I've used it for over a week and... I love it. I don't know if it's because I prefer a solid over a roll-on (although the Body Shop deodorant is available in solid) or if it's the super fresh scent or what, but I don't feel like I have to reapply half-way through my day. However, it has been cooler lately (highs in the 60s) so that may have something to do with it as well. I'll let you know how my armpits feel when we get our usual St. Louis hot and muggy summer. (I know you're all marking your calendars to check back on that!).
I have about a 30 minute commute to work each day, and I HATE radio commercials and sometimes NPR stresses me out, so I like to listen to books on CD, which I check out from the library. I stumbled across this one and decided to give it a try, as I'm a fan of historical fiction (make that well-researched historical fiction) and Marie Antoinette seemed especially appealing to me since David and I visited Versailles a couple of years ago (listening to this book totally makes me want to go back to Versailles and to Paris).
Anyway, this book was so fascinating that I found myself looking forward to my commute. I kept thinking about Marie Antoinette even when I wasn't in the car. I have read a couple of Phillippa Gregory's books (she wrote The Other Boleyn Girl), and this was along the same lines, but (in my opinion) better. As I got toward the end of the book, I found myself hoping that well-researched historical fiction would suddenly take a sharp turn into imaginary possibilities, because even though I knew all about the French Revolution and how things were going to end for Marie Antoinette, I was invested enough in her story that I really wanted her to avoid that fate. The author does a great job of making her seem human without downplaying all of the superficial and expensive niceties she indulged in while the people of France were starving. It's a clever portrait of the way she was both sheltered and deeply involved in French politics, and an especially intriguing portrayal of her marriage to Louis XVI.
Our DVR did not cooperate with Season 2 of Downton Abbey. I am SLIGHTLY suspicious of this, because it never screws up on anything David wants to record. How is it possible that I missed HALF of Downton Abbey episodes, and yet we never miss a moment of Eastbound and Down (a show that I hate) or Baseball Tonight? Riddle me that.
I don't really want to discuss this in detail, but let's just say this product has been a lifesaver.
And now for my final verdict on Affresh...
Honestly, I am not sure that it was any more effective than it would have been to just do the bleach and vinegar cycles alone (with a good scrub down on the rubber ring). However, I feel like patting myself on the back for my spring cleaning efforts, and all I had to do was drop a tab into the washing machine, so in that sense I declare it a winner. It did make the metal inside of my washer look shiny! The wipes were definitely useful for the rubber ring (although I needed more) but as Laura Jane mentioned, I probably could have used Lysol wipes to do the same thing. The only difference is that one side of the Affresh wipes is rough, which might help grab the gunky build-up on the smooth rubber. Anyway, I'm not sorry that I bought the kit, and so far I haven't had further laundry issues! I would buy this again, if only because it makes me feel virtuous and requires minimal effort.
And my final April purchase that I'm enjoying...
Any material pleasures that you're especially enjoying this month? Do share.