Fresh Breasts: A Summer Sweat Solution for Big Boobs?

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Four months ago, someone mentioned Fresh Breasts on the Big Boob Problems subreddit, and I couldn’t wait to try it. Maybe I did something wrong, but this product didn’t work for me. Here’s a rundown of the two days that I tried it.

Day 1

8:56 AM squeezed a handful of product out of the tube and rubbed it over and under my breasts

9:03 AM top of breasts dry

9:07 AM under breasts still wet

9:12 AM under breasts still wet while sitting at computer; icky feeling

9:20 AM still wet

9:44 AM still really wet

9:59 AM still wet

10:23 AM still moist but powderier

10:58 AM tacky . . . not quite dry

11:32 AM dry-ish

12:12 PM mostly dry

12:40 PM dry (if very slightly tacky)

1:24 PM totally wet again from sweat

Day 2

I decided to use a smaller amount this time and to follow the instructions to “shake well before use” (although it doesn’t feel very effective to shake a tube full of product).

9:40 AM applied product

9:58 AM left breast almost completely dry . . . only slightly tacky in the crease

9:59 AM completely dry left breast; almost dry right breast

10:00 AM right breast completely dry. Sat braless at sewing machine. The area where my breasts rested on my torso felt dry, soft and pleasant.

11:04 AM hot and a little sweaty . . . slightly moist where breasts rested on torso

1:30 PM completely wet after sweeping back porch

The same company makes Fresh Balls, and I get the feeling that a group of guys thought their product could do double duty for women. But this copy from their website makes me think that they just don’t get it:

“Let’s face it, how many more times can you walk into a room and let your boob sweat-soaked shirt make the first impression for you? Boob sweat, or “swoobs,” is a common, and uncomfortable, problem most women have to deal with daily – until now!”

Or maybe I’m the one who isn’t getting it. Do YOUR shirts typically show two sweaty orbs that result in “uncomfortable and awkward arm-crossed encounters”? For me it’s all about underboob sweat, and unless I’m going braless, I don’t get the tell-tale wet crescents showing through my tee shirts. What I get is the gross feeling of sweat trickling between and beneath my breasts, and the helpless realization that my dry bra will soon be drenched. But I never worry about my shirt itself being drenched.

The instructions say to “reapply if needed” and to “wash your hands” after you apply. Given how long it takes this product to dry beneath DD+ breasts, it simply isn’t practical to reapply throughout the day–it’s barely practical to apply after a shower in the morning. And it’s kind of messy. If you don’t wash your hands, they’ll turn white. The same white looks like snow salt stains on your breasts. And yes, it rubs off onto your bra.

If anyone wants the rest of my tube of Fresh Breasts, let me know and I’ll ship it to you (domestically)! And if you have a better experience with this product than I did, we want to hear all about it.

In the meantime, I enjoyed wearing my cotton-lined Fraulein Annie Falling in Love bra all day today without feeling a single trickle of sweat. I’ll give a full review here soon.

Need more help with stay-cool options this summer? Here are some of our past posts on the subject:

Don’t Sweat It

You’ve Lost that Soggy Feeling

Best Breasts Forward: Hot Mama

Big Bust Heat Wave Bras and Strappy Tops

Best Breasts Forward: Sweating Through Summer

Staying Cool

Summertime and the Living is Strappy

 Thanks to commenters on Mia’s last post and Big Boob Problems, here are two more products that I’d like to try:

Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel

Pure Romance Between the Sheets Powder Spray

The Only Vanity Breast Operation this Busty Gal Might Possibly Consider if I Won the Lottery

Following yesterday’s post, I realize that each of us has our own priorities when it comes to our looks. I don’t wear shapewear to the gym, but I certainly color my hair.

There’s another feature I’ve become particularly vain about since beginning this blog: my full-on-top breasts. We’ve all been told that we’ll start to sag one day, and I think I might be fine with that, but I’m sad about the possibility of losing the plumpness that fills my bra cups to the very rim. Bra fitters and manufacturers have told me that there’s nothing a woman can do about that empty air that occurs between an elderly woman’s breast tissue and the top of her bra just below the straps, so I’ve been trying to appreciate what I have while I have it.

Then I saw the title of Dr. Constance Chen‘s presentation at the Fab over Fifty Beauty Bash, and I dared to hope for a solution: “Breast and Body Restoration: Doing It the Natural Way”.

I made a beeline toward her booth ahead of her speech and told her about my blog. Of course she assumed I would be interested in writing about breast reductions, something she’s very good at and that a lot of women want, but I explained that my readers and I have spent so much time learning to accept and value our breasts that we’d really like to know how we can keep them.

It turns out there’s an operation for that. It’s called a perforated flap breast reconstruction. Here’s how I understand it:

  1. Skin and fat is taken from your abdomen or bottom (basically, it’s a bonus tummy tuck if you want one).
  2. When the fat is removed, the microsurgeon also dissects out one artery and one vein, each no wider than 2mm.
  3. The skin and fat is transferred to your breasts, and the blood vessels are attached to matching blood vessels in your chest wall to restore blood flow to the transferred tissue.

What makes this procedure “natural” even though it involves surgery is the use of the patient’s own tissue instead of a foreign body (such as an implant). It differs from simply grafting your own tissue to your chest (after liposuction, for instance) because grafting doesn’t offer its own blood supply. This quote from her website explains the advantages:

By using the body’s own tissue, the restored breast is composed of soft, warm, living tissue, which integrates with your body over time. If you gain or lose weight, your breast will also gain or lose weight – just like any other part of your body. There is no chance of rejection, as there is with an artificial implant, as an autologous tissue breast reconstruction is composed of tissue that is already a part of you.

In addition, it may be possible to connect the nerves to give sensation to the reconstructed breast. Finally, it may be possible to transfer lymph nodes into the armpit to treat post-mastectomy upper extremity lymphedema.

Another advantage of this method is that it doesn’t use any muscle so there is far less pain or chance of abdominal complications.

While this procedure is often combined with a breast lift or reduction, its main benefit is for women who have lost one or both breasts to cancer. I felt sheepish asking questions for my own vain purposes, but I also felt excited about the possibilities for those of us who may have to face reconstruction in the future or know someone facing it. Only a handful of surgeons currently perform this procedure, and if I were a woman in need of reconstruction, I would want to know one of them. That’s why I’m introducing you to Dr. Chen.

 

Big Bust Sizing Help from the Me-Ality Body Scanner?

When you wear underwires, you tend to avoid anything that looks like airport security whenever possible. But what about the Me-Ality Body Scanner? I’ve been wanting to try one since I heard about it earlier this year, but at the time it only made jeans recommendations. Since then, it’s expanded to include tops, so I was thrilled when reader Jame’s guest post about her Me-Ality experience showed up in my inbox on Sunday.

 

Me-Ality Body Scanning Station: what a joke!

Over the weekend, I went to Sun Valley Mall to do a little shopping. I was instantly attracted to the “body scan machine.”

I wanted to see if it would work.

The process was simple: remove your belt, shoes, and metal bracelets. Hop in the scanner. Stand still for a few minutes. And out pops a clothing and size recommendations based on what is in stock at the mall. This sounds like the best thing ever. Unfortunately, it didn’t work as expected.

So first up, here is a quick rundown on my stats:
Height: 5’4.5
Bust: 41.5 (34H-HH)
Waist: 33
Hips: 43
Other notes: short torso, longer legs, thicker thighs, not-flat tummy
Typical Clothing Sizes:
Dresses: 14
Pants: 14-16
Skirts: 14-16
Knit tops: L-XL
Blouses: XL/16
Blazers: 16 or more depending on the amount of stretch

So I’ll admit, I am not the easiest shape to shop for. I have a tummy. I have a short torso. I am full-busted. But generally speaking, I can find plenty of dresses that fit. Skirts are pretty easy. Knits are easy. Pants and jeans are tricky. Blazers are tricky. Blouses are hit or miss. I can find stuff in stores catering to “missy.” Dresses and tops at H&M. And I looks for pants at the low end of plus and the high end of missy.

So after I did my scan, I waited a few minutes for my results. The woman working the booth was printing the results from a touch screen computer by category. The categories were jeans, skirts, tops, sweaters, dresses (new category) and lingerie was coming soon.

So I got all of the pages back. And the results were:
2 jeans from Lane Bryant in 14/16
2 Elastic waist maxi skirts in 14/16 from Lane Bryant
1 logo hoodie from Gap in XXL
3 t-shirt type tops from Torrid in size 3

And that was it. No dresses. No non elastic waist skirts. No skirts shorter than full length. No other pants. Tops in a size that was several sizes too big. No sweaters.

I was a little surprised. It seemed like the scanner misjudged my bust measurements by around 9 inches.

It was a little depressing. In fact, if I didn’t know my clothing size in many stores I would have been depressed. I would have left the mall thinking that there were less than 10 items that would fit me. And if I had tried on those Torrid tops, they would have been significantly too big.

I don’t know what went wrong with the scanner, but all I know is it didn’t work for me at all. Especially on the top. Maybe it works better if you aren’t in limbo land at the top of Missy’s and the bottom of plus-sizes.

Maybe one of you will have better luck. Have you tried Me-ality or similar scanners?

Making Red Carpet Looks Work for D Cups and Up

Besides Best and Worst, I bet you have two other categories for Oscar dresses:

Gorgeous and Impossible for Large Busts

Gorgeous and Totally Possible for Large Busts

Actually, those of you who wear 32-36E are pretty lucky because you have this option from Va Bien. You can see photos of the back on the Bare Necessities website.

And those of you who wear 34-40F have this Va Bien option. It won’t allow you to go backless, but notice the nice little dip in back.

What really impresses me about this piece is the extra panel of fabric that covers the front boning so there’s less chance of it showing up under slinky fabric.

Judging from the Herroom reviews for this product, it’s a good idea to go up in the band and down in the cups, so there’s a chance this bustier could even fit women who wear a G cup.  As a 34H, I’m actually hoping that a 38F will work for me. Ever since reading about Christina Hendrick’s shapewear for Mad Men, I’ve wanted to try something like this. However, I haven’t wanted to go the whole lace bullet bra route that seems to be common in old-fashioned bustiers.

If you remember my earlier review of the Spanx open-bust bodysuit and are wondering why I’m still on the hunt for shapewear for G/H cups, it’s because I still have back rolls in my Spanx, and I’m not noticing a ton of difference in the room it gives me under my 14L Campbell & Kate shirt. I may be looking for a Holy Grail, but when the founder of Va Bien explained the difference between Spanx and cut and sew options like Va Bien’s bustier, my hopes rose again:

  • Shapewear knit on a rotary machine CONTAINS YOU
  • Cut and sew shapewear SHAPES YOU

In other words, cut and sew shapewear gives you more hourglassy-ness.  Lucky for me, Va Bien is going to send me a bustier to review.  Lucky for you, they’re also going to give three lucky Hourglassy readers their choice of a Va Bien piece–look for details about this upcoming contest soon!

Finally, if you are above an F cup and have a red carpet strapless you’re dying to wear, you should look into Va Bien’s Ultra-Lift Stapless Bra that goes up to an I cup.

Each of the pieces I’ve mentioned in this post use Va Bien’s “ultra-lift” technology, or three stays in each cup that help prevent droopiness.

I felt the stays when I handled the strapless bra at Curve last week, but I’m very curious to see the effect when actually wearing one.

It turns out that this patented technology has been around for five years.  I go to Curve to find new developments for women with large busts, but it looks like I have some catching up to do.  In fact, I wouldn’t even have discovered Va Bien if I hadn’t been eating my peanut butter sandwich at the same table as its founder, Richard Gimble, last Wednesday. For those of you who are bra geeks like I am, read more about what I learned from Richard after the jump. [Read more…]