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Socio-political rant that started out about bath products 
2nd-Nov-2007 03:09 pm
I'm trying hard to figure out what the big deal is about loofas, squeegies, and liquid soap. I mean, really. I grew up using either Dial or Ivory bar soap. And I've been using them for about 32 years now. Really, I always assumed the liquid soap/squeege method of bathing was for the femme females, the ones who enjoy smelling a bit like a fruit salad covered in honey and milk. You know, kind of a personal "I am Goddess, hear me ROAR" moment for the generation that prefers showers over Calgon baths.

The problem being I've been noticing the trend is catching on with men of my aquaintence now. Mind you, adagiogray and John aren't exactly pillars of masculinity, but my friend Eddie is fairly butch and I know he had one of those heating clay facial masks. Or my suite mate in college, who played on the Basketball team.

I mean really, my only truely fru-fru bath product is my shampoo, and that's only because I hate the scent of what mom used to call "the green stuff" like Pert and Prell. And I know NO ONE will be smelling my hair that I don't want to, so I can live with an apple shampoo and orange conditioner. And I'll admit to using stewicked's apricot exfoliant on occasion during the winter when my skin dried out.

I dunno, I guess I'm trying to figure out if switching to a new bathing system is will irrepably damage my self image as a fairly masculine person. I mean I never say I'm str8-acting (I'm not. And generally the folks who say that are also closet cases, and therefore not worth my effort), but I also don't want to come off as SuperFemme the Nelly AVENGER!

Yeah I know, this is the stupidest post I've made in a while.
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3rd-Nov-2007 06:47 am (UTC)
I hear ya. Every winter, my skin dries out like no one's business. kind of wondering if the liquid soap moisturizes better or not now.
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3rd-Nov-2007 06:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've noticed a big growth in the Men's bath product industry. Mind you, most of it seems geared towards either the metros or the guy who thinks he's a jock, but...
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3rd-Nov-2007 06:36 am (UTC)
LOL Been thinking of getting some acne facial scrubs again. for some reason, cold weather and halloween make up make me break out.
3rd-Nov-2007 12:00 am (UTC)
I got my boyfriend to switch to the liquid/loofa, he seems to like it better just because the loofa does a little better with scrubbing the scum off of him. We use the same soap but it's pretty mild, just some oatmeal stuff.
3rd-Nov-2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Out of curiousity, what exactly does oatmeal do for skin, other than filling a love with a desire to coat you in brown sugar?
3rd-Nov-2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Heh umm, it's supposed to 'lock in moisture' or something, but really we got it because the smell isn't girly or manly.
3rd-Nov-2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
LOL Ok:)
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3rd-Nov-2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up on prices. I really wasn't pricing the stuff out as much as wondering when the liquid took over. Then I found a 2 pack of dial for $1 over in the discount lane:)
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3rd-Nov-2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
John's sister in law works for Dollar General. I'll have to ask her Tuesday.
3rd-Nov-2007 01:48 am (UTC)
LOL. Jim has always been a liquid soap guy. I think his mother got him hooked on it. Me? I like a nice bar soap. I alternate between Lever 2000 and Trader Joe's Teatree Soap.
3rd-Nov-2007 06:22 am (UTC)
I've used the Lever before. It's usually the cheapest at the store. I dunno, I was looking at the new manly liquid soap and pondering, which is what set this off.
3rd-Nov-2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
It's the era of the bath poof...:0)
3rd-Nov-2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
too many poofs to count anymore:P
3rd-Nov-2007 03:37 am (UTC)
I like to think I'm fairly masculine and I love pleasant smelling body washes and shampoo's. I just don't use the poofy thing that chicks use.
3rd-Nov-2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Does it work ok with just hands or a washcloth then?
3rd-Nov-2007 10:36 am (UTC) - as a chick..
haha. this post made me smile. and YES you can use those body washes with a washcloth or your hands. but the loofah is awesome cause it makes everything super-sudsy!!! :D
3rd-Nov-2007 05:07 pm (UTC) - Re: as a chick..
So, basically, the poofy thinkg makes the shower a bubble bath?:)
3rd-Nov-2007 07:04 pm (UTC) - Re: as a chick..
lol it makes the whole 'lathering' process easier!! seriously loofahs = awesome. and u don't have the use as much of the body wash vs using ur hands!!
4th-Nov-2007 07:28 am (UTC) - Re: as a chick..
This is true. I may have to get a loofa, or just find some non-pomegranate doap to take to John's. Maybe I'll get some of that Old Spice stuff Bruce Campbell is hawking now:)
4th-Nov-2007 08:47 pm (UTC) - Re: as a chick..
Scott uses that stuff and I can attest it does smell awesome and not frilly at all. Plus it gets the grease off him after a long day of stacking semi tractors better than bar soap, although for some days he has to break out the GoJo which has a nice orange scent even if it does have pumice in it.
5th-Nov-2007 02:21 am (UTC) - Re: as a chick..
Not a pumice person?
5th-Nov-2007 02:52 am (UTC) - Re: as a chick..
It's scratchy and I have sensitive skin, except on da soles of my feets.
4th-Nov-2007 07:28 am (UTC) - Re: as a chick..
Er soap.
3rd-Nov-2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
yeah, works great...maybe not as well as with the poof...I don't know, but it does work.
3rd-Nov-2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Good to know. since it seems the grocery doesn't carry the poofy thing.
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