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I Use Soap, But Not for Bathing

I Use Soap Weirdly, and Here's Why

I came to an odd realization this morning: I love soap, but I never actually use it on my body. When I get a fancy bar, in fact, I recoil at the suggestion that I would ever actually put it in the shower. It's not that I'm a soap hoarder, or even that I have a problem with using soap to clean yourself up. To see what actually makes my soap usage out of the ordinary, just keep reading.

Actually, I just use soap to scent clothing and furniture instead of my skin. There are bars scattered all over my sock drawer, under the cushions of my couch, in my closet, and even in my desk. They give everything a subtle, lovely scent that's richer and less artificial than a room spray and longer-lasting than a candle, and it's nice to walk around all day knowing that your feet smell like frankincense and bergamot.

I picked up the habit of using soap as an object perfumer from my mother, who used to buy me blue whale-shaped glycerins at The Body Shop specifically to secrete around my dresser. I was endlessly delighted with the tiny cetaceans swimming through my socks, and realized early on that scent is profoundly important to me. Do you use bars of soap to similar ends, or do you have your own alternate job for the sudsy stuff?

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Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 5 years
How do you use it on clothes? Explain.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
I've been doing this forever.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
I've been doing this forever.
bellazmom bellazmom 5 years
I keep them in the linen closet, so I always have an extra on hand, and the towels and sheets smell so nice!
andreasharan andreasharan 5 years
Oh, what a great idea!!
andreasharan andreasharan 5 years
Oh, what a great idea!!
Susan-Yara Susan-Yara 5 years
I totally keep Crabtree and Evelyn French milled soaps in my drawers and in the bathroom cabinets. Makes everything smell so nice.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
My mom used to do this too, and now I think I need to revive the tradition!
Advah Advah 5 years
I thought every body used bits of soap to keep clothes smell lovely actually! My grandma and parents have always done that, so I've bits of soap in my wardrobe (and sachets of lavender my mum made :P )
Ficklefaerie Ficklefaerie 5 years
I really like how the bars are prettily wrapped and love to just leave them in the bathroom.....to look pretty. :)
shalee55 shalee55 5 years
My mom had small Chanel bars or Estee Lauder Youth Dew those tiny blue squares in her drawers they smelled yummy...
Belle-de-Nuit Belle-de-Nuit 5 years
Miriam, I do the same thing! I keep a bar of Fresh's Sugar Lemon soap in my lingerie drawer, and an almond-scented bar from France in my bathroom medicine cabinet. Now I get a lovely little whiff every time I swing open the door!
Belle-de-Nuit Belle-de-Nuit 5 years
Miriam, I do the same thing! I keep a bar of Fresh's Sugar Lemon soap in my lingerie drawer, and an almond-scented bar from France in my bathroom medicine cabinet. Now I get a lovely little whiff every time I swing open the door!
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