To spray a deodorant in the shop?

(75 Posts)
SublimeCorpse Wed 09-Jul-14 16:42:38

Just a tiny squirt, into the lid of the can to see if I like the smell?

Apparently IABVU and it's parents like me that allow their kids to do this that cause teachers to worry for the next generation shock

Onlyonamonday Wed 09-Jul-14 16:45:33

So if everyone did this we'd all be buying half empty cans of deodorant ... Most deodorant smells fine no need to smell it

OurMiracle1106 Wed 09-Jul-14 16:48:06

I stick to the same ones for that reason so I don't end up with something awful smelling.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 09-Jul-14 16:48:25

wish they left one at the front as a tester with tester written large and sealed the others with cellophane or something then you could sniff first and still buy a full can securely... guilty though blush

LastTango Wed 09-Jul-14 16:48:48

Just get a Thai deodorant stick - much better all round......and no stinky smell of ANY sort.

Jelliebabe2 Wed 09-Jul-14 16:48:56

Everyone does this! Can't buy without knowing if its nasty! I have been a bit told off in Boots for doing something similar though!

HoneyDragon Wed 09-Jul-14 16:48:59

When some cost about £4.00 a tin I think it's perfectly reasonable.

BeCool Wed 09-Jul-14 16:49:44

why do you use spray deodorant? Do you like breathing it in every morning as you apply it?

SublimeCorpse Wed 09-Jul-14 16:51:16

So possibly iabu. Ok.

I always buy the one I spray from though, and it's never crossed my mind - when I pick up one I'm familiar with the scent of - to be worried that someone might have had a little squirt out of it confused

HoneyDragon Wed 09-Jul-14 16:51:49

Boots told me they stopped doing the actual testers because people nicked them.

Morethanalittlebitconfused Wed 09-Jul-14 16:53:22

Why not smell the roll on equivalent (most brands do their ranges in spray and roll on) so no waste then?

WorraLiberty Wed 09-Jul-14 16:59:02

I'm a sprayer/sniffer too blush

sarahquilt Wed 09-Jul-14 17:02:01

But would you like it if you ended up buying one that someone else had been spraying and sniffing?

WaitMonkey Wed 09-Jul-14 17:09:05

YABU. I don't want to buy something you have been taking the lid of and spraying I'm afraid. It costs enough, I want my full tin.

SublimeCorpse Wed 09-Jul-14 17:14:12

Morethan - good point! Can't do that with body spray etc though.

Glad I'm not the only one who does it - I see loads of people doing it though and genuinely thought everyone did!

SublimeCorpse Wed 09-Jul-14 17:15:01

Sarah - never thought of it like that, honestly!

WorraLiberty Wed 09-Jul-14 17:16:52

I'm the same with air freshener.

HTF are you supposed to know what it smells like by looking at the tin?

I don't want to buy one that goodness knows how many people have had a squirt out of already so no, I don't and YABU. I just buy ones with scents that I can be fairly sure will be OK, like cucumber or something.

BeanyIsPregnant Wed 09-Jul-14 17:19:14

I always have a spray first, but I will pick the one up from the front and smell the lid first incase someone else has had the same thought!

Downamongtherednecks Wed 09-Jul-14 17:23:04

I have never heard of anyone doing this. It seems an odd thing to do, it isn't as though you are buying a 50 pound bottle of scent.

MasterFlea Wed 09-Jul-14 17:23:58

Just did that yesterday. No way to know if it is nice otherwise. Bought the one I sprayed but had sprayed other scents of the same stuff and left them behind. It was dry shampoo so no roll on equivalent to sniff. My first time buying too.

I don't think it is unreasonable behaviour.

jessiemummy28 Wed 09-Jul-14 17:34:24

It never even occurred to me to do this! I don't want to buy a can that someone has opened and sprayed someone out of, and would assume noone else would either so wouldn't dream of spraying it before buying it.

Petitgrain Wed 09-Jul-14 17:43:35

I've always done this if I want to buy a different deodorant to my usual brand, because some of the fragrances they put in them currently are absolutely rank. I want to smell clean and fresh, like I just got out of the shower, not like a super-cheap version of the sickly perfumes that are unfathomably popular now. The only way to tell is to spray the teensiest bit into the lid and have a discreet sniff. If the retailers don't like it then they need to provide testers, and put measures in place to stop people stealing them.

AndHarry Wed 09-Jul-14 17:51:03

You can't possibly always buy the one you squirted from, otherwise what's the point of the squirt? If you'll buy it even if you don't like it then fine.

Cuteypatootey Wed 09-Jul-14 17:52:56

YABU. Do you try a few crisps from a packet and then decide whether you'll buy them?

AllDirections Wed 09-Jul-14 17:55:11

I never do but I know that others do so I never buy the ones at the front and I always give them a shake just to check it's not half empty grin

SpeedofSound0 Wed 09-Jul-14 17:56:56

When I see a new fragrance come out, I spray and sniff first. But I look for any travel pack sizes first.

My local supermarket has pick 'n' mix type boxes in the H&B aisle with different types of travel pack personal hygiene products in them.

I use a roll-on and a spray, but sometimes if I run out of spray I will use my OH designer deodorant spray, it is lovely.

I test air freshner first too. I have never been told off anywhere by anyone. So no, YANBU

Billygoats Wed 09-Jul-14 18:20:11

YABU for the fact other people don't want to be buying a half sprayed can.

Do you try all your food products before buying too incase they are not to your liking?

MrsWinnibago Wed 09-Jul-14 18:23:16

YABU unless it's marked as a tester! It's like people opening random body spray, perfume or nail polish!

PipkinsPal Wed 09-Jul-14 18:25:01

YABU. That is why I never pick up the deodorant from the front of the shelf to buy. I always reach behind for a full can that no-one has used.

Passthecake30 Wed 09-Jul-14 18:25:47

I do this and then take a different one

starfishmummy Wed 09-Jul-14 18:27:31

Sublime you say that you always buy the one you spray from. In which case if you are going to buy it anyway you don't need to test it!!

Thisismyfirsttime Wed 09-Jul-14 18:39:07

I do! And air freshener. I know it's bad though so I do it very discreetly, then buy the one I sprayed from if I like it. Why would people steal the testers and not full cans? I suppose it's one of those little oddities, my BIL worked as an undercover security guard and had many stories of the peculiar things people do that you wouldn't even think of!

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 09-Jul-14 18:47:54

my BIL worked as an undercover security guard and had many stories of the peculiar things people do that you wouldn't even think of! oooh do tell

tilliebob Wed 09-Jul-14 18:49:21

I haven't done that since I was a teenager in the 80's. Not something I ever see folk doing in Boots, either.

BeanyIsPregnant Wed 09-Jul-14 19:10:12

thisismyfirsttime I'm way more interested in uncovered security guard stories than I am about people spraying stuff.. Do tell!

coffeeinbed Wed 09-Jul-14 19:13:42

I only ever buy unscented.

Don't want to go round smelling of air freshener or a melon-cucumber hybrid.

i do, not that i buy them often, mainly lynx for DS and i dont buy the one i sprayed - i am officially BU

SpeedofSound0 Wed 09-Jul-14 19:18:32

I have seen men and women doing this in branches of Boots and Waitrose in different parts of the country tilliebob

In fact in Waitrose once, a rather posh lady opened a pot from a new line of yogurt that had come in, took out a spoon and tasted it in the aisle. I was shock. An assistant saw my face and told me that she does it all the time, but because she has shopped at the store for over 20 years and is very rich, the branch manager turns a blind eye. She spends a fortune in there.

It is a true story, and it was in the local newspaper apparently a few years ago. I didn't see the article though, so I am not sure whether that is true or not.

SublimeCorpse Wed 09-Jul-14 20:43:02

Ok so quite a few of us do this!

Just to clarify, if I smell 3 and like the 3rd, I buy only that one but don't put it back to get a fresh one, I buy the one I tested.

I was shocked though that the other customer had a go at me, then told me that she is a teacher and that parents like me (dd was with me) will be the downfall of the next generation! Surely she wbu!

I used to do it but it's harder now that some have the nozzle built into the lid in a twisty device. Dove and imperial leather are keeping it traditional for the time being.

If you had a DC with you then I would agree with her, you are teaching her bad habits.

BolshierAyraStark Wed 09-Jul-14 21:31:41

I do this blush

poppytripll Wed 09-Jul-14 21:35:59's deodorant, if you're worried you may not like the fragrance buy an unscented one or a roll on.

londonrach Wed 09-Jul-14 21:44:01

I do it too if new. Hate roll ins they hurt

Permanentlyexhausted Wed 09-Jul-14 23:12:05

It's a wierd and irritating thing to do. What made you think that anyone else walking down the aisle after you wished to smell the lingering aroma of deoderant?

I used to work in a supermarket and I remember one woman and her daughter regularly came in and sprayed themselves with Impulse. Theft, I seem to remember the manager referred to it as when he finally banned them. Spraying it inside the lid probably wouldn't be enough to earn that description but I'd still be tempted to give you my best cat's bum face if I saw you. It's just not very classy is it?!

Notso Wed 09-Jul-14 23:31:54

I do this if DH asks me to get him deodorant. He never has a preference except one that's on offer and some of them reek.
Shops should do testers if they don't want people to do it.
I don't mind buying a can with a bit squirted out.

Eminybob Wed 09-Jul-14 23:39:43

I think it's weird that people think this is an ok thing to do, but most people wouldn't dream of doing it with food. (Apart from waitrose yoghurt lady).

Why is that do you think?

Notso Fri 11-Jul-14 08:01:29

You can do it with food though, a good deli counter will let you try things, shops often have samples of new products.

WaitMonkey Fri 11-Jul-14 08:05:27

If people want to try products like in a deli, then shop's should meet customer demand and have testers. It shouldn't mean people spray a deodorant, than someone else is going to buy. I hope most people wouldn't open a tube of handcream or body lotion and have a squirt to see if they liked the smell. So what's the difference ?

JimmyCorkhill Fri 11-Jul-14 08:58:17

Yes, spray the one at the front and buy the one from the back grin

Eminybob Fri 11-Jul-14 09:04:29

Exactly, the shop decides what they want testers/tasters of. In a deli it's different, I'm taking about pre packages goods. You wouldn't open a pack of biscuits in tesco and try one would you?
I don't understand why people think it's ok to do it with deodorant.

murphys Fri 11-Jul-14 09:25:13

Yip I do it. I usually only buy Dove so I know what they smell like, but I do it to test that the spray nozzle works properly. I have had some that don't. wink. I always buy the one I have sprayed into the lid of though.

Anyway, its an unwritten rule that you always take spray deodorant from the back of the shelf... wink

Fudgeface123 Fri 11-Jul-14 10:37:17

It's stealing and i can't believe how many people think it's ok!!!

mumeeee Fri 11-Jul-14 10:50:09

YABU. I only test sprays if there is a tester bottle. I don't want to buy a deodorant and find that it's not full as other people had ben testing it. Yes you might have only had a little spray but if 10 people had done the same before you that will add up to quite a lot used. I don't think that the other customer was being unreasonable.

Nomama Fri 11-Jul-14 11:30:32

NU I do it too.

And I always taste a grape before I buy a bunch. Manager in one supermarket had a quiet word and I told him that I was sick to death of buying nasty green grapes and he was gaining more than he was losing when I bought a bunch of grapes.

To keep him happy I picked a single grape from my bunch, after it had been weighed and added to my bill, and gave it back to him...

I've no time for grape thieves either. Just wrong.

Nomama Fri 11-Jul-14 11:49:50

It used to be almost obligatory, WhoKnows. Real greengrocers would encourage you to have a taste, just as they do on market stalls still.

I either taste a single grape or I shop elsewhere, somewhere customers are appreciated. All that 'it's stealing' attitude has done is sent me back to real shops, local shops and markets. The chain supermarkets are crap at service and I very rarely bother any more.

Last time I shopped in supermarket I got asked not to sniff the pineapples. How the hell else do you know if you stand any chance of them being edible?

murphys Fri 11-Jul-14 11:51:32

Nu about the grapes either. Usually there is a box that is open for tasting though where I shop. I will not buy a box of grapes and then get home and they are sour and full of pips.

Fixitagaintomorrow Fri 11-Jul-14 13:38:51

I do it all the time. The ones I tend to go for usually have a little tab that breaks the first time you spray it so I look for one someone else has already broken, test it and then find one with an unbroken tab to buy. They should have testers.

differenttoyou Fri 11-Jul-14 14:19:04

Can I just ask for those that spray products to have a little consideration for those that are sensitive to air born perfumes. I know that I am not alone in finding it very difficult to walk down some aisles in shops due to the amount of perfumes in the air whether deodorants, washing detergent, cleaning products etc. On occasion I've gone it to fits of coughing due to whatever is in the air.

FreeWee Fri 11-Jul-14 14:40:24

I don't know why you wouldn't do this! How else would you know if you liked the smell? Which is the one reason you're buying it. It's not like crisps where you can guess you'll like sweet chilli or roast chicken. How do I know if I like summer fresh or lily mist? I wouldn't buy a perfume without smelling it so of course I'd do the same with a deodorant. I usually smell the inside of the cap but if that's not enough I have a squirt. I did it with sun lotion the other week as I wanted a non greasy one and couldn't afford to waste £8.50.

grocklebox Fri 11-Jul-14 14:42:41

I was just about to say that too. Deoderants and air fresheners bring on my asthma and I've actually had people standing next to me spray stuff in the air, which nearly landed me in hospital.

Absolutely no problem with it if the shops encourage it, but supermarkets don't therefore it's wrong. Don't recall ever getting a dud bunch either.

Nomama Fri 11-Jul-14 17:47:48

Well! Talk about timely. I stopped off in the local greengrocers on my way home and was offered offered a quick taste of a few bits and pieces. Grapes were too sweet but the cherries were great. He asked what I though about the apricots, neither of us were impressed. I bought a mango too, as it was crying, so will be edible tomorrow.

Had I been in a supermarket I wouldn't have known about the grapes, and may have been told to step away from the mangoes as I inspected the 'eye end' for tears. I would never buy cherries from a supermarket as they are rarely edible, but these ones are really local - and so will have a very short season!

So, given this, I have no idea why anyone would buy some stuff without tasting it first. I'd hate to have got those grapes home before I found out they were really sweet. More wasted food in the food bin.

Jelliebabe2 Sun 13-Jul-14 01:42:20

Everyone does this! Can't buy without knowing if its nasty! I have been a bit told off in Boots for doing something similar though!

BertieBotts Sun 13-Jul-14 01:50:21

I spray and sniff, and I assume everyone else does too so I buy the one from the back of the shelf not the front as am skint.

You can't spray it in the lid either because if you spray it onto something solid so it condenses then it just smells of alcohol. Spray in air or on your own arm (not into a person though obv, that's just rude!)

But I don't think it leads to half empty bottles, that's ridiculous. Maybe a few sprays before someone picks up the bottle at the front. It's not going to shorten the life of the product that much.

BertieBotts Sun 13-Jul-14 01:54:28

Sometimes I sniff the nozzle first in case you can smell it from there.

BertieBotts Sun 13-Jul-14 01:56:32

It's no different to smelling all of the candles/bubble baths/shower gels. I've often gently squeezed a bit of shower gel to get it closer to the surface and accidentally got soap all over my nose, that's annoying blush

Tis great fun though, sniffing all of the products. Me and DS do it all the time. DH joins in with candles, he's a candle addict.

I agree it is slightly more unreasonable to smell spray products since you have to use some of it to smell it but I'm not going to stop doing it.

AlpacaLypse Sun 13-Jul-14 01:56:34

I'm also very sensitive to spray perfumes etc. What I really hate is the way so many publicly available loos now have automatic air freshener squirters. I can't use the toilets at the leisure centre, Tesco or Pizza Express in our town.

Scholes34 Sun 13-Jul-14 09:13:28

Unperfumed is theway to go. I completely went off perfumed deodrants when pregnant with DC1 and have never recovered. Unfortunately, the availability of unperfumed deodrants is on the decrease.

As for sniffing fruit, I always sniff strawberries . . . and they've been disappointing on the whole this year

picnicbasketcase Sun 13-Jul-14 09:18:04

I buy the same one every time so I don't spray any, but if I'm getting DH one I sometimes do, because some men's deodorant smells like loo cleaner. Either that or like something a teenage boy would wear to attract the laydeez.

crumpet Sun 13-Jul-14 09:26:42

I have never seen anyone do this.

They should put the smell in the lid!

DurhamDurham Sun 13-Jul-14 09:37:48

I always get my deodorant from the back of the shelf for this precise reason....I assume the ones at the front will be half empty smile

A few years back I was in Next and picked up a spray and sprayed it into the air ( and on myself) . My friend started to laugh nervously and I turned around to find I had given the smart black suits on display a glittery effect...the spray contained glitter for some obscure reason grin

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