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A Distinctive Scent
December 19, 2010, 6:07 pm
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I have hippie tendencies at times. I have a few hippie types in my family, and their influence has rubbed off on me. I don’t follow the hippie way of life closely at all – in fact a good part of my lifestyle sways quite far from that path. But I do sometimes remember some of my hippie teachings from growing up exposed to that stuff and change things around.

A recent search for some moisturizer to cure my intensely dry winter skin led me to studies on the negative effects of certain ingredients. Mineral oil, parabens, fragrance, aluminum, chemical sun block as opposed to physical sun block… What to believe and what to ignore and chance it? So many products contain these things!

I am stubbornly sticking with my current face wash of choice which is the only thing keeping my full face from peeling off this winter, Pond’s Cold Cream of all things. Seems so old-fashioned, but it’s kind of saved me, thanks in no small part I’m sure to the first ingredient being mineral oil. Any other recommendations?

But another thing I’ve been meaning to correct for a while is my deodorant. I just got a Tom’s of Maine deodorant, giving up aluminum in the hopes of a longer healthier life, and I must say I smell… like a hippie. Ok, maybe not totally like a hippie, as who knows if they would bother with the stuff at all. But I do smell more like I belong on a shelf of dry goods somewhere between the herbs and the spices than mowing down tourists on the streets of Manhattan.

Still, I’m going to stick it out for a bit. As Dr. Steve Brule would say: “To your health.”