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Johnson & Johnson The First Major Corporation To Eliminate Harmful Ingredients From Personal Care Products

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We are extremely fortunate in that our collective public consciousness of harmful chemicals used in beauty and personal care products, even those targeted towards babies and children, has grown exponentially in the past few years. Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Josie Maran have made it their mission to raise awareness of what we’re voluntarily putting in and on our own and our children’s bodies, and while there are plenty of niche brands available to address this concern, they aren’t nearly as readily available or reasonably priced as cheap, chemical-laden drugstore products. Keep reading »

8 Shameful Hygiene Secrets I Will (Apparently Not) Take To My Grave

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Hello. I am her: The woman with the grossest personal hygiene habits in the world. You wouldn’t know it if you saw me walking down the street. Because I’m dangerous like that. I blend. I look like most of you rational, well-mannered humans: I shower, I smell okay, I do my hair and makeup, I sport the skinny jean. But behind this façade is a dark, disgusting reality, one I’ve chronicled after the jump. Should you make it to the end and wonder, “How did she end up this way?” the answer is, “Who knows?” Don’t torture yourself thinking about it. Just rejoice in this fact: You’re not me.  Keep reading »

Poll: How Often Do You Shave Your Armpits?

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Look, I went to a women’s college (Mount Holyoke!) for a year, and I saw a lot of hairy things. I don’t judge. But for myself, I choose to shave as often as I am in the shower, which is just about every day. I understand that not everyone is like this, however, and in the case of Terry Richardson consort and maybe-model Charlotte Free (pictured) it looks like it’s been a couple of weeks. That got us wondering…

How Often Do You Shave Your Armpits?

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Would You … Make Your Own Deodorant?

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Surfing the internet yesterday I came across a recipe for DIY deodorant. I’ve read the scary studies linking aluminum in conventional deodorants to increased risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s, but I still haven’t been able to break my habit — maybe mixing up my own concoction would do the trick? The ingredients are simple (and cheap!): cornstarch, baking soda, coconut oil, and your choice of fragrance. Mix it all together, pour it into an empty deodorant case, and voila!

Have you ever made your own deodorant? Would you want to give it a try? [Via Planet Green]

To Pee Or Not To Pee … In The Shower

The results are in from College Humor’s 2011 Sex Survey. Of particular interest are the results on the ever-controversial topic of peeing in the shower. According to the 50,000 people surveyed, it’s cool to take a whiz in the shower if it’s your own shower, you don’t have to clean it yourself, and you masturbate to anime porn. Shower pee-ers are clearly a very, uh, niche demographic. In other related results, the survey found that those anime porn fans are 10 percent more likely to wipe standing up. Also, people who wipe standing up are most likely to describe themselves as ugly. Draw your own conclusions. [College Humor] Keep reading »

Confession: I Don’t Wash New Underwear Before I Wear It

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The other day there was a little incident where I was informed at, oh, 4 p.m. that I’d been walking around all day wearing hot pink boy shorts underneath a see-through dress. Ruh roh. I hustled over to the nearest Victoria’s Secret to deal with this situation. There I found a bunch of cute cotton pairs on one of their sale tables, so I scooped ‘em up. (Us ladies are constantly replenishing our panties-supply anyway, right?) Back in the office I slipped on a pair to salvage my reputation as completely oblivious/the office tramp. But it wasn’t until I was ripping those tiny pink VS tags off my new pairs of “cheekies” and tossing them in my underwear drawer that I thought to myself, I guess some people wash these first? I’ve never been a person who washes anything before wearing it, especially since I have a habit of dashing into Forever 21 or H&M the same day I’m going someplace and buying an outfit for right then. I realize, though, this is a thing people do. Sweaty, gross people try on clothes in stores or just fondle them with their Cheez Doodle dust-ed fingers. As totally neurotic as I am about other germ situations — like washing my hands any time I touch anything inside a fridge — I will wear panties that have been sitting on a display table in a VS for God knows how long and being touched by God knows who. Am I totally gross? Or do other people do this too? Keep reading »

My Naughty Bits Won’t Stop Sweating

Usually I find The New York Times Style section to be embarrassingly behind the times. Recent articles include trend pieces on people playing Big Buck Hunter at bars and the popularity of Twitter hashtags. “What’s next? An article about this new TV show called ‘Jersey Shore’?” I am prone to joking.

However, for the first time in a while, this week’s Style section features an article that is relevant to my immediate interests. Sort of. “Powder Surge: It’s A Guy Thing” is about men using talc, baby powder, and fancier branded powders to keep their nether-regions dry during the hot summer months. Basically, the NY Times printed an article about ball sweat and how men deal with it. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy Updates: “Grossed Out” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Grossed Out,” who was grossed out by her boyfriend not washing his hands after using the bathroom, and leaving evidence of nosebleeds in the shower. After the jump, find out whether she talked with her boyfriend and if situation has improved. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: The Couple That Grooms Together, Stays Together

“It’s really awesome for me that you’re not obsessed with showering every day,” my new boyfriend remarked recently. I looked at him somewhat surprised. “Well, then I don’t have to either,” he explained.

See, I’m a “shower every other day” kind of girl, with the occasional whore’s bath thrown in when necessary. It’s not something I’ve typically advertised to the men I’ve dated over the last few years and I doubt they’ve noticed since I’ve taken care to groom before dates and whatnot. But with M. living out of town and coming to visit for days at a time, our mutual grooming habits have been obvious and, it seems, in sync. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Grosses Me Out!”

My long-term boyfriend is a wonderful person. My only issue is that he’s a little lax about personal cleanliness. For example, last weekend he admitted that he’d had a nosebleed and cleared it out by blowing his nose in the shower. He told me this as an explanation for why I might see red flecks on the shower wall, as he’d cleaned up a bit while he was in the shower, but hadn’t gotten to everything. I got snippy/grossed out about why he’d told me this instead of just cleaning up the rest himself, but he just laughed it off before turning back to his video game and I calmed down after replacing my loofah, which had been in the line of fire. (This is gross, right? Or am I alone in this?) Another example is that I’ve been noticing for months that after he uses the bathroom at home, he barely runs the tap water — probably not long enough to use soap. I finally brought it up on our way to work today, and he explained that he only bothers with soap after #2 since he doesn’t “need” it after #1. I don’t want to start a fight over something trivial and sound like a nag, but I also don’t want to spend my days cleaning up his bodily fluids and cringing every time he touches our future children. How can I encourage him to up his standards a bit without sounding like his micromanaging ex? — Grossed Out

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