Have you ever been strolling through a store when you come across a product that just leaves you confused? This happens more than I’d like to admit. Case in point today? A wide array of scented toilet paper options in the grocery store. At first, I though, “Oh, that’s cool. Peach-scented toilet paper that’s actually peach colored.” Normal enough, right? Nope, not really. I just don’t get it.
What’s the point of scented toilet paper? Is scented toilet paper bad for you?
You see, in France, toilet paper comes in the regular unscented variety but you also have scents like rose and peach and citrus and it is even colored in a shade that matches its scent. And people buy it. Pastel colors, red (ew) and even black exist in fresh scents that you’d never considered before.
I’m not sure if this has caught on in the U.S. to the same extent, but all I have to say is, WHY? And is scented toilet paper bad for you?
Is it to keep your hand smelling fresh after you wipe (doesn’t soap take care of that?). Will scented toilet paper keep your nether regions smelling like freshly-picked fruit after the fact? Maybe it’s to freshen up the smell of the bathroom like an air freshener? Is it just a classy way to give the illusion that we all smell wonderful when we’re on the john?
Really though, regular old toilet paper does the job just fine. I was always a fan of the soft Cottonelle stuff back home. With aloe. That seems reasonable. Besides, isn’t the perfumed stuff more likely to irritate our most sensitive skin?
Do we really need to wipe with a piece of paper that’s floral scented and will find its forever home in the toilet?
Seems like overkill and I just don’t get the point. I mean unless you’re decorating the bathroom with it in a pinch when you don’t have any air freshener. The pastel colors are pretty, but I could get by without the scent. Wiping with something that smells like peaches just seems strange. Scented toilet paper does not do the job any better than regular unscented toilet paper.
Is scented toilet paper bad for your health? I really don’t know but it sure doesn’t seem like a good idea.
Just clean yourself. And keep your bathroom clean. Do it well and there’s no need for fancy scents. That’s good enough for me. I’m a big fan of washing your hands with soap and showering often. And scented candles.