No matter what I try, I don't feel like I'm really getting clean. Soap, body wash, shower gel....I think it must all be crap.
Any recommendations in that regard? I thought this would be a good place to ask because flight/cabin crew spend long hours in cramped quarters with colleagues and passengers. Have you found something that makes you feel and smell really clean throughout the day/night?
Used to use Dettol soap but they changed the size of the bar from 200g to 175g which kind of dropped me in the dwang. Two bars would see me through a tour in the desert comfortably but now I need to drag along a third to make the entire tour. This makes things awkward as space and weight limitations are a pain in the butt.
One has purchased a different brand, Protex by name, which still comes in 200g bars and will henceforth avoid using Dettol soap.
Well, I have tried...no.. Wait...the following has been tried on me:
- Wash your body with soap once (scrub it good) & rinse off... then lather on a body wash (shower gel)...
- After a body wash (shower gel), apply salt (with the shower gel still on)... (YES, you read it correctly)... rub salt all over you & then rinse off..
- Dettol for men Extreme soap & shower gel...
- Take a shower a million times a day...
- EVERY freakin shower gel in our galaxy...
NOW MY CONCLUSION:
After being a lab rat for many a girlfriends....I have come to may own ratty conclusion:
- The Dettol for men Extreme SOAP first...
- Apply salt in specific areas (underarms, shoulders, arms, behind knees etc)
- rinse off
- Use a shower gel with scents of lemongrass, citrus, green tea or anything else that is very FRESH smelling but a NATURAL one.... NOT the ones that smell fresh but are like Ocean fresh or Denim fresh or Summer fresh or Bullcrap fresh.... you get my point?? Natural Fresh Scents only... especially the ones I mentioned...
- Dry yourself off & apply some baby powder over yourself (be careful as powder does tend to show on dark clothes) especially underarm (again if you will be using a deodorant then dont apply powder there as it will render the deo ineffective)
- Apply a fresh perfume... good example... CK One...
NOW I KNOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE A LADY'S PARLOUR ROUTINE... but it is nothing to smell good & fresh & clean...ESPECIALLY for gentlemen who tend to smell not so good all that often...
Plus this is something you can do at home, so if you are on the move.. carry Dettol Soap, some salt, and a small bottle of baby powder
Only the combination of Sunlight Soap and this lovely citrus and lemongrass saltscrub. It's made and sold in a small shop called 'still pure' in the beautiful little village of Riebeek Kasteel in the Swartland, about 100 km north of Cape Town.
For mself, the best all-around washup is isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol-- at a strength somewhere between 70% and 90% pure. Will give a refreshing clean at temps from -20 to +50C, & the alcohol-style wash actually feels much warmer in really chilly places because it evaporates with less skin-cooling energy loss than for water.
For serious cleaning, take the above with a bit of dishwashing liquid detergent soap - mixed with about equal parts water & detergent, and then that mixed with alcohol (the rubbing kind... remember, not the kind for drinking! Ethyl alcohol works, also, but using that will have zealots the likes of KAG following you around, and some very suspicious looks from the authorities in certain places.)
For the 1-wash-a-month set, add a bit of tri-sodium phosphate (used in laundry and industrial soaps) , a material best bought per-se in relatively pure form and then mixed in judiciously -- so one knows for certain the ingredients one is getting.
And for the truly fussy (or truly greasy), mix in a bit of boric acid - not stronger than 1 % !!!, in water, then apply selectively - it will effortlessly dissolve excess fats (including skin, if one lingers too long in the doing) with remarkable efficiency. Side benefit is that you likely won't get termites after bathing thus.
Tis a bit difficult explaining why, but one has and does use all of the above quite regularly in preference to most off-the-shelf-products.
Slasher, I will try to find Antabax and give it a go. Funny you should mention Palmolive dish soap because I once ran out of shampoo and tried that on my hair. It cames out squeaky clean. Thanks for your recommendations.
Solid Rust, my mom used Dettol to scrub the bathroom. I didn't know they made soap too. I'm going to try to find everything recommended here and see which one I like best. I just had a shower with Dove soap and feel like I still have a film on my skin.
Gulfstream, Thai body to body wash? Sounds like a long ways to go to get clean!
risk, wow! That's quite the regimine. I have heard of salt scrubs - sugar scrubs too. I've spent a lot of money on exfoliants; basic kitchen ingredients work just as well - probably better. Interesting that you lather and rinse twice. I'm going to try that too. Maybe "once is not enough." One thing I don't like using is baby powder, though. Don't think that fine talc dust is too good for the lungs, plus it really does mess up your clothes. Thanks for your lengthy recommendations. I will try!
merlinxx, Clorox? Jeeze!
Caco, I've seen Sunlight automatic dishwasher soap. Will try to find the people soap...and will try. Thanks.
ross, I think the pretty coloured shower gel that smells so nice is probably the worse for leaving an itchy film.
Cape, that lemongrass scrub sounds wonderful. But again....what a long way to go to get clean!
risk, I was lousy at chemistry, but I think you have a point. No more shower/body gel.
B Fraser, I lost you after the second beer.....but I'll take your word for it.
arcniz, I like the sound of your simple rubbing alcohol/dish soap formula. The alcohol would be really cooling on the skin; I bet the meld would dissolve that filmy build-up. Thanks so much!
Last edited by V2-OMG!; 13th Sep 2011 at 07:17.
Reason: Had to "clean up" the typos!
Someone once said to me, about using shared soap: "Think about the last part of my body I washed with it then the first part of yours you wash" Since then I don't use shared soap other than with ......... someone special!
Clean is not an absolute. It is a culturally determined value. Ozzie clean does not equate Pommie clean does not equate Yankee clean does not equate Jap clean does not equate African clean etc etc etc etc.
For me personally, shower body with warm water only, minimum once per 24 hours, more often in hot wx. Use a small amount of whatever soap/gel the hotel provides or my husband fancied for our shower, to wash armpits and groin. Roll on deo, slather on whatever body lotion was on offer at the tax free last time I bought, or again provided by the hotel, and jobīs done. Spray on small amount of favourite parfum du jour before getting dressed.
V2, what with your soap, body wash & shower gel you sound plenty clean to me, yet you donīt feel you are getting really clean. Which proves my opening line.
Thereīs too much washing and too little washing, and where those borders lie is decided by where you were brought up, and by your personal preferences and choices.
Oh and V2, unless you are a hairy person doing hard physical work in a hot climate, do you really need all that bacteria killing stuff?