I am not a product girl.
I did recently invest in some fancy-pants product for Little Dude’s hair. Holy big-bill, Adoptive Mama’s. Apparently the first question on any adoption application should be, “Are you prepared to spend the equivalent of your child’s education fund on his/her hair product?”
It is really, really, really, really hard for me to invest $25 into a bottle of co-wash only to decide it doesn’t work that great. On the other hand, I do like product experimentation. I am a fan of “trial-size.” Even better than trial-size is freebies-at-friends’-houses. If I come to your house, I will NOT bring my own shampoo or any other hair stuff. I will want to try yours… (free trial-size in your bathroom just waiting for me).
Here is an idea… maybe I should start knocking on the doors of our African-American neighbors and asking them if we can use their bathrooms. Then I will quickly wash/style Little Dude’s hair while they wonder what the hell we could possible be doing in there…. Pretty sure this plan will not help us fulfill our other goals of developing more friendships with African-Americans. Which is more important, friendships with people who look similar to my son, or how my son’s hair looks??? (Another important question for an Adoption Application perhaps?)
As I said, if I do stay at your house, I will show up empty handed when it comes to my hair, but I will be toting a big jar of “Angels on Bare Skin” by Lush. It is the only product that I am loyal to in my own beauty regime. Please do not judge the product by the way my face looks in pictures. I assure you, my wonderful combination of wrinkles and pimples is due to the fact that I often forget to wash my face post work-out. What my face WOULD look like without this product… well, I don’t even want to think about it.
For those of you unfamiliar with Lush, they are a U.K. company and all of their products are made with fresh ingredients. Unfortunately, their marketing is too hip for someone like me to understand. And they refuse to use race or really, really specific descriptions to describe what their products are best for. So, I recently bought an $8, teeny-tiny bottle of shampoo from them that will not do anything for Little Dude’s curls. I have since discovered if you want to actually know if their products would be good for African curls, you need to go to the Customer Review part of their website (exhausting) or get a copy of their newspaper style catalog. (Too much work for this Mama. However, I can assure you, I did muster up the energy to send them a complaint email with some helpful suggestions for ways they could improve their marketing materials. You are welcome, Lush executives, er, um, team-members.)
Despite being worn-out by Lush’s hip marketing, last week I decided to do my quarterly clean out of my shower. Yup, four times a year, no matter how tired I feel, I muster the energy to throw away the dull razors, empty shampoo bottles and slivers of nasty soap that have accumulated in my bathroom. When I am done, I feel like a super-organized, domestic goddess.
When I was clearing off my shelf, I was going to toss my empty “jar” (actually a cardboard canister because Lush loves the rain-forest) of Angels on Bare Skin.
You know the empty container that I was using to hold up the new, full container? And then I realized, I just couldn’t do it. I would miss Anthony too much.
Who is Anthony? Well, another part of Lush’s
pretentious enlightened corporate culture is that any product you purchase is adorned by a sticker featuring a portrait of the employee (who I am sure they refer to as a team-member) who made/packaged it.
For about six months I have been showering with a photo of Anthony. And, what can I say? Anthony really knows how to make a great skin cleanser. Anthony inspires me.
My newest jar of product was made/packaged by Leanna. No disrespect to Leanna… she seems to be equally skilled in making product. But somehow, she just doesn’t inspire me the way Anthony does.
Disclosure: This post was not sponsored by Lush or by Anthony’s mother, although I am sure she is very proud of him.