July 30th, 2011Site News
This is a final reminder to everyone that this giveaway ends tomorrow. If you haven’t already entered, please click HERE and follow the instructions on how to enter. It’s totally FREE and we have TEN bottles of Perspirex up for grabs.
Good luck!Tags: antiperspirant, axillar, free, free giveaway, hyperhidrosis, products
July 25th, 2011Site News
As it’s Monday, we thought we’d bring you something to smile about, another free giveaway!
This time it’s for Klima’s signature product, their hugely popular underarm antiperspirant spray. We have TEN to give away free. This is only for USA residents this time. Please see the end of this blog for how to enter this giveaway. Don’t worry, it will only take a few seconds!
Known Worldwide as a leader in this industry, Klima Health Solutions supplies the most efficient antiperspirants and deodorants for the treatment and prevention of extreme sweating. Klima Health Solutions also offer a range of clinical-strengh products, designed to combat other skin, hair and body conditions. You may have heard about our products from your Dermatologist, Podiatrist, Pharmacist or Salon. From underarm odor to scalp odor, acne to keratosis, you can trust Klima Health Solutions for top of the line skin, hair and body products.
With thousands of testimonials from doctors, dermatology clinics and podiatrists from all over the World, Klima Health comes highly recommended. Many of our customers tell us that before they tried Klima, they had given up hope.
“I just have to send this to express my gratitude. Your products and company are great. You guys are really on top of things. I have had problems with sweating under my arms since I was about 10. I am 26 now and the problem has been resolved. I think I am still in disbelief! These products really work! The people that make them and send them – hats off to you.” – Lisa
“I wanted to let you know that I received my package last week, and I have been using the products as directed since. I can already see much improvement, which is amazing to me since I sincerely have tried everything else available short of Botox and surgery. You are literally changing my life for the better, and I could never thank you enough for this.” – Camila
“Thank you so much for making these awesome antiperspirants! I used to use Drysol and before that, Certain Dri, but neither worked even half as well as Klima!” – Robert
If you’d like to read more testimonials, there’s plenty here
Klima also have their own YouTube channel with customer video testimonials
Very Sweaty Betty also has a channel and you’ll see Anne’s tv documentaries here
Below is Klima’s most recent commercial and it’s well worth a watch!
Rules of entry:
1. Send an email to email@example.com and enter ‘Klima giveaway’ in the subject line.
2. You must include your VerySweatyBetty forum name in the body of the email.
3. You can enter as many times as you like but you can’t win more than once!
4. This giveaway is valid until August 15th.
5. Successful applicants will be chosen at random and notified accordingly.
6. Please be aware this particular promotional giveaway is only valid if you live in the USA.
That’s it – good luck everyone!
We have a new giveaway later this week so please check back! It’s open to everyone, no matter where you live.Tags: antiperspirant, axillar, excessive sweating, free, free giveaway, help, hyperhidrosis, klima, products, skin, treatment
July 22nd, 2011Site News
Very Sweaty Betty needs your support!
If you have been helped by anything that Very Sweaty Betty has been tirelessly doing for the Hyperhidrosis community over this past few years, PLEASE take 2 minutes to nominate us for a new TV programme.
If we were to be lucky enough to be selected, this programme would help us to raise a massive amount of awareness of Hyperhidrosis. Just think of what we could do with the advertising, how many more people we will be able to help through our Hyperhidrosis Awareness Campaign and what this would mean for the whole Hyperhidrosis community.
More awareness of Hyperhidrosis means so much for all of us. There would be more products, more research, more help, the medical profession taking this disease seriously and eventually all these things could even help progress in finding a cure one day. It also means less ignorance and more understanding – which is something that we could all do with. Knowledge is power.
There really aren’t many opportunities like this that come our way – so please click through to this page and email the makers of the tv programme to tell them about all the good work that VSB is doing and how much we would all benefit from this help and raising of awareness. We want everyone to know about Hyperhidrosis and YOU can help us to achieve our dream!Tags: forum, help, hyperhidrosis, stress, treatment, very sweaty betty, vsb
July 15th, 2011Site News
A while ago I was very kindly sent a parcel by Sweat Guard (a UK based company) containing a few products to trial and blog about. This is the first blog in the series and it’s for the Iceover Deodorant Soap made by the American company Klima.
My first thought was that combining two products doesn’t always work too well, for instance if you have long hair, the 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner combos are pretty hopeless. And there’s no such thing as a soap-deodorant, is there?
On unwrapping the soap, it was clear that the bar was a really good size, far bigger than the average bar. The fragrance is unisex – very fresh and clean smelling with a relaxing scent, which to my mind is pretty clever because many people suffer with Hyperhidrosis through anxiety. They’ve certainly thought of everything!
The next test was whether the bar would become sloppy and soggy like some soaps can be. I certainly had no worries there. When I’d finished using it I stood it up on it’s end to make sure the bar dried as quickly as possible. I’ve been testing cosmetics for many famous and prolific manufacturers for a long time and out of all the bar soaps I’ve trialled, this is right up there for longevity.
The overall performance was very good, there’s plenty of rich suds and bubbles but not too much that it doesn’t rinse off quickly and efficiently. One thing I was particularly worried about was would it dry out or even irritate my skin? I’m really sensitive to most HH products, especially the underarm products. As this is a deodorising soap, my underarms were fine. My skin is pretty dry, I can’t use body lotions because I’ve never found one that absorbs and a) doesn’t make me hotter through not allowing my skin to breathe or b) that doesn’t slide off into a gloopy, sticky mess to possibly ruin yet another outfit. I was really pleased with the soap, my skin actually felt softer after using it. Granted, it might have been my imagination because I was checking for the normal ‘tight’ feeling but it just didn’t happen.
The most important part of this is the deodorising element, does it really work? There was only one way to find out – and I had the perfect opportunity. Since last August, we’ve been living upside down, renovating the whole house from top to bottom. It’s a small house with just the one bathroom (upstairs). We planned on installing a downstairs toilet and cloakroom and when that was up and running, we would have a wall knocked down in the bathroom, and the whole bathroom replaced, including the ceiling, walls and floor. This would mean the bathroom was out of bounds for at least five or six days, so we only had a tiny hand-basin (filled with hot water from the kettle) in the downstairs toilet to use for strip-washing ourselves. I don’t think I’ve ever had a day where I’ve gone without at least one shower, or generally speaking, two. As it turned out, it was during the first heatwave of the year back in April. Not the greatest of weeks to have chosen to be without a shower! Both my husband and myself used the soap and there’s no other way of saying this – not only did it work, it worked incredibly well. From face to feet, the soap performed everything it had promised. It left our skin cool and lightly fragranced and the superfresh feeling lasted for hours. I suffer from severe Primary Generalised Hyperhidrosis – my sweat pattern is that I sweat from my scalp to my feet. Although I was sweating between washes, I couldn’t detect a stale or sweaty aroma at all.
As far as I’m concerned, the soap more than fulfilled it’s promises, it kept my skin feeling cool, fresh and deodorised and didn’t strip any natural moisture from my skin, even on prolonged use – even the eczema on my hands.
This is FAR from being an ordinary soap and I recommend it to anyone – you don’t need to suffer with Hyperhidrosis to get the best from this soap as it’s a deodorant, not an antiperspirant.
July 13th, 2011Site NewsHave you ever heard of the Hypothalamus? This is the part of the body that regulates our temperature – or not, in the case of hyperhidrosis sufferers. I’ve found an article on the function of the hypothalamus, how it works, what it does and why. There are also diagrams and paragraphs about responses to heat and cold and the link to it is below this introductory paragraph.The body keeps its core temperature constant at about 37 C by physiological adjustments controlled by the hypothalamus (Thermostat Center) where there are neurons sensitive to changes in skin and blood temperatures. The temperature-regulating centers are found in the Preoptic Area (the anterior portion of the hypothalamus). This area receives input from temperature receptors in the skin and mucous membranes (Peripheral Thermoreceptors) and from internal structures (Central Thermoreceptors), which include the hypothalamus itself. The temperature sensory signals from the from the preoptic area and those form the periphery are combined in the posterior hypothalamus to control the heat producing and conserving reactions of the body. The hypothalamic thermostat works in conjunction with other hypothalamic, autonomic and higher nervous thermoregulatory centers to keep the core temperature constant. Some of these thermoregulatory responses are involuntary, mediated by the autonomic nervous system, some are neurohormonal and others are semi-voluntary or voluntary behavioral responses.The rest of this (quite short) article, complete with diagrams is on the VSB forum Understanding body temperature regulation it’s very informative and well worth a read.Tags: disease, heat, hot, hyperhidrosis, hypothalamus, regulation, skin, temperature, understanding
July 8th, 2011Site News
How many of you have tried Denise Bartell’s Wrapps? Since we posted this blog 11 months ago, Wrapps has gone from strength to strength. They’re now being sold all over the world and have given hundreds (if not thousands) of people enormous relief from groin sweat. Denise is always looking at ways to improve the Wrapps but unlike corporations, the quality of the fabric or fastenings will never be compromised. Each Wrapp is handcrafted by Denise who worked for many years as a professional seamstress. If you suffer from sweating in your ‘area’ and you’re either a) male or b) female, then Wrapps are perfect for you.
For me, Wrapps means I can wear a skirt or dress for the first time since I can remember. It also means that I can wear any colour of trousers – I’m not restricted to black linen cropped trousers.
Denise’s testimonials page is great reading, you can tell just how much these have changed people’s lives LINK (opens in new window).
This is our original blog, it explains how Wrapps came about.
Hello, my name is Denise and I designed the Wrapp.
The Wrapp literally wraps around the crotch of one’s briefs. The name just seemed to fit perfectly, like the Wrapp itself. The idea of the Wrapp came out of years of sheer desperation and utter frustration. The extra P stands for Perspiration.
Having taught myself to sew at 7, I have always kept decent size scraps from previous projects, tucked away…so I found my stash of muslin scraps, and got to sewing. I had some towels that were old, but not quite ready to be “dog towels” yet. So, I started drawing, freehand right on the fabric, using a commercial pad as a guide using a soft lead art pencil. My first attempt fitted great, however much to my disappointment, the Velcro closure added heat, and frankly did not work too well. Unless scratching ones inner thigh with the teeth of the Velcro was the goal…and it was not. So I took the seam ripper to all the Velcro, and tried a sew-on snap.
The snap looks great on paper, but the snap just could not take the tension. The snaps just popped open with the slightest movement. So, back to the drawing board…a simple hook and eye, they are still used on bras today. These work great admittedly, occasionally I have to either apply pressure to the hook to bend it in or get out the fine adjusting tool (known in some circles as a hammer,) and give the hook portion a tap to take it down a bit. So, that is what I went with…the hook and eye. Although very tedious to sew on, this works the best and does not add any heat, and doesn’t pop open. Initially there was no top stitching on the Wrapp, but was added later as the insert had a tendency to shift, hence I stitched it down to keep it from shifting…
I later switched from terry cloth to waffle muslin, for the (inside) liner – thus named because it looks like a waffle, when looking down on it. I also experimented with muslin fabrics as I had some difficulty with quality that I had never encountered with muslin before, some muslin had a tendency to pill and stretch. It was very disappointing to spend so much time on the construction of a garment to have it the fabric pill and stretch. So I finally went with a finer weave, more expensive, unbleached muslin that has a luxurious 200 thread count, and is always consistent.
I was just trying to solve an extremely difficult problem, for myself, to enable me to find a job. Never knowing, much less believing anyone else ever suffered from soggy elastic cutting into ones inner thighs to the point of wanting to literally rip my hair out of my head as I staggered around screaming. This excessive sweating started when I turned 14 and I suffered with it for well over 4 decades. It was only in the last few years that I even learned there was a name for this condition, moreover, I learned that it was not “just me.” For years I tried just about everything, baby powder, deodorants, antiperspirants, bladder control pads, yet nothing seemed to help. The talc turned to a gray sludge and only served to further aggravate skin eruptions. Deodorants and antiperspirants caused blisters, different soaps caused a variety of problems. The smaller sanitary pads did not work, they shredded into thousands of soggy pieces. The bladder control pads were bulky, hot, expensive and not always easy to dispose of. But as there was nothing else available, that is what I went with. But, with virtually no money, what to do, what to do…
What one frequently does is look within to solve a problem. So, I sat down and sewed until I made my Wrapps perfect. I wore my Wrapps for a few months, before I even found the Very Sweaty Betty web site. I was absolutely astounded to discover I was not alone. I am not the only person alive who sweats enough to float a battleship. It was such a relief to know it had a name. By then I had experienced a dry, comfortable crotch for a few months and I could not believe it. No skin eruptions, no yeast infections, no overheated, soggy clothing. After all those years that I did everything humanly possible to hide my soggy, miserable, painful secret were suddenly reversed, and now I was ready to take out billboard space over it.
The commercially produced incontinent pads I had been using cost approximately $15.00 for a pack of 60, so even using 2 pads a day that was still about $180.00 a year. They were bulky, uncomfortable, hot, added to the landfill, and were expensive. The Wrapp encapsulates the elastic on one’s briefs, holding the elastic away from the skin, allowing the moisture in the bend of the leg to evaporate instead of being absorbed into the (elastic and) underwear. And my Wrapps are completely washable, hundreds and hundreds of times, they get softer with each wash and there’s no need to iron! No more standing in line at the grocery store with a bulky package of incontinence pads (Wrapps work for more than ‘just’ perspiration)…all that and they still catch a laugh too! I now wish I had discovered these when I was going through menopause, but I didn’t, oh well…
Wrapps were initially just for myself. However, for men, there’s more good news, the Wrapp work just as well for you, holding the elastic of your briefs up off your skin, no more chaffing in that oh so delicate area, and no one will ever know unless you tell them. This too, came about quite organically (and later went on to be tested by various men and women to wear whilst playing sports). I was at the kitchen table, cutting out a batch ofWrapps, and my sisters boyfriend (a musician) walked by, and asked what I was making. I explained theWrapps and he wanted to know if he could try them. A few days later, he asked if I had any more of them, he had an outdoor gig he had to play and the Wrapp worked great for his outdoor gig…Now, all of our Wrapps have been marked with an indelible pen, with our names, so we all know his from mine and my sisters Wrapps as virtually every batch of clean clothes has dry, clean, cool Wrapps, ready to go…
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. I will respond as soon as humanly possible.