We have two bathrooms in our apartment, one with a bathtub and the other with a shower. The bathtub is rarely used and given its handy location next to the bidet, it’s primary use has become a spot to place the bidet towel and the intimate wash (soap for down there).
I’ve already gone into the use of the bidet in Italy in my last post, so if you liked that, here are a few more things you need to know about using the bidet in Italy:
- The towel for the bidet is called “ospite,” meaning “guest towel”.
- Intimate wash exists. Shampoo for your hair, body gel for your body, face wash for your face, and intimate wash for your intimates?
THE GUEST TOWEL
Let’s talk about the “guest towel”: Is that some kind of joke? The towel you use to dry off your privates is called the “GUEST towel”? Do the guests really use the “guest towel?” Of course not! Unless, you want to play a dirty trick on them like make them wipe their mouth on it. Like I did. No joke, read my last post.
So why would Italians create this confusion? The reality is that the guest towel was initially a smaller towel, intended only for guests, and NOT private parts. Somewhere along the way, the use of the guest towel changed but the name did not follow. Thus, the confusion. Even some Italians are confused as to why it’s called the guest towel.
Before I get into it, here’s a story:
We had a friend come visit us at a time when I was really busy. I left it up to my husband to get our guest settled in. I usually show our guests both bathrooms and I let them know which bathroom has the shower. My husband doesn’t worry about these things.
We had to leave the house for a few hours and our friend decided to stay behind and take a shower. He only found the washroom with the bathtub and assumed that we took showers there. There is a shower head in the bathtub but there are no shower curtains nor soaps apart from the intimate soap and the “guest towel” which we now know is NOT for guests.
So, what does he end up doing? He sat in the tub, legs straight out in front of him, turned on the shower head and washed his hair, face and body with the pink intimate wash for ladies. I can’t remember if he used the “guest towel” or not. Or maybe I just don’t want to remember if that happened or not.
When he told us what he did while we were gone, I died of laughter and showed him the other bathroom with the shower and all the right soaps for the right parts!
Italy isn’t the only country with intimate wash. Even North America has it and bidets are really uncommon there. What separates Italy from the rest is that it offers the largest variety with different pH levels, some specific for delicate lady parts, specific for men, for the WHOLE family, activity-related ones.. the list goes on.
I thought the only brand was Chilly, since it is the company who does the most advertising. But after having asked some friends about it, pretty soon I had a whatsapp group full of people sending me pictures of different brands of intimate washes they used and an explanation as to why it was the best one!
Only in Italy.