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Ladies, we’re all too young to recall this, but there was actually a time when drugstores were made to dispense prescriptions and drinks from the soda fountain. How sad. What wasted space. Now that they’ve come to their senses and are overloaded with health and beauty items, allow me to introduce you to my own way of navigating the packed aisles, something I’ve dubbed the “Drugstore Dance.”
Step one: Pick up a shopping basket or choose a cart once inside the doors; in a conspicuous place, drop a note of what you originally came to buy because you’ll otherwise forget it before leaving, guaranteed.
Step two: At a fair-paced clip, browse the cosmetic displays and traverse the aisles with hair, skin, and body products, making mental notes of eye-catching colors, vivid visuals, and terms like “new,” “improved,” “free with manufacturer’s rebate” or—my favorite—“buy-one-get-one-free.”
Step three: Return to the entrance of the store since you now know “the lay of the land” (you don’t have to reenter here). Now walk leisurely and savor the delights as you would a fine wine or truffle. Spray the little cardboard pieces provided (or yourself) with colognes, and try the moisturizers, lipsticks, shadows, and blushes open for testing with abandon. Consider color, consistency, and fragrance as you compare. Sure you realize that you’re falling for all of the marketing ploys intended, but who cares? This is more than educational—it’s fun! Step three is not complete until you look like a four-year-old emerging from day care. However, a word to the wise: I’m completely OCD when it comes to cleanliness (had a nasty staph infection from a fall I thought was funny, and it nearly killed me). Remove all evidence with moist towlettes, alcohol wipes, or—best of all—soap and water in the restroom.
Which brings me to this week’s choice: Tone Soap’s new Almond Milk Line, officially introduced in May of this year, stopped my “dancing” with its packaging–a funky, fashionable paisley pattern of browns, golds, and blue (shown in center). I am now able to publicly admit my infatuation with soaps and shower gels, especially those with dessert scents (I have difficulty trying to decide what to do with those in crème brulee, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa, and more—consume or wash with them?). To the chagrin of store employees, I removed the lids from the body and hand washes and was taken aback by the lush almond scent, enhanced with a bit of caramel. Even the bar soap’s fragrance was alluring through the wrapping. Tone’s packaging states “For Skin Worth Celebrating!” and so I decided to see if these were as comforting, beneficial, and exhilarating as touted.
Cleopatra is known for having bathed in milk. There are conflicting opinions as to why it leaves skin soft—some say that lactic acid, a natural alpha-hydroxy variety–deep-cleans and exfoliates. Others contend that the oils in milk itself are responsible for the smooth feel. Frankly, I don’t care—the results are heavenly! Tone’s body wash has a more pungent aroma than the accompanying hand and bar products, but all of these can be worked into a rich lather, and skin is left immediately hydrated and wonderfully silky (albeit non-greasy). I decided to administer my personal test to determine how well these soothe, as they function beautifully as cleansers. I used them as shaving crème for my legs. No nicks or cuts when I used these, just velvety skin left behind. The formula includes vitamins A and E to heal, nourish, and protect. I’ve tried far more expensive brands, but few performed as well. I’m sold on Tone’s line; at a price range from roughly $2.29 to $3.99, this is an affordable indulgence for all.
WHO ELSE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO TRY DD TONE MILK AND ALMOND? CHIME IN!! At drugstores everywhere!
It’s too early to get a pic but you really want Tone Almond Milk!