Saltwater Shampoo by Savon de Mer

This shampoo/body wash is eco-friendly and sailor-approved. "Gear Up" from our March 3, 2010, /SW eNewsletter/

Savon de Mer--a shampoo and body wash designed for use in salt water--is French for "Soap of the Sea." Its intoxicating scent needs no translation.
Savon de Mer--a shampoo and body wash designed for use in salt water--is French for "Soap of the Sea." Its intoxicating scent needs no translation.Www.savondemer.com

The next time you dive overboard to give your boat's waterline a pre-race scrub, do your shipmates a favor and bring along some Savon de Mer. This shampoo and body wash is specially formulated to foam in salt water, and it leaves you smelling like a big bowl of spring rain, mountain rainbows, and unicorn tears. By lathering up with Savon de Mer, you won't simply be sparing your crew from your downwind stench, you'll be sparing your skin and hair-the product contains emollients to counteract the drying effects of salt water-and you'll be sparing the environment. Savon de Mer is biodegradable, unlike normal shampoo.

When I went on a charter vacation in the Windward Islands last week, I brought along a bottle of Savon de Mer for everyone to share. Bathing in the ocean helped us preserve the boat's fresh water supply, and the shampoo's pleasant fragrance made everyone smell wonderful-which is crucial when you're spending a week in confined quarters with family members. There were times when I'd be swimming off the back of the boat and somebody would be lathering up with Savon de Mer on the stern scoop. As the scent wafted my way, I'd get the sudden inspiration to bathe myself. Anything that motivates me towards better hygiene, my wife will surely attest, is well worth the purchase price.
$10 for an 8.5-ounce bottle, www.savondemer.com