Archive for September 26th, 2010


the drought

Two years ago I wrote this post about my choice of deodorant.  I had not used anti-perspirant for years; in fact, I’d stopped cold turkey when my “science” “teacher” told me that the aluminum in anti-perspirants contributed to Alzheimer’s disease later in life.  This theory (if rumor and innuendo can be called a theory) has since been debunked.  And yet, I clung to my Old Spice deodorant like a sailor to a sinking galleon.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Old Spice.  I love the Old Spice Guy, and without millions of dudes just like me buying their product, Old Spice wouldn’t have been able to afford the salary of that Old Spice Guy.  So, really, I contributed to a classic television advertisement.

My anti-perspirant drought ended a few weeks ago on a trip to my local druggist.  Kiel’s sells an anti-perspirant that claims it is superbly efficient.  Not one to be a barnacle on the ship of history (to continue the nautical metaphors), I decided to try it out.

It’s great.  I love it.  Keeps me un-sweaty after a long bike ride to work, which I’m sure my co-workers appreciate.  And it sings me lullabies at night to ensure I get a restful and sweet-smelling sleep.

The answer really is blowin’ in the wind.  And if you happen to be standing downwind from me, the answer is a combination of witch hazel, propylene glycol, and aluminum clorohydrate.

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