Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Savon de Marseille

Because I'm sick, my normally frequent hand washing has gone into overdrive. I don't believe there is any better way to prevent the spread of germs than good old-fashioned hand washing. I don't like hand sanitizing gels or even anti-bacterial soap, but I love savon de Marseille.

The former strips your hands of the good bacteria your skin needs to ward off infections and often leaves my hands feeling dry. Savon de Marseille is a traditional French soap made with 72% pure vegetable oil. It gets my hands just as clean as conventional soap without over-drying my skin.

I love this soap not only because I believe it is superior in quality to all other soaps, but it is more frugal too. I believe I paid $6 or $7 per bar, but each bar lasts about a year and a half to two years so the cost per use is a fraction of what it is for conventional soaps.

The bar on the left was the size of the bar on the right, about three inches on all sides, when we began using it in March 2008. As you can see, we can still get another week or two of use out of it. Part of the reason these soaps last so long is because they are higher quality, but also because they have a low surface area to mass ratio. One big bar of soap last longer than two little bars of soap.

As the cold and flu season approaches, we all need to think about being more vigilant with our hand washing. But where I live, it is also a season of low humidity and I don't want my hands to be dry or cracking. With savon de Marseille, I can be germ-free and still have soft skin.

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  1. Just stopping by from WFMW to check out your blog. It's pretty spiffy. :) And you have some great articles. I enjoyed reading the couple I looked at. You have officially gotten yourself another daily reader :)

    Thanks for havin' me and hope to see you over at my bloggy. Have a great week.

  2. How do you use such a large bar? You don't pick it up and roll it over in your hands, I assume. Do you rub the top until you're soapy enough, or what?

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  4. When the soap is still quite large, I do usually just rub my wet hand on the top of the bar; it lathers quickly.

    I do sometimes pick it up and rub it between both hands though. It feels a little strange, but it's not as cumbersome as you might imagine. My husband always picks it up with both hands, but his hands are much larger than mine.


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