You Are What You Bathe In
Posted by Kate on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
When I was a kid, I loved fruity-smelling bubble bath. It didn’t really matter what kind of fruit the bubble bath or body wash smelled like; raspberry, strawberry, orange, mango, or kiwi, I was on board regardless. I liked to stockpile bottles of them until I had a big collection, then pour them into the bathtub in varying quantities until I hit just the right bubble height and scent combination. I spent most of my formative years smelling like a super-sweet fruit salad.
My mom never shared my love of the sticky-sweet fruit scented suds. I bought her bottles of them for Christmas every year, but she just regifted them to me on my birthday four months later. She must have thought I wasn’t a particularly bright child as I didn’t catch onto her scheme, but little did she know I figured it out after year two. I just figured it was a great way to make sure she gave me something I was going to like for my birthday instead of a pink ruffly dress I was never going to wear. Plus, I didn’t understand why she wanted to smell like a boring old lady and I really thought with enough exposure she might change her mind.
“Lilac soap, mom? Really?” I’d ask her. “What are you, a grandma?”
“Your tastes will evolve when you get older, sweetie.”
She was right though. My tastes have changed. To my mom’s disappointment though, I am still not interested in the potpourri sachet realm of aroma that she still favors. I still enjoy smelling like food, though I must admit my preferences have perhaps mellowed a little bit and become more subtle. Some days, I use a bergamot and honey scented body wash. As I’ve discussed in the past I’m definitely more of a coffee person than a tea person, but I do love the smell of tea. And bergamot is especially lovely as it’s what lends Earl Grey tea its spicy and mysterious aroma. Other days I use an all-natural Cocoa Dream bar by Aavya Soaps. It smells sweet but also sophisticated, and its cocoa butter and olive oil base makes my skin incredibly smooth and soft. It’s also a great way to attract the attention of my chocoholic husband (who actually wanted to vacation on a cocoa farm).
I’d ask my mom to pick me up some bars of chocolate soap for Christmas this year, but alas, for nearly a decade now she’s been gifting me with bars of lilac soap that I turn around and give her for Mother’s Day a few months later. Clearly I have started a trend.
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