Friday, 25 December 2015

How many did you get this year? Come on, you know what I mean...


.... I'm talking about THESE things!



I've been getting at least three a year since they first appeared in gift toiletries sets in around 1995, and until last year I just left them on the side of the bath until I got fed up with seeing them around April, and chucked them out.  Or pushed them into the bit in the airing cupboard between the linen baskets and the wall and hoped they'd go away.


But they multiply. 



If you have an impromptu clear out of the bathroom at any time of the year, I guarantee you will find up to five of them.  They lurk.



This year I received two, a rather meagre white one in a Baylis and Harding set, and an abundant, lush pink one that's currently still sitting on the coffee table with a self-satisfied, well fed look about him, next to his Soap and Glory friends.  Probably been at the Thorntons.  The ones I haven't eaten, anyway.  Boy, did I have heartburn when I tried to go to sleep last night.  

(update: when taking more bottles of 'body wash' out of their gift packs to put away, just now, I discovered a third one hiding away between the bottles!)

Last year I finally discovered what they're for, by putting one in the bath, adding soap and applying it to my skin.  They're to make your skin go all red, and then fairly smooth.  Kinda like body lotion does, except body lotion misses out the red bit and smells nicer.  I'll stick with the body lotion, I think.  And make a plea to the people who make bath sets to please, please, put bubble bath back into them! 


Bring back the bubble bath!!!



Yesterday, I got shower gel, (result!  I don't have to buy any for either of us until at least November; it actually didn't run out until about three weeks ago, this year!), the oddly named 'body wash' (it's, like, shower gel), body lotion, and moisturisers with practically every name you can think of - hand cream, foot cream, knee and elbow cream (okay, I made that up), and a very thick one like Pond's Cold Cream which has a name too stupid to repeat.  Not as ludicrous as last year's 'body polish', though.  But no bubble bath.  Perhaps they think we're too busy buffing our skin with the strange objects, polishing ourselves all over and applying different creams to each part of the body, to lie back in bubbles.  



I hope you had lots of nice presents!!  I decided yesterday that I would eat what I wanted, with the result that I ate as many chocolates as I could (not as many as I wanted, but as many as I could - there's a difference); today I will instruct Him Indoors to hide them.  He doesn't actually need to - I can't stand the sight of them today.  


Have a good Boxing Day, whatever you are doing!




28 comments:

  1. I haven't received any toiletries in years, I have to admit (maybe because we live far away from family and celebrate Christmas in a very small family group), but yes, I do remember those fluffy things that I've never used either.

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    1. Marina, I've never met anyone who actually uses them! Thanks for commenting :) x

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  2. Me - I use them! Better than a flannel, and they do make shower gel or soap go lovely and foamy. But I've not been given any this year (yet, there's plenty more family to visit!)

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  3. Excellent, Jo, you're the first person I've ever met who uses them!!!! I shall send you all mine (espcially the pink one, he's a rather splendid fellow!)

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  4. I ate my own body weight in liquorice allsorts. I loathe myself, especially as I bought then for Dad! Like you I'm back on the straight and narrow today!

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    1. You haven't got 2 enormous boxes of Thorntons and 1 of M&S Belgian chocolates to deal with....!

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  5. I love these! They turn the shower gel/soap into a thick and luscious lather, and then they make my skin feel all tingly and fresh.

    I did get one box of toiletries for Christmas this year but alas, there isn't one of these. There is, however, some soap rose petals - now what on Earth are those for?!

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    1. At least you use them, Riley! Honestly, for ages I thought they had some mysterious use that everyone else knew about and I didn't.

      Now... the soap rose petals... :)

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  6. Your right, TT!!! I've got several of them and they lurk around in my shower, hanging on taps and hooks, supposedly making it look pretty, but actually growing mildew because I NEVER use them. My offspring and step offspring tend to give them to me for birthdays, Mother's day etc (luckily not for Christmas though) and I don't have the heart to throw them out in case they notice. I think I'll round them up, wash them and make a sort of fake floral decoration with them...at least they might come in useful somewhere and it seems like a safer place for them than cultivating fungus in the damp recesses of the bathroom....haha! And man those chocolates look good...didn't get any this year...sigh!

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    1. Val, I shall post you all our chocolates!!!

      Ha ha, yes, looks as though you feel the same way about the weird scrunchie things as I do!! :)

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    2. OMG talking about apostrophes as we were, how could I have missed that one in the very FIRST word!!? Shame on me!! No chocs please...I don't deserve them....*shuffles off in embarrassment*...

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    3. Val, it's so funny - I noticed your 'Your that should be a you're' when you posted it - then, just yesterday, I noticed that in the actual blog post I'd done a 'you're that should be a your'!!!!

      It's like when I write site instead of sight, right instead of write, etc - they're just typos, that come from typing all the time, as with you... I bet I have loads of undiscovered ones, too!!!

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  7. I do agree about bubble bath. I used to buy my own from Avon.

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  8. Didn’t get any toiletries this year (lots of chocs though!) I bought myself the bumper Soap and Glory stash at half price. Hope you had a good Christmas and all best wishes for 2016!

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    1. I got MASSES OF BOTH - and nothing else except for a book about Henry VIII! Thanks, you too xx

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  9. Heh heh. Great post, Terry. I know what they're for, I just never use them. Can't bear to throw them away, so they just kind of hang about ... Forever.

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    1. Yep.... I bet you've got more than you think, too!!! :)

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  10. I got ONE ...and the cat is playing with it.Generally work on the :tell them what yu want and in the case of OH, BUY it in advance...to make sure I am pleasantly surprised. Thus: last Terry Pratchett Book and black Steampunk jacket. Oh. Yes.

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    1. The jacket interests me very much :)

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  11. No bath scrunchier here, only a small box of chocs, worst still, no Amazon voucher! What am I going todo until my birthday?

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    1. No bath scrunchies, no vouchers, hardly any chocs - I can't think of anything else that people get for Christmas!!

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  12. Have you ever seen that old Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles? I think the durn things reproduce when we're not looking....

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    1. Ha ha ha! Yes, I remember that.... that's EXACTLY how I see them!!!!

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  13. I have every intention of using them, but then forget to do so. They are part of that whole exfoliating thing we're meant to do aren't they? So you go all pink and then put body lotion on so you are smooth and delightful :-) I generally never get to the delightful bit...

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    1. 'The whole exfoliating thing we're meant to do' - ha ha ha! Yes, that's exactly how I feel about it! I will remember for two baths running... then forget again for 3 months :)

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  14. I think you should save them up over this year and then use them as funky baubles on your tree next Christmas! ;-)

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    1. That is a hilarious and brilliant idea, Shelley! Shame I don't bother with a Christmas tree - it would be worth getting one!

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