Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Soaps


I adore beautiful bars of soap, one of my favourite treats.  To receive a present of the stuff makes me a very happy bunny indeed.  This stuff from Provence, commonly sold in French markets is a favourite.

I've even made my own  for a project when I was an occupational therapy where we had to analyse an activity.   I'd love to do it again if I ever get the time.  It's proper alchemy in action.  I made three types.  Orange and clove was my favourite.  Honey and oatmeal was another but that was less successful.  One person that I gifted a bar to said  that when they bathed with it, it smelt gorgeous but left them with  porridge around their pubes!

I was really surprised to hear that bars of soap are becoming less popular.  Many youngsters believe they're unhygienic and go for liquid soap instead.  But I've done a bit of reading and it seems that there's little risk if your skin is hale and healthy.  And I've just come across all sorts of soap savers too, to keep your favourite bar dry and scum free and make it last longer.  Google if you're interested.

The big plus is that soap bars are usually way less heavy on the packaging than all those liquid soaps and shower gel.    That's got to be a plus in the plastic waste conscious world we've recently been plunged into.  So get a grip youngsters.   Choose a bar over a bottle.  Remember what doesn't kill you will make you stronger!

16 comments:

  1. I have been using soap bars at home for ages now. I like the smell of Imperial Leather, though at the moment I have Pears. I bought a blue Pears bar some time ago thinking it might have a wonderful smell, but it is very ordinary! I changed because most liquid soap has more nasty chemicals that disagree with my skin, and the bars last for much longer in comparison too. Cant remember when I last bought any!( Hadn't thought about the plastic saving as well)

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    1. I like Pears but haven't had any for ages. Thanks for the review of the blue one! xx

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  2. I had thought about the plastic bottles all our cleaning products, liquid soap, washing liquid, fabric conditioners...it goes on and on. No wonder this planet is clogged up with plastic. I am going back to a bar of soap as a start.

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  3. I've made the move back to soap instead of showergel this week.
    Arilx

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    1. I'm soap through and through. The boy is shower gel. It's the only way I can encourage him to wash! xx

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  4. The comment about porridge around the pubes will keep me amused all day! I love soap and have made it at home with a soap base and then the whole chemical reaction thing soap in a workshop in Islington. I use shower gels and body washes too but adore a handmade block of soap. Back to soap for me too!

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    1. I love that chemical reaction. Isn't it dramatic? xx

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  5. I have started using soap again...after all these years of buying shower gel!,I bought one of my Grandaughters a ...solid shower gel bar..no bottle,just wrapped in paper which i thought at the time was a great idea.It cost about £8!...Then i realised..its just soap!.So now thats what ive gone back to.A lot cheaper and no plastic bottle.I dont know if she would like a bar of Palmolive just as much though,lol.xx

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    1. My friend buys bar shampoo. I think it's the same as soap. I use the ordinary stuff on my hair and can't see a problem. xx

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  6. As I prefer baths to showers I have never stopped using bars of soap. As I now take showers, (a necessity due to my disability,) I still use bars of soap. I never thought about the packaging, so it turns out I have been helping the environment too. Big smiles from me!

    Joan (Devon)

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    1. Excellent Joan. Being green by stealth! xx

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  7. I don't like liquid soaps or shower gels; they always seemed more wasteful and expensive. So, I've never left my bar soaps. I buy homemade as scented store-bought anything makes me ill. I've currently got a bar of charcoal, olive oil and essential oil which smells lovely; but it's always weird to have black suds and water droplets! (Love the pube comment too. Hahaha.)

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    1. The black charcoal sounds lush. I had a black soap from Africa once. I'm on a permanent quest to find it again. xx

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  8. I always have a bad reaction to real soap so will continue to use, in moderation, liquid gels.

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    1. That's very understandable. A friend of mine sells vegan plant based cosmetics that all my other pals rave about. I'm hypersensitive to plant matter and they bring me out in welts. xx

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