The Desert Island Challenge—Join Us! There’s a Prize!
In case you are too young to recognize what’s going on in the picture up top, that’s a still from Gilligan’s Island, a TV show about a sort of annoying guy with the best luck in the world: He got stranded on a desert island with these two foxes, who were really nice and improbably touchy with him for reasons never made clear. Consider Ginger and Mary-Ann (and, fine, Gilligan) your muses for the next two weeks, because we want you to pretend you’re a castaway…
…and you’re stuck there with just five products to your name, trying to feel and look your best while you do it.
We gave you a little tip off in advance and your comments are inspiring! Many of you are optimistic it will be easy, which we love because we were kind of panicking about having to do it too.
So why do it at all? Many products create the need for more products, and this is especially true when you’re talking about conventionals. You get stuck with skin so dried out from your soap that it feels like it could snap if you don’t moisturize, and if your moisturizer isn’t right for your skin it gives you spots, and then you need acne potions. This is so dumb!
But even devotes of clean probably use and buy more than we need.
People like to say women use 12 products a day on average, and men use 7. We know from counting on our fingers and canvassing our friends that most of us use way more—even people who think of themselves as unfussy.
Variety is nice, but as with anything in life—your work, your personal life, your diet, your sense of your own beauty—something kind of amazing can happen when you limit your options and figure out what works best for you. We were talking last week about what it takes for you to feel your best, and I was the first to admit I don’t always stick with it. Life gets in the way, sh*t gets hectic, we get it. I do this with my skin and hair, too. But consider this an exercise in picking—and sticking with—what you know works.
So let’s do this thing. Choose carefully. Have fun. And remember you have two weeks to pull it off, so if you mess up, you do have time to try, try again.
Some rules: Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal.
Instructions: For three consecutive days, use only five of the same products. That includes all personal care products—hair stuff, leave-ins, shaving cream, face potions, makeup, perfume, cologne, mists, body lotions and scrubs, you get the picture—except toothpaste and deodorant. Then write us an email at nomoredirtylooks (at) gmail (dot) com with DESERT in the subject line, and include your first name and location, written thusly “Sally, Boise, Idaho” and a brief description of how it went. Send this to us by the end of the day Wednesday, February 15th. Pro tip: Don’t wait until the end if you actually care about Valentine’s Day and want to get gussied up for it.
Prize: We will pick three winners at random and winners will get a sweet gift certificate from one of our favorite brands or retailers. We’ll tell you who in a couple of days, but regulars will know: Our prizes are always good!
The reason for the challenge: Well, there are a few. One, see above: We buy more than we need! And two, naturals often cost more than conventionals, which is why we always advocate quality over quantity. Finally, challenges are FUN.
Was Gilligan the worst or what? Via