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What is your soap of preference in the shower?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46740points) March 13th, 2012

Yes, this is off the wall.

When we first met, long ago, my rough and tumble, former professional race car driver and motorcycle racer told me he preferred Dove. I said, “Ew! It just leaves a slime on me. I use Dial.” I just feel squeaky clean, like I’m ready to start over. Since I’m the one who usually shops for stuff, we’ve used Dial most of the time.

Rick is out of town. I just now took a shower. When I grabbed the soap and started using it, I realized it was slipping and sliding and didn’t seem to be doing much other than that…and I realized the Macho Man had slipped Dove into the shower! So I used it. It’s really warm and humid, and within an hour after getting out of the shower I had that sticky, wetty feeling that meant I needed to use an antiperspirant, so I did. With my soap, I don’t feel like I need to use an antiperspirant till the next morning, and that just because it’s part of my schedule for getting ready for work. I don’t feel like I need it, even then.

I just don’t feel clean now. I feel slimed. (Time to get His and Her’s soap dishes!)

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SavoirFaire's avatar

I use whatever my wife purchases and tells me would be good to use (so long as I don’t dislike it). At present, that’s Twilight Woods for Men from Bath & Body Works.

Totally agree with you about Dove, though. I used Dial in the pre-marriage days.

KateTheGreat's avatar

I’m quite fond of Safeguard.

chyna's avatar

I use shower gel only. I don’t buy soap. Usually something with a vanilla flavor from Bath and Body.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@chyna Vanilla flavor? I never thought of eating shower gel before!

Aethelflaed's avatar

Awhile back, Costco had a 3-pack of Aveno Positively Nourishing body wash. I’m on the second bottle. And then after that, it’s onto the Lush ‘It’s Raining Men’ body wash that I “accidentally” purchased for myself while buying Christmas gifts for others.

I don’t get bar soap. I have the hardest time keeping it in my hand for more than .5 seconds…

chyna's avatar

@KateTheGreat Really, it smells so good, it is edible!

JLeslie's avatar

I use liquid soaps, because the bar ones tend to irritate my girly parts. Anything from baby soap to perfumed shower gels.

But, never vanilla. I hate it the smell for soaps, and so does my husband.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I don’t use soap. I like the gamey smell. Kidding.

filmfann's avatar

Phisoderm

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK. I ‘fess. Dove and Dial are the two cheapest!

Bellatrix's avatar

I use liquid Dove .. I think it is an extra moisturising one? It never leaves me feeling slimey…

saint's avatar

Dove Men+Care body and face wash. Liquid stuff

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Irish spring body wash. I use it on my head too.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

French vanilla lavendar from Bed Bath and Beyond. Here’s my nads too. That smells so good.

john65pennington's avatar

Suave For Men. Not slippery. Smells great and provides plenty of bubbles for cleaning power.

Makes a mans skin “squeeky clean”.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought Irish Spring is good too! Too expensive though.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@earthgirl! Welcome back!

Earthgirl's avatar

I only like fruit scented soaps like this my all time favorite scent! Pink Grapefruit.
Ha ha, Dutchess lll here is a manly soap for your man, looks luxurious….it’s like the polar opposite of Dove. Let him live a little.
I have always had oily skin so I can’t use any kind of moisturizing soap. And I’m with you as far as it making me feel slimy and not clean. That’s why I like glycerin soaps.
Hey thanks, I’ve been around…

mangeons's avatar

Whatever body wash smells good at Bath and Bodyworks. Currently, I use Into the Wild and Japanese Cherry Blossom. I love the flowery scents!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ya’lls got some money!

chyna's avatar

@Dutchess_III I use coupons!

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

@Dutchess_III Honestly I think I got the Irish Spring and some Suave for my daughter at the dollar store last time I took the kids. There or Job Lots.

King_Pariah's avatar

I’m a fan of old spice body wash, currently using swagger. Shampoo is from Trader Joe’s a tea leaf based soap.

blueiiznh's avatar

I can’t answer right now because I am still pondering @chyna use of a vanilla flavored product.

JLeslie's avatar

Dove bar soap is very soft and dissapears in days. I don’t know the price, but over time it probably costs as much as a more expensive soap.

jca's avatar

I just re-organized my under the bathroom sink cabinet and I have at least 22 bars of soap waiting. I can’t resist buying nice soap when the price is right. I have a few bars of Yardley (some English Lavender, and some holiday limited edition scents), some French milled stuff from Costco, some foreign fancy stuff from Marshalls or TJ Maxx, the list goes on. I like to switch it up – some fruity ones, some flowery ones, sometimes exotic ones from Whole Foods or something like that.

JLeslie's avatar

@jca 22?! Don’t they dry out?

JLeslie's avatar

My husband uses all the soaps we get from hotels for free.

Earthgirl's avatar

Dutchess lll I get the soap on sale and it lasts a long time as long as you don’t let it sit in water. You need to get soap that is “hard-milled” and then it will last. Dove is the worst . It dissolves from just looking at it! I hate Dial and it is so harsh. You can get good deals online and at sales if you look around. When I was on a tight budget I used to buy Pears soap at the 99 cent store. It smells a little like anisette which I like and one bar seems to last forever!

Cruiser's avatar

I got Armani shower gel as a gift and I love it. Squeeky clean and smell good!

Otherwise I am a fan of Ivory or Irish Spring.

Dutchess_III's avatar

O my. Another “throw away question” and I’m learning some stuff! What is “hard milled” Earthgirl?

Dutchess_III's avatar

@JLeslie We have so many hotel soaps! We use them as a last resort in the sink-side soap dish.

Earthgirl's avatar

Lol, looks like we are all passionate about our suds!

Earthgirl's avatar

Milling

Most toiletry soap undergoes additional processing called milling. The milled bar lathers up better and has a finer consistency than non-milled soap. The cooled soap is fed through several sets of heavy rollers (mills), which crush and knead it. Perfumes can best be incorporated at this time because their volatile oils do not evaporate in the cold mixture. After the soap emerges from the mills, it is pressed into a smooth cylinder and extruded. The extruded soap is cut into bar size, stamped and wrapped.

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/soap#ixzz1p3UXoG6u

I believe that Pears Soap actually even goes through the equivalent of an aging process. One bar, like I said, seems to last forever.
Interestingly, after a Facebook protest campaign (protesting a new formulation with more chemicals in it that ruined the scent and just about everything good about the soap) they reverted back to the original formula. What a history this soap has!

jca's avatar

@JLeslie: No, it’s wrapped up and it keeps a long time. It’s not totally exposed to air, as it’s in the cabinet. I have soaps in a jar that are decorative, probably 20 years old. They smell like new (glass jar, cork top).

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Method gel in Lavender scent. If it’s bar soap then I have a few favorite Zum bars that have oils, bark and flowers in them.

Ela's avatar

I use Johnson’s Moisture Care Baby Wash. I like the soft scent and the softness of my skin after my shower.
It’s been eons since I’ve used a bar soap.

JLeslie's avatar

@jca I see. I am not a soap person at all. I worked in cosmetics and fragrance as a buyer, and I still am rather haphazard about these things. I certainly would not hoard soap, not that I am calling you a hoarder, I only mean I hate to organize and put things away, and I am not a knick knack type gal. So if I owned all those soaps I don’t know what I would do with them except stuff them in a closet, possibly forget about them.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Where’d you get that anyone was “hoarding” @JLeslie?

I think there is a way to melt the soaps down and make one bar…but IDK. Is is like wax or something? Would we need a mold?

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III I don’t think anyone is hoarding, I think if I had that many soaps, 22, I would be doing it in a hoarding sort of way. I would not have them in proper jars, they would get pushed to the back of a closet, forgotten about. It would become extra clutter most likely. I would still buy more soaps when I have those soaps possibly. I can’t buy that much at once. I am, sure other people have them set out and they look beautiful, or organize them well. I am just not good at it. I am thrilled I have a box I keep all the little soaps and shampoos from hotels in, and we actually use them.

muppetish's avatar

I decided to switch things up recently and have been using goat milk soap. So far, it has made my skin very happy but it won’t be a regular purchase since homemade soap can be a little on the expensive side. I have never been a brand loyalist and everyone in my family has always used a different soap since our needs vary.

ucme's avatar

Shower gel for me & my bits.

rooeytoo's avatar

There is a soap in Australia, I don’t remember seeing it in USA, called Country Fresh and they have a flavor called Fresh Linen. It just smells nice and clean, I love it.

By the way whenever I buy a new box of soap, I take it out of the box and let it sit in a basket in the bathroom. Makes it smell good in there and the soap dries out and lasts so much longer. It doesn’t affect it sudsability, just makes it last longer.

I hate the little soaps from hotels, they are too small! The only way I like them is if you get about 6 and somehow get them to stick together.

Is this a negative question???

flutherother's avatar

I like Pears.

jca's avatar

@rooeytoo: One of my requirements now is that soap cannot be made in China. China has a rep for putting weird or innapropriate substances in their products, and so I just don’t trust their products if they’re intended to go on my body, like soap is.

I find a lot of hotels now use quality soaps and shampoos. For example, Doubltree uses Crabtree and Evelyn products.

I let my daughter use the little hotel bars in the tub. They’re perfect for little pre-school-sized hands.

rooeytoo's avatar

@jca – I will have to check to see where my soap of choice is made, I think it is an aussie product, but you can never be sure these days!

I agree that some better hotels have expensive soap, I just hate those little slivers! Country Fresh is used in a lot of hotels. The first time I ever visited Australia it was the soap in the hotel where I stayed in Bondi. I fell in love with the scent then and I still love it. It is like iconic aussie stuff, like the smell of gum trees on a rainy day, or the red dirt of the NT when the first rain drops of the wet hit it. Ahhhhhh, I wax poetic! :-D

cazzie's avatar

More soap chat and I haven’t weighed in yet?? Well, of course, I love MY soap best, especially my goat milk soap with jasmine fragrance. I know exactly what is in the soap and how gentle it is.

I have a whole batch that didn’t cut muster for putting it on sale. It has a nice enough fragrance, but it is on the light side. The other thing that messed up was the colour. It was my first time trying a new bright red-fushia colourant and I used a tad too much. I noticed on the trial piece that the colour runs down the tub. It doesn’t stain, but still unacceptable in the quality control check. So, I think I will using that soap up in the next 6 months or so.

augustlan's avatar

I haven’t read the thread, so forgive me if I’m repeating. I use Dove, unscented for sensitive skin, and love it! Never had that slimy feeling you’re talking about. If I use something like Dial or Zest, I get hives and my skin gets so dry it can bleed.

cazzie's avatar

@augustlan , yes, when I was younger, I could never use a ‘deodorant’ soap like Dial or Zest. It always made my skin feel horrible, like it was coated with something.

Before I started making my own soaps, I liked Yardley Imperial Leather soap because me and the man of the house could both use it, and when I got single there was a Dove body wash that had a second ingredient as sunflower oil that I liked.

augustlan's avatar

Didn’t Yardley have an oatmeal soap at one time? I think I was able to use that one without the hives. I don’t know, though, as I’ve gotten older, my skin reacts more and more, to more and more things. :(

cazzie's avatar

@augustlan sorry to hear that about your skin, but yes, we get contact dermatitis and sensitised to chemicals commonly found in frangrancs. I could find you a reputable soap maker in your area if you want to try going old-school with your soap choice. You might find that you have more choice in soap than you think. I make an unscented oatmeal and goat milk soap that is lovely. I use honey in it, so there is a faint smell of honey.

augustlan's avatar

@cazzie That sounds lovely. I’ll PM you. :)

JLeslie's avatar

@augustlan Have you tried using liquid soaps rather than bar?

augustlan's avatar

@JLeslie Yeah, but they still give me hives. I just have very sensitive skin. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, honestly. There’s only one laundry detergent I can use, for the same reasons. And it’s not even one of the ‘sensitive skin’ ones! Stupid skin.

jca's avatar

@JLeslie: I have accumulated 22+ bars because when I see some unusual soap, the 3 things I look for are: 1) that it’s not made in China, 2) that the scent is unusual and 3) the price is right. So with various stores (the sky’s the limit- everything from odd-lots to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc.), if I see something that’s priced right and has a nice scent, I’ll pick up a few. What put me over the top was at the holiday season 2011, the supermarket had Yardley soap for 88 cents a bar, which is cheaper than it’s been even when I was a teen (which was a long, long time ago LOL)! So I got a bunch, thinking I was going to be doing gift baskets and I’d throw some into them, but the gift basket idea never materialized, therefore, I have a pile under the bathroom sink!

JLeslie's avatar

@jca Haha. I have several unfinished projects that never materialized with things I purchased for the idea laying around the house. Drives my husband crazy. This is why I try to resist the urge, I can’t be trusted. :). Well, I exagerate of course, it is not that bad, but I really love things neat and organized, but am not good at it, so I try to not bring too much into the house. I do buy several of some things when they are a great price, soap just isn’t my gig, and it would not be 22 of something, maybe 10 at most. Like 10 cans of tuna on sale happens, and I sometimes have a back up bottle of soap or shampoo and conditioner, one back up of each.

I do have a bunch of make-up from free gifts with purchase that I should go through. I just bought 4 new nailpolishes, and hope to throw out the majority of my old ones. I plan to throw them out today. Trying to purge as I bring stuff in. But, many of the polishes are glumpy, so it’s time anyway. But, I bet I do have 20 nailpolishes right now. I hope I can get it down to 10 total including base and top coats, we’ll see.

I am fascinated by people who have everything out away neat and orderly, and just a few things of the best things, rather than a bunch of junk. I am somewhere in the middle naturally, and it depends on the thing.

jca's avatar

@JLeslie: It wasn’t 22 at once LOL! It was 3 here, 2 there, and it all added up!

JLeslie's avatar

@jca See that is what I am talking about, all the crap, my crap, in my house, starting to add up. Whether I buy 5 at a time or 20, winding up with 22 in my closet I would be uncomfortable with. I feel like I don’t want to tempt things getting out of control. Some people always have it under control.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Anything from The Body Shop. Their shower gels smell amazing!

Dutchess_III's avatar

My hotel soaps get pressed into service when we’re out of regular soap! They’re stuck away at the back of a drawer, but it’s nice to know they’re there in a pinch. :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I just can’t believe this question got the response it did! :)

Bellatrix's avatar

Soap, is one of those deep questions @Dutchess_III with elements of negativity in terms of giving you dry skin, making you feel slimey and dissolving too fast. That’s why we have all jumped on board and got our teeth into it (teeth into soap… ewww).

@JLeslie, I have a friend who seems to buy me (and all our mutual friends – just in case you think she is sending me a message) soap and hand cream. The thing is I never really use them so I also have a drawer full of the stuff (plus my hotel soaps etc.). I should regift the hand cream and soaps.

JLeslie's avatar

@Bellatrix Oh yes, definitely regift. I regift candles a lot.

OpryLeigh's avatar

@Dutchess_III I have a collection of hotel soaps too!

blueiiznh's avatar

I know it is NOT soap on a rope!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Fortunately I get all of the regifted candles! I use the heck out of candles. When it’s too nice for a fire, I put candles in the fireplace. I burn them other places too, a lot.

Bellatrix's avatar

I too like candles @Dutchess_III. I am not so into perfumed candles though. I don’t like incense or the like much either. Often the scents are a bit cloying and I would rather smell fresh air and just enjoy the light. If people bought be non-smelly candles, I would like it very much! I actually avoid those shops that sell soaps and scented candles and the like because they set me off sneezing.

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