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!