Bar Soap Versus BodyWash


When I was a youngster, the two most popular brands of bath bar soap were Zest and Irish Spring.

I can remember how my mother would buy them in those family size 8-packs, which she would store in the hall closet with the bath towels, wash cloths, and toilet paper.

And to this day, I can still recall how each of those soaps smelled.


Zest had a fresh; almost summer breeze at the beach aroma.

Irish Spring had a clean, crisp; almost citrusy-piney aroma. The bar had green and white stripes running through it, which were reminiscent of Ireland I suppose. So whenever I used it, I thought that I would eventually turn into a green leprechaun and start dancing the Irish gig, naked in the shower; covered in soap bubbles.

Also, both of these soaps had such corny TV commercial advertisements that would run through my head every time I bathed.

Then, sometime during the 80’s, bar soap went to wayside while shower gel (body wash) came to the forefront.

And I have to admit, I was a little resistant at first to using body wash, because psychologically, I felt like bar soap was the only thing that would clean my body thoroughly.

But the first thing I noticed when I started using body wash versus bar soap (including Zest), was that it didn’t leave any kind of yucky residue on the shower. Do you know the residue I’m talking about? That white, pasty film that glues itself to the shower tiles and curtain, which can only be removed with 2 tanks of gasoline and a box of stick matches.

Ever since I started using shower gel, I no longer have to deal with that. My shower stays cleaner – and so does my skin. Also, with as many showers as I take in a day, I seem to save more money using body wash instead bar soap because bar soap dissolves so quickly and gets all mushy.

And I have figured out a way to use ONE product instead of two. I simply buy a big bottle of shampoo (for $4.99) and used it for my hair AND body. Viola!....I kill two birds with one stone. And a bottle will last me a month.

Yes, I know, I sound like a CHEAP little leprechaun, don’t I?

Yet, with today’s economy, every dollar counts.

But still, I do miss those cheesy bar soap commercials…



Wishing you a squeaky clean weekend everyone! 
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69 comments

  1. You are so funny Ron! Personally, I like Irish Spring...between those two. I much prefer Body Wash. One of the reasons is because I became absolutely addicted to the stuff when I worked at Bath & Body Works. I was pretty obsessed with trying all of the different kinds...and of course we did get a hefty discount which was nice!! Have a Super Squeaky Weekend Ron!! xo Jeanne

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  2. By the way...you and I must have the same taste in movies...I love "Something's Gotta Give!!"

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  3. Helloooooo Jeanne!

    OMG....I just this second finished publishing this post!! You and I are both night owls!

    "Personally, I like Irish Spring...between those two."

    Hey, to each his own. I just found that once I switched over to body wash, any kind of bar soap left a film on my skin.

    "when I worked at Bath & Body Works. I was pretty obsessed with trying all of the different kinds...and of course we did get a hefty discount which was nice!!"

    OMG...I LOVE the stuff from Bath & Body Works! I used to use one of their showers and body lotion. Also, loved their candles and room atomizers. And I bet you LOVED having that discount!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Have a fantabulous weekend!

    X to you and the girls!

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  4. Isn't it the most faaaaaaabulous movie?????


    Keaton and Nicholson are absolutely brilliant in it. And I love the story because it's humorous, touching, and has a wonderful ending.


    GREAT film!

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  5. Rob LenihanMay 17, 2013

    "That's why I use it, too!"

    Oh, God, I remember those Irish Spring commercials! They'd always have this backlot "Irishman" doing something so manly that he needed a shower ASAP. And I think Zest used to claim it wasn't really soap, but something...beyond!

    Being a manly (half) Irishman, I still use soap, but your idea sounds pretty good. Now whenever I shower I'll have this image of you nakedly dancing the Irish jig in a cloak of soap bubbles!

    Saints preserve us!!

    Have a bubbly-good weekend, buddy!

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  6. your childhood home sounds like my present setup, that's exactly where the soap is, all 8 bars: in the closet with the towels. i'll tell you a little something you may not know about me, but just you. everyone else please look away. i used to love soap so much, i would lick it. yeah, i'm nasty, i know. i was an irish spring licker too. i don't do that anymore, i'm a grown arse woman (as cederic the entertainer would say). anyhoo. you're right about that nasty white film soap leaves. i use soap and shower gel. my favorite to use after a soap wash is the original scent of avon's skin so soft. i smell great the entire day and often smell my skin throughout the day. very slippery in the bathtub/shower though.


    can't say i blame you for using shampoo. i admire your thriftiness and killing two birds with one stone. if i could wash my hair daily, then yes, it makes sense.

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  7. I am NOT watching those commercials or I will have them in my head all day. "Zestfully clean!" I hate you. I'm also thankful because now that I know body wash will keep my shower cleaner, I'm going to switch. Thank you for this public service announcement.

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  8. ..... runs off to submit Val's name to http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/my-strange-addiction

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  9. noooooo. i said no one else could read that comment. i've only told that story to my kid and now all of ron's subscribers. okay i still look a bar of soap with that longing, but i haven't. really, i haven't.


    funny, i'm now remembering the stuff i used to lick or put in my mouth and i think i will audition for the show. hangs head low.

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  10. I once said to a co-worker "Sure, I ate a whole bag of candy, but at least I didn’t eat a whole roll of toilet paper" in reference to that show. So any time I eat like a cow, I don't feel as bad because at least I'm not eating TP or licking soap.

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  11. Okay....I'm gonna pretend that I DIDN'T read Val's comment--even though I did. Shhhhhhh. *snickering*
    Our families musta traded information about where to store the 8 packs of soap--ours was kept in the same place! The whole closet smelled of soap....


    And I'm with the JunkDrawer gal--THANKS a whole lot for that Zestfully clean jingle. :-/
    If someone asks me HOW that got stuck, I'm going to blame Val licking the soap--you're off the hook, sir! LOLOL Shhhhhh!


    I use whatever 'he-who-gifts-me-with-bath-stuff' gifts me with! And it's always smelly gel stuff with smelly lotion to match! OH...but I get THE most awesome bubble baths and the duckies and I love it! We don't get that gunk around the tub that comes with soap. Mr. Bubble taught me a thing or two. OH LORD....*cue the Mr. Bubble jingle!!!*
    *sigh* I can TELL it's gonna be a jingle kinda day......
    Yup.....Val's fault! :-/

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  12. SuziCateMay 17, 2013

    Here's to a clean and sweet smelling weekend, Ron! I go back and forth between bar soap and body gel...you're right though about the residue. Perhaps I should go back to gel. I went through a phase of using natural glycerin soaps...those cause serious clogs in the drain! It took me a while to figure out it was caking up with hair...yeah, we're a hairy bunch around here, lol!

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  13. AkelamaluMay 17, 2013

    I use shower gel but MWM uses bar soap, actually Imperial Leather, in the shower. When I used to use bar soap it had to be Pears because I loved the smell and the fact that it was transparent - don't ask me why I just did. I also have liquid soap in a dispenser on the sink in the bathroom as I hate the mess bar soap leaves on the sink. YUK.

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  14. I've never heard of Irish Spring, Ron, but I remember Zest. I don't see it in the shops anymore, at least the ones I go to. I've recently swapped back to bar soap because of the amount of foam gathering in the bath. After the main drain flood the plumber recommended that we use less foamy soap. Our drainage system is crummy! So now I use Pears oil-clear with lemon flower extract. It's zesty, but the plus side is that it's the only soap I know that doesn't get mushy and never 'splits'.

    Have a great weekend.

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  15. Goood morning Suzi~

    "I went through a phase of using natural glycerin soaps...those cause serious clogs in the drain! It took me a while to figure out it was caking up with hair...yeah, we're a hairy bunch around here, lol!"

    OMG...you are sooooooo right! The glycerin bars are worse than the hard mill bars of soap AND they dissolve so quickly.


    I even tried Dr. Bonner's Peppermint Castle bar soap, but it still left a film.



    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a squeaky clean weekend!

    X

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  16. Helloooooooo Kathy!

    "I am NOT watching those commercials or I will have them in my head all day. "Zestfully clean!" I hate you."

    Bwhahahahhahha!

    I can't figure out which of these two commercials I hate the most.

    " I'm also thankful because now that I know body wash will keep my shower cleaner, I'm going to switch. Thank you for this public service announcement."



    OMG....you will LOVE using body wash so much more because it will keep your shower SO MUCH cleaner. I use Tresemme shampoo for BOTH my hair and body. I get it at CVS. It's gently on both hair and skin - and rinses clean.


    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor. Have a fantabulous weekend!

    X

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  17. Gooood morning Valerie!

    "I've recently swapped back to bar soap because of the amount of foam gathering in the bath. After the main drain flood the plumber recommended that we use less foamy soap."

    Yes, I do know what you mean because sometimes if I get overzealous with the body wash, I get A LOT of foam as well. However, I've never had it clog the drain.

    "So now I use Pears oil-clear with lemon flower extract. It's zesty, but the plus side is that it's the only soap I know that doesn't get mushy and never 'splits'."



    Thank you for your recommendation, I will look for it the next time I'm in the drug store.


    Have a terrific weekend, dear lady, and thanks for stopping by!


    X

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  18. Gooood morning Pear!

    " When I used to use bar soap it had to be Pears because I loved the smell and the fact that it was transparent - don't ask me why I just did."

    OMG...that is just too ironic because Valerie shared in her comment that she too uses Pears soap!

    "I also have liquid soap in a dispenser on the sink in the bathroom as I hate the mess bar soap leaves on the sink. YUK"



    Meeeeeeeeee too!! Liquid soap all the way!


    Have a lovely weekend, m'dear, and thank you for stopping by!


    X

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  19. Hey there Rob~

    "That's why I use it, too!"

    Bwhahahahahhahaha! OMG...isn't part HILARIOUS????

    " And I think Zest used to claim it wasn't really soap, but something...beyond!"

    Exactly! And Zest claimed to leave NO soap residue, but it DID. I think because (like Irish Spring) it was a deodorant soap.

    "Being a manly (half) Irishman, I still use soap, but your idea sounds pretty good."

    I LOVE using shampoo because it feels cleaner, but also because I think it's gentler.

    "Now whenever I shower I'll have this image of you nakedly dancing the Irish jig in a cloak of soap bubbles!

    Saints preserve us!!"



    Bwhahahahahhahaha!


    Have a bubbly-good weekend, buddy, and much thanks for stopping by!


    X

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  20. Hey there V Girl!

    " i used to love soap so much, i would lick it. yeah, i'm nasty, i know. i was an irish spring licker too. i don't do that anymore, i'm a grown arse woman (as cederic the entertainer would say). anyhoo."

    Bwhahahahahhahahahahahaha!

    Bwhahahahahahhahahahahaha!

    OMG...I am ROLLING ON THE FLOOR; LAUGHING MY BUTT OFF AT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Val, that was HYSTERICAL!!!!!!

    "my favorite to use after a soap wash is the original scent of avon's skin so soft. i smell great and often smell my skin throughout the day. very slippery in the bathtub/shower though."



    Yes, my mother loved Avon's Skin Soft as well! But as you shared, that stuff makes the bathtub/shower SO slippery!


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing that story, girl. TOTALLY made my morning!


    Have a grrrrrrreat weekend!


    X

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  21. Kathy, I stopped over and checked out that website.


    Bwhahahahahahahaha!


    OMG...how FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Yes, I think you should submit Val's name because I bet she would be the ONLY one in the "licking bar soap" category!

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  22. Hiya Mel!

    "Okay....I'm gonna pretend that I DIDN'T read Val's comment--even though I did. Shhhhhhh. *snickering*"

    Bwhahahahahaha! Wasn't her comment the BEST???? I think she deserves an award for Most Revealing Comment!!!

    "The whole closet smelled of soap...."

    Yup...same here! And I can STILL remember that.

    "If someone asks me HOW that got stuck, I'm going to blame Val licking the soap--you're off the hook, sir! LOLOL Shhhhhh!"

    Bwhahahahhahahahaha! Thank you :)

    " We don't get that gunk around the tub that comes with soap. Mr. Bubble taught me a thing or two. OH LORD....*cue the Mr. Bubble jingle!!!*"



    Speaking of Mr. Bubble, when I was in high school, my friends and I used to pour a WHOLE bottle of Mr. Bubble in a fountain which was in our hometown at night, when it was dark. OMG...an hour later, the whole STREET was covered in BUBBLES!!!


    *tisk, tisk*


    We're we BAD?


    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a BUBBLY weekend!


    X

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  23. "i've only told that story to my kid and now all of ron's subscribers. okay i still look a bar of soap with that longing, but i haven't. really, i haven't."


    Bwhahahahhahaha!


    Val, I have awarded you "Most Revealing Comment"


    That was the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    X


    P.S. everyone here LOVED your comment!

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  24. Ron, once again you had me laughing at my desk this morning at work! The visual of you standing in the shower and doing the Irish gig, covered in bubbles is hilarious!

    I no longer use bar soap as well, and for the reason you said. It leaves such a yucky film on the shower tiles and curtain. I buy a very inexpensive body wash, which I get at the drug store and really like it. But I have to try what you said and use shampoo. Great idea!


    Val's comment was so funny!

    Thank you for the laughs this morning, Ron. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. Hola Denise!

    Tee, hee! Aren't I a silly little green leprechaun?

    "But I have to try what you said and use shampoo. Great idea!"

    I use Tresemme shampoo (which I get at the drug store) and it's AWESOME. It's gentle on hair and skin, but it cleans well!

    Wasn't Val's comment the BEST???? She CRACKS ME UP!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have an awesome weekend!

    X

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  26. "That white, pasty film that glues itself to the shower tiles and curtain, which can only be removed with 2 tanks of gasoline and a box of stick matches."


    Ron, your description of things are always so accurately hilarious! I go back and forth using bar soap and body wash, but I do see a difference in how much cleaner my shower stays when I use body wash rather than bar soap.


    I remember watching these two TV commercials when I was kid and not thinking anything about them. But now, they look so corny and cheesy!


    "Zestfully clean!" "That's why I use it, too!"


    ROFL

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  27. Funny you should write this post. I've long argued over the merits of bar soap v. body wash. Body wash is more convenient, and yet, I tend to use soap; I prefer the scent and the cleaning ability. Ironically, guess which two brands of soap I use? Yep - Irish Spring and Zest!

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  28. Hiay Matt!

    " I go back and forth using bar soap and body wash, but I do see a difference in how much cleaner my shower stays when I use body wash rather than bar soap."

    Yes, isn't it amazing how different the two are? And if it leaves that much film on the shower, can you imagine what it does to your skin? And I find it the same no matter what bar soap I used.

    "But now, they look so corny and cheesy!"



    TOTALLY!


    Thanks for stopping by, bud! Have an awesome weekend!


    X

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  29. I honestly can't remember what soap we used growing up. Isn't that awful how the memory goes!? LOL Well, I do remember the linen closet at the end of the hall and it having that washed towel, shelf liner, soap smell. :) It very well could have been Irish Spring.
    I have tried a few body washes but always seem to go back to soap. Hubby definitely prefers soap too. We don't have any particular favorite. Whatever is on sale. lol We've used Irish Spring, Ivory, one called Cashmere Bouquet and a few others.
    I'm not picky about my baths either. If I don't have bubble bath, I squirt a bit of shampoo in while it's filling and ... happy bubbles. ;)

    Have a wonderful weekend, Ron. X

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  30. Howdy Mark!

    "I've long argued over the merits of bar soap v. body wash. Body wash is more convenient, and yet, I tend to use soap; I prefer the scent and the cleaning ability."

    I felt the SAME WAY, Mark, so I totally understand. I took me a while to switch over to body wash. When I was visiting my family in Florida last year, they use bar soap as well, so I DID use it. But I was happy to get back to my body wash.

    "Ironically, guess which two brands of soap I use? Yep - Irish Spring and Zest!

    You're not fully clean unless you're Zestfully clean, you know?"



    HA! Oh, how FUNNY!!!!!


    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a Zestfully clean weekend!


    X to you and Tara!

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  31. Hey there Mary!

    "I have tried a few body washes but always seem to go back to soap. Hubby definitely prefers soap too. We don't have any particular favorite. Whatever is on sale. lol We've used Irish Spring, Ivory, one called Cashmere Bouquet and a few others."

    Yes, I know some people still prefer bar soap over body wash. When I was visiting my family in Florida last year, they use bar soap as well.

    And I cannot believe you mentioned Cashmere Bouquet because my grandmother (my mother's mother) used that too! I think she also used Camay!

    "I'm not picky about my baths either. If I don't have bubble bath, I squirt a bit of shampoo in while it's filling and ... happy bubbles. ;)"



    Yup...I do the same thing!


    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor! Wishing you a beautiful weekend!


    X

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  32. Hellooooooo Lora!!!!

    Yes, I've seen those combo shampoo/body washes in the store, but have never tried them.

    ". Soap is soap is soap (well, detergent is detergent is detergent)"

    Exactly.

    " I have even used our shower gel to wash dishes and sheets! Smells great!"

    OMG....I'v done the same thing myself, when I run out of dish soap.

    "Dr Bronners bars and liquid leaves the ickiest film, but I use it when I'm having my sulfate sensitivities."

    I TOTALLY agree! I've tried that several times, and for being a 'natural' soap, it's leaves the worst film.

    The shampoo I use is from Tresemme. I get it at the drug store and it's awesome. I usually buy the BIG bottle and it lasts me a month.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by and I hope you're enjoying this fabulous spring we're having. Have a SUPER weekend!

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  33. (Ok, it's working on the desktop........)
    Ron, I am with you on the body wash! I LOVE IT! I don't know what I did before this great invention to mankind. How do you even use a bar of soap? Do you rub it directly on your body (seems kinda gross), or rub it on the washcloth (awkward and doesn't lather up)? I have no recollection of what I did back in the day!
    And thank god for liquid hand soap. I will never forget the time I had a bar of soap slip out of my hand and land straight into the potty when I was a kid! I panicked and..........yes, I flushed it! My poor dad had to take the whole damn toilet off the floor to fix it! He was MAD. We had a number of toilet incidences at our house, and it was just me and my brother causing all this chaos!
    Have a super weekend! XO

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  34. Hey there Bijoux!

    Excellent! I just responded to your email, so I'm glad to hear you were able to leave a comment. Whew! I think it must have something to do with using an iPad because one of my others readers uses one as well and will sometimes have issues leaving a comment on Disqus.

    "I LOVE IT! I don't know what I did before this great invention to mankind. How do you even use a bar of soap? Do you rub it directly on your body (seems kinda gross), or rub it on the washcloth (awkward and doesn't lather up)? I have no recollection of what I did back in the day!"

    THANK. YOU. I feel the same way about bar soap. Plus, being a man...I ended up with body HAIR all over my bar soap - HA!

    "And thank god for liquid hand soap. I will never forget the time I had a bar of soap slip out of my hand and land straight into the potty when I was a kid! I panicked and..........yes, I flushed it! My poor dad had to take the whole damn toilet off the floor to fix it! He was MAD."

    Oh no!!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a most excellent weekend!

    X

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  35. Hello there Lisa!

    Yaaaaaay...another body wash fan!!! My father was the same way, whatever my mother put in the shower he used.

    " I love Dove products (personal care as well as the chocolate variety!). :-)"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA! Is not Dove chocolate the BOMB????? Whenever I eat it, it's like spiritual experience. I close my eyes and savor every mouthful!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

    X

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  36. The vision of you as a green leprechaun, doing the Irish gig naked with soap bubbles all over you will be in graved in mind all weekend.

    Um.....THANKS, RON!!!!!!! LOL.

    I'm a body wash person myself. I use Axe and love it, but prior to that I used Tone body bar soap. I loved it as well but it dissolved too quickly.

    These two commercial clips were a riot. The Irish Spring one cracked me up....a MANLY soap!

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  37. Hey ho Robert!

    "The vision of you as a green leprechaun, doing the Irish gig naked with soap bubbles all over you will be in graved in mind all weekend.

    Um.....THANKS, RON!!!!!!! LOL."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry about that, buddy!!

    Hey, I used Tone soap for awhile as well. The thing I remember about that soap was that it smelled like cocoa butter; almost like suntan lotion.

    "The Irish Spring one cracked me up....a MANLY soap!"

    HA! Exactly! But what's really funny is that at the end, the girl says, "Yes, and use it too!"

    Always fab to see ya, Robert! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and have a awesome weekend!

    X

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  38. P.S. I never used Axe body wash, but at one time tried their deodorant and really liked it.

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  39. what a goof ball you are, ronnie... i hadn't even thought of it but my skin is so dry, i don't use soap much anyway...sea sponges, loofah...nothing with fragrance of course. so boring am i ! have a good weekend, my dear friend. xo

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  40. well it was ALWAYS a fresh bar and it's not so bad, really. yeah it burned the back of my throat, but um....so. let's talk about something else, i'm getting all soapy. heheheh.

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  41. "well it was ALWAYS a fresh bar and it's not so bad, really. yeah it burned the back of my throat, but um...."


    Bwhahahahahhahaha!


    Val, you CRACK ME UP, GIRL!!


    Kathy and I will never not look at a bar soap again and not think of you!


    X

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  42. Helloooooo Linda!

    " i don't use soap much anyway...sea sponges, loofah.."



    Same here. I use one of those soft puffs with my body wash. And then once a week I use a body scrub to exfoliate. I also use Jojoba oil - outstanding moisturizer!


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a FANTABULOUS weekend!


    X

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  43. Hey there Jay!!!

    OMG...I cannot thank you enough for sharing that You Tube link to the Camay commercial because as soon as I saw it, I remembered watching it as a kid!!!! The model reminded me of Sophia Loren!

    My grandmother (my mothers mother) used Camay and the bar (I think it was pink) always fascinated me because it had a cameo on it.

    "Other people had Pears, which I always, always wanted because it smelled so wonderful and was amber-coloured, and transparent, and I thought it looked like a jewel....."



    Yes, several of my other European readers have mentioned used Pears as well. We have that bar soap here as well, but I've never tried it.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're having a super weekend! And again, thanks for sharing the commercial link!


    X

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  44. Hey there Pam!

    "That's why I can't get that damn film out of my shower stall! I haven't been using gasoline and match sticks!!"

    HAHAHAHA! Oh, you gotta try it, it's faaaaaaabulous! Just make sure you step out of the bathroom after toss in the match, because it goes KABOOM!!!!

    "Who the heck carries a bar of soap around? And then tells someone they stink and should use the bar of soap that's in their pocket?"

    Bwhahahahahahaha! Isn't that commercial SOOOOOOO corny and cheesy??? And I love that it's an American product, yet with the Irish accents and all, you would swear it was a soap made in IRELAND!

    "And speaking of accents. I swear the Zest woman had an Irish accent! Or maybe my ears were just bleeding Irish from the first commercial."

    Yes, thank you for mentioning that because I thought the same thing. I could swear she had an ACCENT!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Pam! Have a Zestfully clean weekend! Yup...I heard it's gonna be a beautiful one!

    (((((( You ))))))

    X

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  45. Ron, the body wash is really great! I use the scent, Apollo. Oh, and I spotted Irish Spring in the grocery store today and thought of this post. I was tempted to try it because I thought it would make me more MANLY! Lol!

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  46. "...because I thought it would make me more MANLY! Lol!"

    Bwhahahahaha! Robert, that is SO FUNNY!!!!!

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  47. Plus, I think those bar soaps were not very good for your skin. Since I'm the one who cleans, I know exactly what you're talking about in the shower. Scrubbing grout has become a full contact sport.

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  48. Hey there Jen~

    You're absolutely correct, bar soaps are very harsh on your skin.

    "I know exactly what you're talking about in the shower. Scrubbing grout has become a full contact sport."



    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Love it....a full contact sport!


    Exactly!


    Hope you're having a FAB weekend, girl. Thanks so much for stopping by!


    X

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  49. Herman TurnipMay 19, 2013

    You're not cheap, you're frugal ;-)

    And hey, you're not the only one that does this. To me, soap is soap, so I too use shampoo as body soap. Why purchase two products when one will do?

    Oh, and I once had a childhood friend named 'Dave' who liked to carve into Dove soap, changing the 'o' to an 'a'. Honestly, I hadn't thought about that for little bit of my past for 30+ years. Funny what a blog post will kick up in the brain. Heh...

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  50. Amen, Herman....I'm not cheap, I'm frugal :)

    " To me, soap is soap, so I too use shampoo as body soap. Why purchase two products when one will do?"

    Exactly. And being someone who was a licensed cosmetologist, I know that using hair shampoo on your body is much gentler than using bar soap, because it's PH balanced.

    " a childhood friend named 'Dave' who liked to carve into Dove soap, changing the 'o' to an 'a'. Honestly, I hadn't thought about that for little bit of my past for 30+ years."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG...how brilliant!

    Dove - Dave!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Hope you and the family had a spectacular weekend!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  51. Ron, I stopped by CVS today and bought the shampoo you said you use. And I have to say that I really like it. Both on my hair and skin. And I love the smell. Clean! Great price too!

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  52. AWESOME, Denise!!!! And if you bought the BIG bottle, it should last you at least a month!


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  53. I'm trying to catch up, Ron, and this was a hoot (as usual, my friend!).


    I, too, initially thought body wash wouldn't clean as well as bar soap, but it does. It also feels and smells nicer! And now that you mention it, the shower DOES stay cleaner longer -- who knew?!



    Still, I have to say, somebody came up with a winner in Irish Spring! The green color, the ads -- all memorable, just as ads should be.

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  54. Helloooooooooo Debbie!

    No worries, dear lady, I know you've been very busy right now. Please feel free to stop by ANYtime.

    " And now that you mention it, the shower DOES stay cleaner longer -- who knew?!"

    See! It does!!!!! It doesn't leave that YUCKY film like bar soap does.

    "Still, I have to say, somebody came up with a winner in Irish Spring! The green color, the ads -- all memorable, just as ads should be."

    You're absolutely right. And people STILL used it and LOVE it!

    Much thanks for stopping by, Debbie. Hope all is going well with the son's commencement.

    X

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  55. Good morning Ronnie,

    You really got me chuckling this morning with the vintage commercials. :)
    When I think of it, I don't remember what was our brand of soap at home.. a little bit of each of these and others( I remember Ivory). I even remembering bar soap in connection with middle & high school( bringing it for the dreaded PE class showers and once in 7th grade art class for soap carving!).

    I even kept the soap habit in France for a long while until I started using body washes. They have some luscious types over here, so I am spoiled! I haven't gone back to soap.

    If "doubling up" with your fav shampoo as a bod wash works for you then why not?? We all have our little penny saving habits :)

    Big hugs to you, sweets xox

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  56. Not sure what possessed me, but I went to YouTube and watched all the EYE-rishhh, spring commehrcials. I used to use 'Caress, before you dress."

    I switched back to soap after I lost my shower pouf. I guess it never dawned on me to just go buy a new one!

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  57. Bonjour Barb!

    OMG....it must be about 6 AM in France. You're up early, but I'm glad because I was just getting ready to log off line, when I saw your comment!

    Aren't the TV commercials HILARIOUS? I can still remembering watching them as a kid - HA!

    Yes, my mother would sometimes use IVORY as well!!! I remember the commercial for that one too. Oddly though, Ivory soap always dried my skin out, even though it's advertised as gentle.

    "They have some luscious types over here, so I am spoiled! I haven't gone back to soap."

    YES, I can only imagine how AWESOMELY made the body washes are over there. And I bet they smell HEAVENLY!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by this morning, my friend! Wishing you a beautiful week!

    ((((( You )))))

    X to you and D!

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  58. Hiya Chrissy Girl!

    "Not sure what possessed me, but I went to YouTube and watched all the EYE-rishhh, spring commehrcials."

    HAHHAHAHAHAHA! OMG...how FUNNY! Yes, they have a variety that date waaaaaaaaay back and then some that are more recent.

    "I switched back to soap after I lost my shower pouf. I guess it never dawned on me to just go buy a new one!"



    YES! I use a shower pouf too! Don't ya love them? You're right though, they work so much better with liquid body wash.


    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a faaaaaaaaaatabulous week!


    X to you and the gang!

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  59. I am totally team body wash instead of bar soap because it doesn't leave that film on my body or my shower. But I used to LOVE me some Zest soap when I was a little kid!

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  60. Hey there Meleah!

    Yes, that's probably the main reason why I use body wash instead of soap. Also, it seems to be gentler on my skin.

    "But I used to LOVE me some Zest soap when I was a little kid!"

    OMG...me too! I can STILL remember the smell!

    ZESTFULLY CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, girl. Hope you're feeling better and enjoying your week!

    ((((((( You ))))))))

    X

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  61. Hahahaha! I'm so glad I ignored your warning and read this comment!

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  62. I remember Irish Spring and the "Manly, yes, but I like it, too!" bit. I think my mother always bought Dial soap for us. Which I never really liked. I went through a clear Neutrogena soap phase in college and the Lever soap, which I liked because it was creamy. I eventually discovered olive oil soap, which I LOVE. Olive oil with another scent, like aloe or chamomile. But now I use the liquid version of it in a pump bottle. Actually, in addition to the bottle of olive oil liquid soap, I have a bottle of Neutrogena Rainbath just for its heavenly spicy scent.

    (And no, I was supposed to fly to Philadelphia, but the sent me to DC instead.)

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  63. Hey there Secret Agent Woman!

    " I think my mother always bought Dial soap for us. Which I never really liked."

    My cousins, who lived a few houses away from my family used Dial soap as well. Dial soap always reminds me of our summers spent in Wildwood, NJ, because they used to have Dial soap in at the beach showers!

    " I eventually discovered olive oil soap, which I LOVE. Olive oil with another scent, like aloe or chamomile."

    OMG...I cannot believe you mentioned olive oil soap, because I at one time used that too. I used to get it at Whole Foods. Great soap!

    "(And no, I was supposed to fly to Philadelphia, but the sent me to DC instead.)"

    Oh shit, sorry, I must have read that wrong.

    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Welcome home!

    X

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  64. Rony MikalJune 06, 2013

    antibacterial bar soap is better than body wash!

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  65. "That white, pasty film that glues itself to the shower tiles and curtain, which can only be removed with 2 tanks of gasoline and a box of stick matches."

    That's why I can't get that damn film out of my shower stall! I haven't been using gasoline and match sticks!!

    But it's the truth. I abhor cleaning the shower stall. I'd rather clean a thousand toilets. ;)

    oh.my.gawsh! Those commercials bring back memories! Or should I say...nightmares! I don't know which one is worse. Probably the Irish Spring. Who the heck carries a bar of soap around? And then tells someone they stink and should use the bar of soap that's in their pocket? And the damn soap "to get a strong man fresh", what about a "weak man"?? Then the silly woman, "I use it too". But it's advertised as the "manly deodorant soap"! The accents are even sillier.



    And speaking of accents. I swear the Zest woman had an Irish accent! Or maybe my ears were just bleeding Irish from the first commercial.


    Thanks for the giggles.


    Have a fantabulous weekend. Looks like it's gonna be a beautiful one!


    ((HUGS))

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  66. Jay of The Depp EffectJuly 07, 2013

    Hahahah! Now I have visions of you as a green leprechaun, dancing naked in the shower. Well ... half-visions; my mind is desperately trying to shy away from that! Not because of the 'you' half, but the leprechaun ... well, let's just say my mind is boggling.

    We didn't have either of those soaps. We had Camay. It came in pink or white and both smelled exactly the same; kind of 'soapy'. It was the only one my mother trusted for my extremely sensitive and covered-in-eczema skin. Other people had Pears, which I always, always wanted because it smelled so wonderful and was amber-coloured, and transparent, and I thought it looked like a jewel, but Mum said it dried your skin too much, so Camay it was. And I still remember the smell, too!

    This ad is HILARIOUS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWtARx44tk4

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  67. Entrepreneur is a soap fan; I'm a body wash girl. So our shower is a hybrid of cleaning products! I'm not sure he has a preference; whatever I buy and put in there is good enough for him. I love Dove products (personal care as well as the chocolate variety!). :-)

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  68. Lora NeelyJuly 07, 2013

    I'm a fan of the combo shampoo/body washes too. Soap is soap is soap (well, detergent is detergent is detergent) I have even used our shower gel to wash dishes and sheets! Smells great!

    Dr Bronners bars and liquid leaves the ickiest film, but I use it when I'm having my sulfate sensitivities. Like now, boo. I keep a Mr. Clean magic eraser in the tub, and my son scrubs it out for me while he's "playing" in the shower. Sucker!!

    You never told us what your favorite shampoo is!

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