A Pears bath followed by a soothing massage of organic coconut oil (found a large jar at Bargain Max, one of my favorite Asheville haunts for $2.50) is about as luxurious as it gets -- and a lot healthier for your skin (and you) than bars loaded with chemicals like propylene glycol. In fact, Pears soap was one of my all-time favorite "bargain goodies" until I discovered Sheatex Shea Butter Soap (see below)... which turned my skin literally into "butta".
And so, when my last $1 bar of Pears was gone, and I had stopped kicking myself for not having stockpiled a ten year supply, the Great Soap Hunt began.
Why hunt for soap when you find it everywhere... and pretty cheap too?
I don't care for most of the standard brands you see in grocery stores with their chemicals. They tend to dry my skin, and I don't hear such wonderful things about some of the chemicals either. I'm not phobic, but who needs them! Your skin is a very absorbent (and large) organ -- so why put something on your skin that you wouldn't willingly put in your mouth.
There are many wonderful soaps in health food stores that have all natural ingredients, but cost $3 a bar and up. And when you've been spoiled by wonderful dollar soap for as many years as I have, I simply was not willing to settle for anything less... or I should say, "more".
Some of my wonderful "soap hunt" discoveries -- one with the TJ Maxx markdown labels still on the box.
Discovered: some wonderfully scented Sheatex Shea Butter Soap by FA International. I've since found it online at Omololu International $ at $2.50 a bar, plus a $10 S&H charge. But I discovered it in a Johnson City TN dollar store for just $1 a bar. I love it so much... it makes one's skin feel delightfully soft and smooth... like silk! I'm going back the first chance I get and buy more. Would make great stocking stuffer Christmas gifts too.
I also bought a bar of plain citrus-scented glycerin soap for a $1... just in case the Sheatex bars didn't pan out. Okay in a pinch, but not nearly the sensuous experience as the Sheatex.
While I was in Johnson City, I stopped at my favorite TJ Maxx store and found a bar of Crabree and Evelyn Lily of the Valley soap that retails for close to $5 in the deep mark down section for only a dollar. If I don't use it first, this will make a great contribution to someone's Christmas stocking or basket. Could also be used to scent one of my drawers.
While in TJ Maxx, I purchased two bars of wonderful-smelling soap from Ellen Morrow Apothecary... with the words "Live, Love, Laughter" in raised letters on the delicious-smelling ovals. A real buy at $3 (the package said $8 and up). More stocking stuffers or drawer scenters.'
Bottom line, do I now regret having not stockpiled the Pears soap?
A resounding "NO!" For if I had, I would have been stuck in a rut and never have found the other wonderful soaps that my "Great Soap Hunt" led me too.
A good case for ONLY stockpiling absolute basics -- and then only when it's a savings of 70% or more.
It's far better to "live in the moment" ... and without fear of lack than to stockpile out of fear of "running out".
Besides, stockpiling takes a way from the "thrill of the hunt" -- and could keep you from making your own wonderful and serendipitous discoveries along the "yellow brick road of life".