(and let me say, at this point, that I'm so glad that the need to do this is getting less and less as more new shops open in Madison!)
One item for which I looked, and indeed found, was Molton Brown's Black Pepper Re-Charge body cleanser. It's pretty much what it sounds like, but it's a wee bit pricier than your usual body wash.
I ended up spending $50 on two bath items. This is why Kristine calls me a big woman. But it dawned on me as I was waiting at the register that these two items have a couple things in common.
First, they're both based on food products. Second, they're both based on known irritants. Interestingly, while both substances are irritating to mucuous membranes on their own, they also lend their names to even more noxious substances that are chemically unrelated.
This made me think about the synthesis of my self and my purchase, and I realized that this is kind of the male condition in a nutshell. An entity torn between being a provider, a sustainer, and an irritant with a reputation for worse.
Maybe I'll break down the essence of masculinity a little more later. But I've got a date with the bathtub when I get home, so it'll have to wait.