Soap Dish

Oh man. Bathing a baby was wondrously uncomplicated a generation ago. You washed their hair with Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo. The “no more tears” claim was reassuring, if a bit suspect. But at least it stung less than, say, Prell.

For soap, we were all scrubbed with whatever bath bar our parents stocked. This meant either Ivory, Dial, or Dove, because those were the only brands for sale. Oh wait – there was also Zest and Irish Spring, which left a gross soapy residue on everything.

We boys were fine using those soaps indefinitely. But girls experienced a complex progression of facial cleansers, which I shall briefly delineate for the sake of anthropological edification:

It began around puberty with the discovery of Noxzema face cream. It’s unclear whether the attraction lay in the cold texture, the medicinal smell, or the invigorating tingle brought on by the combination of camphor, stearic acid, and menthol.

After that girls progressed to some variant of the apricot facial scrub, with grains of sand in it. Nightly applications could exfoliate whole layers of epidermis. Extra care was required, since vigorous scrubbing was capable of removing a tan.

Next the females fell hard for Neutrogena, the amber colored glycerin bar. It offered a refreshingly simple cleansing. But on top of its being expensive, it had a tendency to dissolve into a useless sliver while left alone overnight.

After the glycerin bar, things got unpredictable. Girls either went for obscure brands, like Madame Marcella Borghese. Or else they went back-to-basics with some homemade oatmeal/vinegar/egg wash.

But that was all a long time ago. Now the market is fractured into so many brands that it’s a mystery how any of them stay in business. Weirder still, the market for baby soap has gotten nearly as crowded.

Since when did babies go metrosexual with the high-end product? Then again, babies may be the original metrosexuals. Think about it: they a) have great complexions, b) are enviably free of sexual hang-ups, and c) are always wearing the latest fashion, if only because they keep outgrowing their clothes.

I’m in charge of bath time for our son, which means I pick the product. I’ve always bought the California Baby line, mostly on the strength of its eco-credentials. But I’ve never particularly loved it.

Recently I discovered little twig, one of those companies with an inexplicable aversion to capital letters. But their line of bath products is sort of a revelation.

First up was their bubble bath. My son’s previous bubble bath experience came from the business end of a bottle of Mr. Bubble, purchased by my wife a year ago. It seemed about as gentle on skin as if we’d dumped in a scoop of Cheer laundry detergent.

I drizzled the little twig lavender bubble bath into my son’s tub. It induces the hazy, drowsy-lidded contentedness of a freshly laundered pillowcase. Come to think of it, the bubble bath is so indulgent and relaxing that it’s probably wasted on your baby. Totally save this for yourself.

(Pro tip: if, like me, you have a hard time reconciling bubble bath with your extreme manliness – round out your bath experience with some scotch and a cigar.)

Next I bathed my son with little twig’s lavender baby wash. It’s the color of honey, with a similarly satisfying viscosity. The soap is gentle, intoxicating, and smells like farts. No, I jest! It smells absurdly good. In fact, the only downside is you can no longer coerce your children by threatening to wash their mouths out with soap.

All of little twig’s products are mild, effective, and made with impressively natural ingredients. They’re actually the only baby bath products I would happily use on myself, which is handy when packing light for vacation.

Regrettably, finding a store that carries little twig is so challenging, it could be the premise of an Indiana Jones reboot. You could always buy directly from their web site, but shipping is pricey. Amazon carries a well-priced (though incomplete) selection. So maybe petition the buyer at your local Whole Foods, CVS, or Jiffy Lube. (I’m just thinking out loud here.)

Get some for your baby, if you can find it. Little twig also makes a slick present for your favorite mini-metrosexual.

Available at obscure locations near you,, or peep the selection on Amazon.
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7 Responses to Soap Dish

  1. Jannelle July 16, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Hey Snuff:

    Is this a commerical for little twig? :)

    A few things you have to learn:

    1 – I always thought if there are bubbles in the bath then you don’t really need to wash too. Isn’t that the job of the bubbles?
    2 – As someone in my office says – soap isn’t always used in bathtime

    Oh and for next years bday party instead of kittens as goody bags send home samples of little twig. :)

    • Daddy Confidential July 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Come now – you know D-Con cannot be bought. (Although I’d hate to discourage anyone from trying.) There are plenty of decent soaps for babies, but precious few that are excellent. Thus my review.

      In regards to your talking points:

      1. Bubble bath is no substitute for scrubbing (unless you fill your kid’s bath with Scrubbing Bubbles, which I do not recommend).

      2. As to your second point… huh?

  2. ExGinger July 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    little twig? I was sure this was post #2 about Fox’s joint.

  3. Amy July 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Ironically (? probably not actually ironically) I have gone through all the stages of complicated facial wash and wrapped back around to regular Johnson & Johnson baby wash for my face.

  4. Amanda July 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Funny. We were using little twig, and switched to California baby because I couldn’t find little twig anymore. Now we use Dr. Bronner’s for it’s one stop shopping properties and it doesn’t make eczema flare.

  5. Daddy Confidential August 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Dr. Bronner’s always made me feel like I’d showered with turpentine. Apparently little twig is in abundance (and at a discount) on

  6. Megan Alton October 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Little Twig is on, and prime no less!

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