Monday, 21 January 2013
Nivea Stress Protect Challenge #1 - Baking
Deodorant and cake? Cake and deodorant? Yes I would struggle to find a connection too but just bear with me and all will be revealed! I have been asked to take part in the Nivea Stress Protect challenge which will see me being placed in seemingly 'stressful' situations to see how their new anti-perspirant fares against that unwelcome stress sweating. Technically speaking, sweat caused by stress is very different to that prompted by heat or physical exercise. Its onset is more rapid and is generally a lot harder to control. This is why Nivea has developed a specially-formulated range that helps provide protection during those stressful moments, with zinc complex to help keep the sweat at bay and added avocado oil to care for and moisturise the underarm skin.
So where does the cake come in? Well, what is it they say - "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." I had no choice but get in the kitchen, crank up the oven (and those stress levels) and attempt to recreate one of Holly Bell's (of Great British Bake Off fame) challenging recipes involving several formidable stages including a genoise sponge, a lemon syrup and a macadamia praline topping. It all seemed pretty achievable, particularly as I can often be found in the kitchen baking on a snowy Sunday, but it would involve some meticulous planning. The first challenge was the sponge which I think I conquer admirably - everything is made easier when you have a KitchenAid. The lemon syrup was, well, easy peasy and the macadamia praline was a sweet success! Any stress-induced sweating was dealt with brilliantly by the anti-perspirant and I felt as fresh as a daisy following my baking challenge, even if my kitchen was looking less than fresh coated in a shower of icing sugar and broken eggshells.
Bring on the next challenge!