In this morning's shower, I realized I was at the end of my favorite supply of shower gel. If I forget to pick up more today, I'll be at the mercy of the stand-by bath soap. Not that bath soaps aren't good, just not my preference.
I stock up at Bath & Body Works semi-annual sales and look for great bargains on shower gels at the outlet stores or at places like Origins and L'Occitane. The smell of Verbena or anything citrus just drives me wild.
While I'm doin' the ole scratch & sniff test on the latest shower gel scents, everybody else is doing the same with bath soaps. And there are soooo many choices.
Bar soap lovers have to choose shapes: rounded corners, square bars, sheets, chunks, scented, unscented, clear, opaque. And for us body wash or shower gel folks, we've got to heavy Presidential-like burden of selecting the right scent, bottle shape, dispenser vs. squirt top...well, you get the picture.
The The Food and Drug Administration experts say that overall, soaps and body washes all contain basically the same ingredients: alkali salts of fatty acids and detergent properties.
The claims against bar soap: contain higher pH levels and tend to dry out skin; dry skin heals slower than hydrated skin; sharing soaps can lead to sharing bacteria; soap scum build-up.
The claims against liquid soaps: overuse and waste; strong smelling fragrances & perfumes; well, that's about it.
Using bar soaps vs. body washes is truly a personal preference. Every woman (and man) appreciates soft skin and, in my opinion, lives for a scrum-free world. I'm just sayin'.
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