Back in the days before smartphones and tablets, I would take a magazine or book into the bathroom when I was going to be sitting in there for a while. Occasionally my business was urgent and I didn’t have time to grab some reading material before going in there. So, how would I entertain myself?
I’d read the back panel of one of the various cans, bottles, or boxes that we’d keep in there. Whatever I could get my hands on, I’d grab it and read the back label. Say I grabbed a can of Suave Fresh Aerosol Antiperspirant and Deodorant…
Of course, I’d have to get closer to read it..
So, we find out that the active ingredient in this is aluminum chlorhydrate, which makes up 8.8% of the total, and that the inactive ingredients are butane, hydrofluorocarbon 152a, cyclopentasiloxane, isopropyl palmitate, talc, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, and fragrance. What is all that stuff? Hell if I know, but I read it off the back of the can. If I really wanted to know, I could look them up online. I’ll save that for when I get out of the bathroom, which will be really soon because by this time I was finished…
We’d do the same with cereal boxes, try to read the ingredients there. It would tell us that the contents of that box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies were
contains 2% or less of:
- malt flavor
Vitamins and Minerals:
- Iron (ferric phosphate)
- niacinamide (vitamin B3)
- vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride)
- vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- vitamin B1 (thiamin hydrochloride)
- folic acid
- vitamin D3
- vitamin B12
And having learned all of that, we’d grab our books and go to school.
Did you do this (read the ingredient lists of products)? Do you still do it?