One more reason to miss England

Only I never saw this one coming.

While in England I ran out of deoderant and went to Wilkinson to buy more. From what I can tell, the UK is big on roll-ons, whereas here in the US we go for the sticks. After much deliberation I chose Palmolive Citrus Fresh Roll-On with Aloe Vera. It was funny to be buying deoderant from Palmolive, since I associate them with dish soap.

Anyway, I loved it. It smelled great, it never gave me marks on my clothes, it worked really well, loved it. English friends, you should really try this stuff. It's fab.

Anyway, I just ran out. It was a sad day. I had to go to Wammart to get more but knew I would not be able to replace my beautiful citrusy wonder. While I agonized over my choice in the deodorant aisle, I chatted with the lady next to me who was also agonizing over her deoderant choice. She didn't know what kind to get. I told her I didn't know either. She said it's insane to have so many choices, and I said that what's even more insane is that now you have all those rumors about the aluminum in anti-perspirant leading to Alzheimer's disease.

It was a mistake to have said that, because then she got really worried about it and started looking at the backs of all the deodorants, only to find that they all have it as an ingredient. I tried to tell her that it's probably just some Internet rumor, but she was adamant that she did not want to get Alzheimer's. So I made that poor lady's job even harder.

My final choice (after more deliberation than is healthy or normal) was Dove Cool Sensations Anti-Perspirant Deodorant with Cucumber & Green Tea Extracts. It also contains moisturizers. Because my whole life I've been walking around wishing that my underarms were moisturized. I though the whole point of antiperspirant was to remove moisture from the area, but what do I know? Also there was a little soap attached, because one day I will run out of my Lush "Honey I Washed the Kids" soap, and then I will weep bitter, bitter tears.

Anyway, we'll see how this new stuff turns out. If men begin stopping me in the street to tell me that my underarms are the most beautiful ever, I will know the moisturizers are working. My Wammart friend chose the same thing I did, and we said we would compare notes if we end up back at the same aisle once we've run out.

Not that we'll remember each other if the rumors about the aluminum are true.

ps. Oh my gosh. I just read the label on the back and it says you need to talk to your doctor before using this if you have kidney problems. What the heck? My poor friend probably read that and had a heart attack. Do anyone else's deodorants say that???


Galileo said... [reply]

I’ve spent the past week writing applications to some universities in the States and these ”What-I-Miss-From-England” posts of yours start to make me wonder what Finnish things will be lacking in America! Maybe it’s not worth the hassle after all, especially with these evil GREs that want you to memorize words like ebullience or imbroglio! But it is lovely to have someone with whom to long for the lovely land of Britain. I also promise to link you to my blog as soon as I learn how to…

Desmama said... [reply]

Okay, I just checked my anti-perspirant deodorant (also Dove) and it says to "ask a doctor before use if [I] have kidney disease." Huh. I'm not sure how kidneys can be affected, but apparently they're delicate enough to warrant a warning. I'm not worried, as I don't think I've ever had kidney problems.

kristen said... [reply]

dude--you had me wondering about my deodorant (also Dove, which I just bought yesterday--first time user). It also says to check with my doctor. Then I checked 3 other deodorants I have (I too share indecisiveness/can't-find-what-I-like deodorant issues). They all say the same thing. What's up with that. That would be a good research topic.....How does deodorant effect kidney disease?

sakhmet said... [reply]

I use an Addias pit stick: no aluminum and no kidney failure. You should check it out.

foodie said... [reply]

I also use the Dove deodorant. I am a long time user, and love it. I am not so sure about the kidney disease part of things though!

I figure if I don't die of kidney disease from deodorant, or cancer from my shampoo, it is only a matter of time before I develop a brain tumor from my cell phone!!!

blackjazz said... [reply]

Before taking a daily dose of local honey to help with my hayfever, I checked on the internet if anybody else is recommending it. They are. But there's a warning to "check with your doctor" before taking a spoonful of honey every day. If I did that, my doctor would send for the men in white coats.

I think it really means "if things go horribly wrong, don't sue us - we warned you".

If I come over to conference some time, I'll try to remember to bring you a supply of roll-on from Wilkos.

blackjazz said... [reply]

You prompted me to check the internet about aluminium and Alzheimer's. I'm not going to worry about it: see http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/Facts_about_dementia/Risk_factors/info_aluminium.htm

Lindsay said... [reply]

This post made me chuckle out loud. :D Who knew deodorant could be so darn entertaining?

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