Note: I'm sorry if you've gotten sick of hearing about Blogher. I haven't done much these past few weeks except work, hug my daughters and go to Blogher and LET ME TELL YOU I got about three months worth of posts from Blogher.
Anyway, companies pay ALL SORTS of money to buy a booth in the Expo Hall at Blogher. Then they give away products in hopes that bloggers will write about them and spread their message far enough and wide enough to justify the price of the booth.
Back in the day they gave out cool stuff, good stuff, AMAZING stuff. But the past few years as blogher has grown from 2000 to 3500 to 5000+ attendees the goods have gone downhill.
This year there were a couple of booths giving out last year's products while putting this year's products on display.
That's fine with me, I don't go for the free stuff. But DO NOT get in the way of the coupon bloggers. They will cut you for 1/4 of a Jimmy Dean sausage pattie and a $0.30 coupon.
Don't get me wrong, some of the products are great. I received a giftbag from MDmoms.com that included sunscreen towlettes - essentially wipes filled with sunscreen that you just wipe on your skin. They SAVED us (and the kids) from sunburns as we vacationed the following few days in NYC.
But you have to read the directions.
Another booth at Blogher this year was POISE.
Now I want you to stop reading for a minute and think about POISE. Do you have any idea what they make?
If you're like me you have no idea what they make - except you know that it's a feminine product, right? So you're probably thinking something for dryness, or itchiness, or odor or it could even be something like Depends - but whatever it is, it's for DOWN THERE.
Well the Poise booth was ALSO giving out towlettes.
Now NYC in August is HOT and HUMID. There were a lot of women complaining about the heat and specifically how hot they were getting IN THEIR PANTS.
Well there was a woman, and there may have been more than one, who decided to use the "Body Cooling Towlettes" that Poise was handing out to do a little freshening up.
What she didn't realize was that the "Cooling Towlettes" - while STILL a feminine product - were NOT for DOWN THERE. They were for women experiencing HOT FLASHES and they contained some alcoholic/menthol molotov cocktail that you MOST DEFINITELY do not want to put on your girl bits!
Which she found out about 3 seconds too late.
As she told this HORRIFIC story to my friend Jen, Jen looked at her sympathetically and then cried, "You got LAVA CROTCH?"
The woman nodded emphatically.
And then the three of us burst out laughing.