit?  You bet I filled my basket!  I don’t remember how many Shower Clean Degrees I purchased, but I have not purchased deodorant since that day.  I’ve had a box full of Shower Clean Degrees that moved with me from my college apartment to Ryan and my first apartment to Ryan and my second apartment then to our house.  Now, I am on my very last one.

What technologies have changed in deodorant composition?  Is there still PH balance?  Are there still solids or is everything clear now?  I am over five years behind! 

Does Shower Clean Degree still smell the same?  How much does deodorant cost?  Where is it in the store?  I feel like a caveman.

The artifact:


  1. #1 by tierd on January 26, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Ha! That is so something I would do! It’s the end of an era for you!!

  2. #2 by b on January 26, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    wow that’s impressive. closest i can come is that i’m only on my second bottle of aftershave lotion in 10 years (helps if you only shave once a week and then only use a tiny bit of it)

  3. #3 by Weslie on January 26, 2009 - 6:38 pm

    Ooooh, shower clean was my favorite Degree scent for YEARS! Try the satin (or similar?) scent, it’s good too. (I know you’re probably thinking, “but satin doesn’t smell like anything.” I know. Shame on the Degree people.)

  4. #4 by hilstreet on January 26, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    Jennifer: It was at the HEB on Bagby.
    Bryan: Nice to know about aftershave!
    Weslie: Thanks for the tips!

  5. #5 by Becky on January 28, 2009 - 5:24 am

    I’m astounded! How did I not know you had a secret HUGE stash of deo in our apt??? I’m amazed your last little stick still works after all these years! Impressive, Degree!

  6. #6 by hilstreet on January 28, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Good point, Becky! This is a testament to Degree’s quality product. That, or I stink.

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