Deodorant

24 Jun

Doing a blog is cool. I only wish I had time to add entries as often as I have ideas. When summer is behind us I will have more time, I think.

The thing about a blog is that I get to write down what I’m feeling or thinking & talk about what bugs me or makes me happy. It’s my open forum & I get to use it as a means of self-expression without the inclusion of an editor & his / her annoying red pen.

Don’t get me wrong … the most appreciated gift one can have when writing a book is a really good editor & I was blessed to have Joyce Maddox (the world’s BEST editor) at Warwick House Publishers work with me when I was getting my book, Reflections of My Life of Rhyme ready for publication with Warwick House. A blog just gives you free rein of expression, which is often liberating & almost always rewarding in some way.  Hopefully, people who are feeling or thinking the same things will read it & say, “Ahh Haa … I’m not the only one who feels that way or has had that experience.”

If those who are following my blog don’t like what I’ve written they have several options; they can choose not to read an entry, stop reading my blog altogether or send me a COMMENT telling me they didn’t like it. Those comments may or may not impact me by hurting my feelings but they won’t result in lower book sales, which are guaranteed to hurt my feelings by impacting my bank account.

So, about deodorant …. I’ve just spent a month looking for deodorant & stretching out what I have left by using it sparingly. By the way, I have not had any complaints about “offending socially” during my deodorant quest.

Way back when I was 13 or so, I went into my mom’s bedroom where she gingerly shaved off 3 hairs from each of my armpits with her electric razor & handed me a tiny, flat jar of blue cream deodorant.  That’s when I began using Secret. I’ve used it down through the decades for many reasons beginning with the fact that blue is my favorite color & as a kid stepping across the threshold into the world of adult odors & pheromones, my mom gave me that little flat jar filled with blue Secret.

As a young adult testing my independence, I tried a roll-on once that was NOT a Secret product that resulted in such terrible pit irritation that I couldn’t completely lower my arms for 3 days. That’s when I went back to Secret & have remained loyal to the product, even through its many changes.

There have been Secret solids, roll-ons, sprays, gels, scented & unscented & sadly,  that delicate blue cream in the small, flat jar that enamored me as a kid has long since disappeared from the Secret line of deodorant offerings. The still vivid memory of my irritated arm pits has also been very instrumental in making me an on-going Secret user. If it ain’t broke … don’t fix it.

For years now I’ve been using Secret unscented gel, with the exception of several months while I was going through radiation therapy for breast cancer. I had to use a special, fairly expensive deodorant that contained no aluminum & almost all the OTC deodorants do. But that was short lived & after the radiation was all said & done I went right back to Secret. I like the gel part because it dries quickly & doesn’t leave a baking soda residue under the arms of my dark clothing. I like the unscented part because if I want to wear a favorite perfume, it doesn’t produce a conflict of odors. And I like the Secret part because I still have fond memories of that “Mama-Moment” when she shaved off my 3 axillary hairs & presented me with that small, flat white jar filled with sky-blue deodorant.

So here’s the terrible news … a month ago Secret unscented gel suddenly disappeared from the shelves of WalMart, CVS, Walgreens & every convenience store in our area. I know … I’ve checked. It’s upsetting.

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older but more & more often products I’ve used forever, really like & have come to depend on have disappeared from store shelves around the world.  It’s happened with make-up & soap, laundry detergent & even canned, boxed & frozen food items. I’ve eventually been able to find suitable substitutes, although they’re never quite the same. It’s kind of similar to generic medications only substitute products are just as costly. The positive point here is that they don’t have to be approved by an insurance company for my use.  It’s even happened with toilet paper. We use to use fluffy White Cloud until they apparently sold their fluffy formula to a competitor. We still use White Could but it has changed & we no longer feel like we’re sitting on a cloud while using it. What a loss.

Probably the product I miss most is my shampoo & conditioner. While I was going through chemo & almost a year of being hairless two very unpleasant things happened (other than the chemo & my hair loss): 1) they discontinued my shampoo & conditioner & 2) the beautician who cut & styled my hair for years, retired. She called & told me that since I didn’t have any hair she had decided it was a good time to retire. I was devastated … on both counts.

For the past 5 years now I’ve been buying my shampoo & conditioner from Overstock.com. They must have been REALLY overstocked because I can still find it “out there” in Overstock Land but the prices are steadily creeping up. The stock must be dwindling. So I checked &, guess what? … no surprise here …Overstock.com HAS a supply of Secret unscented gel if I’m willing to pay a handsome price for it. We’ll see.

Yesterday while I was out I stumbled across an unscented deodorant gel manufactured by Almay. In my determination NOT to become Overstock.com’s bitch, I bought two of them. It’s hypoallergenic so maybe it won’t result in the swollen, itchy, puffed-up pits that caused me such anguish several decades ago & remains a vivid memory. It’s worth a try.

As a kid I was always fascinated by commercials for Five Day Deodorant Pads. In my less than sophisticated view of the world & deodorants I imagined that you stuck one of those pads under your arms & kept it there for five days. That brought up all sorts of questions in my young mind like how did you hold those pads under your arms for five days & could you go swimming?

I’m wondering if they still make Five Day Deodorant Pads. If you use them like I envisioned as a child, they certainly must be cost effective, which, on second thought, would be a reason to take them off the market & land them in that Discontinued Product boneyard somewhere in the recesses of the Smithsonian. I’d check for them on Overstock.com but they probably have them & maybe I really don’t want to know.

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4 Responses to “Deodorant”

  1. Lucilla Humphries June 25, 2014 at 2:23 am #

    Linda!
    Aren’t we lucky to only have to think about deodorant! hope you’re doing we’ll– it’s been so long since I talked to you!

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    • heimdalco June 25, 2014 at 3:19 am #

      Hey, Lucilla …SO good to hear from you. Thank you for reading my blog. LOL … yes, if deodorant were our ONLY problem.
      Hope you’re good, too. PLEASE give me a call. I miss you.

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      • Lucilla Humphries June 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

        Do I know your phone number?!Would love to talk to you and catch up! I’m facing my summer dr. O and my mammogram–keep me in your prayers! We just got back from a 2week “road trip”–we drove 2400 miles, and stopped many places –we saw our grandchildren in Arkansas–that was the favorite part, but we really had a good time! I now officially have asthma and neuropathy “from”hell! Lymphodema, too! Other than that I hope I am okay! Enjoy reading all of your “stuff”! Call me! Lucilla

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  2. heimdalco June 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Just checked & can’t find your number either. Will send you mine by regular email if I can find that …(we’re pitiful, aren’t we?). Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers at mammo time. Had mine Feb. 2 & is OK. Saw Dr. O on Monday. LOVE HIM!

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