Update: The End of a Secret Love Affair April 26, 2009
I’m taking a break from blogging about my travels to post about what appears to be an important subject for many of my readers. A while back, I wrote about my slight obsession with Secret Platinum Soft Solid™ deodorant which you can read here. In the post, I told of my horror when there was none to be found in the stores after returning from Australia and, in fact, it was being discontinued to make way for Secret Flawless deodorant. Well, it turns out I’m not the only one who is a devoted fan of Secret Platinum Soft Solid. In fact, my post, The End of a Secret Love Affair, about the deodorant has received the most blog hits than any other post I’ve written and daily, have hundreds of people stumble upon my blog in their quest to find Secret Platinum Soft Solid.
Seeing as though I’m not the only one upset to see the amazing Secret Platinum Soft Solid go off the market, I thought I would give an update. I have tried Secret Flawless Conditioning Solid and unfortunately, it is rubbish but I’m forced to stick with it for the time being. Flawless conditioning solid does not cut it for me at all. No matter how gently I try to put on the deodorant, it does not go on smoothly. On numerous occasions, I have changed shirts throughout the day only to find the deodorant is all rolled up in to little balls- ick! (*TMI alert*) The balls are either all over my clothes or stuck under my underarms, seriously, gross! The fact that it balls up and rubs off also leaves me unprotected. Furthermore, when I finally do get enough to stay on, it does not keep me feeling protected throughout the day. Yes, I know, before I used to put Platinum soft solid on several times a day but that was more because I wanted to and not because I had to. With Flawless, I need to, I have to put it on several times a day- it does not last from day to night. Then again, this is probably what the maker, Procter & Gamble, wants because the more you put on, the more you use and the more of the product you’ll need to buy. I also do not like any of the scented or unscented brands and in fact find my skin a bit irritated. Really, I could go on and on but the point is, Flawless does not even come close to the awesome benefits of Platinum. Any for those reading this who can’t relate and are thinking to themselves, why doesn’t she just try an invisible or gel deodorant or something like that, well, read my previous post. I hate them!
So, consumers out there looking for Secret Platinum Soft Solid, I’m sorry to tell you it is off the market. There are a few stragglers out there but not many. I wrote to P&G about the situation and this was their response:
“Thanks for contacting us.
I’m sorry, but we discontinued this product and it’s no longer available. Generally, decisions to start or stop making products are based on consumer demand, so feedback like yours is extremely valuable. Please be assured I’m sharing your disappointment with the rest of our team.
In the future, you may want to check our brand websites for information about our current products. You may find a new favorite!
Thanks again for writing.
Yes, it is a generic letter but at least I got a response and just maybe the feedback will be passed along. Readers, if you really want to see Secret Platinum Soft Solid back on the market, I suggest you write to P&G. I posted their contact info in my last post but click here to send an email. You have to power to make your voice heard. Take five minutes and send them a quick email! Let’s get Secret Platinum Soft Solid back on the market!
On Holidays April 22, 2009
The hubs and I are on holidays in New Zealand. We’re once again tackling the gorgeous south island. We haven’t been back here since our honeymoon in 2006 so it’s nice revisiting a place that has such fond memories for us. On our honeymoon we started in Queenstown/Wanaka and then hit up the west coast and around the north taking in Doubtful Sound, Fox Glacier, Punakaiki Rocks, Abel Tasman National Park, Marlborough region, Kaikoura and finished in Christchurch (CC). This trip we’re visiting some of the same places, namely CC, Wanaka & Queenstown but we’ll be working our way south and around the east coast to CC. New sights such as Lake Tekapo, Mt. Cook, Arrowtown, Milford Sound and doing the Southern Scenic drive down to Invercargill through the Catlins and up to Dunedin are all on the agenda. I’ll post pictures when I can… stay tuned for more!
Sweet Chili Sauce April 18, 2009
One of my favourite condiments in Australia is Sweet Chili Sauce. It is absolutely fantastic and goes with just about any type of food. I’m guessing the Aussies have to thank the Asian influence for introducing such a delicious sauce. The easiest way to describe it is sort of like a sweet and sour slightly spiced sauce. It can be used for dipping, as a spread, a marinade or whatever you wish. In fact, one of my favorite things is when it’s used for Australian wedges (which are are like giant fries/small potatoe wedges) and comes with sour cream and sweet chili sauce… delish!
photo from here.
Another favorite is as a seasoning on crisps, otherwise known as chips. Red Rock does a brilliant sour cream and sweet chili deli style crisp. Seriously the best thing ever and I’m not really a potato chip kind of girl. You can even see the chili on the chips… again, delish and one of my favourite snacks from Australia. Pick some up if you ever have the chance! I’ll be packing a few of the chips to take back with me.
Dining Along the Harbour April 16, 2009
Recently, we have had some nice dining experiences. The other night we grabbed a blanket, a bottle of wine and went to the Blues Point Reserve where we had a picnic dinner. Blues Point Reserve is one of our favorite spots for soaking in Sydney Harbour and it sports some of the best harbour views of the Opera House and bridge. We used to live right up the street and loved having this view in our own backyard. It’s especially gorgeous at night with the sky lit up with hundreds of stars… ah, heaven!
Then, we went to Cafe Sydney which is situated on top of the old Customs House facing Sydney Harbour. The food was delicious and such a wonderful evening with my love. It’s definitely great being back in Sydney.
Happy Easter April 9, 2009
Today (OZ is a day ahead for my US readers) starts the four day long Easter weekend in which Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. Unlike that in the US where Easter Sunday is the major day of observance, Australia practically comes to a full stop on Good Friday. Why… I don’t know? I don’t believe Australians to be overly religious, there’s a definite decline in church attendance and all the world’s major religions are represented in the country. However, that doesn’t stop Easter from being one of the biggest holidays in the nation.
Aussies go crazy for Easter. In Australia, you can never start preparing for Easter too far in advance. Since 1st January you can bet your last dollar the shops have had Easter decorations and candies lining their store shelves. Chocolate eggs are everywhere and brands like Cadbury, M&Ms and Tim Tams compete for the best collector’s sets. Giant chocolate eggs cost $300 and can be made out of violet crumble or dark chocolate decorate store entrances. Every variety, shape and size is available for whatever your Easter needs.
What’s interesting to me, is that they still have the usual Easter chocolate bunnies, however, over recent years there has been a push to phase out the bunnies (because rabbits are seen as a pest) and replace them with the Australian Bilby for the chocolate. For those not familiar with a Bilby, it is an endangered desert dwelling marsupial that is dying out thanks to human encroachment and domestic and feral cats. Bilbies are only 30cm long, live in harsh desert conditions and look something like this:
There are only around 600 left in the wild and since the Bilby is an endangered species, Australians have decided to use Easter as a time to create awareness in saving the Bilbies. Chocolate makers like Haight, Darrell Lea, Cadbury and others create the chocolate Bilbies with proceeds from the sale going to a conservation/rescue fund to save the endangered animals. I do find it a bit ironic that an edible Bilby is for sale to prevent the real ones from being eaten out entirely. However in this case, what seems initially like a form of animal cruelty against an endangered species is really just for the benefit of the species. So this Easter, buy a chocolate Bilby and do the world some good! If you need an excuse to indulge in some Easter chocolate, well, just think of eating a chocolate bilby for a good cause. Happy Easter!
Royal Botanic Gardens April 8, 2009
Right on Sydney Harbour nestled along the CBD (Central Business District) and next to the Opera House, are Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a great spot for a stroll or grabbing a picnic and watching the boats sail by. It’s one of my favorite spots to grab a latte and read.
The gardens attract various wildlife but two of the most entertaing species to watch are the loud cockatoos and the scary looking yet docile fruit bats which hang from the trees in broad daylight.