Monday I mentioned an amusing bar of soap. I couldn’t get my pictures uploaded then, but I’d love to hear what you think about this.
When we got to our room at the state park lodge Friday night, on the bathroom counter was a box with a hole in it. The soap inside also had a hole in it.
It didn’t photograph well, so here is the text from the back of the box:
This innovative ergonomically shaped “waste reducing” soap has
been designed to eliminate the unused center of traditional soap
bars. This soap is cruelty free and contains no animal fat or
byproducts. This carton is made from natural recycled packaging
printed with soy based inks.
Now the hole was smaller when I first opened the package. This photo was taken after dh and I had each showered with it a couple of times. Since this was a fairly large bar (about 2′ x 3.5″) the cutout center was actually almost as big as many hotel soaps. I was surprised that as we used the bar, it got thinner and the hole in the middle got larger without the outer size of the bar changing much at all.
It’s an interesting thing that they took the time and space to tell what the package and ink were made from, but no ingredients were listed for the soap itself. Seems like it would be more vital to know the contents of the stuff that you’re rubbing on your skin, doesn’t it? If it doesn’t contain lard, then what are the oils in it? What if I were allergic to them?
I also thought it was funny that “waste reducing” was in quotation marks. Does that mean that they really don’t believe it for a minute, but it sounds good? Or does it just mean that they needed a new soapbox editor?
Now I’d like an opinion…
Does soap with a hole in the middle “eliminate the unused center” of the bar? Well, yeah, obviously it eliminates the center, but does it actually leave less soap unused when it’s all done? That is the real question.
Okay, so it’s not a world-changing issue, but I thought it was an interesting concept. And I’m wondering how it actually works out in the end. Do they throw away less soap or more?
What do you think?
Or are you just thinking that any normal person would never have spent this much time talking about a bar of soap?