Tuesday, February 07, 2006


My wife buys homemade natural soap from some Hippie lady at the Chico Farmer's Market. They cost $3 a bar, and we love them. They build up a real nice lather and surprisingly rinse off quite well. They feel like they don't leave behind a residue like soap you buy at a store does. I don't know if that's psychosomatic, or if these soaps really are better.

I forgot to bring a bar down to the Bay Area, so I had to buy some soap from the store. I picked up some glycerin soap. It doesn't really lather and rinses off almost instantly. I kind of like it though, but to truly test it, I should do a heavy work out and see if I still stink afterwards.

Do you believe soap makes a difference or do you think they're all the same? What soap do you use?


Blogger Laura said...

There's definitely a difference. A friend of mine used to make her own soaps, and she didn't use half of the chemical crap found in store-bought soaps. Most of those chemicals are either dyes or scents, and most of them are bad for your skin. I use all different kinds, depending on my mood. My favorite is a Honey soap from Lush.

2/07/2006 8:28 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I love honey. My fav soap that the Hippie lady makes is her oatmeal. It smells great.

Yeah, I heard about residues and dyes, and I heard all that crap dries one's skin. My skin definitely feels better, so I was just asking other people to see if it's psychosomatic or if there really is a difference.

2/07/2006 9:03 AM  
Blogger lime said...

i have trouble with exzema so whatever i use has to be fragrance and dye free. so i go cheapo and use dove for sensitve skin. it definitely makes a difference.

i've thought about homemade soaps or the stuff from lush, but it's so expensive!

2/07/2006 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Okay, I'll bite.
Here in Grass Valley/Nevada City we don't lack the abundance of foo-foo shops, many which happen to carry those delicious, pure, healthy, more costly type soaps you mentioned. Maybe twice a year I'll go in and buy a few bars for us, just for something different. For the most part though, the kids, Joe, and I, all suds up with good ol'-bad-for-the-skin-chemical-ridden-Raley's-bought-soap. Call me weird, but one of the sexiest smells I know of is when my hubby's stepping out the door in the morning with the clean smell of Coast on him.

2/07/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Moni said...

Oh heck yeah there's a difference. Some store bought soaps that are supposed to be good for your skin make me break out. I think it's all the additives they put in the soap that makes the difference.

I know this sounds crazy but one of the best soaps I've found comes from the dollar store. It's coco butter and it leaves your skin feeling smooth as a baby's bottom.

Other than that, I really like Bath and Body Works soaps, they smell just lovely.

2/07/2006 9:18 AM  
Blogger Bo Salisbury said...

Definitely differences, but it seems to be related to your particular make-up. Me? The same thing that works for lime, works for me... something simple... Ivory.

After being skinned alive, it seemed like all my well-meaning friends and family had some miracle prescription for healthy skin. I tried almost everything you can think of and, you know what? On my grafted skin, which has no oil/sweat glands and doesn't function like "normal" skin, the best thing turned out to petroleum based synthetics. My grafted skin seems to be moisturized from the inside out, so the most important quality is a product that creates a barrier. It has the added plus of shielding me from bacteria getting into all the tiny breaches in my skin.

2/07/2006 9:41 AM  
Blogger dave said...

my wife just bought me some brown hippie soap from burt bees. i think it has patchouli in it. now i smell like trees.

2/07/2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger Mr. Althouse said...

It makes no difference to me. As long as it gets me clean, I'm cool.


2/07/2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

I don't use bar soap. I don't like the way bar soap makes me feel all dried out after I get out of the shower. It makes me want to slather myself in lotion but that sort of defeats the purpose of washing all that stuff off your skin in the first place!
I'm a big fan of Bath & Body Works and since my grandfather in law always buys me a generous gift card for Christmas--I buy tons of girly scented body wash. My favorite scent is Blackberry Vanilla.
I buy bar soap for my hubby--usually Zest or Coast. He likes Burts Bees Bay Rum too.

2/07/2006 10:19 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

i like burt's bees buttermilk baby soap. so yummy.

2/07/2006 12:27 PM  
Blogger clever? said...

Ingredients make a huge difference in soaps.
I also prefer a natural hippie soap, but I figure what I save in lotion evens the cost out, and even if not, I like it better anyway.
The almond oatmeal soap a local makes is wonderful.

2/07/2006 12:47 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I, too, suffer from eczema, so less IS better. Coast, Zest, and Irish Spring are out of the question.
Like Moni, I'm now using a cocoa butter soap from the dollar store, and it's GREAT!
What really helps my skin is to slather baby oil on myself BEFORE drying off.

2/07/2006 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

I've found that the deodarant soaps(especially Coast or Irish Spring) work best for me. I also use Suave body wash.

2/07/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

I think soaps make a difference. My favorite soaps really vary. I go through phases.

My favorite weird soap has to be Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps.

I don't know anything about the organization, but I imagine a bunch of hemp-&-cotton wearing hippies stirring vats of this stuff. The labels are written for weird, religious OCD-types and are covered with religious 'insights' which make your skin crawl.

The soaps are wonderfully caustic and can clean anything. And for those of you who are potheads, their Tea Tree liquid soap is just full of hemp and would make Cheech & Chong happy.

2/07/2006 2:11 PM  
Blogger bsoholic said...

Yeah, I dig those body washes. To me I feel cleaner when I use those.

2/07/2006 2:13 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I use whatever is in the bathroom.
I haven't a clue what it is. I think it comes in a pink bottle, so you know I didn't buy it.

Ever seen Fight Club?

2/07/2006 2:38 PM  
Blogger Dawner said...

I think there is a difference, I always use moisturizing body washes. I never use bar soap it makes my skin feel way to dried out. I look for body washes with Shea Butter.

2/07/2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger Bar Bar A said...

YES! Soap and everything else we put in our body or on our body makes a difference. I am really weird when it comes to soap., I have three different types I use on three different parts of my body – not counting my face which gets its own type of cleanser. I only use bar soap for certain areas.

2/07/2006 4:48 PM  
Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Hmm, at school, I use antibacterial because I'm that paranoid about getting germs from kids and giving them my germs. At home, I'd rather smell pretty, so my soap of choice in the shower is "Freesia" by Bath and Body Works. I don't think it makes much difference, but I like the fancy shmancy soaps anyway.

2/07/2006 4:52 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Lime - They're not cheap. $3 a bar of soap for the homemade stuff.

Melanie - Yeah, the price is definitely a deterrent.

I've never smelled Coast though, so couldn't tell you if it smells good or not.

Moni - I like a lot of the lotions from Bath and Body Works.

Bo - Yikes. I forgot all about that.

Funny that the best things for my elbows when I had dry skin was plain old Petroleum jelly. It was diet change though that got rid of my dry skin.

Dave - Burt's Bees make good chapstick.

Mike - Cool. Someone who is indifferent to soap.

Sadie - Heh. A second for both Bath and Body Works and Burt's Bees.

Bearette - All right. That's three for Burt's Bees. maybe I should try their soap. Only use their lip stuff.

Wondering - I love oatmeal soap. That's the flavor I usually get. Well, not the almond oatmeal but plain oatmeal.

Tshsmom - Excema sucks. That's two with Excema. My investment partner gets it, and when he really breaks out, he's hating life.

Bruce - I actually like Irish Spring. It smells good, but kind of leaves a residue.

Saurkraut - I know these soaps. :) Yeah, they sell them at the local hippie store. I haven't tried them yet though.

Bsoholic - My wife bought some of that for Junior. He likes it. I haven't used body wash before though.

Joe - Of course. I wrote an article awhile back for something else called "ten things you probably didn't catch in Fight Club". I wish I still had it.

Dawner - Another for body washes. Don't think I've ever had Shea Butter.

Bar - My wife uses two, not counting her face. I hope she doesn't read that and freak out. ;)

Notta - Another for Bath and Body Works. Haven't used their Freesia yet.

2/07/2006 7:27 PM  
Blogger neal said...

Melanie You're from Grass Valley? What is is with this particular group of bloggers, all from Northern CA?

I am an Irish Springs kinda guy myself. My wife uses Oil of Olay and I have tried it too. It feels like I never get all the soap off aterwards. I don't know if homemade soaps are any better but I am willing to try free samples...

2/07/2006 7:50 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Neal - When you and your wife come over for the bar-be-que, I'll give you a few bars of what we get from the Farmer's Market. It's really good stuff.

then you can post if you like it or not. ;)

2/07/2006 8:07 PM  
Blogger tenxinchoden said...

funny you should be talkin about soaps!!! rite now am usin a lavender soap, SG send me one as a weedin gift all the way from her farm... its just awesome... hey you should try em man!!

ps: i posted a chapter today:)

2/07/2006 11:47 PM  
Blogger lime said...

zombie, diet changes healed dry skin? aside from increasing fluid intake what did you do differently? i'm really curious.

2/08/2006 3:22 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Soap and Shampoo can make all the difference in your day. Don't you watch the commericials. How many times have I gotten laid for using Irish Spring? Of course there is no proof or scientific studies, but I'm sure it had something to do with it.

2/08/2006 5:49 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Are you kidding? I buy what's on sale or what I a coupon for. I couldn't actually tell you what kind of soap is sitting in my shower right now. I just grab it and use it because I don't really notice any differences.

2/08/2006 6:43 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

TC - You posted a chapter? You haven't posted one since November. I was worried you stopped writing.

Cool, I'll check it tonight. Never used lavender soap by the way. I'll check some of that stuff out too.

Lime - No junk food. Makes a huge difference. Also, used olive oil a lot. I'd pour olive oil over my pasta and used an olive oil vinegrette over salads. So it was a combo of both no junk food and olive oil that helped out my skin.

Scott - Heh. I guess I should have used Irish Spring more when I was single. ;)

Metal - Of all the soap posts, that's only three who are indifferent. I'm surprised. I thought it would be half and half.

2/08/2006 7:39 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

neal said...Melanie You're from Grass Valley? What is is with this particular group of bloggers, all from Northern CA?

Yup. She's my cousin. Join us for a bloggers meet up this summer!

2/08/2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger SME said...

Dove, homemade soaps, Dr. Bonner's freaky religious soap, and anything without all the fragrance and chemical additives. Stuff like Zest and Irish Spring is so full of drying agents and other gunk that you might as well not use soap at all.

2/08/2006 4:04 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Sadie - And you all have to come to Chico this summer for one of the Zombieslayer bar-be-ques. :)

SME - I heard Dove is pure soap, and you also mentioned the Dr. Bonner. I really need to try those soaps.

2/08/2006 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Cousin Melanie said...

A road trip to Chico for a bbq sounds like fun. The old highway getting there from Grass Valley used to be known as sort of a "blood alley" due to all the horrific accidents on it, but it's much better now I guess. Haven't been to Chico since the 80's. The place we drank in had a huge, wooden statue of a bear in it and I can't remember the name.

2/09/2006 11:56 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Melanie - It's called the Madison Bear Gardens. Yeah, would be great if you could make it to Chico. I really love this town. it's one of the last nice little towns left in this state.

2/09/2006 6:08 PM  

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