I’m A Princess, But You Can Call Me Prince-ass

I realized tonight, with a slightly unpleasant shock, that I am a princess. Actually, I feel a bit like a prince-ass
We’re driving south, following an insane two weeks on Vancouver Island and as usual, have our two dogs in tow. They seriously limit your hotel accommodations down the I5 corridor.
We’ve been driving for 12 hours…so once we land in our hotel room…we’re not leaving until the morning.
The first thing I do after we check in, is wash the grime of the day off my hands.

There’s that old-fashioned bar of shrink wrapped Ivory Soap on the counter. How quaint. I can still remember the beautiful faces of the models who graced the Ivory Soap ads when I was a girl. They looked wholesome and impossibly perfect to me. I remember wishing I could grow into such a stunning beauty.

Fast forward an hour…

Face wet, I reach into my toiletries bag and realize…oh s***, I’ve forgotten my face wash!

Obviously…I’m in trouble. We’re exhausted and going nowhere… until the morning, I’ll just have to make do. As I lather the ivory soap to wash my face, a bizarre revulsion sweeps over me. When did I become too good for Ivory soap?
Probably in my teens, but now that my skin has hit the menopausal Sahara phase, the thought of it horrifies me. Seriously, Jennifer? I realize, there are probably millions of  many women washing their faces with ivory soap tonight…and none of them will die in the process. Hmm…humbling!
Okay…so my face does feel a teeny bit shrink-wrapped from the ivory soap, but I wonder, is that all bad? I’ll know in the morning:)
Of course perhaps I’m just exhausted and I’ll realize in the morning that it WAS horrific to wash my face with ivory soap.
But if my face survives, I’ll  realize I need to put a few more things into perspective. Simplifying my life may not include doing away with my favorite, organic face wash. But I do need to roll with the punches a little more.
Would you have used the Ivory Soap?
Would you have forced your husband  yourself to go out to buy some face wash?

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  1. Deborah Lindsay
    August 28, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    I totally would have used the Ivory soap. 99% pure!

    • Jennifer
      August 28, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      That’s what I remembered about to too Deborah:)

  2. About Last Weekend
    January 14, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    If I’d used the ivory soap, my face would have shriveled to a peanut with the dryness, better I don’t touch it with anything but water. I totally get this, If I don’t have my usual cream, shampoo and conditioner, my whole being feels out of whack

    • January 15, 2014 / 4:01 pm

      Funny, but I’m the same way. I’m both fickle and loyal to my products :-))

  3. December 11, 2013 / 4:37 am

    I would have settled for a warm wet washcloth and plenty of friction. But then I “wash” my face with olive oil so I’m already off the beaten skin-care path! 🙂

    • January 15, 2014 / 3:54 pm

      I keep hearing of women washing their faces with olive oil! I’m intrigued.

  4. Marcia Pilar
    December 7, 2013 / 6:53 am

    I would have used the soap. I used Noxema from my teens to my 30’s, then switched to more moisturizing cleansers. Now in my 50’s, oil would not be enough. TOTALLY laughed out loud at “Sahara phase”. I’ve gone from Sahara phase to spotted leopard phase. First it was dark spots, now it’s white spots. WHAT?!? Men.
    PS-LOVED your comment earlier about going fearless in the new year. That was actually a draft that posted accidentally but I’m glad. Let’s skydive.
    Have a lovely weekend, Jennifer.

  5. December 6, 2013 / 6:55 am

    True Confessions…I just wouldn’t have washed my face! It wouldn’t be the first, or the last time, especially traveling 🙂
    No toothpaste? that’s another story.

  6. Catherine Staat
    December 5, 2013 / 4:16 am

    Jennifer!!! I do love you! You are too funny!!! I could not help but giggle over the way you worded that along with the pictures! 🙂

  7. December 3, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    You made me laugh. Yes, I would have used the Ivory but then put on a lot of moisturizer afterwards. Love your honesty, we have all been there!

  8. December 3, 2013 / 2:35 am

    You had me at ‘road trip from Vancouver’ my friend. That is one looooong trip so I definitely understand the exhaustion factor. We all deserve a little prince-ass here and there-especially when we stretch ourselves a little thin. I would have used it and complained….might have sent hubby out for a bottle of wine too. 😉
    xx, Heather

    • December 3, 2013 / 3:00 am

      I didn’t bother to complain to my husband…his eyes would have glazed over with incomprehension. However, we did have a lovely bottle of wine in the room, which made the ivory even easier to use :-))

  9. December 2, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    I’m smiling as I’m reading your post. I definitely would have used the Ivory soap but perhaps I would have complained a little 🙂 I have definitely been a prince-ass, too!

  10. December 2, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    Such interesting choices … I for one, would have had to wipe my face clean… the soap would have been painfully dying these days. I never travel withy make up on … so I would be able to get by with a wipe down … luckily my skin doesn’t fight back the day after.

    I enjoyed thinking about your point … and do know I need what I need these days … to make the most out of my travels :))

    Enjoy your day, finally being HOME!

    • January 15, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Your a better woman than I. The only place I travel to without my makeup on, is the hospital :-). I’m serious here!! xoxo

  11. December 2, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    Yes, I would have used the ivory soap too..hoping I had my night cream with me to amply apply 🙂 the joy of a mature skin!
    Love this post, Jennifer…you made me smile 🙂
    Have a great week…don’t forget your face wash!! xx

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:59 pm

      Luckily I did have my night cream! Mature skin is so much fun:)

  12. vintagefrenchchic
    December 1, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    Definitely would have used the soap…can’t stand the thought of going to bed with any make-up/dirt on my face. Then I would have slathered on the moisturizer. Isn’t traveling fun?! I usually leave behind my contact lens solution…I either have to scrap the lenses or go out at some ungodly hour to buy some for the night. A big bother. xo

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:52 pm

      Too funny. I didn’t even bring my lenses on this trip. I knew it would add to the hassle factor.

  13. December 2, 2013 / 3:36 am

    I have used the hotel no-name soap, and the body lotion before, but I always use them sparingly, as they are usually perfumed and I have had some bad allergic reactions to fragrance before. Because of that, I always try to pack extra facial wash & moisturizer so I am never without, but it has happened on occasion.

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:57 pm

      If it wasn’t ivory, I think I would have skipped the soap and just used lots of warm water and the facecloth. For some reason, I felt like the ivory was pure. Just shows how well indoctrinated I was by their advertising.

  14. December 2, 2013 / 3:10 am

    I guess I would have used the soap, maybe create a dilute version in a sink bowl of water. I would try to avoid the lip area as that is my sahara. Hopefully you had moisturizer to balance out the ivory.
    Waving Hi as you passed by us on your way home. We in Bham (WA folks will know this).
    I have been meaning to add – big congratulations on the addition of the grandson. You must be in heaven and it must have been hard to head North to deal with real estate when a little man was waiting for you :). Your home in the North was very lovely. We too enjoy the eagles and the bay views from our vantage point.

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:55 pm

      I’m following your progress closely Kitty. You’re an inspiration! And yes, having this little man waiting for me was a great motivator. Good luck in your next phase.

  15. Marsha
    December 1, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    I would have used what I use every day – a wash cloth wrung out after a dip in warm water. Next to oil, water is the best solvent I have ever found, and it never clogs my pores. Twenty years of this has left my skin fairly wrinkle-free and reliably soft. If at first the makeup doesn’t come off, I just do it again.

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:50 pm

      Wow, so simple and yet it works. On the days I don’t use my Clarisonic, I always use a fresh facecloth. Truth be told, I prefer it 🙂

  16. December 2, 2013 / 2:28 am

    I’d have used the soap, as you did, and I would have disliked the feeling, as you did, unless I had ample amounts of my night cream, in which case I generally feel I get moisturizer enough to make up for the very occasional effects of Ivory.

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:53 pm

      That’s exactly what I did. Smothered my face in moisture to counteract the soap. I’m actually shocked, but my skin felt great in the morning.

  17. Coulda shoulda woulda
    December 1, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    I would have used the soap and just put on a mask when I arrived at the destination!! But that soap does the job you gotta admit 🙂

  18. December 1, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    I don’t think I could have used the soap as my skin is way too persnickety.
    I am not a princess, I am much more pedestrian perhaps, peasant or peon.
    Drive carefully…

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:48 pm

      I would never call you any of those “P” words. Discerning may be more appropriate. xo

  19. December 1, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    Of all the cheap choices the hotel people could have made, Ivory is the safest. No repulsive chemical floral scent that lingers for days! Of course I would have used it, rinsing excessively, of course. And then I would have lathered up a bowl of suds to dip my dainties. After all, it’s 99.9% pure!

    Um, does it still float?

    • December 2, 2013 / 4:45 pm

      I didn’t test the float factor but it looked identical to what we used when I was a kid, so I’m guessing yes.

  20. Tabitha
    December 1, 2013 / 6:44 am

    Oh if skin dries up that will be a blessing for me, I have the oiliest skin and have to powder it every hour or so. I wouldn’t have needed the soap by the end of the day I am so oily that if I take a piece of loo roll and wipe my face my make up will come off too.
    I think this makes me a peasant!

    • December 1, 2013 / 1:57 pm

      It makes you lucky…and that’s why you have so few wrinkles too!! Not fair. xoJennifer

  21. December 1, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    I would have used the soap.

  22. December 1, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    I’d use the soap. However, I would have brought my soft, fluffy, three ply toilet paper. I am such a princess, the cheap sand paper one ply shit is not touching my royal ass.

  23. December 1, 2013 / 11:31 am

    I have thought about this lately, too – I think we get quite addicted to our niceties, don’t we? I am getting fussier and fussier as I age and it can be a little silly at some times and I catch myself being a little snooty and have to snap myself at the side of the head!

    • December 1, 2013 / 2:05 pm

      I’m smacking myself upside of the head a lot lately:-)). The fashion police should have put me away for twenty years :-)) I detest snooty, especially in me.

  24. December 1, 2013 / 6:40 am

    I’ve been there and not only used whatever soap was available, I’ve used the body lotion as “moisturizer” when my face felt … as you say, teeny bit shrink wrapped. Think I’ve gone as long as three or four days on that beauty regiment and have no idea if that does permanent damage (how would one know?). A few months ago, I picked up a kit of travel size organic cleanser, lavender hydrosol and rosehip serum and that kit may very well be my favorite skin care purchases. Ever. I keep taking pictures but haven’t posted. Maybe I will when I get back from my trip next week.

    Tell us what you found the next morning.

    • December 1, 2013 / 1:55 pm

      Please post the pictures! I love kits that organize everything for me. This morning my face has survived. No more shrink wrap, temporary face lift all gone :-()

    • December 2, 2013 / 2:16 am

      OK, I promise I will when I return from my trip, the kit makes that part of the evening such a treat … almost did add to the post I just put up but ran out of ramble (for now). 😉

  25. December 1, 2013 / 6:18 am

    I would have used the soap and actually have resorted to bar soap on my face when I leave my face wash at home. I never know these days what cream or wash will make my face break out so I don’t blame you for being a bit concerned.
    I remember as a kid my parents ran out of shampoo while we were traveling (no guest shampoo I suppose) and I guess my hair was pretty dirty because they washed it with bar soap and I could not believe you could do that! I had knots for days.
    I bet you’re glad to be finally heading home…you will need to rest up for a week after what you’ve been through with the big move!

    • December 1, 2013 / 1:50 pm

      Oh I remember using hand soap on my hair too!! Nightmare :-O
      I’m really, really glad to be almost home. We have one more trip up in January for the moving portion…then it’s over. Have a great Sunday.

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