While we don’t necessarily expect this to become a growing travel trend, a young traveler has reported what he calls a “success” after going 18 months without using soap or shampoo. According to Boing Boing, Sean Bonner underwent an 18-month experiment, in which he only used water when washing up. According to the article, it would seem that if the experiment was of environmental, health, and financial motivations.
Success according to Bonner, was staying clean and odorless during the 18-month period. Bonner claims that since tossing out the soap and shampoo, he’s felt both cleaner and healthier. The article didn’t mention whether he used the same principle for washing clothes and dishes, which would have made for interesting case studies in and of themselves. Or better yet, not using toothpaste.
As much as I appreciate hearing the first hand account from Bonner himself, about how he didn’t smell during the 18-month period, I’d like to hear from people that actually came into contact with him. More specifically, I’d love to hear about his dating life. If it was non-existent, than I think that would speak for itself. Bonner is quoted in the Boing Boing article by stating: “What I’ve found over these 18 months is that I never even thought of the money I was saving.” If I was saving up for travel, cutting out soap and shampoo from my life probably wouldn’t be at the top of the list. What’s that, maybe $10 every couple months? While we’re interested in hearing about the benefits of going soapless, we’ll continue to stick to our Dove and Old Spice products. Plus, if the Old Spice commercials are any indication, using Old Spice makes you look good.
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