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Monday, 12 January 2004

De Odour Rant

What my mum always told me about deodorants is true!
BBC: Chemicals from underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can build up inside the body, according to a study.
British researchers have found traces of chemicals called parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer.
While there is no evidence they cause cancer, the scientists have called for the use of parabens to be reviewed.
I always felt filthy-dirty (say it in an irish accent, please) for not using deodorants. It seems to be a modern disease to feel unclean unless you've shoved a stick of wet carcinogenic soap substitute into your pits to mask that you haven't actually washed enough.
I haven't used a deodorant for at least five years. (And yes, okay, while at secondary school, I did indeed smell slightly of broiled onions, that was before I abandoned the deodorant. I've learnt basic hygiene since then.)
Actually, when I'm in horrendous lust with someone, there's nothing nicer than tasting and smelling their skin. Their natural skin smell, I mean. We seem obsessed with making ourselves smell like a hospital dispensary these days, though, no matter what a daily dosage of chemical irritant on our freshly shaven lymph glands does to us in the long run.
I do wash, though. But I think that all you weirdos with big chemical stinky white streaks under your pits are ... well ... ewwwwwwww.
So there.

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Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:25 PM GMT

Name: jatb
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Oh, the smell of the skin of someone you're in love with....

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:27 PM GMT

Name: PAUL
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There have been urban legends and rumors about this for years, linking deoderants to breast cancer, alzheimers disease, things of that nature. This is the first time there has been even the shadow of proof. And I've never heard of a paraben, which doesn't make it less true, just that I"m less likely to believe it. I'd like to see more on this before I toss away my deoderant, which makes me smell like a candy factory.

I prefer my chemical stinky white streaks to my natural manodor. I mean, I don't stink, but if I do any sort of physical activity my scent takes on that steely scent that I find really gross.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:30 PM GMT

Name: lemonpillows
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Mmmm.. the scent of a woman. Pheromones. I love the smell of a woman's skin. The smell just behind her ears. Each woman has their own smell - or 'pheromone' smell... It's wonderful.. You're making me all dreamy now, and lonely, and in need of a woman to smell :o( Well, I have three weeks off now, so I'll have to spend it looking for a nice smelly woman.....

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:44 PM GMT

Name: jatb

I'm having a flood of distracting memories too, various clavicles and the inside of a forearm, and shoulder blades and inner thighs.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:45 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

I didn't say I don't believe in people scenting themselves - just no pits pumped full of anti-perspirants, please!
That research sounds as dodgy as the old wives tales I heard as a kid, frankly. But it gave me an excuse to rant.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:45 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Oh dear! And remember how skin smells and tastes different in summer to winter.
I'm not helping, am I?

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:53 PM GMT

Name: e
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Ha! I use aluminium-free deodorant, available in health food shops. They don't all work for me, but I've at last found one that does.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 2:54 PM GMT

Name: jatb

No! I'm supposed to be working, not thinking about how the inside of a wrist tasted in the late afternoon sunshine of late summer.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 3:13 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

That is just about acceptable. Although I've never quite been able to see it about those rock salt deodorants when you scrape half a crystal formation across your glands. Doesn't that hurt?

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 3:14 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

I thought you told me yesterday that you achieve about two minutes work on an average day? ;-)

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 3:20 PM GMT

Name: jatb

And how am I supposed to fit in those two minutes of work when the lascivious winter reveries which have just started?!

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 3:24 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Perhaps you can lasciv from home?

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 4:00 PM GMT

Name: Francesca
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Heh, echoes of my mummy in that too. Isn't it weird how their bits of wisdom always come back to haunt us ?

The spray stuff is evil. I always thought it made me smell worse, frankly. Vindicated at last !

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 4:19 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Never been able to use the foul smelling stuff since I saw some kids at school spray it over their white shirts. Ewwwwww! It smells of Superdrug, heel plasters and shoplifting.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 4:43 PM GMT

Name: e
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:) Mine must be very cunning, cos there's no mention of rock salt in it at all (I think they save it for the roads). What there is is kaolin clay, baking soda, natural enzymes and lavender oil.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 5:11 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Well, that's a nice thing to think about, though, innit?

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 5:42 PM GMT

Name: yidaho
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Oh gawd, the whole friggin nation'll be oozing sweat now. Those that continue to use it will secrete with the worry of cancer, and those that don't will perspire for fear of their own offensive stench. That's it - No more public transport for me!

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 5:54 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Like you ever get out of your funky cool mini2 anyway!

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 8:34 PM GMT

Name: Cyn
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How do you feel about shaving one's pits then, V.? (Sorry if you've blogged about this before.)
The way I understand it, the patch of hair that is supposed to be growing in the armpit helps absorb moisture--thus lessening the need for any artificial means of preventing sweat/altering our scent.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 8:44 PM GMT

Name: em
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so fuuny! just yesterday i was telling my 10-year-old daughter katie that she is reaching the age where she must take more time in the bathroom, because damn, she smelled like chicken soup. her friend Naomi said, "no--it's more like gravy!" katie's reaction: she tried to clamp that underarm over my face. good thing i'm still stronger than she is.

funny thing about enjoying the natural scent of the one you love--the flip side is also true--i've noticed that when you're with someone who you really wouldn't be with if you weren't such an idiot, their smell is, well, off-putting.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 8:47 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Erm, I'm noncommittal, as long as the hairs don't have those crusty summer white salt jackets on .....

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 8:50 PM GMT

Name: Vanessa

Hmmm, both those smells are too near onion for comfort, if you ask me.... :-)
It's awful when you smell the perfume a long gone ex used to use, because it takes you right back instantly.

Monday, 12 January 2004 - 9:44 PM GMT

Name: jatb

Lasciving from home could well lead to me being filthy-dirty in quite another sense.

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