Looking back, all I can clearly see is a bar of soap for bathing. Pretty much the only affordable thing, maybe even expensive for a growing up kiddo like me who was "made" by my Malaysian poor parents. Poor, believe it, really poor. Dad government servant and mum housewife. In fact, I can't even tell if my parents made me on the bed or under the bed or on the hard cement floor. But genuinely, one thing is certain. A bar of soap was not only for bathing, it was also for washing my face and hair. Basically, in a poor household, you don't have a choice. Make do with what you have and also be grateful at the end of the day, if you can have mutton curry or chicken curry every once a month. Bathing therefore, is basically bathing. Bathing by scooping cold tap water in a bucket from the pail. Honestly, to tell you the truth, I didn't even know that the word "showering" existed. Of course, kids these days? Under stylish and temperature controllable expensive shower for pampering their skin, yet such spoilt brats.
Aside to my Indian soap opera, bar of soap sob story, can you still recall how much did a bar of soup cost those days? Like 40 cents? I am talking about 50 years ago back then. How about do you still remember that one particular brand of soap I don't wish to mention, which literally was the famed household brand in every household? Maybe some are still using it. In my house, sharing soap is also caring soap. Everyone shared one. None of us made a big issue. Unlike if it is now, many of you will immediately vomit blood. A bar of soap slowly and surely faded from my mind once I advanced together with the advancement of household products whereby body washes began trending in front of soaps. Picked up easily and swiftly from neighbourhood stores, hypermarkets, drug stores and even beauty stores (Himalaya Cream Honey Body Wash). I usually stick to the ones, more or less within RM15.00.
Recently though, I decided to treat myself to Body Shop shower gel due to the influence of being skin beauty in the blogging world. Obviously, bloggers have already blown biggest high up hot air on Body Shop shower gels until I got carried away. I do get carried away, mind you. Not easily, but I do get beauty carried away. Some bloggers even went to extent of hailing Body Shop shower gels as god sent from heaven or made in heaven by angels. Can we blame them? Neh. Don't waste your time. Perhaps better to lump them together with the rest who, no matter what, will look up at Body Shop products because, speak about Body Shop. Natural ingredients, not tested on animals and I must give due respect to their social responsibility commitment. The question now is, should we also glorify Body Shop? You go ahead. I don't think I want to because I have been reading about their unfavourable business ethics as well. Additionally, trust me, not all of their products have been greatest goodness for me (vitamin C reviver duo, brow lash gel, vitamin c face spritz, elderflower eye gel and white shiso cleaning oil) until I had to, I couldn't hold myself from being critical.
Coming back now to the crux of me being in one of the Body Shop outlets, since I have already made up my mind on a shower gel, I immediately zoomed at their, I think three or four range types. After thinking, not too long though while simultaneously considering how much I had in my wallet and the 20% discount, I brought home Body Shop Olive Shower Gel. Packaged in chubby, heavy and transparent bottle with a screwable flip cap, unlike other bloggers who are not even cock sure if bottle is safe and leak proof, yet dare mention, I am not gonna join them in lying. What should I when bottle has yet slip off from my hands or from bathroom shelf, neither I have packed it for travelling?
To use, oh please, for my sake, do I have to mention? Stop acting silly billy goat. Look at the bottle, will you please? Just pump, pump up the volume for dispensing this slightly tinted transparent gel with a natural refreshing, akin real olives scent, on your palm. Body Shop Olive Shower Gel does lathers well, of course must be with water right? Can't be with whisky or brandy? Gel does a decent job without leaving behind a greasy film neither soapiness, it won't leave you high and dry and scent will fade away after showering. I think you will appreciate what it does to your skin. You won't be disappointing. I'm assuming.
But at the rate I am using, I need at least 3 to 4 pumps, for twice a day, Body Shop Olive Shower Gel is already running low after one month. No doubt, I don't anything major in discounting it, but I don't think I will buy again. Not cheap, believe me. I definitely know there's other affordable shower gels out there. Yes, organic as well. Trust me, will you? Go, walk the malls and also visit flee markets where you can find home made shower gels. Remember another crucial thing about Body Shop. Its an imported brand and honestly, do we need olives when our coconut oil, lemongrass, papaya and aloe vera are incomparable. How about supporting our cottage industries and ladies who make home concoctions of shower gels, prior to marketing online?
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