For the past month or so, our family has been experiencing Ivory bar soap in a whole new light. Because of these experience, I’ve got a completely new take on Ivory. It’s no longer my “grandmother’s soap.” It’s a good fit for our whole family, one of the most (if not the most) affordable soaps on the market, it’s 99.4% pure, and the uses of it may be surprising. Here’s a hint: we don’t use it just for soaping up during showers.
Ivory first really came on my radar as something useful beyond the confines of my grandma’s house was when I met my husband, who is a stage actor. In the 12 years I’ve known him, he has always had Ivory bar soap in his make-up kit. If you are familiar at all with stage make-up, it’s so thick and such a different texture than any cosmetics I’ve ever used. He maintains that Ivory is the only thing that he will ever use, the only thing that truly works, to remove that make-up. It’s a staple in his kit, as you can see from the photo!
I noticed on the Ivory Facebook page that some girls were using it as a face wash and seeing great results in managing their acne. I thought I’d give it a try, too, since I have a hard time with acne. I started using it in the evenings and it’s been completely fantastic – more than I could have thought a bar soap could be. I love that it’s practically pure soap, so I’m not too concerned with extra, unnecessary ingredients or scents that could do more damage than help my acne-prone skin. It doesn’t dry out my skin, either. I’m really impressed!
And, of course, if you spend any time on Pinterest, you have surely seen the “Ivory Soap Cloud” experiment. Well, we put it to the test (an inexpensive, safe, fun summer boredom buster) and the whole family was amazed. We put an unwrapped bar of Ivory soap in the microwave for a few second and watched it cloud up. Then we could use it for fun in the tub, fun outside, anything, really. My kids were blown away, but my husband and I just kept looking at each other in astonishment.
What Ivory bar soap use ideas do you have? My cousins grate it up and use it in homemade laundry soap. I’ve heard of some people using it in place of toothpaste in a pinch, or mixing it with liquid and using it as a general cleaner. It’s so affordable, and a bar lasts so long, at this point I’d be surprised at what it can’t do ;)
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