Tuesday, August 04, 2015

When Did Hand Soap Become So Fancy?

When Did Hand Soap Become So Fancy

This week's Asking for a Friend segment may be a little odd as hand soap is not something I tend to wax lyrical about but it has been bugging me for quite some while now. When did hand soap become so fancy?

As someone in their twenties I'm not exactly old but I do remember growing up, all we washed our hands with was a bar of soap. If I recall rightly it was either Dove or Imperial Leather depending on who's home I was visiting - my Mother loves the scent of Imperial Leather soap, my Grandmother is a fan of Dove. As a child I couldn't have cared less and if I'm really frank I still don't.

Then I recall the sudden influx of blue pump dispensers full of Carex Anti Bacterial Hand Wash sweeping bathrooms and kitchens everywhere. I'm not sure who or want caused such phenomenon, all I know now is that we are all a touch weirded out if gel soap is not on offer. Hey if it kills germs you know I am on board. I mean could you imagine going into a public bathroom and all that was on offer was a bar of soap? Growing up this was exactly the norm, I shudder at the very memory.

Not only has liquid hand soap very much the norm but we expect it to offer so much more than cleansing ability, it best fight germs, tackle food smells and moisturise too. The kicker? The majority of us expect to pay nothing more than £2! I'm all for value and multi-tasking properties but wear have all the weird and wonderful fragrances come from? I now feel boring if my hand soap isn't bubblegum or at the very least chocolate scented? I mean why wash your hands with a boring, generic aquatic scent when you can have a soap that is reminiscent of the inside of a sweet shop.

It hasn't stopped there either, everyone and anyone has at least one bottle of weirdly scented anti bacterial hand gel don't they? I've now seen that this has evolved into hand wipes much like the Strawberry Lace scented hand sheets I now own. I can't help but wonder if this fad for sweetly scented hand cleansers is most likely aimed at kids to encourage them to form good hygiene habits, rather than to appease the sweet tooth of a fully grown woman.

Yes I am thinking out loud but isn't it bizarre to think much like beauty products in general, the humble world of soap also follows trends? First we had bars of soap, then it was basic anti-bacterial hand wash and now the world is your oyster as far as fragrance options are concerned? Where to next?

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  1. SO true! I recently stayed in a hotel where they just had bars of soap - and for some reason it weirded me out. When back in the day - that's all there was, and if anything, bars of soap always makes my hands feel cleaner!

  2. Daydreaming Dee4 August 2015 at 15:12

    I think it was the bird/swine flu epidemics that started it all and it just spiralled from there.

    1. Ah thank you :) I knew there would be a logical explanation but I couldn't for the life of me recall what!

  3. This post did make me chuckle! I love the various scents of liquid soaps on offer, my absolute favourite is the Cola Bottle soap and I wouldn't want to be without it now!
    Megan x
    London Callings

  4. I love these haha my favourite is the chocolate orange one.. my son actually washes his hands when I buy it - which for a 3 year old is a miracle. lol

  5. Gosh, I've never even think about it before you mention it here. Now when I think of it, some hygienic products do evolve. Like, tooth brush for example. We started with good old regular head tooth brush, now we have electrical ones with silicon bristles.

    Lenny C | Initial L

  6. It's crazy how they have changed! I remember bars of soap at school.. I can't use them any more haha! If it kills germs I get it, don't really care for the fancy ones! More money for makeup!

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  7. OMG I hadn't even seen the chocolate flavoured stuff, geez I think i'd want to EAT my hands! I grew up with Imperial Leather, so funny with its little sticker on the soap bar!

  8. I'm a little bit weirdly obsessed with hand soap haha ever since I've moved into my own house I buy every new scent going! Now I've got my eye on that chocolate orange one, watch this space...;) x

    Beauty and the Rest

  9. I may be the only one, but I still love hand soap. It's almost like I rekindled it recently, but I don't share my bar soap.... so I always have a spare hand gel so that guests can use it. Whooops #fussy

  10. I really badly want to try that chocolate orange soap now!

  11. I really dislike bar soaps too in public places (ie in a guest bathroom or hotel). So ick.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  12. swine flu! pretty sure it was that, at least in my country ever since that you are able to find gel sanitizer dispensers everywhere, and you know there's always someone that carries one with them, also, I believe it was then when antibacterial hand wash became popular.

    I really dislike bar soaps I feel like they're dirty, even if I know who uses them :/ ...but hand sanitizer and hand wash? oh yes! I don't mind taking my time to choose a new one although I wouldn't buy the super expensive ones. :)

  13. I own the strawberry lace hand soap haha. I think everyone is a lot more health conscious now!

  14. I've got to say though, I love buying funny flavoured hand soap & I love it when I go to someone's house and they have like cola bottle or bubblegum flavoured soap. I'm glad they're cheap though!
    -- // xo

  15. I really like the Carex fun edition hand washes! Fizzy cola is my favourite :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  16. I'm using Carex's Bubble Gum hand wash at the moment and I love it! I'm not sure though when it became ok to spend over a tenner on handwash - Jo Malone etc etc. It's HANDWASH for crying out loud.

  17. I'm so pleased that we have some yummy scented hand wash. To be honest, I'm happy with any hand wash as long as it doesn't dry my hands out and keeps them germ free, them smelling yummy is a definite bonus!

    I'm not a fan of the Carex ones as they dry my hands out and cause my eczema to flare, which is ironic considering they're meant to be for kids. :(

    The Cussons one you featured though is my favourite. It smells amazing and leaves my hands smelling lovely and feeling soft.

  18. I think that hand soap is such a boring product that most people will just pick up whatever is on offer, or the first one they come across or maybe something from the brand their mum bought when they were growing up because it's familiar. So to encourage people to buy their product brands have started making a real error with creative scents. If all of the products are say under £2 why buy just a standard hand soap with no scent or a boring scent when you can buy one that smells of chocolate orange? x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  19. These look so good! I really like using the Lush solid soaps - they smell incredible, & the opaque creamy ones are nice and moisturising too!

  20. This post made me giggle! I tend to go with whatever is green as it matches my bathroom ;) xxx


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