Underarm Common Scents

Deodorant TestersRecently, I woke up to a small lump under my arm. I knew it was an inflamed lymph node, because that’s usually what happens when I get a bad cold. But I wasn’t sick! I was horrified. I was already thinking a million things that could possibly be wrong. Set up a doctor’s appointment pronto and started researching my deodorants. My mother scolded my bad habit of not washing off my deodorants before sleep and my thoughts were racing.

Fast forward to the doctor looking at me like a loon and telling me it was nothing, and just another way of my body getting ready for the monthly gift. Whew! (Sorry for all the extra information y’all!). But I was still stuck on researching my deodorants.

I’ve read often about the antiperspirants that have aluminum contents and whether or not they lead to illnesses and cancer. The information out there has no final answer on the topic, so it’s not necessarily black and white. (Check out cancer.gov FAQ page on the topic here). Considering the information and my nasty habit of not washing off the deodorant at night, I figured I’d be better off finding something that tackles odor and lets my sweat be. If you must know, I sweat a lot under any inkling of heat as is, so having dry pits wouldn’t help the rest of me much.

During my search in drugstores, I couldn’t find too many deodorants that weren’t doubling down with antiperspirant duties. The few that I found were for men and weren’t available in an unscented version. So I hit the net and found a surprisingly large selection with decent prices. Here are a few:

What do you use to beat the funk and stay fresh?

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Flip Your Sole

PhotobucketBeing that it is summer, I know it is not just the New York area that is laden with flip flop wearing people running to and fro all day and night. Shoot, I find flip flops to be the footwear of choice even indoors (a different pair though – my house shoes don’t leave the house!). But did you know what’s lurking at the bottom of your soul sole? 🙂

Check out this article from NY Daily News for more details. I don’t know if this will change my usage of flip flops as the footwear of choice… but maybe I’ll think of a better way to clean them more regularly?

That film of grime that coats your feet at the end of a day of flopping around town is some dangerous dirt.

Lab tests of two reporters’ flip-flops, worn for four days, revealed a potentially deadly germ – Staphylococcus aureus – lurking on the rubber.

If it seeps into a cut on your foot – an entirely common summer affliction – the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and, if left untreated, kill you.

Ironically enough, today is the day that I am wearing flip flops after a flat wearing hiatus…

What about you? Are you as guilty as I am with this offense?

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