Thursday, June 28, 2007
Toothpaste of the Month June 2007
Vicco Vajradanti Herbal Toothpaste.
Let’s let the fine folks at Vicco Laboratories speak for themselves shall we?
“This is nature's perfect dental care programme. The pure extracts of 20 herbs and barks, tested over generations, have been blended into a potent combination that not only cleans teeth, but also protects and strengthens them.
Vicco Vajradanti offers this unique formula in a dental care paste that has natural astringent, antiseptic, and analgesic properties. These ingredients also stimulate and reinforce gums, while resisting plaque formation. It gives you strong gums, which make your bite mighty, which no cosmetic toothpaste can ever give.
Due to proven medicinal properties of its active ingredients, the Government has permitted manufacturing of Vicco products under Ayurvedic Drug License.”
Enough already, the simple fact of the matter is that Vicco Vajradanti Herbal Toothpaste, June 2007’s Toothpaste of the month, is the bomb! Seriously, this stuff is the shit! It is my favourite toothpaste bar none. Oh sure, there are others I have dallied with, Gopal Toothpowder with it’s sandblaster grade grit, some homemade stuff from my friend Yanni that looked like heroin and was so minty it hurt, an early nineties affair with Tom’s of Maine, but no toothpaste love of mine has endured for this long, or this firmly.
A mid-foaming paste of a pale chalky pinkish colour, it has a whole bouquet of flavours that bring to mind fine Indian Sweets, but without the sweetness. A seasoned toothpaste traveler, or a nervous newbie may easily appreciate it. The many flavours make this the kind of paste you can return to daily without getting bored. One caveat though, make sure you check the best before date on the box, sometimes shifty retailers will try and pass off old stock on us North Americans, and it has a tendency to dry out and go really stiff. I have had more than a few tubes burst while trying to squeeze some out.
One more thing, the Vicco Vajradanti powder should NOT be confused with the paste. It is a professional grade tooth-cleaner, and must be treated with respect. Really it will make you heave if you put too much on your brush.
Vicco Vajradanti Herbal Toothpaste, June 2007’s Toothpaste of the month. My favourite!
Friday, June 22, 2007
She who takes her shoes off every chance she gets has been experimenting with the potty. At first she showed no interest. We left it outside her room. We talked about it. We mentioned when we were going potty, and let her check the action out. She just didn’t care. Then one day we were reading “My Potty for Girls” when she announced “mima potty”. Off came the diaper, down went the bum and out came the poop. Sweet! We played it cool, didn’t make a big deal and over the next week she used the seat about 6 or 7 times. Her enthusiasm seems to have cooled somewhat of late, but she did use it again 2 nights ago, and she mentions it regularly. I don’t expect her to give up the diapers any time soon, but it is nice to see her interested.
She, who trips a lot and giggles insanely when the dog tries to lick her, HATES the shower. She didn’t always hate the shower. In fact she has showered with me since she was about 4 months old and until recently seemed to like it. Once she was able to stand on her own I would put her down on the floor of the tub and let her play with her toys while I did my own washing. Then she started not liking it, then she started hating it and screaming to get out and finally she became terrified of the whole thing. This has been going on for a month or so now and shows no signs of abating. It seems to weigh on her mind for much of the day. We will be walking along when out of nowhere she will say something like “mima no shower, mima bath” and I will have to respond with a quick “that’s right, Jemima takes a bath, Daddy showers, Madgy (her name for N right now) showers, Morag showers, but Jemima takes a bath.” If I wait too long to give an affirmative response she get really nervous and whiney and clings to my leg. When she is having her bath she will suddenly look up at the showerhead and shiver and say “mima bath”, if I even reach for the tap, she either tries to hide or grabs my hand and says “no.” She isn’t opposed to other people showering. This morning in fact she made quite a nuisance of herself by standing there with the shower curtain open, dripping water all over the floor, talking to me while I showered. When I finally took the curtains away from her, and her mother carried her bodily from the bathroom there were many tears.