Back in the 1960s when my sisters and I were growing up, there was a popular bath product called Fuzzy Wuzzy Bath Soap.
Any baby boomers out there who remember Fuzzy Wuzzy soap?
Well, I remember it well because my mother used to buy it. My sisters and I begged her for it. It was a soap marketed just for children. I think at first it came in a bear shape only but then later they made it in various animal shapes. The soap was in a box which resembled a circus wagon with cage bars and wrapped in plastic. Once the soap was removed from the plastic package, it grew fur! There was also a toy surprise inside the soap.
I remember the box saying it would start growing fur overnight but mine always took a little longer than that…. maybe 3 days or so. As a kid, I loved the soap when it first came out of the package, but once it started growing the “fur,” it disgusted me. I don’t remember ever getting to the toy inside because I couldn’t bring myself to finish the fuzzy soap!
The question over the years? What exactly was this strange fur that grew on the soap? There were different theories. One was that it was a mold spore. Yikes!
It looked like some sort of whitish green fungal growth to me. The box description is sort of vague and calls it a “safe cosmetic ingredient.”
Here’s a video about Fuzzy Wuzzy soap.
Another theory was that the soap was a harmless form of crystallization called “Efflorescence.” Who knows.
I don’t know what it was but I do wonder if we WERE actually playing with a soap covered in fungus or mold spores? Ewww.
Good grief…. how did the children of the 1960s ever survive? No car seats, seat belts, or bike helmets. And our mothers maybe, just maybe bought us fungus forming soap to bathe and play with!