So when I say “facial soap”, I’m not talking about Lancome, Clinique, Origins…I know that would be asking for WAY too much. No, all I’d like is some specially formulated soap that I can use on my face. Not bar soap, not shower gel, not liquid hand soap…Facial Soap.
I don’t know why it’s so difficult to find but then again, I know better than to ask why.
I finally found Cetaphil in one of the local pharmacies. It was your average size, maybe 8-12 ounces at most. And she told me it was $38. WHAT?? $38 for Cetaphil? She explained it was the brand but still, it’s just Cetaphil. It’s not Lancome or Clinique!
I know I can go to San Jose’s Multiplaza in Escazu and purchase any of the above for twice what I’d pay in the States but I really just wanted a basic bottle of facial soap. So finally, after looking in every possible store, I got a taxi to take me to Maxi Pali outside of town (AKA WalMart) and there I found 4 bottles of Nivea facial soap for about $8 each.
And I bought all of them. Yes, I’ve become a hoarder of anything that I cannot find easily in town. If anyone would like to buy a bottle, I’ll sell each for $15 ;-)