Do you remember when body wash became a thing? I was mesmerized by “ before you dress, caress ” commercials and loofahs. I actually spend my hard earned babysitting money on various loofahs. My television made me believe that I was not properly washing if I didn’t have a loofah and some silk to rub against my skin to prove its softness.
I used body wash religiously until the TSA inflicted limits on my liquids. In my former life, I was a management consultant and traveled quite a bit with nothing but a tiny suitcase for the week. Checking a bag was taboo, and I would often travel with men who used whatever hotel shampoo was available (I once convinced my manager drive me to a drugstore in the middle of the night so I could buy a brush which I had inconveniently forgotten but that’s a story for another time). It was essential to pare down my liquids, so the body wash was tossed in favor of bar soap.
I grew to love bar soap - it smells great, it’s inexpensive, it lasts a while, it travels well, and it isn’t subject to bacterial growth like my once cherished loofah. That’s right, loofahs are crawling with bacteria and they eat your dead skin cells and can give you infections. Gross but true.
Horrified that my favorite brand of bar soap included the dreaded word “fragrance,” I tossed it in favor of a more natural alternative. I am totally obsessed with this Tom’s of Maine soap made with “calming lavender.”
Tom’s of Maine is a great brand , and the lavender scent is heavenly and even if it isn’t actually calming, I find that I have a psychological reaction to the scent and I relax when I inhale it. How Descartes of me. There are no unnatural dyes or chemicals in the ingredients, and my skin is just as soft as it was with my old brand of soap – no silk needed to prove the point. The scent is delicious without being overpowering.
An added bonus: my husband even likes it, and switched from his bar soap. He never was in the body wash camp – I guess he never cared about wearing a silk nightgown.