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When it comes to soap I really love it. I guess it's the old fashioned girl in me somewhere and I like to use it in the bath in the main. When I use soap I like to use either none fragranced or a mild soap as I have somewhat problematic skin from time to time.
Light pink and white paper with the soap inside of it. On the outside of it I am told in light blue and pink writing (slightly different to the review photograph at the top of this page but the same product) that it is Johnson's Baby Soap 'with body lotion'. I'm told the size (100g), and the expiry date is stamped on. Around the back ingredients are listed, I'm given contact details for Johnsons & Johnsons and that the product is made in Greece, once again I'm told the weight of the product, the recycle symbol is on there and finally there is a bar-code. Simple enough packaging, easy to open and looks quality enough.
The Soap Itself....
White and long, slightly rounded at the edges and with a very slight curve to the centre of it's body for ease of use. On the top gently engraved into it I'm told it's Johnson's. Simple looking white soap.
Smell wise it's indeed very pleasant. Typical baby soft sort of smell not too strong and this seems to have a very delicate smell of talc and honey to it.
Using it of course is easy and straightforward. Apply it as you wish to. You can either gently rub directly onto the skin or onto a flannel or sponge, however you want to use it is fine.
It doesn't overly lather up but you can see melting soapy residue and some very small white bubbles. It feels soft enough on the skin giving off a nice subtle fragrance as you work and yes it gently cleans you. I personally had never used a Johnsons soap before and I had high hopes for it being something special but in all honesty it wasn't and I was left a little disappointed by it in all honesty.
It was simply ok. Me believing it was mild and gentle even washed my face with it (not something I've EVER done with soap before) and it really tightened up my face making it feel dry and uncomfortable. Any hair on my body (including bits of long hair on my head) that had touched the soap in the washing process went very dry and brittle but felt slightly greasy to the touch (which was odd!) and overall the rest of my skin felt ok and I had completely managed to get all soap residue off me easily to be fair to it but I didn't feel as soft as I expected to and patches of my skin actually felt a little dried out.
I won't lie. I haven't used this on a baby but please remember adults are meant to be able to also use this! Me, I'm not impressed by it at all. The smell never hung about as it was so subtle and my skin felt a bit dried out after using this soap and I needed to moisturise afterwards badly. At the usual price of about 75p (I paid 55p in Sainsbury's) I don't think it's at all worth that to be honest!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I swear by Johnson's Baby Bar. As I have 'problem' skin - as doctors call it because apparently I can't take the truth of 'irritating over-sensitive and untreatably bad skin'! - I have to be careful what soap I use.
Johnson's Baby Bar is very very mild. It has a mild scent and foams into a lovely soft lather.
Most importantly for me, it is sufficiently gentle that my skin does not react to it, unlike most others. Also, you can often find a four bar packet for under a pound - which really is a bargain.
One other thing very much in its favour is that, unlikely many other gentle soaps, it does not dissolve into nothing in two seconds if you put it within three miles of water. This is a perennial problem with softer soaps but not here.
I know some of you love to see an ingredient list - so for the chemists out there...
Sodium Tallowate, Water, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate
Hope that list helps someone!
For everyone else, this is just great, mild soap.
Granny being the traditional kind would use Johnsons soap, a bowl of water and a sponge for nappy changing. She wasn't impressed that the wee one always seemed to have nappy rash and blamed the silly baby wipes I used. I wasn't convinced and realised that he would often go to Granny's with a nice clear bottom and come back with a rash. I persueded Granny to try the wipes for a day and as soon as she went back to the johnsons soap lo and behold the rash came back. She never touches the stuff now and favours those handy wipes, as long as I buy them though. Fair exchange for some babysitting.
Gently massage Johnson's Baby Bar against your baby's skin or lather against a soft washcloth, then rinse. With warm water, our improved bar and your soothing touch, bathtime will be an extra special time for both of you.