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Old 28-11-2010, 04:41   #1
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Bar Soap in Salt Water

Which soap lathers best in salt water?
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Clear ones. Not soaps but actually detergents. Dish soaps, shampoos and body washes work well.
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Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap
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FWIW Prell gel works great as shampoo in salt water.
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Old 28-11-2010, 08:34   #6
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Just FYI, lathering or suds means nothing as to how well a soap or detergent cleans. We as a society have been led to believe this from adverts, and manufactures put in additives that do nothing but produce bubbles so we think the soap is doing something. However from a chemical standpoint, it means nothing.

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Just FYI, lathering or suds means nothing as to how well a soap or detergent cleans. We as a society have been led to believe this from adverts, and manufactures put in additives that do nothing but produce bubbles so we think the soap is doing something. However from a chemical standpoint, it means nothing.
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I've not had much luck with bar soaps, but I've found Lemon Joy works fairly well. I've found that Sailor Soap works even better. It's very concentrated and a little goes a very long way. www.sailorsoap.net
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I wonder what long term exposure to salt water for bathing does to you. I know sun turns you into a crusty ole sailor, but what about salt water? I know it heals the skin quite well. I have a touch of psoriasis and when I head south and swim in the Ocean is clears up in a day or two. But we will be living on our boat in about four weeks in the Caribbean and I wonder how my body will react to constant exposure to salt water. I planned on bathing in the Ocean more often vs. using the shower onboard. anything I should watch out for?
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no problems-- if not rinsed off with fresh water, will cause sores in some folks' skin as is a lil caustic-- removes dirt well, and with soap, is excellent cleaner.
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Fresh water probably places greater stress on your skin. I know my skin radically wrinkles in a few minutes of tropical rain - but not in seawater.

I've been bathing in seawater for months. Usually by jumping in and out, or a bucket if underway. It's no big deal. I use cheap shampoo. I prefer a quick fresh rinse in the ships fresh water to toweling of the salt water only because it saves laundry work. Salty towels never dry and can get quite a smell going.

I have short hair so there's no issue there. Those with long locks will need a better rinse and maybe conditioners to get the feel they like. They may need a little fresh water for the shampoo too.

As for salt residue on the skin....that appears naturally by perspiration a few minutes after the shower due to the constant heat and humidity of tropical paradise locales.

Sometimes I let the salt dry on my skin. Feels kinda nice. But I wouldn't go to the bunk that way as it can be a bit irritating where pieces rub.
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It is truly the best!
second best, maybe, but only to this other castile soap.
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Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap
The best!
swear it helps with my psorises(sp?) i know i itch less.
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