Summer Martial Arts Essential? – Duke Cannon Supply Co Cold Shower Cooling Field Towels

Back when I did an endurance bicycling event (my ONLY one in life, but 300 miles counts), it happened to fall during the dead of summer.  And, apparently, on the hottest days – the first 100 + miles was in 110 degree heat.

As a non-heat, and non-endurance athlete, I HAD prepared somewhat.  I searched high and low for cooling apparel, wipes, sprays, really anything that could help lower my body temp.  While I was somewhat successful (thank you FrogTogs), and though I’m not planning any rigorous outdoor events for mid-summer, I am always up for learning about new products that bring a little heat relief.

Duke Cannon Supply Co Cold Shower Cooling Field Towels are designed not only to get you clean (a necessary feature if you are training – at any time – but especially during sweat-laden summer months), but also to give a cooling, refreshing feel.

Per Ulta’s description:

The mountains of Afghanistan are not exactly equipped with state of the art plumbing, so a cold shower to escape the dirt, grime, and oppressive heat was never an option. Such was the inspiration behind Cold Shower Cooling Field Towels. Developed in concert with our military advisory panel, these face and body towels are manufactured with menthol, aloe, and jojoba to provide a chilling blast as they cleanse and protect. The perfect way to cool down and recover after 12-hour shifts, covert field missions, or back alley boxing matches.

As for the formulation, there are hydrating, exfoliating, calming and cooling ingredients throughout – these are definitely no bullshit:


Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Aloe Vera Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Althaea Officinalis Extract, Oat Kernal Extract, Menthol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sucrose Cocoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethyhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenxyethanol, Fragrance.



Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash

The Micellar craze is proliferating the cleansing market at the moment… No longer is there one, coveted Micellar Water that you have to track down on eBay from France, but now there are countless variations based on skin types, as well as wipes…and now a gel wash…

I mean…I’m not sure you need all of these but if you do like the idea of double cleansing, these are at least designed to be more gentle on the skin.  I have a ton of steps in my own routine and I can definitely see it in my almost 39 year-old visage! Also, as an athlete, I appreciate making sure all the grime is off (not so much makeup, but good ol’ sweat!)

Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash comes in a mattifying version, and one for sensitive skin (I can’t quite make it out on beautybible’s page, but has a review…)  

These aren’t the same as the Cleansing Waters in the USA, and if you are a die-hard fan, you can snag it at Boots in the UK (or you might try eBay, which always seems to have the overseas goodies!)

Cleanliness isn’t necessarily godliness but…it certainly is appreciated by others AND by your skin.  So long as you are gentle, a few steps in cleansing can be a wonderful thing…

Kleenex Facial Care

Well I wouldn’t have expected this at all, though I suppose it makes some amount of sense… Kleenex, well known for babying our noses during seasonal change, colds, flus and tears, has come out with a line of products to care for facial skin.

Given the size of the brand, I am certain they have enough to fund R&D and to make something of their trial data!  Trusted as they for their gentle products, I can see people giving them a chance with these items as well – a name, and solid track record, goes a long way.  I’m happy to see the company stepping out a bit into a new (albeit a “neighborly”) category, and I’m wondering how Buf Puf feels about it!

Per WWD:

“…Kleenex, the Kimberly Clark-owned facial tissue brand, is quietly entering the skin-care category. The brand has developed five stockkeeping units focused on facial cleansing, including cleansing wipes, water-activated exfoliating cushions and eye-makeup-remover pads. After a test launch with a consumer focus group in August, the products officially became available for sale last month exclusively on

As of now, no plans for brick-and-mortar entry have been announced, but Kleenex intends to roll out its facial-cleansing products to online retailers by Q2 of 2016 — though none have been determined yet. Until then, the focus is on a direct-sell approach. “We’re testing in a real environment in the digital space,” said Kleenex senior brand manager Eniko Olah. “We’re going to take what we learn and scale up.”  “

The lineup will have five items:

  1. Facial Cleansing Wipes
  2. Exfoliating Cushions
  3. Cotton Soft Pads
  4. Shine-Away Sheets
  5. Eye Makeup Removers

Are you excited to see these?

Pacifica To The Rescue!

I’m a SUPER active girl – I have been an athlete my entire life and the fact of it is…it ISN’T pretty.  

People can dance around issues as much as they’d like, but not me.  Nope.  Listen…when you are in sports, you are going to have to deal with what goes along with it!

  • You WILL sweat
  • You WILL get dirty
  • You WILL clog your pores if you don’t clean up afterwards
  • Your hair will NOT look cute, so seriously…let it go!
  • You WILL NOT smell pretty

The list goes on…bruises, soaked clothes, you get the idea.  

The point is that if we aren’t prepared it can become embarrassing.  (Though honestly, as a figure skater it was totally commonplace to walk into a locker room, previously inhabited by hockey players who, shamelessly (as they should – they worked hard!) walked out leaving it smelling like a dirty sock!)  Smelled awful, totally expected…and we simply carried on.  We had spray in our bags, as well as deodorant, so we were on it. 

Today I ran across these (it’s actually the 5th but I am scheduling my post! 🙂 ) – exclusive to Ulta – and I was TERRIBLY EXCITED! 😀  

Pacifica photo

Pacifica photo

I have some BAN wipes, I think they’re called “Refresh,” which are actually nice.  I have plenty of different kind of towelettes – in my bag, with my gym gloves, in my toiletries, at home – because I’d rather feel clean, and scent-free, thankyouverymuch, than be unprepared and worried about it.

If it happens, it happens.  I am not saying I’m fond of it…just that I GET IT.  If you are active, it’s just part of Life…and it is NOTHING to be ashamed of.  You are working!

Pacifica’s Underarm Wipes are a GREAT idea, and I am thrilled to see someone FINALLY specifically target this concern.  It’s a REAL concern, and deserves to be addressed, darn it!

I’d use antiperspirant anyway (Secret Clinical is UH-MAZING!)…but when it wears off, if it does… Or maybe you flat-out forgot… These might be a great option!  

I was just in Ulta the other day, but I will be going back to check it out.  Really thrilled with Pacifica these days – way to go!  And it isn’t even a SPORT company.  That’s the best part!