Someone recently gave me this sizeable (unused I should say) bar of soap. It wasn’t a gift so much so that it’s scented and the owner couldn’t tolerate strongly scented products. I was happy to have it. I think it smells great and being a frugal sort, rarely buy fancy soaps, so it’s a nice treat.
Maybe I don’t get around much but I’ve never seen such a huge bar of soap. There’s a bit of a downside I had not considered, which is in the shower, it’s a tricky piece of business to keep the bar in one’s grip. I’ve been using it for about a week and have dropped it in the shower several times already. It’s not too clear in the photo but there are visible dents from the soap slamming into the tub porcelain.
Now, I have a few years of life experience, and the thing I knew, from the first time that sucker slipped out of my grasp, was to get the hell out the way before it landed. I have successfully avoided dropping it on my toes and each time I congratulated myself on my quick reflexes and spry limbs. So far.
I guess the obvious solution would be to cut the soap in half but that presents potential problems as well. What would I use? A kitchen knife? A handsaw? Neither seems appropriate. And suppose I did cut it in half; I’d be left with squared-off jagged edges and let me say I don’t much like the sound of that. Maybe eventually the sharpness would wear down but how long might that take? And, when it came time, I’d have to repeat the whole breaking-in, wearing-down process with the second half. But more than any of that, I resent the idea of despoiling my pretty, intact, albeit unwieldy bar of soap. It’ll get smaller on its own I figure – (you can’t force it, it has to want to) – and why, by Fall or maybe Christmas, it will be the size of a regular bar of soap.