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Why are body washes in plastic bottles more popular than bar soap?

Posted By Beth Terry On July 15, 2010 @ 3:59 am In Discussion Questions,Plastic Bottles,soaps and lotions | 91 Comments

While I love my boyfriend Isaiah Mustafa’s hot and funny Old Spice commercial [1], I do not love the product he is selling: Old Spice Scented Body Wash.

Isaiah Mustafa Old Spice Commercial

But according to a recent NPR story on men switching to bath gels [2], more and more men seem to think that body wash gels work better than bar soap. As a woman, I find bar soap to work fine, if not better than bodywash. So why the sudden unfortunate switch among men?

Why unfortunate? Because first of all, the ingredients suck:

WATER, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, SODIUM SULFATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, FRAGRANCE, SODIUM LAUROAMPHOACETATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, DISODIUM EDTA, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, COLORANTS

The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database [3] gives the product a score of 5: Moderate Hazard.

And second, of course, is the plastic bottle. The NPR story ends with a brief mention of the environmental impact:

Mr. John Kalkowski (Editorial director, Packaging Digest): It does have an environmental impact. People who are considering making that change from bar soap to body washes, may want to consider what that impact is.

GRAF: Kalkowski says the bottles can be recycled. But if they go into the trash can instead, those bottles create more waste than the small paper or cardboard packages bar soaps come in. And all that trash could add up to be body wash’s dirty little secret.

So what’s the deal? Guys, if you’re reading, what do you think? Do body washes actually work better for you than bar soap? Or are men just so influenced by advertising and convinced that all natural human body smells are bad that we have to cover them up with strong, probably toxic, fragrances?

Personally, I want my man to smell like a man — it’s part of what makes him attractive. But what do you think?


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[1] Old Spice commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE

[2] men switching to bath gels: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=128341803

[3] Skin Deep Database: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/141030/OLD_SPICE_BODY_WASH_-_CLASSIC/

[4] Image: https://plus.google.com/+BethTerry

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