Student Life

Whole Body Conditioning
Published: March 11, 2011

Wunmi is a first year MPH student at EHESP. She is a medical doctor by training, a part-time model and enjoys volunteering in her community. She loves taking photographs, dancing and being up-to-date on the latest fashion trends in Paris.

For months, I eagerly waited for the sales in Paris and shopping and dressing like Parisians- smart, with class and style.  Like the saying goes, wherever you find yourself passing through a system, the system passes through you too.

One cool evening, I found myself window-shopping with a friend whose French level was minimal like mine. As we walked along the beautiful avenue of Champs-Élysées, enjoying the breeze and taking in the beautifully lit trees, I remembered I had run out off body lotion. I wanted to get a good quality brand of my favorite fragrance, cocoa butter. We stopped at a nearby shop to buy the lotion and some other things. As can be expected, the shelves were full of hair, body and other cosmetic products with of course French writings on them. Although, I had no idea what body lotion was called in French, I at least knew to stay away from any product that said Douch, bath gel. After a few minutes, my friend comes over to me with a product she says she is familiar with and suggests I try it. Since it was the fragrance I wanted, I bought it without question.

A few days later, I noticed that every time I took a shower and before I applied washing gel on my body, my skin felt slippery with a little lather. Like I usually do after I receive documents from bank or insurance companies in Paris, I typed out the instructions on google translate. The first part of the translation read, apply a handful to your hair, leave in for 5 minutes and rinse off.

Alas, I had been applying hair conditioner on my body for 3 days! I recounted the story to my friend and we had a good laugh.  The take home message from my little incident is that before you buy anything whose instructions you can’t understand, ask for help or at least carry a small dictionary with you for a quick lookup. Otherwise, you might find yourself conditioning your body.



  • Langlais-Vignon Lucie

    LOL Wunmi! You are hilarious! “Conditionner” is “après-shampoing” and “body wash” is “gel douche”. So you know!

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