Bathtub Full Of Cheese Is Meant To Soften Skin

Bathtub Full Of Cheese Is Meant To Soften Skin

Welcome to Gerschnialp. We’re currently surrounded
by the stunning mountains, green grass, and the
gentle sound of cowbells. So where better to go and bathe in a bathtub full of cheese product? Traditional Swiss dairy
Alpkäserei Gerschnialp produces 35 tons of cheese a year using cow and goat’s
milk from nearby dairies. During the cheese-making process, curds are separated from whey,
which is usually discarded. Records of bathing in
whey go back to the 1800s in Switzerland, as visitors believed it had restorative properties. It’s now a niche activity. Local producer Sälmi Töngi
offers the whey baths as an add-on to a tour
of his cheese production. It costs 40 Swiss francs
for one person, around $40. Today, I’ll be testing three things. One, how good it is for my skin, two, how relaxing the experience is, and three, whether or not I
come out smelling like cheese. Time to put my own bath to the test. Uh, gracefully. (laughs) (gasps) It’s really warm. Ah, that’s so good. First of all, you would expect this to smell extremely cheesy,
and it just doesn’t. It smells like a very sweet, nutty milk. Another thing is the texture. I know that it’s something
about bathing in milk is that it’s supposed
to make your skin soft, and this just feels like slipping
inside of a velvet glove. It’s the most soft, milky bath. It doesn’t smell like cheese. And it wouldn’t. The cheesy smell actually comes from added bacteria that
make up starter culture, which needs time to develop. It also comes from washing
the rind with brine. The dairy uses traditional
methods to turn local milk into four different types of cheese. Sälmi cuts the curds by hand. That means a lot of leftover whey. So, what was our verdict on the treatment? So, we were in the dairy for
a couple of hours earlier watching the production, and it’s really satisfying to
see that the waste product, which would normally come out of the production of the curds, is being used here. I can feel that my skin is a
lot softer at the end of this, mainly on my hands and
feet, and it’s not sticky. So, what about the cheese smell? On a level of one being a
mild, inoffensive mozzarella to 10 being a fully
ripe brie that you left at the back of your fridge,
I’m about a level two. Charlie, who’s behind the camera, said that it was actually
quite a pleasant smell, but it’s because I
managed to have a shower and I washed off a lot of the residue. My swimming costume, on the other hand, this is, I would say, about
an eight or a nine right now. This is purely because the whey has been warmed up in the sun and stuck to fibers, so it’s
worth a good rinse afterwards. Having washed off, feeling pretty soft, and yeah, feeling pretty fresh. The whole afternoon was
surprisingly relaxing, though. (cowbells ringing) No one’s waving back. (laughs)

100 Replies to “Bathtub Full Of Cheese Is Meant To Soften Skin

  1. You kiddin’ me? Do you know how many liters of water are necessary to produce cheese? Have some perspective please

  2. Same as bathing in milk. It moisturises the skin, and keeps it moistured. And probably all that protein helps prevent ageing. Cheese has been known to have regenerative properties, like curing dead skin.

  3. Not cheesy enough, I want Mac n Cheese level cheeseyness. Like thick, sticky ass cheese. This is a cowards cheese bath

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