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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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. meleah rebeccah
    Sep 18, 2008 @ 17:53:34

    “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.”

    HA HA HA

    That was so funny I genuinely LAUGHED OUT LOUD.

    (so happy to see a new post by you!)

  2. Jenn
    Sep 22, 2008 @ 08:46:56

    The back of the body wash already told you about the environmentally friendly solution: the washcloth. But really, we need to work on a more exciting name for the washcloth because the pouf/poof/puff is far more glamourous, even if we don’t know what it really refers to.

  3. rjlight
    Sep 22, 2008 @ 12:04:25

    meleah — thanks!

    Jenn–duh, of course the washcloth, that poor neglected item replaced by the pouf/poof/puff. Maybe it can be called the deflated scrubber…boring…

  4. meleah rebeccah
    Sep 22, 2008 @ 15:58:33

    That was such a funny analogy. Thank YOU for making me smile!

  5. rjlight
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 18:21:25

    THANK YOU (again)

  6. tobeme
    Oct 08, 2008 @ 06:36:37

    There are laughs to be found in everything we do. You are mastering the art of finding humor in the routine and obscure.

  7. tania
    Oct 09, 2008 @ 17:58:47

    doh! last one….aw, now what do i do?

  8. rjlight
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 18:39:33

    tobeme– thanks for the sweet words!

    tania — just give me time! thanks for coming!

  9. Jenna Consolo
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 08:36:08

    You crack me up. I can just picture you standing there in the shower reading the back of the bottle and formulating this post. Awesome.

    Here’s a random confession: I used to read the bottles OUT LOUD and with FEELING while bathing while pretending I was one of those Price Is Right girls and I was giving away a brand new bottle of luxuriant foaming bubble bath! Or whatever.

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