ONE bathroom in Stefanie Mullen's home in a suburb of San Diego is stocked with enough products to line an aisle in a drugstore:
wash. Face wash. Exfoliator. Exfoliating wash. Body hydrator. Body
spray. Deodorant. Shaving cream. Shampoos and conditioner. Hair gel, of
All told, 18 different containers.
They belong to her sons Noah Assaraf, 13, and Keenan Assaraf, 14. They have been dousing themselves for years.
"Every day they walk out the door in a cloud of spray-on macho," Mrs. Mullen said.
When boys pile into her car, that's her cue to roll down her window, no matter the weather. "The smell drives me nuts."
So boys are turning to hypermasculine guideposts like Instinct from Axe, Swagger by Old Spice and Magnetic Attraction Enhancing Body Wash by Dial with results that are poignant, comic, confused — and stinky.