If Balla, at the tender age of six, is the daddy of all men’s body powders, then Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder must be the great-great-great grandaddy. Gold Bond has been keeping crotches (and so much more) cool since before cool was cool. Before the forgettable blip that was the rise of the metrosexual with all of its absolutely essential products developed and marketed to sustain such a lifestyle, Gold Bond was the quiet king of your private domain.
According to goldbond.com: “Gold Bond’s heritage dates all the way back to 1908, when the original Gold Bond Medicated Powder was first introduced to consumers in the New England region. Arthur W. Guilford bought the formula from The Rhode Island State Medical Association, who’s conference of physicians originally developed it in 1882.” That’s right, Gold Bond was keeping scrotums cool, dry and itch-free since the days when mentioning that body part in public would land you in jail for being obscene.
Gold Bond is, and always has been serious stuff. In addition to the list of ingredients that makes a powder a powder (talc & zinc oxide), Gold Bond contains, to varying degrees based on whether it is Original or Extra Strength; menthol, acacia, eucolyptol, methyl salicylate (wintergreen oil), salicylic acid, thymol (derived from Thyme), and zinc stearate. Despite this list of sometimes scary sounding ingredients, there is nothing in that iconic golden container that you should be afraid of.
- Menthol is cooling and keeps your unmentionables that keep getting mentioned from getting itchy.
- Acacia is an astringent (in Ayurvedic medicine it is considered a remedy for premature ejaculation) which helps protect the skin.
- Eucalyptol and salicylic acid have anti-inflammatory properties which help keep the skin cool and calm.
- Methyl salicylte, or wintergreen oil, adds that iconic Gold Bond tingle and a bit of fragrance.
- Thymol adds a little anti-fungal and anti-bacterial action to the mix.
- Zinc stearate, as we learned here, makes the powder super soft and silky.
Since Gold Bond is such serious stuff, it might be expected to be the hands-down winner of this head-to-head body powder challenge, but it’s not. In fact, much like the Dry Goods spray powder, it ought to be in a class all its own. Gold Bond, like a lot of classic products that have been in our homes for years, is an “old reliable.” It does it’s job very well, but its not new, exciting, or the latest and greatest. It’s the go-to when your ghoulies are in need of serious relief, but it’s not the stuff you want to smell like every day. A guy has to think about his reputation, after all.
Getting some Gold Bond is very easy. All you need to do is go to any San Francisco Safeway, Longs Drugs, Rite Aid or CVS. This stuff is sold everywhere, and it ought to be.
Full disclosure: These products were provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be unrealistic.