Ze Pouf

Do you ever read the back of the body soap as you are taking a shower? It is quite an interesting read. First you will find all kinds of yummy things like Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Polybuten. You may also find directions on how to use the body soap. Sometimes in the midst of life’s routines it is hard to remember how to use soap. As I was taking a shower I read these directions on a body soap that shall remain nameless:

“How to use: Squeeze body wash onto a wet pouf or washcloth and work into a rich, creamy lather.”

I’ll leave the “working into the lather part alone” and focus on the “pouf”. Now I think I know what a pouf is supposed to be; however, I didn’t know it was an actual word. Apparently it is a word according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. I just don’t know what it has to do with lather or body wash.

It is “a fluffy part of a garment or accessory” or an “ottoman”. I don’t know about you but I don’t tend to wear garments or accessories in the shower and I can’t remember the last time I brought my ottoman into the bathroom let alone the shower.

According to body bliss a shower pouf is a shower poof.  Now a “poof” is also a word; it can be an offensive  word or an interjection–but not at the same time. Actually it is an interjection as in “poof” it was gone. So now which poof is it? “Pouf” as in ottoman or “poof” as in “I washed with soap and poof” the dirt was gone? On shopwiki it is “pouf” as in a cute little bear pouf for sale for only $400! Now I am thinking that for $400 that bear pouf must be an ottoman. I would have a hard time spending $400 for a blue bear ottoman though. Am I cheap?

I can just hear the next question out of your mouth. Who invented the pouf/poof and why didn’t I invent it? Well, I haven’t found out who invented this object, but according to Fresh Patents it can also be called a puff. Yep, back to the dictionary so that we can find out that a puff is a “light round hollow pastry.” I like the pastry part but if I’m going to take a pastry into the shower with me I want it to be filled with cream and far away from the soap and water.

After my search for the inventor of the now pouf/poof/puff I started thinking about the environmental waste of these mass-produced plastic soap thingys made in China by 7-year-olds. I wondered if there was an eco-friendly pouf/poof/puff and came upon the cotton shower puff. The cotton crocheted shower puff looks very soft and useful and remarkably similar to a scarf I tried to crochet in elementary school.

I think the next time I plan to take a shower I will pull up an ottoman and snack on a pastry while crocheting my environmentally-friendly poof/puff/pouf.

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