More people willing to wear used workout gear, swimsuits and shoes

This is an interesting change:

A selection of Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s coveted leggings is available at a big discount, but there is a catch. Someone has sweated in them.

Workout gear, swimsuits, bras and other items once taboo for the secondhand racks now are widely available, as shoppers get more comfortable with wearing what someone else once did.

Not everyone’s tolerance is the same. One person’s great find is another’s grossout.

“We call it the “ick factor,” as in how much “ick” does a particular item have?” said Sarah Davis, founder and president of Fashionphile LLC, a marketplace for previously owned luxury shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories.

Shoes have a high ick factor, leading to elevated returns by buyers who initially thought they were OK with walking in someone else’s footwear, Ms. Davis said.

Fashionphile stopped offering used shoes for a while but has sidestepped the problem. It carries only the most gently worn ones—no toe marks or scuffs—and hand-cleans them with shampoo, baby wipes and antibacterial spray.

“We get rid of all the things that remind you the shoe was worn by someone else,” Ms. Davis said.

That isn’t enough to tempt Ryan Bullock. “Your feet sit inside them all day,” said the 26-year-old real-estate investor in Philadelphia.

Yet he has no issue with secondhand workout gear, a concept he got comfortable with in high school when he played football and donned the team’s repeatedly reused jerseys.

“Most of the clothes I buy for the gym are secondhand. I feel no reason to spend big bucks on clothes I will be sweating in,” Mr. Bullock said.

I don’t see the problem with any of this.

You can read the rest of the Wall Street Journal article by Suzanne Kapner at this link.

Because who doesn’t want a product in your shower when you’re naked that can burn your skin?

A friend sent me this product called Shower Steamers by Cleverfy, the idea of which is that you put one of these round disks into the hot shower with you and it dissolves slowly, sending wafts of aromatherapeutic fragrances into the steam for you you enjoy.

The instructions are, more or less, put it into your shower with you. Not under the water but so that water drips on it. Enjoy.

Then I noticed these words, in bold, “Do Not Pick It Up With Bare Skin.”

That seems odd for a product you’re standing next to naked, but I did as the instructions said and started my shower.

Except when I was showering, as often happens, my water suddenly turned unbearably hot. So I jumped to the back of the shower and stepped on the no-bare-skin bath aroma disk.

Water temp returned to normal, so I stepped back to the front of the shower to rinse off the foot that came into contact with the disk. I noticed the bottom of my foot has already turned red and started to feel numb.

That was fast.

I decided this product contains things to which I should NOT be coming into close contact, much less breathing into my lungs with steam.

I threw the rest away.

BTW I took a closer look at the instructions and it says if you are pregnant, you should consult a doctor before using it.

However, in the marketing blurbs on the manufacturing web site, it contains a testimonial from one Kimberly, 30 years of age:

“Oh, My, Gosh! For all those baby mamas there – you NEED them! I keep stocking up in fear of running out, as these are the only thing that help me relax after a busy day with my little ones! Sometimes mommy really does need some de-stressing and these are bomb!”

I dunno, Kimberly. Did you consult your doctor about this?

I checked the company’s web site. You can’t find out who’s behind the company, only that its founder (see below) loves New Age BS-speak.

From the back of the package.
Wiser words have never been spoken. From the company founder. I love that she’s holding a Vogue magazine and wearing a chain so big if could hold an anchor.