Olfactory seconds

The price one pays for trying to approach things sensibly:

I decided that instead of buying liquid hand soap, which only comes in very small bottles, I would start buying “shower gel” to use for hand soap. That which will clean my butt should work okay for my hands too, right? Trouble is, very few shower gels come in pump bottles. One that does is Neutrogena Rain Bath. And it’s supposed to be good for your skin and I thought that would be a good thing for hands too so I bought it.

Big problem: the stuff smells absolutely fricking horrible! The description on the bottle says it smells like a “fragrant blend of spices, fruits and herbs.” Really? That’s what they think it smells like? I suggest they sniff it again, after they stop sniffing that other stuff that they’ve obviously been sniffing. What it really smells like is a blend of hospital disinfectant and the cheapest, stinkiest men’s cologne you can imagine.

The only Neutrogena product with which I am familiar is the Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: it smells like two parts Old Spice, one part Pennzoil 5W20, and one part lutefisk.


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 January 2012 · 6:05 pm

    The lutefisk is probably for the moisturization.

  2. CGHill »

    6 January 2012 · 6:45 pm

    Wouldn’t surprise me. (I wasn’t quite the whiz at organic chemistry that I thought I would be.)

  3. GradualDazzle »

    6 January 2012 · 7:49 pm

    RainBath IS very, er, pungent. I choose it for our shower, however, because its very distinctive fragrance is so very different from the perfumes and body sprays that certain teenagers will employ to attempt to conceal their poor hygiene habits. If I can smell RainBath, I can at least be reasonably certain they USED SOAP.

  4. CGHill »

    6 January 2012 · 8:16 pm

    So: the anti-Axe, then? That’s a worthy endorsement right there.

  5. Datou »

    6 January 2012 · 8:24 pm

    I got the Neutrogena 3 pack with original and to other fruity smells. The fruity ones are good.

  6. Dan B »

    6 January 2012 · 10:13 pm

    You guys can have your “gel douche”, I’ll stick with my bar of Ivory soap. Works great on butt, hands, and hair (what hair is left).

  7. McGehee »

    6 January 2012 · 10:38 pm

    I’m a Dial man, myself.

  8. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 8:08 am

    Of course, simply buying an empty pump bottle and pouring contents of her favorite liquid soap into it didn’t enter her mind. That would be too easy – and what would she rage against?

  9. CGHill »

    7 January 2012 · 9:15 am

    Trust me, if you can’t find something to rage against in this day and age, you’re just not trying hard enough.

  10. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 9:44 am

    Yes.So inventing the topic to rage against out of thin air seems rather excessive – I guess you can say “lucky her, if all my problems were like that!”

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