Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review of Hanes Cool Comfort Ballerina Liners

I got an office job that requires business casual clothing. They don't require nylons though which is nice. I had nylons. I'm a big girl and finding big girl nylons is hard. Plus, they are just uncomfortable. For awhile, I was buying thigh highs and just rolling them a little so they were actually knee highs, but thigh highs are expensive and I was destroying too many of them. 

I decided to look into getting some shoe liners. I had one pair in my house already. I have no idea where they came from, but they work pretty well. They didn't slip off my feet too often so I thought I would buy more. Only problem is I can't figure out what brand I have. I bought some at Bi-mart. They were pretty cheap, but they slipped a lot.

In Bend, Oregon, we have a Rack Room outlet store. We tried to get some there, but the staff member walked away from the register as we approached it and then never returned, so we left without buying anything. A couple weeks later, we went to the Hanes outlet. I couldn't find these, but I knew they had to have them so I asked for help. The employee brought me to them and then rattled on for like five minutes. She wouldn't leave me alone to make a decision. I share this bit because of the irony of not being able to get help at one store and then not being able to have some alone time at the other store. 

Okay, so these were $14.00 for 6 pairs at the outlet. These are super tiny and thin things. I could get full sized socks for less. I almost didn't get them, but I really wasn't liking the ones I got at Bi-mart. My husband encouraged me to just take a chance and buy them. When I put them on, I was soooooooo excited! They were so comfortable. I loved them...........and then an hour into my shift and I decided that I hated them. They were worse than the ones from Bi-mart that cost less! These have the gel thing on the heel which is supposed to keep them in place. It does NOT work! 

I was not going to give up though. I was going to find a way to make these work. I thought maybe washing them would help. I suppose it did. Instead of just never staying up, they only slip like every 30 to 60 minutes now. I don't even have to walk anywhere for them to slip. Maybe the problem is that I'm not wearing them with ballet shoes. Maybe they would stay put with ballet shoes since those are nice and snug. There is some give in all of my shoes. 

On the plus side for these, they really are invisible in my shoes. The pair I had originally are great because they don't slip, but they can also be seen because they come up too far on my foot. The Hanes ones hide my toe cleavage (I stole that term from some review on Amazon for a different pair of these), but that's about it. 

I do not recommend these! I suppose the problem could possibly be my feet. I bought size 5 to 9 because that's what I wear for socks, but my actual shoe size is 11. I just buy smaller socks because I like them to be tight. I hate any give in socks. If there is any sort of extra fabric anywhere in my shoe, I'll end up with blisters on my feet. They aren't deep blisters. They are just these surface kind of things, but I hate it! I'm rambling now. Anyway, the socks look like they fit on my feet just fine and when I walk around my house before work with just the socks on, they seem to stay in place. They don't seem to slip until I have shoes on.

I'm trying to think of ways to make these things work. I might see if I can just tape the backs to the backs of my ankles. I paid $14.00 for them! I want to make them work! Maybe another cycle through the washer will help. I also need to get a laundry bag for them because finding them in the drier is such a pain! 

Easyish Hike at Ray Atkeson Loop Train at Sparks Lake in Bend, Oregon

We did this hike a week ago, but I didn't get around to blogging about it. We were looking for something around two miles that was relatively flat and this fit the bill. My Google search said that it was about 60 feet in elevation and 2.3 miles. We think it was longer and more elevation, but it was still relatively flat and close enough to 2.3 miles that we survived. This hike makes sort of a figure 8 loop so you have multiple options as far as how you want to walk it. The information I read, indicated that the best parts are on what I called the backside, but I wasn't really all that impressed with that side. It was mostly in the forest or in lava fields. There were times when we could see the mountains, but it was through the trees. It was also rather warm in most of this section. There was some snow on the ground still even in June.

This was my best shot from the backside part of the hike. 

It cooled off a bit once we got closer to the lake. The lake was ginormous and it was gorgeous! I could have taken more pics, but my battery was dying because I was also playing Pokemon Go as we walked. There were tons of Pokemon there. Most of them were Rock type Pokemon, but I'm not sure if that's because it was on a lava field or because the Rock type Pokemon event was going on at the time of our visit. There were a couple Pokestops in the parking lot, but I did not see any along the hike. I did not see any gyms.

I thought the layers of pollen looked really cool.

We did not see very many people during the hike. I think we saw one other group on the backside. We saw one group as we were approaching the center of the figure 8 part and we saw a couple groups as we got closer to the lake. There were a lot of people on the lake though.

Here's the map of the trail. The parking lot is on the right lower corner where it says toilet. We followed the solid line until the dotted line to left about an inch in. 

So my definition of the "backside" is the loop to the left. We started the hike and then took the first left. We did not take the shortcut. Then we hooked up with lake section of the loop and headed back to the car.

There was a vault type toilet there. It stunk sooooooooo bad! OMG people. You're supposed to put the lid down to help with that stench!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

An easy hike on Hoffman Island Trail

We did not find this in a book. We found this hike when we went to Lava Cast Forest. There was a hiker symbol, so we just Googled what was in the area. We had wanted to do Wake Butte Trail when we did Lava Cast Forest Trail, but didn't have the energy, so we went back today to do both Wake Butte Trail and Hoffman island Trail.

You can get to this trailhead by Exit 153 on Hwy 97 south of Bend, Oregon. You would stay to the left at the exit and then turn left. Go straight and follow the Lava Cast Forest signs. You make one right turn while you're following the signs. A few miles after the turn, you should be able to see a hiker sign to the right. Across the street from the hiker sign, is a small parking area that can fit a couple cars.

Here's the Lava Island. Exciting stuff eh?

This hike was about a mile out and a mile back. There was a gentle slope up which gave us a gentle slope back out. I did have to stop a couple times because I'm so incredibly out of shape. By the time we were done, my legs were not really happy with me. I was tired and getting cranky, but we've only been doing two miles or less lately and like no elevation. We had already done Wake Butte Trail earlier, and my calves were sore. The good news was that my back didn't really hurt.

The trail started off in the woods and then went through some lava and then went back to the woods. At the end, there is a sign that says you're at the end of the trail. If you turn right at the sign, you'll see the lava island. It's really not all that exciting. It's literally an island of lava. there are threes pretty much surrounding this thing. There was a pretty scenic vista with some snow capped mountains way off in the distance, but we both walked away from this one a bit disappointed. We should have known it wouldn't be all that great since it hasn't made it into any of the books we've read. It didn't even get mentioned with Lava Cast Forest. A lot of the books will say stuff like, "And if that wasn't enough for you, go ahead and add on this other short thing that's close by." This didn't get that. Live and learn! I'm glad we went just to see it, but I wouldn't suggest it to anyone else.

There were a bunch of Pokemon there. No PokeStops or gyms though. They were all Rock Type and Oddish. I actually got a Vileplume, which actually annoyed me a bit since I was deciding between using my candy for a Vileplume or the Bellossum or whatever it's called. I went for the Vileplume and now I have two and only 50 candy so I can't do the Bellossum. Oh well!

There are no bathrooms here, but you can go the extra mile up to the Lava Cast Forest trailhead if you need a bathroom and there's a Pokestop and a gym there. :)

I forgot to mention that I brought home a passenger when we left. We think it was from this hike since it was more foresty, but it could have been Wake Butte. We decided that it was an American Dog Tick and I don't think I'm getting Lyme Disease or a beef allergy, but I could still end up with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, some strange infection, or Tick Paralysis. Let's hope I don't end up with any of those! I'm just glad I was smart enough to take the pic so I could blow it up and decide what kind of tick it was so I could find out what kind of diseases I could end up with. We've got extended family members who got Lyme Disease and a beef allergy due to tick bites. It's been on the news lately too about ticks. BTW. I don't really think I'm getting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the strange infection or Tick Paralysis. I was, however, freaking out about the thought of getting Lyme Disease!

A short, but STEEP hike up Wake Butte in Sunriver, Oregon

See, it's pretty even if the guy who wrote the book says it's not.

We've talked about doing this hike before, but have never done it. It's too far of a drive to just do this hike, and we've never managed to tie it in with something else for whatever reason. We've only seen it in one hiking book, and the book doesn't put it in the best light. I'm not a huge fan of this book. He gives some inaccurate information as far as distance and difficulty. He apparently also gave some misinformation about the excitement level of this hike. He referred to the hike as having no scenic views and being mainly for people who cared about geology. We found the views to be quite scenic and we really enjoyed the hike. We both said that we were glad that we did it.

This looks like a giant turtle to me. The head is over to the left, and it's shell is the big thing the starts to the right of it. 

You can find it by taking Exit 153 on Hwy 97. You want to go towards Sunriver. That would mean you would go right if you're coming from the north and I would imagine left if you're coming from the south. Take the second exit at the roundabout which is essentially staying straight. A little more than four miles up the road, you'll go left. This will keep you on FS 40. About five miles down the road, you'll see a Wake Butte Trail sign. The sign is on the left and the parking area is on the right. We went in there and drove around the circle, but did not see anything that looked like a trailhead. There were no signs giving any information about the hike or pointing out where to start your hike. We actually left and then went down the road because we thought maybe we were in the wrong place. The book referred to this huge parking area for such a blah hike. We didn't think the circle looked like a parking area at all. We decided to go back in. When we went back in, I saw something that looked like a path. We parked and then inspected it. We decided it was indeed a path. I also pulled out my Pokemon Go app to check out the map since sometimes the trails will show on the map. I was able to see the start of the trail, but then it just sort of died. Then I saw what looked like the trail again after a little bit on the map. We decided to give it a whirl. Worst case scenario would be that we had to go back to the car.

This hike was short. It was less than a third of a mile up, but it was UP the whole way and it was steep! I had to stop several times to breathe and this thing was such a short hike! Based on the description in the book, I thought this would be more like Little Belknap Crater where it was mostly lava rock type stuff and little tree cover. This was pretty well covered in trees. There are giant rocks popping up here and there. At the top, it was gorgeous. With that said though, don't expect to have huge close up shots of the mountains like if you went to the top of Tumalo Mountain. The mountains are pretty far off in the distance. We went early enough in the year that they still had white tips on them so we could tell they were the big mountains versus just the foothills, but it was pretty. We saw a big bird flying around in circles. I'm not sure what kind it was, but he was not cooperating as far as his flight pattern went so the pics weren't that good.

Here's the bird!

There were no bathrooms at this place and we did not see any other people while we were there. We did another hike on the same day after this one, and it's not that far away if you wanted to tie some stuff together. We think this was worth the hike. The second hike we did, not so much! You can read about though if you want. This isn't that far from Lava Cast Forest too. We liked that one too!

There were a ton of Pokemon and I ended up getting a new to me Pokemon while we were there. We sent during the Rock even where the Rock Pokemon were more prevalent than others, but Rock type Pokemon were all we saw. I'm wondering if that area just has Rock type since it's a big rock. :)

Here's the map from Pokemon Go. See the gap there? I think the second part looks kind of like a duck or swan or something that swims on the water.

We didn't hook up my heart rate monitor or run any apps about the distance and elevation. I need to get that going again, but right now, I'm just happy if I manage to make it out the door.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Easy Hike at Lava Cast Forest Trail near Sunriver, Oregon

We got out the hiking books again! This time we were looking for anything tagged as easy and under two miles. We found this hike! We had never done this one before. I'm not sure exactly why, but probably because it was only a mile long and we didn't have enough to bundle it with to make the drive worth it. So this is at exit 153 on Hwy 97. We were headed south from Bend, so we took the exit and then your veer to the left and then turn left. There's an intersection where you go straight and then you just follow the signs to the trailhead. It's mostly dirt, but it was decent dirt. There was some annoying washboard stuff, but it wasn't horrible. The road ends up getting more narrow as you go. After awhile, you'll see a hiker sign, but that's not for this hike. Keep going and you'll get to a trailhead. You can't really miss it because there are big signs on where to park and there's a bathroom. Oddly enough, there's also a PokeStop and a Gym for Pokemon Go in the parking lot. We had cell service the entire way and there were a ton of Pokemon. There were several PokeStops along the trail. I got my second Ditto here! It was great because I needed a Ditto for my special research quest. Okay enough about Pokemon.

So the trail was paved the whole way. It started off wide enough for two people across. After awhile, it got more narrow and it indicated that it was no longer handicap accessible. The path was decently maintained. There were some cracks, but they did circle some potential hazards circled in yellow paint to draw attention to them.

So the background of this place is that a long time ago there was a volcanic eruption. The lava flowed through the area. As the lava surrounded the trees, it hardened before. When the trees rotted away, there were all of these tree molds in the lava. There are a bunch of big circles that look kind of like fire pits to me. It's where the trees were when the lave hardened. There are also some other geological things that I don't know the technical names for, but the place is cool. We went in May. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but it warmed up as we walked around. There was still snow in a couple of the holes. The path is mostly flat, but there was a part that dipped down and then went up and then down and then up again as you made it to the parking lot. There was also a second Pokemon Go gym in the middle of the trail. I think I drove my husband crazy with all of my Pokemon go catches.

I'm really rambling at this point. I'm waiting on my pictures to upload so I can add some pictures. Oh back to the whole we went in May topic. There was still snow in some of the holes and nothing had really bloomed yet. I think the next time we go, we'll try in June or even early July and see if we can get some flower pictures. We love wild flowers! We did see some really pretty birds. One was a really nice blue. It was at the top of a dead tree. My husband pointed it out to me and I was totally oblivious to it. I just couldn't see this bright blue bird on top of this red tree. Not sure exactly what was going on, but I wasn't expecting blue when he mentioned the bird. I'm used to drab colored birds around here. Although, I have been noticing more and more pretty birds. We also so one bird taking a bath in a puddle. I tried to get a video, but I wasn't fast enough. Hubby took over the camera at one point and started experimenting with B&W pics. I've included some of them so you can appreciate his creativity.

Overall, this was a good experience. We only saw one other couple while we where there. It's not something that I would make a really long driver to go see, but there are other things in the area to see while you're there. There's an Obsidian Flow trail. We did that one before, but it was before I had the blog, so I can't remember much about it and I don't have anything to link back to in order to remember. There's also Paulina Falls and all the other Paulina stuff. We've done some of that too, but before the blog. We've also done the walk around the top of Lava Butte, but again that was before the blog so I can't link to anything. We were going to do another .3 mile hike to the top of some other butte I can't remember the name of it. Maybe it was Wake Butte. I'm not sure. All I remember is there is some interesting geology stuff there, but we opted to put it off. We also found out that there's another mile long hike in this area. The trail sign that I mentioned before is for Hoffman Island Trail. I don't know much about it, but it's supposedly a mile and 100 feet in elevation.

I'm still waiting on the pics to load, but it will be awhile, so I'm going to go eat lunch.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Easy Hike to Benham Falls south of Bend, Oregon

We've done this hike before, but apparently never blogged about it, so here goes. I haven't been blogging much which drives me crazy. I think my last post was in September. I really need to get back to this on a more routine basis. I like writing and I like sharing my experiences with people. I hope someone might find a hike that they might night have done otherwise. It's also nice to have a log that I can go back to and see how hard a hike really was for me. There are some that I remember were absolute hell or some that weren't so bad, but the ones that aren't quite so memorable, it's nice to have this to fall back on.

This hike is easy to find. Just head south of Bend, Oregon and look for the sign directing you to the Lava Butte visitor center thing. It's south of the High Desert Museum and it's on the opposite side of the road. If you're heading south, it's on your right. Once you turn right, follow the Benham Falls signs. At the end, there is a parking lot. Once you're at the parking lot, head to the water and follow the trail to the right. You'll follow it along and go over a bridge. It's narrow until you get to the bridge. The bridge is wide and then the path gets wide as well. It's pretty flat, and the ground is pretty level without many rocks. The hike it about a half a mile according to the sign at the trailhead.

Don't do what we did the first time we went! When you're getting pretty close to the falls, you can hear them and there is a little spot where you can walk down closer to the river so you might think you're at the falls because it has this little fence thing that looks like, "Hey come over here and see this!" It's not "the falls" so just keep going. There is a Pokemon gym down there though if you're into Pokemon. The place was loaded with Pokemon. It also had two gyms. Once of the gyms was up by the bridge and that's where the two Pokestops were also. Anyway......keep walking....

You'll see a vault toilet building and a parking lot. If you want to just come see the falls and not have to walk to get to them, you could figure out how to park here. We don't know how to park here though and we like the walk. You can walk up the steps that you see as you head to the parking lot and then walk down the switchbacks to the overlook or you can keep walking to the parking lot and take the switchbacks there. It's a little downhill to the overlook, but it's really not bad. It's a narrower trail down there also. This waterfall is more of a set of rapids than it is a waterfall. I think it's a 40 foot drop, but it's 40 feet spread out so it's not like you see water coming over a cliff like a traditional waterfall. It's still pretty. People have died going through the rapids in kayaks. There's a log jam by the bridge, so it would be hard to go through them by accident. You'd have to put the kayak in in a place you're not supposed to be anyway.

After you spend five minutes looking at the falls, just turn around and head back. We saw either two deer or the same deer twice. There were a lot of birds and there was a cute little squirrel in a tree. There were also a ton of Pokemon. I'm back to playing Pokemon to try to get me to walk more. We did the little offshoot to get down to the Pokemon gym. I've managed to stay there for 5 hours and 47 minutes so far. I haven't gotten kicked out of the log jam gym yet either. I guess I'm not surprised because I just don't imagine many people go there to play Pokemon. However, the place is loaded with the critters. I went in with 130 red balls and left with like 10! Some of that is because I had bad aim while walking, but let's just not talk about that part.

So I've rattled on for longer than it probably took to do the hike. Part of that is because I'm waiting for my pictures to upload to Google Photo so I can load them. It's been a few months though since I backed them up soooooooo it's taking it's sweet time. If you're in the area, this is worth seeing. You can make this a much longer hike as well. You could park in the same lot and walk to Dillon Falls which is another rapids and not a waterfall. I think it's 7 miles from the parking lot to Dillon Falls. We've been to Dillon, but we did it from the other side and started at the Meadow Park or whatever it's called.

I took a video, but I can't get it into the blog right now. We didn't get a pic of the deer because they took off before I was able to get the camera out.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Tooth Powder

As I've mentioned before, I recently started seeing a Naturopath and found out that I have Estrogen Dominance. I'm on some natural supplements to help this problem, but I'm also working on reducing the phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens from my life. I've been looking at the EWG site to find to find products that are better for me and better for the environment. While in that searching process, I came across an ad on Facebook for Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Organic Toothpowder. They had a free small jar, but you had to pay $7.95 for shipping. I figured that I could handle $7.95 to try it out. It shipped quickly and arrived about a week after I signed up for it. It came with coupons off a future order as well.

It has fice ingredients and they are Extra fine Bentonite Clay, White Kaolin Clay, Alum free Baking Soda, French Green Clay, organic Peppermint Essential Oil. I couldn't find this formula on the EWG site, but the 2014 formula was rated as a 1. I don't see anything different about the 2014 formula and what I got so I'll assume it's a 1. 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew this would be a different experience. This little jar has a bunch of powder in it. You wet your toothbrush and then dip it into the powder. The stuff doesn't foam up like normal toothpaste, but that actually was a plus in my book. I hate frothing at the mouth while brushing my teeth. I also hate dribbling that stuff all over my shirt. I hate having to rinse it all out of my mouth and I hate having the taste in my mouth for like 30 minutes. This stuff has none of those issues. It's a bit odd at first though because it tastes like clay. It's made out of it, so it's to be expected. 

The powder turned my spit a clay like color. It was easy to rinse out and I didn't dribble it all over my shirt. My teeth actually felt cleaner. It felt similar to leaving the dentist office after getting a cleaning. I had a cleaning about a month ago, so I didn't have any plaque build up, so it's hard to say if it would remove any of that. I will say that I believe my gums look healthier after using this twice a day for a week. I didn't take pics because I didn't expect anything drastic to happen, but I do think my teeth are whiter as well. 

I'm looking forward to continuing to use this product for the next three weeks. My $7.95 sample jar is supposed to last for a month. I'm not sure if I'll get this product or try to find one that is listed as EWG certified. I'll have to do more research about Bentonite which is listed as a 2 on EWG.

Overall, I'm quite satisfied with this product. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Easyish Hike to White River Falls near Tygh Valley, Oregon

We finally went on a hike! My physical therapist told me that I had to hike this weekend, so we did! We drover over an hour to get there and over an hour to get back, and it was only a 30 minute hike, but whatever! It was a new to us location and it had a waterfall! I absolutely loved this waterfall! They call it a two tier water fall. You can see the big tier at the top of the pic and the smaller one at the bottom of the pic, but there are also some mini tiers too so, it's a pretty impressive place. Hubby wasn't as excited as I was over it though. The pic he saw online had water falling across the entire top tier, but there wasn't as much water the day we went so there's the water you can see in this pic above and then some more to the right in the pic below.

The park is about 35 miles south of the Dalles. You'll have to use Google to figure out how to get there because I'm horrible with directions. There was plenty of parking available the day that we went, but I'm not sure what it's normally like there. It was pretty smokey out the day we went. You can see how ugly the sky is in the pic above. The park isn't very big. It's pretty much a parking lot, a bathroom, a couple picnic tables and the trail to the waterfall.

On the way into the park, there was a sign about the mosquito population. It was just a white poster board kind of thing that someone wrote on with markers. I'm not sure who put it up or who keeps it updated, but there were all sorts of revisions about how bad the mosquitoes were. We didn't see any when we went on 9/3/2017.

The bathrooms are normal bathrooms with plumbing and running water! No vault toilets in this state park! There was even a sink with soap. They even had paper towels. There was plenty of toilet paper too! Sometimes, it's the little things that get me excited.

You can see the top tier of the falls from the viewpoint near the parking lot, but you need to walk down the path to see the lower falls. It's worth walking down. It starts off paved, but that doesn't last long. So you switch over to rocky packed dirt. It's a bit steep at times too. It's a pretty short walk down to see the lower falls. I think like an eighth of a mile or so to get you the view for the top pic. From that point, you can see the old power plant down lower. It's another eighthish mile down to the power plan. However, it's horrible stairs and more steep rocky parts to get there. The length of the hike is why I tagged this as easyish. It's super short. It's steep and rocky though. I had my hiking poles. Hubby didn't use his.

We thought we were going to be able to walk around the power plant and get up closer to the waterfall, so we went down the crazy stairs. There was a bunch of Caution Do Not Cross tape up though, so we couldn't get around the building. We really wanted to get closer, but there are people who stay at the park and we were afraid we might get in trouble if we crossed the tape. We're chickens! Oh well. They also had a sign at the beginning of the hike letting us know that we weren't supposed to go to certain area. I totally missed the rattlesnake sign the first time I looked at that one! OMG!

The building was interesting. Hubby got some good shots inside of it, but I didn't take any.

We both were happy that we went and it was a good test for my leg. I did really well in terms of strength and lack of pain. I was so focused on the fact that I couldn't breath so I didn't really spend any time worrying about my foot. Without my hiking poles, I would not have gotten through this one. Hubby did find without his hiking poles. I had to take a few breaks. I wanted to die by the time I got out of there. I felt soooooooo out of shape, but I also felt pretty happy that I was able to do it. 

I forgot to bring my heart rate monitor and I forgot to set up the GPS app on my phone so I don't have an accurate distance or elevation gain/loss. I read somewhere that it was .7 mile out and back with 200 feet of loss then gain, but it didn't feel like .7 so maybe that's if you can get all the way around the building and closer to the waterfalls. The 200 feet might be accurate. 

(I had to edit this page to remove two pictures that weren't working)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant Unscented No Aluminum

In my previous post, I mentioned that I have had some medical issues. I'll get into that later in much detail, but for now, I'll just say that I've recently learned that I'm Estrogen Dominant, so I'm on a mission to rid myself of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. I'm seeing a Naturopath. She's amazing. So I'm not getting treated with hormone replacement therapy or anything made by the pharmaceutical companies. I get natural supplements. Again, I'll talk more about that later. As part of my pursuit to rid my life of the phytoestrogrens and xenoestrogens, I'm trying out new personal hygiene products. This is some scary stuff. My goal was to start with something pretty benign like body wash or shampoo. I wasn't quite ready to jump into the crazy world of deodorants without antiperspirants, but here I am writing about one. 

So the background story of how this happened. I was out of deodorant. I meant OUT of deodorant. I normally use Degree Men Dry Protection Anti-Perspirant, Cool Rush. I'm not a guy, but I sweat and I stink like a guy. Degree for Men had been the only thing that ever kept my dry and not stinky. It had to be Cool Rush too because of my lovely breathing issues. I tried Degree Men Dry Protection Antiperspirant, Extreme Blast, but I was coughing in no time. Anyway, once I find a product I like, I stick with it until it's discontinued. I've been using the same deodorant for years. You could probably even put it into decades by now! I wasn't ready to switch, but I was out! I knew I didn't want to get the same stuff with the aluminum in it. I didn't want to get the same stuff which was rated as a 4 on the EWG site. I'll talk more about the site later.

Anyway, a friend of mine suggested that I get the Dove one. She said they had a deodorant and antiperspirant that had no aluminum so it was going to be my baby step down the EWG numbers. However, I couldn't find it at Walmart. Keep in mind, I didn't have much time to shop since we were on a timeline to get somewhere. I didn't spend a ton of time looking at each one. My vision also sucks so I had to have hubby read the labels. He totally loved that. Anyway, I saw a sticker that said No Aluminum on Tom's of Maine Long-Lasting Care Deodorant Stick, so I grabbed it and headed to the checkout.

When I checked the EWG site, Tom's of Main was listed as a 1. I felt pretty proud of myself! I moved down three spots on the list! (Down is the direction you want to go.) I was scared to try it and end up all stinky and sweaty, but I had no choice. I went for it. It was a bit odd at first, but I got used to it. It felt like I didn't have any deodorant on. It went on smoothly, but it's more of glycerin kind of thing than the solid lotionlike substance of Degree. My pit skin was sticking together! How pleasant! I made it through the first day without incident though. I didn't have sweat pouring out of me and my shirt wasn't wet. I didn't stink either. However, we pretty much did grocery shopping and sat on the couch that day.

I have now used it for almost a full week. The packaging says "Long Lasting Natural 24 Hour Odor Protection." I don't agree with that claim for my life. Maybe if you don't do anything all day, it's fine. Maybe if you don't sweat like a man, it's fine. Twice this week, I went to physical therapy before work. Each time, I was starting to smell like onions before I made it to work. I had to get a second hit of deodorant because there was no way I was going to make it through the day. On the days after I had physical therapy, I worked out at my house before my morning shower. So here's the chain of events.......

5:00 AM: Shower
5:20 AM: Applied Deodorant
7:00 AM: Physical Therapy
9:00 AM: Second hit of Deodorant after verifying that my pits indeed stink like onions
4:00 AM: the following morning workout at home
5:00 AM: My pits stank bad as I was getting into the shower

By the time my workout was over, I stank and I stank bad! I didn't want to be near me. I can't imagine how other people would have felt being near me. However, I did not take the time to wake up my husband to get his opinion on if I stank or not.

Bottom Line.......This is NOT the deodorant for me at this point in my life. At Walmart, it was about $4.50 for one stick. It was on sale at Natural Grocer's for $3.99 the next day. I hate to waste the money, but I seriously can't just keep checking my pits and reapplying deodorant. Maybe I can get my money out of it by using it for my Sunday lazy day deodorant. That's about all it can handle. I have heard though that the healthier you get, the less your pits stink so maybe I just need to give it a few months of detoxifying and then try it again.

I'll let you know what I end up with next and tell you how it goes.