Last time I went to the dentist he recommended a new product called 'Tooth Mousse' that he said would help maintain the mineral content of my teeth. 'Just rub it on with your finger', he said, 'after the usual brushing and the flossing and the antiseptic gargle'. (The visit before that he had urged me to invest in an electric tooth-brush. As a convenience his surgery carries both items to supply to their patients at a good price.)
Knowing what poor state my teeth are in, I was hardly in a position to argue that I didn't want to give the mousse a try, so I came home with a tube, although I must confess to not feeling entirely confident about the benefits of a product with such a silly name. With a sigh I mentally added an extra minute to my morning and evening ablutions schedule.
When will it ever end? My bathroom cabinet is over-flowing with 'products' designed to benefit or enhance specific parts of my anatomy. There are things for my hair, face, lips, cheeks, eyelids and nose. I have stuff for my hands, legs, neck, finger-nails, feet and heels. And these are just the things to put on the OUTSIDE. I have drawers full of powders, oils, pastes, creams, salves, scrubs, lotions, solutions, mists and sprays of every kind ... and now the mousse.
Some nights when I go to the bother of applying a full selection of this stuff, I feel I should be laying a sheet of plastic in the bed before I get in - to protect the bed-sheets from all the goo.
As a matter of fact, without due care, using some of these products can be quite risky. Ever used shaving cream instead of tooth-paste -- or hair-spray instead of deoderant, or vice versa?
A word of advice: don't ever apply hand-cream when you are about to drive the car. A couple of times I've had to pull over to wipe a slithery steering-wheel clean. And just last week I skidded on the bathroom tiles - courtesy of the lovely new peppermint 'foot rescue' the kids gave me for Christmas. Thanks to the towel rail I was 'rescued' all right - from a nasty fall!
To save confusion, storage space and a lot of precious time, someone ought to invent an all-purpose, head-to-toe body spray - something slightly oily, but edible, with nourishing, antiseptic properties and an appealing fresh aroma. But then what would we all give our mothers for Christmas?