11 Geeky Soaps to Level Up Your Hygiene


Everyone remembers at least one family member who had a little bowl of decorative soap in the bathroom that you absolutely could not use. At the time, it seemed pretty strange to have soap "just for show," but after you see some of these amazing and geeky soaps we dug up, you might be swayed to do the same. 


When Pokemon Red and Blue hit the shelves, a whole generation suddenly found themselves glued to their Game Boys. Pay homage to those classic video games with these tiny bars of soap, which look just like the original Game Boy cartridges. Each of the citrus-y smelling soaps comes in a plastic case, just like the real game. 

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This soap will transport you to a time when you're more clean. The blue rectangular soap looks like the TARDIS from Doctor Who and comes with a handy rope to prevent the time machine from slipping out of your hands. It even comes in a special polyester carrying case for cleaning on the go.

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Now you can pretend to be like Game of Thrones's Daenerys Targaryen and hatch three of your own baby dragons. Instead of walking through flames, you just need to walk into the shower. This set comes with three scaly eggs and three sleeping dragons. Unfortunately, there are no dragons inside the eggs, but at least you can have the dragon soap immediately.

Find It: Etsy


Unfortunately for addicted gamers, you can't take an actual controller into the bath, but at least you can take these soapy replicas. You can now wash yourself with a citrus smelling Sega Mega Drive that's made to scale. 

Find it: Firebox


Showers are about to get a lot more energizing—no freezing cold water needed. This vegetable-based glycerine soap is made with caffeine to give you a morning jumpstart, even before your first cup of coffee. Each bar has about 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving/shower. It also has a refreshing peppermint smell—but no, it's not edible.

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Who knew nostalgia could be so cleansing? These bars of soap are life-sized replicas of Nintendo 64 games. You can decide to play/bathe with Super Smash Brothers, GoldenEye 007, or The Legend of Zelda. You don't even have to blow into these citrus-scented soaps to get them to work.

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Unicorns are magical and mysterious creatures that provide endlessly useful products for humans. Unicorn blood apparently lets you extend your life, so it makes sense that their poop can get you clean. Is there anything these sparkly ponies can't do?

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Still can't find the right soap? Take matters into your own hands and make your own. This DIY kit lets you create soaps that look like crystals and gemstones. Each kit comes with enough materials to create two colorful, full-sized gemstones. The box comes with clear and white soap base, food coloring, and molds. Once you're finished crafting, you can hop right into the shower with your new creation. 

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This Pokeball soap is the perfect motivation for getting into the shower. Once you use it enough, a mystery Pokemon figurine will begin to emerge. The bi-colored balls of soap are made with a goat's milk soap base, glycerin, and essential oils. The six-ounce soaps smell like "oran berries" fresh from Palett Town.

Find It: Etsy


This radioactive (looking) soap lets you wash your hands even in the dark. The set comes with three glow-in-the dark soaps: uranium, plutonium, and fallout shelter. Each one smells like fresh rainwater. 

Find It: ThinkGeek


This surprisingly elaborate bar of soap looks like Star Wars's Admiral Ackbar. The figure comes in any color or scent you would like. It'll have your guests yelling "it's a trap!" from the bathroom as you lock them in.

Find It: Etsy

Smart Shopping
19 Unusual Socks for Snazzy Feet

Kick it in one of these pairs of cool socks.

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1. ART; $15.99

Make your feet a canvas with these artsy socks. This set of eight pairs features classics including van Gogh's Starry Night and Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

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2. BOB ROSS; $12

Look at all those happy little trees! It's impossible not to smile while wearing these Bob Ross socks.

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3. ALIEN VISITOR; $11.50

I want to believe—in fancy footwear. These alien socks are perfect for Ufologists and other conspiracy theorists who always have an eye on the sky.

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shark socks

These fun socks make it look like sharks are eating your feet.

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5. TAPATIO; $10

These socks are hot! Just like the hot sauce they show.

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6. LIBRARY CARD; $10.25

Out of Print makes a variety of book-themed products for bibliophiles—and, even better, they donate one book for each pair of socks purchased. This particular pair looks like the library cards you might have found in libraries back in the day.

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Here's another excellent selection from Out of Print. This pair of socks is dedicated to Where the Wild Things Are. The bottoms say "Let the Wild / Rumpus Start."

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8. STUDIO GHIBLI; $12.50

Lovers of the films by Studio Ghibli will get a kick out of these striped socks. Each pair features a scene from a different movie: Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Howl's Moving Castle.

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These adorable socks have polka dots and giant dog faces on the front. Each pair comes with floppy ears that peek over the edge of the socks. The breeds include what looks like a Pomeranian, a Boston terrier, and a French bulldog.

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10. EINSTEIN; $12

These are the perfect socks to wear while filling up a blackboard with equations. The pair comes with a picture of Einstein sporting some cool shades.

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These fun socks feature a few constellations, including Ursa Minor and Orion.

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12. DOCTOR WHO; $14.95

Doctor Who Tardis Women's Knee High Socks

Doctor Who fans are going to want to get their hands on these knee high TARDIS socks.

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13. POKEMON; $2.42

Pokemon Ankle Socks

Show off your love of Pokemon with Pikachu, Charmander, Psyduck, and Squirtle socks.

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14. SAILOR MOON; $9.99

Defend the world against evil in the name of the Moon, with these Sailor socks. The pack of six comes with Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter, and Chibiusa.

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According to the pilot in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic book The Little Prince, the titular character probably hitches a ride off of his planet (B-612) and across the universe on a flock of birds. These Out of Print socks depict the pilot's drawing of the Little Prince taking to the skies.

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16. PENCILS; $10

Pencils are key for crosswords, drawings, and jotting down important notes. Celebrate the beloved writing utensil with these incredible socks.

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Stormtrooper socks

These cool socks look just like Storm Troopers from the Star Wars franchise. They fit shoe sizes 9–12.

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18. SUSHI; $19.99

Sushi socks

At first, this looks like a plush platter of sushi. When you unravel the "food," you'll discover it's actually two pairs of socks rolled to look like salmon and cucumber sushi.

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19. LEGO; $12

LEGO socks
Lord & Taylor

Stepping on LEGO bricks hurts, so protect yourself! We recommend this pair of LEGO-themed socks, plus a pair of slippers for good measure.

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Open Einstein
You Can Now Print 3D Replicas of Einstein's Childhood Toys
Open Einstein
Open Einstein

For children, playtime is an essential part of cognitive development. Now, you can give them toys that befit their genius: 3D replicas of the ones that Albert Einstein himself played with.

The LEGO Foundation, Unilever, and IKEA have launched Open Einstein, a site where you can download a 3D printing kit that allows you to make exact replicas of the wooden blocks the Nobel Prize-winning physicist played with during his childhood in Germany. "Play empowers children to create and learn for the rest of their lives," the site declares. "It is a fundamental right for all children."

The 3D printing kit provides designs for 36 toy blocks of various sizes and shapes. Einstein's wooden boxes of blocks, made by the German company Anker-Steinbaukasten, are currently held by a collector named Seth Kaller. (According to his website, you can buy them if you have $160,000 on hand.)

A dark image labeled 'Open Einstein' with wooden blocks in the background
Open Einstein

The 3D printing kit contains model instructions for only a fraction of the 160 blocks in the original set, which Einstein reportedly used throughout his childhood to erect complex structures at home. He wasn't the only famous fan of the toys: Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, and other notable creatives played with the same blocks.

If you're looking for a particularly erudite toy to nurture your child's mind, blocks—whether Einstein-related or not—are a pretty good choice. The National Association for the Education of Young Children says that playing with blocks can enhance problem-solving skills, fine-tune motor skills, and boost creativity.

Your child may never come up with world-changing scientific theories, but if nothing else, hopefully the set will impart some of the genius's sense of creativity. Or at least his delightful playfulness.


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