Mardi Gras shower gel from the Softsoap brand: The fragrance that “will cover many sins” | Entertainment / Life
Dear Colgate-Palmolive Co.:
I am writing to congratulate you on your Softsoap brand Mardi Gras moisturizing shower gel. I encountered this delicious product on the shelves of a nearby Walmart and predict it will cause a sensation among New Orleans residents.
The store only had four 20-ounce containers of the product on the shelves. I bought three, leaving one behind so as not to appear greedy. Now, I’m worried that even at my current swimming pace, 60 ounces won’t carry me until Ash Wednesday. You see, the coronavirus quarantine inspired me to bathe less often because I was further away from others, but I may be increasing the frequency because I am forced to interact with my fellow human beings more these days.
I could, of course, buy more, but since the bottle states that this is a LIMITED EDITION product and Walmart only had one bottle left, you can certainly understand my fear. How long do you expect the Softsoap brand Mardi Gras moisturizing shower gel will be available? Do New Orleans people need to stock up?
As you can imagine, the appearance of Softsoap-branded Mardi Gras shower gel in New Orleans stores has garnered a wave of attention on social media. To my surprise, when I posted photos of the product on my feeds, some of the resulting comments were rather blunt. Some dry reviewers have suggested that the product’s scent could contain puffs of stale beer, armpit and worse.
“Have the people of Softsoap ever smelled of Mardi Gras? Wrote a Facebook user named John Pope. “What were they thinking? Scented, yes. Good scent? Not so much.”
In a subsequent phone conversation, Mr Pope, who is well known in New Orleans as a longtime obituary editor of a daily newspaper, suggested that people could detect the aroma of Mardi Gras shower gel and say something like “Hello, did you just get trained on Bourbon?” Street?”
“I wish it wasn’t the smell when I get out of the shower,” he said.
It is clear that Mr. Pope and others have interpreted the title of your great product with some sarcastic literality, while it is clear – to some of us anyway – that you want the name of the gel hydrating shower evokes the ecstatic heyday of carnival in a more poetic and symbolic sense, as the famous New Orleans watcher Lafcadio Hearn might have interpreted it, if hydrating shower gels were available in the 19th century.
Hearn would certainly have appreciated the translucent, syrupy purple texture, the abundant and elusive floral bouquet, and the satisfying mousse. Me too. It is clear to me that the product is not intended to echo the olfactory outrages of Mardi Gras, it is intended to be their antidote! No one expressed it better than my wife, who, smelling the perfume, said, “Well, that should cover a lot of sins. “
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About the seductive scent: what exactly is it? The label illustration suggests that it may be orange blossom. But, as orange trees bloom earlier in the spring, it’s currently difficult to find flowers to compare with. Speaking of seasons, one of my associates asked me, why did you release the Mardi Gras fragrance now, with months and months before Mardi Gras? In my opinion, that doesn’t really matter, since the spirit of Mardi Gras is not bound by the calendar.
However, in terms of cleaning, it’s impossible to avoid the fact that Mardi Gras shower gel will face higher and higher hurdles as its namesake vacation approaches. Can your biodegradable mixture of sodium C12-13, pareth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine and others conquer fried chicken fat, sticky residue from spilled daiquiri, face paint, waterproof mascara, glitter, inexplicable lipstick stains, the street cleaner spray, barbecue soot and stray kidney beans that frequently get encrusted on New Orleans people at the end of the big party?
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Colgate-Palmolive Laboratories have certainly already anticipated and overcome these challenges. I predict that Softsoap brand Mardi Gras Moisturizing Body Wash is up to the rough and dirty task.
One last question. Is Softsoap Brand Mardi Gras Moisturizing Shower Gel a regional product or is it available nationwide? Maybe all over the world? An Instagram commentator called cmichaeleverett said he heard “they first got it in Mobile but it’s not as good.” Even though he might be joking.
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