26 January 2011

Foam Soap

I'd like to know the psychology behind foaming cleansers. This has been on my mind a lot lately. Do we imagine that things are getting cleaner when we put foamy stuff on them?

7 comments:

Meredith said...

Yes.

Holly said...

I think it's more the satisfaction of getting to play with something as near to bubbles as we can get, personally.

Joanna Galbraith said...

I don't know, but I LOVE foam soap. Also, I love every single one of your posts. If I don't laugh out loud, I'm laughing in my head. I just never know what to say as a comment, mostly because I am at a loss for words after reading them.

Rachel said...

We actually discussed this at length in literary theory, because one of the major semioticians, Roland Barthes, wrote about foamy soap ... here's the link:

Soap-powders and Detergents

He gets into the psychology of foam on the next page. I like his take on it.

Elizabeth said...

This is so weird you're posting about this b/c I've wanted to write about foam soap on my own blog.

I HATE foam soap. An unhealthy hate, even. I feel like it doesn't lather very well and I have to use twice as much for my hands to feel clean.

I also view it as childish because, if I remember correctly, the first foam soaps were marketed to children. I don't want to play with bubbles, especially ineffective weak bubbles.

Again, I can't tell you from where this strong distaste stems, but I just know I place great value on restrooms with liquid soap.

That, and Dyson Airblades :D

Brit said...

I personally have a strange phobia of soaps that foam at all because I once heard something about thins that foam and cancer -- you know...everything causes cancer right?

M.C. Sommers said...

I don't like foam soap. I don't know if that has any relevance to your post. It just feels strange. It makes me feel like I'm using bubble bath to wash my hands.

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