Can’t Get the Stink Out? 2Toms StinkFree Review (& Discount!)

Disclosure: I received a sample of 2Toms StinkFree Detergent and Spray as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Anyone who runs or works out regularly has probably run into the issue of clothes that just won’t stop stinking – no matter how many times they are washed. A couple of my tops unfortunately have a slightly lingering stench of runs, but, more importantly, my armband reeks of sweat. I used to keep it in my purse for convenience and I’ve had to start leaving it at home because I was scared my coworkers would think I did not shower! So I decided to put two of the products 2Toms offers to rectify this situation to the test: the StinkFree Spray and the StinkFree Detergent. Here’s how they’ve held up.

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2Toms Stink Free Spray is like a baby wipe or shower for your gear. All you have to do is spray down your gear (get all the nooks and crannies) and voila, the stink is gone. Simple as that. 2Toms has created a technically advanced formula that cleans the “pores” of your gear, rather than masking the smell, which is why it is supposed to work so well.

But the big kicker is: did it pass the armband test?

Yes – it took a few applications, but eventually (after following the manufacturer instructions to reapply), the stink was gone. The armband was also the only article of clothing I had to use multiple applications with. I don’t have problems with my running shoes stinking as much as my other clothes, but I think that would be one of the best applications of it, because you won’t mess up your shoes in the wash. It works almost instantly and I have no complaints here. I’m probably going to have to use it on my dog at some point. Is that bad?

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2Toms StinkFree Detergent

You may already know that it’s wise to air-dry your running clothes, but why is detergent so important in washing them? This is a question I’ve asked myself, and it took some digging to figure it out. What I discovered was that normal detergents can compromise the integrity of your running clothes (aka, if you have moisture-wicking shirts, they might become less breathable over time). That’s the key difference between the 2Toms StinkFree Spray and Detergent – the detergent actually works to remove build-up/residue.

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Honestly, I was not as impressed with the detergent when compared the spray (it didn’t pass the armband test), but I do think there are some important positive aspects to focus on here.

First off, it’s a bit easier to implement the detergent into your routine, since you have to wash your clothes (or at least, I HOPE you do). For those who travel, the stink free detergent comes in easily packable packets, and it doesn’t require you to use a washing machine.

What was initially most intriguing about the detergent is how runny it is and it’s scent-free. For all of you who are concerned about (or allergic to) fragrances, this product also contains no perfumes or phosphates, working to eliminate the odor by neutralizing it. I found that this scent-free aspect still had a slight odor, similar to what I imagine dry cleaning solution smells like. The runnyness seems to be an indicator of the lack of additives that could essentially thicken the detergent to make a lather and potentially create buildup in your clothes.

I am not sure how much of an impact 2Toms had on the breathability of my running clothes, but I can say that they have felt great on my runs since I’ve used it. However, it’s cooled off significantly, so I think that has probably also impacted things.

Overall, I like 2Toms’ products. I have been happy with their SportShield line, and I look forward to using the StinkFree products in the future. 

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You can purchase 2Toms StinkFree Spray and Detergent to test these products for yourself at 2Toms.com. They are super reasonably priced at $10 and $2, respectively. With the code “2Toms20” you’ll receive an additional 20% off (valid through 12/31/16).

What’s the first thing you’d use 2Toms StinkFree products on? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers to stink-free marathon training!

Product Review: 2Toms SportShield (& a Discount)

Disclosure: I received a sample of 2Toms SportShield for Her as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Summer is impending in my neck of the woods, which brings up a sore subject in my running world: chafing. It’s something most people don’t like to discuss (or admit happens to them), but it happens to almost everyone. I don’t know of a single runner who’s escaped the discomfort. Luckily for all of us, there are many products out there to help prevent this sort of thing from occurring. There are clothes with flat seams, and there are balms you can put on your skin, like 2Toms SportShield.

While I tend to have these issues during the summer due to sweat, there are a couple of parts of my body where chafing is inevitable year-round, like near my armpit. When I found out I’d have the opportunity to test out their line of anti-chafe products for women, I was curious to see how it would compare to other balms I have used in the past.

Sport Shield

2Toms SportShield for Her is a silicone-based anti-chafe solution that is waterproof, sweatproof and easy to use. It can be used anywhere, and can even help protect against blisters. It doesn’t melt in intense heat, and it stays on all day! The “for Her” formulation contains aloe and shea butter for smoother skin in addition to anti-microbial ingredients to accommodate sensitive skin, and it is fragrance and dye free.

My experience with 2Toms SportShield has been absolutely wonderful. I’d go so far as to say it’s my new preferred brand of anti-chafe product. It is just that good. The formula is rich and silky, and a little goes a long way.

sportshieldapplication To apply, I roll on a little bit and spread SportShield out where I need it to go. Then, I wash my hands. 2Toms doesn’t necessarily recommend touching the product because it will stay on your fingers, but this turned out to be my favorite way to apply it, because I can get even coverage with a small amount. I usually put my SportShield on at home before dressing anyway, because it’s easier to apply, so I have easy access to a place to wash my hands. In general, it’s easier to apply than other products, and I can get a nice even coat everywhere that I need to be conscious of because it’s a liquid formula.

If you’re on the go, the wipes are a perfect alternative, because you can open the corner of the package to use a small part of the wipe without touching the product. The wipes fit easily inside your pocket or fuel belt of choice, so you can carry it with you for long races, just in case.

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It also lasts a long time on the body (up to 24 hours). Since I have been using it, I have encountered NO chafing, and no need to reapply. One way I should have used SportShield was when I went to a trade show earlier this month. I forgot that my bottle of SportShield is small enough to pass through security, and I was really missing it when I was walking 6-8 miles a day/getting big ole blisters on my toes. Moral of the story: don’t hesitate to bring it when you’re traveling/walking a lot.

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All awesome aspects aside, there were a couple of aspects that I wasn’t too crazy about. While it is a rich formula, it’s also little runny, so it can be easy to use more than you intend to. However, all that means is that you’ll be extra protected; I simply recommend spreading it out if you apply too much. $13 for one package also seems a bit high initially, but I can confidently tell you it will last you a looong time. I’ve been using it consistently for about 3 months now, and I’m not even halfway through the package. You also get more product (1.5 oz) for that price than several other similar products.

2Toms is offering a discount code through the end of April, so head over to their website, www.2Toms.com, to try it out for yourself. Use the code 2Toms20 to receive 20% off your order.

Have you tried 2Toms SportShield or any of their other products? What did you think?

Cheers to being chafe-free!