I take a shower around noon time and retrieve the AO+ bottle from the fridge again. I notice again that the bottle isn’t easy to handle—the design may look fancy, but a simple, old-fashioned spray bottle would have done a much better job of actually getting the spray on you instead of blasting it somewhere around the room. At 25 cents a squirt ($99 divided by 4 bottles divided by 100 sprays), that can get pretty expensive pretty fast.
I again get the lasting smooth-cheeks sensation. It’s quite nice. This time I’m not putting the AO+ bottle back in the fridge but leave it out on the bathroom counter. Much more convenient that way, and according to the instructions, “bottles will retain full potency for about 1 month at room temperature and 6 months in the fridge.”
March 19 – Rest of Day 1: One thing I notice is how soft the skin on my face got immediately after spraying. Usually, I can only achieve a similar result by steaming my face with a hot washcloth and then putting a dab of Green Seed Herbals massage oil on the dry skin areas (I have the typical “mixed” skin, with dry zones on the cheeks and forehead and oily zones around the nose and chin). But even that isn't the same, because with the oil I get that little bit of greasy feel initially, which I don’t have with the AOB.
Even five or six hours later, my face still feels as smooth as baby skin, as if it has no pores at all. Wow. If this lasts or even gets better, this could be awesome.
No noticeable changes in the psoriasis on my scalp. It’s acting up a bit after dinner—which might well come from eating too many sweets.
Another effect—which I guess is the main one, according to AOBiome—is that my armpits aren't sweating or smelling all day. Even five hours and more after showering, no body odor whatsoever. I didn't even have to wash up before bed, as I would usually do.
So far, so good.
When I get out of bed, instead of first washing my armpits, I spray the bacterial concoction on them—which I assume is the equivalent of a platter of bacon, eggs, and home fries for my buds. Dig in, boys!
Unfortunately, it doesn't work. Perhaps the AOBs aren't particularly hungry today, or they’re feeling under the weather (no wonder, with that much snow still around on the first day of spring!), but after a couple hours I give in to the need for some elaborate underarm hygiene.
The smooth-cheek thing also seems to work only right after a shower. No baby softness this time. Oh well.
As an aside, my psoriasis seems to be pretty calm right now, though there are so many factors that affect this condition that I doubt I can make a serious case for my buddies being the leading cause. Sorry, guys, not to frustrate you, but we need to be unbiased here.
March 22 – Day 4: No change from yesterday. Even after my shower-and-spray routine, I don’t get the facial softness the way it was in the beginning, nor the complete odor-freeness (is “freeness” even a word? Freeity?) I had on the first two days.
Do the boys need a more plumped-up, open-pore environment to do their job (i.e., hotter showers), or are they starting to lose their moxy because I didn't keep them nice and cold?
I wonder if it’s true that they stay fresh at room temperature for one month… maybe that life span is much less, or it’s too warm for them in the bathroom. I’ll keep the next bottle cooled throughout the week and see if that will change anything.
March 23 – Day 5: No change from yesterday and the day before. I’m back to using Tom’s deodorant because I’m not getting the reliable “No Pee-ew” experience anymore, with or without beforehand shower or armpit washing.
Another thing I have to divulge here is that the 6-8 sprays you’re supposed to cover your whole body with are a joke. I already mentioned this before, but to emphasize it, you’ll need about four sprays for your face alone, two for your armpits (if you can manage to hit them dead center), about four for your head (if you’re going for the no-poo effect), and maybe another eight to ten for the rest of your body. So that’s more like twenty sprays in one sitting, which makes it unrealistic to spray twice a day, unless you don’t care about using up each bottle in half the time you’re supposed to use it.
More from me and my bacterial buds at the end of the week.