What could possibly go wrong?
Updated: May 4, 2022
I think it’s clear by now that I’ll buy just about any beauty product. My latest, however, was something of a disaster, but being a discerning consumer has never been a strength of mine. Yes, I bought Baby Soft Foot Peel (and have zero regrets), and the ice pack for my eyes that resulted in near-frostbite. The acid scrub that left me unable to go into the sunlight for a week. The self-tanning lotion that made me look like a Dust Bowl farmer during the Depression.
But today was probably the worst.
There’s a disconnected between store-me in the store and home-me. Several months ago, I saw this little product. “Ooh! Charcoal tooth whitening powder!” I exclaimed, showing the Princess. “Want to try it with me?”
“No,” said she.
“Your loss,” I said, tossing it in the cart. When we got home, I put it away and promptly forgot about it, as one does.
This morning, I rediscovered it and thought, “What could possibly go wrong?”
9:35: Open the packet to discover they weren’t kidding about charcoal. Realize this will make a great blog and grab phone for pictures.
9:36: Dip brush in and get to work.
9:37: Surprise McIrish with big smile (he has since generously agreed to stay married).
9:38: Read instructions, and learn that I was supposed to keep my mouth closed, not trot around the house, laughing and drooling.
9:39: Spit. Rinse. Spit. Spit some more. Rinse more. Note my resemblance to a 19th-century coal miner.
9:42: Wonder why spit is still gray and if teeth will remain blackened forever.
9:43: Rinse with regular old chemical-rich mouthwash. Feel gums begin to burn.
9:44: Notice that spit is now pink.
9:45: Curse self for being so gullible.
9:46: Brush teeth with Crest.
9:48: Floss. Brush again.
9:50: Check tooth color. No discernible difference.
9:51: Clean up bathroom, which is spattered with black powder and spit. Throw away pajamas (don’t worry, I have a backup pair).
9:52: Chastise self once again for buying what is essentially snake oil.
11:44: Write blog. : )
I’ll be off next weekend, eating turkey sandwiches with my family. Happy, happy Thanksgiving, my friends!