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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Oh, Yeah... The Soap!

Almost Forgot To Mention It!

I'm going to pass on one of El Capitan's secrets to comfort and relaxation. No, it's not munching on kitty treats.

I learned this little trick one hot summer in Chicago circa 1993, courtesy of a pair of groupies that had opened up their house to the band I was roadie-ing for. We had crashed there for a couple of days during a summer tour, and while we appreciated not having to pay for hotel rooms, staying in a non-airconditioned brownstone during a heatwave in Chicago was pretty scorching until the sun went down.

Fortunately, they had one of those old-style bathrooms buried deep in the house, with plenty of cool white tile, and an old claw-footed tub with an overhead 'rain'-style showerhead. While I didn't take the groupies up on all of their offerings (a herpes-free life is its own reward, thankyaverymuch!), I did take them up on their soap.

For the record, there are few things nicer and more relaxing on a hot day than a cool shower with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap. It leaves ya all cool and tingly for hours.

One of the true lunatics of the 20th century, Dr. Bronner had some unique philosophies on the future of humanity. Nevertheless, the man made some fantastic soap. This stuff is pretty versatile. You can use it for just about anything that needs cleaning, be it skin, hair, dishes, floors, teeth, whatever.

It's not cheap. I paid $6.49 for a pint of liquid peppermint soap, and $3.69 for a bar of the eucalyptus soap. Still, a little bit goes a long way.

Oh, yeah. Try not to get it in your eyes. Not only will you have soap rolling around your retina, but also oil of peppermint. Stings like you wouldn't believe!