In Fight Club, soap was seen as symbol of purification and cleanliness, of a culture lacking the hypocrisy and fraudulence of contemporary culture. It was then sold for $20, representing a too highly refined culture – a culture where all traces of natural humanity are suppressed, effaced, washed off.
Ironically, this soap is now sold commercially. Inspired by Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and sporting the logo of the film adaptation, this caffeinated, color-matched pink soap is completely usable, which slightly defeats the point.
Friends also gave a shout out to soap, and inspired a new soap product:
JOEY: Hey, why can’t we use the same toothbrush, but we can use the same soap?
CHANDLER: Because soap is soap. It’s self-cleaning.
JOEY: Alright, well next time you take a shower, think about the last thing I wash and the first thing you wash.
Soap innovators have finally found a way to avoid such follies as you can see here. Except according to studies, your face actually has more germs on it than your butt.
Other soap innovations seek to cure the cooking smells sticking to your hands. One good way to remove the unpleasant odors left by certain food such as onions, garlic and raw fish is to use the stainless steel soap. Stainless steel soap is a bar of ordinary steel formed into the shape of a standard soap bar, clad in a thin layer of chrome. The sulfur left on the cook’s hands after handling onions or garlic could form a chemical bond with the chromium oxide on the stainless steel soap bar and cling to the bar’s surface, not the cook’s skin.
Shanghai Metal manufactures the stainless steel soap shown here. To find out more, please visit our website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.
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Siobhan R.// SMC Editor