Does caffeinated soap perk you up?

If nothing else, the price will wake you up. (WTOP Photo/Kristi King)
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wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 2:31 am

Kristi King, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Getting out of bed some mornings can be tough. You might be willing to try anything to perk you up.

What about caffeinated soap? Does it work?

WTOP tested it out. No, it wasn’t a scientific study. Not at all.

WTOP’s test revealed caffeinated soap is nothing like drinking a cup of coffee.

It doesn’t wake you up.

The peppermint oil in Costic’s Peppermint Scented Caffeinated Soap provides a slight mentholatum effect on more sensitive skin areas.

Whether getting goosed by your soap prompts alertness and wakefulness is purely subjective.

If you haven’t heard of caffeine-infused soap before it’s likely because liquids are generally considered the best caffeine delivery devices. Caffeine isn’t easily absorbed by the skin. The Mayo Clinic warns that too much caffeine can cause all sorts of problems, from a fast heartbeat to muscle tremors.

There are many caffeinated soaps on the market. The Costic brand soap WTOP tried costs $8.68 per bar. Shower Shock is $6.99. Bath Buzz is more affordable at $5.95 if you can find it in stock.

To feel more alert in the morning without caffeine exercise and an earlier bedtime might help, according to WebMD.

If that sounds too difficult, you can always try making friends with a new soap. Whether it wakes you up or not, you still might like it. (Wink. Wink.)

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