DDOP-16 Ocean Water Blue Water

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The ocean comes in many shades of blue, but one of my favorite kinds of blue water comes in a box.


Becca Rowan, who isn’t only a friend, but also has a great book of essays out, called Life in General mentioned that I hadn’t talked about the colors of water, and specifically the ocean.

The thing is, the ocean has many colors, ranging from cold, metallic gray to deep midnight blue, from pale aqua to kelpy green to the brilliant blue that you get in Mexico where you can see the bottom with no trouble.

I mean, there are as many colors of ocean water as there are grains of sand, you know?

But the truth is, there’s another kind of blue water I’ve loved with childhood, and – don’t laugh – it comes in a box.

Specifically, it’s Vaseline Intensive Care bath beads, and I have no idea if they still make it, but my mother used to use it when I was a kid, and while I’m sure she chose it because it soothes dry skin, my favorite thing about it was that it turned my bath water blue.

What bathtub mermaid can resist blue water in her very own tub, I ask you? Or what child at all, really? Having bath toys floating on top of or diving through blue water is just so much more fun than regular bath time. Not being able to see your own toes makes a bath into an adventure.

Okay, the water never really got that blue, but it had a lovely floral-aquatic scent, and it did make your skin feel smoother, and really, the only flaw with it is that you can’t combine it with bubbles because something in the oil makes bubbles deflate.

These days, I’m more likely to be found in my swimming pool than soaking in a tub (at least in summer) and when my bath water is tinted it’s usually purple or red with epic amounts of glitter courtesy of Lush bath bombs, but I still have fond memories of begging my mother to let me have “blue water” for my bath.

Links & References:


  • The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock iPad app and Audacity.
  • Bathtub Mermaid album art was created by Rebecca Moran of Moran Media
  • Music used for the opening and closing is David Popper’s “Village Song” as performed by Cello Journey. This music came from the podsafe music archive at Mevio’s Music Alley, which site is now defunct.

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