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Pears Soap and Bubbles

Pears Soap and Bubbles

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Pears Soap and Bubbles

Pears soap and the Sir John Millais painting of Bubbles are symbols of true Englishness. Most homes had a picture of Bubbles somewhere on their walls when I grew up. Andrew Pears created the beautiful clear soap in the early 1800’s to keep Londoners’ delicate white skin clean. The famous Lily Langtree endorsed the product, encouraging people to buy it. My first memory of Pears soap was in 1951 when I was 3 years old, on the day I was going to be a bridesmaid. My grandmother poured some warm water from the pitcher into the ewer on the washstand in my bedroom, and got out this very special, expensive transparent soap, which was kept in a pretty china dish, and I was allowed to wash with it on my special day! Needless to say, when I grew up and could afford it, I always bought Pears soap.

Rosemary Ralph

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I was born on 13 September 1939 (so a war baby). My mother used Pears Golden Glory on me, and my sister Lydia thought the soap was great. From that day she has used nothing but Pears soap and she will be 80 this year, she has a good complexion for her age - good advert for the soap! Not bad for 69 years. From Enid Batty (no relation to Nora!)
Mrs Enid Batty


How can it be an icon? It is now "Made in India" by Unilever.
Gregg Housson


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My nomination is the garden shed.

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