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Dept of Daft: Amazing Soap

January 30, 2009 Reviewed by Copley 5 Comments

Normally I wouldn't give something this inane the time of day, but Amazing Soap is just too amazing to pass up. Amazing Soap has the answer for every physical imperfection and psychological woe you've ever endured. Got the flu? Want to lose weight? Need arthritis relief? All you have to do is hop in the shower and lather up with Amazing Soap to wash your worries away.

The marketing people must have had a ball with this one. Somehow, they managed to come up with fourteen separate, convincing arguments for each bar of Amazing Soap. The collection includes a soap for tanning, energy, sunscreen, weight loss, insect repelling, cellulite blasting, stretch mark reducing, acne zapping, aloe vera soothing, poison ivy relieving, vitamin blasting, sports enhancing, and cold fighting. Do you think if we melted all fourteen bars into one giant soap block it would cure terminal diseases and bring world peace?

In case you're wondering how these sudsy miracles work, each type of soap bar is "scientifically engineered" to contain a special active agent that is absorbed into the body with the help of "moisturizers that bond to the skin." We're dealing with high science here. The sunscreen soap sports titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and dihydroxyacitone, whereas the tanning soap has dihydroxyacitone (DHA) and erythulose. You'll find neem oil in the bug repellant soap, methylsulfonymethane in the arthritis soap, glycolic acid in the stretch mark removal soap, salicylic acid in the acne soap, seaweed powder in the weight loss soap, and creatine in the sports enhancement soap. Both the energy and anti-cellulite soaps contain caffeine. And I bet you'll never guess what's in the vitamin soap.

The contents of Amazing Soaps are actually kind of useful as sort of "active ingredients 101". Two soaps stand out as potentially, however minimally, effective: the aloe vera soap, which boasts 7% aloe vera gel, and the poison ivy/itchy skin relief soap, which delivers a blend of calamine lotion (4%) and kaolin clay (3%). Anyhow, Amazing Soaps make for a great gag gift, especially at $2.99 a pop (on sale!).

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Ingredients in base soap:

Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soybean protein (conditioner)

  • February 5, 2009

    by Busta

    Matina: obliviously you never had to scrub a shower or bath tub clean of soap scum (which is nothing more than soap residue)! I would also venture to say that you have never used a conditioner (moisturizer) on your hair during a shower??? If you had you would know that it does not rinse completely off. Again, to me I think this idea is totally viable. Tell you what, I think I will order some of the soaps. I will try them out and re-post again at a later date with my results.

  • February 4, 2009

    by Matina

    I LOVE it! I feel a cold coming on, I better take a shower! If we mixed them all together it would either save the world or blow it up! Soap washes off!

  • February 3, 2009

    by Busta

    Not sure what the person who posted this message has against this idea. Heck, I wish I had thought of this idea! It makes sense to me that the soaps they (amazingsoap.com) offer have some legitimacy. After all, when you take a shower some soap residue is left on your body. Add some moisturizers to that mixture and it is clear to me how this idea could work. I don’t think it is a fool proof way to protect yourself from getting sunburn, or getting all of your vitamins, but it sure beats nothing at all.

  • January 30, 2009

    by Nimue

    I'm reading about it on the website, and ok it is inane to suggest that a soap with vitamins can replace internal vitamin supplements but some of the ther soaps look good. I'd like a caffeine soap, and the sunscreen soap is an interesting idea, although I'm not sure if I want the self tanner in the soap in addition to the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

  • January 30, 2009

    by Nimue

    That sounds good! I don't see what so inane about it.

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