Sunday, October 31, 2021

Made in America - Act Mouthwash



WHAT IS IT:  Mouthwash

WHERE IS IT MADE:  A little harder to find out this info.  There are 2 clues on the label.  “Chattem, Inc.,” and “Sanofi.”  Let’s do Chattem, Inc first:

CHATTEM:  American Address: 1715 W 38TH St Chattanooga ,  TN , 37409-1259 United States



If it's a well known cream, oil, paste, pill, or powder it's likely that Chattem owns that brand name. The Sanofi subsidiary markets some two dozen over-the-counter branded personal care products and dietary supplements, including skin care and pain treatments such as Aspercreme, Cortizone-10, Icy Hot muscle pain reliever, and Pamprin menstrual symptom reliever. The company also makes the Unisom sleep aid, medicated powder Gold Bond, Bullfrog sunscreen, Mudd clay-based facial masks, and Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo. Chattem sells its products to wholesalers and retail merchandisers. The company was formed in 1879 as the Chattanooga Medicine Company.



The company produces two-thirds of its products at its Chattanooga production facilities with the remaining produced by third-party producers. 

Interesting: Chattem took control of Act when J&J and Pfizer had a merger in 2007.

Sanofi, who owns Chattem (Sanofi is based in Paris, France) gave 5 million in lobbying money.  It’s not even in the top 10 of drug companies that give money to lobbyists or candidates. 

I can’t find who (what lobbyists) got the money. 

My thoughts: Though unable to confirm that Act Mouthwash is make in Tennessee, I believe it is due to my circumstantial evidence I’ve found.  The other 2 big makers of mouthwash is “J&J” and “Proctor and Gamble.” (Listerine and Crest)

My thoughts:  I believe Act is made in America and I’m happy to support. Chattem also makes the following products:



Icy Hot muscle pain reliever, 

and Pamprin menstrual symptom reliever. 

Unisom sleep aid, 

medicated powder Gold Bond, 

Bullfrog sunscreen, 

Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo.


Balmex diaper rash cream




Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Promo: Night of Magic


A great read in time for Samhain. 

BLURB:It's 800 A.D. on the Emerald Isle and Samhain is the darkest night of the year. Five years ago, Prince Jasper lost his daughter, Aithne, to the world on the other side of the bonfires. Every year since, Jasper sends champions to this other world on Samhain when the barrier is at his weakest. This year, Finn braves the bonfires in search of Aithne, but dare he follow his heart or will his greed dictate his actions? 


Darius, the pretty boy, motioned for Finn to proceed down the center aisle. "Queen Aithne will come out once you kneel before the throne."

Finn grunted. He felt like a lamb being led to a slaughter, but he complied anyway, driven by an instinctual feeling he couldn't explain. Servants stopped to stare as he walked past. Men at the tables quieted. Finn furrowed his brow. Aithne? Wasn't that the name of the prince's daughter?

He kept quiet, only drawing a breath to tamp down his rising anxiety. He never cared to be restricted. Giving up control and submitting to another's will made him uncomfortable. His parents lost their lives when they trusted the soldiers from the east who invaded their homes. Finn swore he'd never trust anyone so blindly after that – but he had. Reluctantly, he had put on the mask, allowed himself to be taken by Darius, and had his wrists bound, and he'd hardly protested. Why? He needed to find the prince's daughter, but a part of him hoped to find the woman of his visions, too. 

Darius placed his hand on Finn's shoulder and pushed him ta his knees. Finn snarled his displeasure. Darius had a problem with him – but what?

The side door opened. A handmaiden stepped out. The sweet, sensual scent of lavender trailed after her. 

"Head down." Darius whispered into Finn's ear.

Finn swore the first chance he had, he'd give Darius a taste of his fists.

He felt the woman's presence in front of him before glancing up. 

"Darius, rise with our…guest." Her voice was low and commanding.

As Darius tugged Finn to his feet, Finn found himself gazing into seductive, soulful emerald eyes. The woman of his visions was real and right in front of him!

She raked her gaze over him from head to toe, surveying his appearance before finding his face. She said nothing, only cocking her head a bit and smiling, revealing that amazing dimple. As their expressions fixed on each other, Finn sensed a heated and sensuous light pass between them. She licked her lips, and his pulse quickened. 

Satisfied that he'd elicited a response from her, he looked her over. Right away Finn noticed that the queen was tall, standing over many of the men and soldiers in the room. She wore a small tiara made of gold, with a ruby seated in the middle. Her golden red hair flowed down her back in long, thick waves. She wore a silver gown with sleeves to her wrists. The fabric of the gown hugged the curves of her body. A leather belt fastened around her waist. His manhood thickened under his kilt. She was a fine woman. Finn noticed he was the only man in the room taller than her.

"My father's sent a man who is finally brave enough to walk through the bonfires, Darius."

REVIEW: 5 Stars, Amazon Review:his is an excellent piece of paranormal romance. It shows vampires in a new light, one where the purity of emotional connection is more important than the blood shared. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction, parallel worlds, vampires or other paranormal lives.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Made in America

 With rumminations of a shortage coming up, I thought I'd feature "Made in America" products.  I'll be featuring Made in America products along with Mom and Pop American stores, 1 a week for you to consider.  If you have any suggestions for a featured product, please drop me a line! 



What is it:  Toilet Paper


Where is it made:  Ft. Edward, New York (1 location I can find) by United Steel Workers Union 4-2.


Owned by:  Georgia Pacific


Address of Georgia Pacific:  133 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 


Georgia Pacific is owned by Koch Industries. Koch is a privately held multinational conglomerate based in Wichita, Kansas. 


Follow the Money check:

Info gleaned from

Supports a majority of conservative candidates.


Money was given to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders but from individuals and not from the Organization. 


Koch gave to the 2 “defeated” senators from Georgia, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. 


Grants have been given to help fund public school robotics and reading programs, college scholarships, job training initiatives, equipment for local fire departments, conversation projects (Wisconsin’s Trees for Tomorrow) and educational programs for young, female and minority entrepreneurs. Grants have supported local chapters of charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, United Way and the Salvation Army. 


They have a program called “Acts of Comfort” 

The 10 Acts of Comfort

Comfort Cases: Backpacks with comfort items for foster kids.

A Friend of Mind: Offers free yoga and meditation services to youth to combat mental illness and eliminate mental health stigma.

Bow Wows & Meows: Hospice nurse helps shelter animals get exposure and get adopted.

Haute Healing Foundation: Giving makeovers to chronically ill, homeless and disadvantaged youth.

Everyone On: Computers and Wi-Fi for families in need.​​

Veggielution: Volunteers cultivate and grow crops which are then donated to the hungry.

One Warm Coat: Provides free coats to any person in need (adults and children) through coat drives.

My Block, My Hood, My City: Introduces teenagers to places in their own city they’ve never seen or experienced—showing them that their block should not be a boundary.

Education Through Music: Work with schools to implement music programs as part of the schools’ curriculum.

Danny’s Farm: Special animals for special kids with autism.


My thoughts:  I’m looking to buy Made in America products and I’m glad I found Quilted Northern.  The TP is soft enough for me. I’m glad to support.  As to where they spend their money, it’s mostly conservative candidates and I’m happy with that. 

I recommend this product!!