Sunday, June 5, 2011

Smelly stuff

No--this blog post is not about bad hygiene. In fact it is about the opposite: bath gel and soap. Yeah, I're disappointed--Americans are so obsessed with their smelly!

I absolutely love Bath and Body Works! Which is a masochistic practice since I suffer from severe allergies! Somehow the intention of utilizing nicely scented floral body spray in an attempt to become alluring to my husband loses it's desired effect when I'm having an allergic fit. Picture a red nose, frenzied sneezing and watering eyes. Yup...not so attractive.

But I still love scented bath gel and body spray. In my younger and more affluent years I would visit the Bath and Body Works store and frequently stock up on Country Apple, Lavender, and Coconut Lime Verbena scents in bath gel, body spray and lotion. I was miserable, yet at the same time simply ecstatic. I was pleasantly!

Today, I find myself with less disposable income yet I still want to be scented so I have found cheaper methods to indulge my masochistic tendencies. One of my favorite ways is to use soap instead of expensive body gel. I go to discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall's, or Tuesday Morning and buy quality milled soap. A large bar usually costs anywhere from $3.00-$5.00-- at the most-- and lasts me for months. Typically about three times as long as a body gel bottle from Bath and Body Works.

I find that I can still use my body "puff"--the same one I used with the body gel. The only difference is I thoroughly wet the "puff" and then rub it against the soap bar a few times. And presto--it's a puff (I love that word!) ready for unstoppable bubble-mania. hehehe...Additionally, if I use quality soap my skin does not dry out.

I have also been known to make my own bath gel. I've included an online recipe that allows you to customize it to your own preferences.

So, despite being cash challenged I can still be masochistic and smelly at the same time. Life is good!

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