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I recently purchased a four pack of Imperial Leather soap from Marks and Spencer. It's a soap I remember from my childhood and which I have used intermittently throughout my life. I personally have always thought of Imperial Leather as more of a man's soap and although I am happy to use it now I feel some women may not appreciate the masculine qualities of the soap.
The four pack I purchased was £1.50 which I thought was a reasonable charge. The bars came packed in an outer plastic wrap with each bar individually wrapped too. These bars are described by the brand as "cleansing bars" and they are a corn yellow colour with tapered edges to the bar. The bars carry a little paper sticker in the centre but one of my family members peels this off before use as they don't like it when the sticker goes soggy!
I would describe the fragrance of Imperial Leather as very musky, traditional, earthy and manly. It is rather like a man's mild aftershave fragrance. The scent is clean and refreshing though and although I can smell this scent while I'm actively using the soap it does not overwhelm me once my skin is dried.
The bar lathers up well and can be used on it's own or applied to a sponge or other applicator. It has a creamy consistency which is pleasant and softening. It does not dry out the skin and it feels like it cleans deeply.
I'm happy to use this bar in the bathroom both as a hand soap at the basin or in the bathtub for all over body washing. I don't feel it's an appropriate kitchen soap because of it's scented properties.
I would recommend this soap to families although, as mentioned, I think some ladies may find this soap a little too much like a man's product. However, I personally think it's suitable for all members of the family and am pleased with my purchase. I would buy again despite the bars having been reduced in size to a smaller block which means they get used up a little sooner than I'd like. This soap is available to purchase at most major supermarkets in the UK.
The smell of Imperial Leather soap always takes me back to childhood visits to my grandparents, where I thought these bars of soap that they used with the red and gold stickers on must be very posh! It was only when I got older that I realised it wasn't such a huge luxury.
I ended up with a bar of Imperial Leather soap recently when family had come to stay and they bought it to replace a bar of soap that they had finished off. It doesn't seem to have changed at all in the years that have gone by, still having the red and white packaging and inside the slightly beige-toned soap with its little sticker on.
I do really like the distinctive smell of the soap, even putting memories aside; it is a soft clean fragrance that lingers on your hands slightly after you have used it. The soap is quite creamy in texture and lathers well. The sharper edges wear off after a couple of uses leaving it feeling smooth in your hands. I have also found that the bar has lasted well, neither going soggy with use nor drying out and cracking too much.
It is an effective cleanser for hands and body. I wouldn't want to use it on my face as I think it would probably be a little bit drying. Overall, I would say that it is a good value product that is slightly more luxurious than the cheap soaps out there, but still isn't going to break the bank. I would buy it again.
I do prefer liquid soaps for washing my hands but when it comes to a bath I still really like a bar of soap to wash with! Although I always use bubbles I find that I never feel fully clean unless I have had a good scrub with a bar of soap. One of my favourites since I was a little girl has been Imperial Leather, my Grandma used to use it even as a face wash and once asked me why I spent a fortune on face washes when soap was good enough and had been for years.
Bar soaps are harder and harder to get ahold of and I tend to only find these in 4 packs now which is not a problem because soap keeps for years and if you have too many just put them in your drawers with your clothing and they keep the clothes smelling of the soap! Another trick from Grandma so maybe I should listen to her facial one!
Imperial Leather soaps come in a red and white paper packet, the soap itself is a cream colour on the very top of the soap is a Cussons Imperial leather logo on a small sticker. Imperial Leather has a unique shape to the ends of the rectangular soap, the edges gently slope downwards.
The soap is hard to the initial touch but very smooth in your hands, once wet I have always found Imperial Leather to have a really nice lather so you do not need to use too much of the soap. It spreads onto the skin really nicely and although the scent is mild but to be honest I have no idea how to put it into words, there really is nothing I know of that it smells like but it does smell clean almost like baby wipes and talc to me.
Unfortunately Imperial leather soap is not as moisturising as some other bars but it does not dry my skin out badly either.
The soaps weight 400g and last me about 3 months of use so I get a lot of use for me money.
A pack of 4 varies in price depending where you buy it, I sometimes find them in the pound stores but often end up buying in Boots. They can be around £1.79 for the 4 bars in Boots.
Would I suggest this product? Yes! It's really good value, cleans the skin nicely, does not overly dry the skin out and lasts for a long time.
Knowing how much I enjoyed using some Dove soap that recently ran out, my husband decided in his wisdom to replace it with a different brand of soap that being Imperial Leather. I have many a fond memory of Imperial Leather soap as my Mum was always a huge fan of it when I lived at home and used to have cupboards full of the stuff. Therefore, although I really enjoyed using my Dove soap, I was keen to see if this product was as good as I remembered it.
My Imperial Leather soap came presented in a cellophane wrapper and I got two bars inside. My wrapper was presented in a mainly white and gold colour way with the bold red Imperial Leather logo on the top and font telling me that this soap was a product from their original range of soaps. Tearing the cellophane to get at the soaps inside, the soap is and interesting ivory colour with tapered corners and on top of each bar is a sticker which displays the Imperial Leather logo. As a child I used to think this logo was indicative of quality but now, as an adult, I actually found this sticker to be a bit of a bug bear, the details of which will follow shortly. Whilst I don't mind the presentation of this soap I do find the ivory colour a little disconcerting as personally I lean toward white being a cleaner and fresher look, however I hoped that the quality of the soap would make me forget this little gripe.
Once the bars of soap were removed from their plastic home, the smell instantly took me back to memories of being at home and washing my hands in the bathroom sink. The smell of this soap is very unique to Imperial Leather in my opinion and has a clean soft scent that I have since attributed to the talc ingredient and it is a smell that I really like.
As a result of my recent success with Dove, I have taken to having a bar of soap at the side of the bath and enjoy using it for washing instead of my standard shower gel. Therefore upon opening my new bar of soap I put it in the dish as usual ready for my daily wash. First impressions of this bar of soap were good, the bar felt firm and I was confident that it wouldn't go soft as soon as it came into contact with water. Later that evening I began using this soap to wash, starting with my face and working the soap over my body. The first thing that I found was that this soap was very drying on my skin. Perhaps I should have used a product specifically designed for my facial skin, which leans towards the drier type anyway, but regardless with this soap I found that my facial skin felt taught and dry after washing and therefore I vowed not to use this soap again for this purpose.
Having little success with my face, I turned instead to the rest of my body. I personally find that by rubbing the soap between the palms of my hands first and then rubbing over the rest of my body I get the best amount of lather. With this soap, I found that it lathered well between my hands but once transferred to my body it was an entirely different story. The soap felt slightly slimy on my skin and didn't cover a large area as I washed thus meaning I had to go back to the soap bar a couple of times for more lather.
Rinsing this soap off my skin was also not the best experience. The slightly slimy feel on my skin meant that I had to rinse my body a couple of times to get the feeling off my skin and I wasn't really very impressed with this. Bath time over, my skin felt clean although stripped of moisture and I did have to follow up my wash with a good slathering of moisturiser to make my skin feel smooth again.
Not suitably impressed with the washing qualities of this soap I was nevertheless keen to see how well it would fare over a weeks use. Given a few days the soap bar was beginning to look soft and slimy and the once pristine Imperial Leather sticker was beginning to peel away from the bar. The overall effect was one of the dented and soggy bars of soap you often find in dodgy public toilets and so it quickly went in the bin and was replaced. This lack of longevity meant that I wasted around half a bar of soap which I do not personally like doing.
It was a shame to me that a brand of soap that I had loved so much as a child was now bringing out a lot of negativity and as a result I was determined to like this soap and so used it for an entire week to try and eliminate my first impressions. Try as I may I have struggled to like this soap for anything other than a means to wash my hands and even for this purpose I do not like how the soap bar begins to look soft and slimy so quickly after it comes out of the wrapper. It is the smell of this soap that I do like and for this reason I would award it a couple of stars but for the reasons listed above I would struggle to award it any more than this.
This soap is available in most cosmetics stores and supermarkets and is currently priced at a reasonable £1.99 for two bars on Amazon. Despite this I will probably steer away from buying it again in the future and will instead opt for my previous favourite Dove.
I would not recommend this soap for anything other than washing my hands and as a result it scores a measly two stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my nan and grandads, in their bathroom you would always find a bar of this Imperial Leather soap. After my grandad passed away I noticed an offer for this on my way round Asda, it's not something I have ever bought myself, but seeing it on offer I had to give it a go.
The soap comes inside a small cardboard box, it's totally recyclable so there is no harm for the environment. The design of the box has quite an old fashioned feel about it, I'm not sure If it's just me that thinks that, but the neutral colours and beautiful font of the wording make me think it hasn't changed much over the years.
The bar of soap itself is a creamy kind of colour and has the trademark Imperial Leather rectangle icon slab bang in the middle of the soap, it would be hard to mistake this soap for another brand, that's for sure! When it first comes out of the cardboard packaging it doesn't have any sort of scent to it, it just smells plain and boring.
When the soap is in use, I find it lathers up really well and quite quickly, so you don't have to keep scrubbing before it lathers up unlike some other brands. The lather feels quite thick in consistency, but very soft at the same time. The smell after it has been lathered is quite subtle and smells of a creamy yet clean type smell, no scent certainly stands out when using the soap.
Once you have used the soap, it does leave your skin moist, but at the same time it leaves it feeling soft and clean. I don't have any skin problems such as sensitive skin but my skin never has any kind of reaction to this soap, I wouldn't imagine anyone would get a reaction either, but don't quote me on that!
These soaps are a little expensive compared to others, at a pack of 2 bars retailing at around £1.25. I wouldn't buy these unless they were on offer, they are nice but quite frankly, I find them a little boring. With a plain scent, and plain look to them they certainly lack the oomph I like with wash products. Saying that, these have been around for years so I guess most people really do love them.
Written August 2012
Today I'll be reviewing what is in my opinion the best soap money can buy!
Yes, Imperial Leather.
I'm sure everybody has heard that famous name from somewhere; be it a television advert, seeing the soap in a shop or going to somebody's house who has a bar in their bathroom and if you've ever used it - you'll know it is truly divine.
I've been using Imperial Leather bars of soap for years and love everything about them. From the cardboard box each bar comes in to the colour and silky texture to the traditional sticker on the top.
These days the most common variation of Imperial Leather is slightly larger than the (now branded) "Classic" bars and each bar comes in a clear film wrapping instead of a cardboard box but nevertheless, whatever style you go for - the quality is there 110%.
I used to buy the "modern" bars from Lidl at about £2 (or so I recall) for 6 but recently discovered that my local Pound Shop sells the "Classic" ones in a pack of 4 for, well, £1!
I grabbed them and am very pleased but that has no influence on the review since the soap is the same whatever "style" you buy.
Imperial Leather comes in a rectangular bar with rigid corners and is a nice traditional and classy shape.
The colour is a creamy white and has a gold and red sticker on the top (stating "Cussons Imperial Leather") and an embossed "Imperial Leather" logo on the bottom.
Having the rigid edges I find it is very easy to grip with wet hands and stop it from sliding out of your hands and into the water which is terribly inconvenient as you can never find it again beneath all the bubbles.
The soap has a lovely fresh smell to it which I always associate with cleanliness and it has a great lather to it.
I find a bar of soap lasts around 2 weeks which takes into account two people having about 4-5 baths a week (not together I hasten to add!) which makes for a very long lasting soap.
Back in the 50s and 60s Imperial Leather was one of those soap bars which was at the higher end of the price range (and rightly so too), but these days with all the competition the price has reduced to match the competitors so there really is no reason not to indulge yourself in a little leather at bath time!
As much as I like my Yardley soap nothing will take Imperial Leather's place at the bottom of my bath tub.
Until next time - goodbye!
Call me old fashioned, but I don't like the idea of having a bottle of shower gel next to my toilet for hand washing - it doesn't look right and I worry about the muck from dirty hands on the outside of the bottle. Instead, I use a bar of soap. Normally, I get whatever is going for a reasonable price, so when I saw an offer for Imperial Leather in a cheap and cheerful toiletries shop down town I thought I would treat myself to a bit of posh.
Coming in a mainly red cardboard box (fully recyclable to keep the polar bears happy), the bar of soap is a creamy yellow (think of the colour of a glass of milk with a table spoon of mustard stirred into it) and has a distinctive smell. The smell is one of Coussons (the company who make Imperial Leather) main selling points - they boast that out of 10 recognised perfumiers in the UK, they employ two of them so are as an organisation proud of that smell. They describe the smell as a classic luxury fragrance, and describe the soap as wrapping you in a rich creamy lather which cleans and cares for all the family.
To me, Imperial Leather is probably the brand I would say if asked in a quick fire word association game to name a brand of soap - they've been around for ages (more than 70 years) and I remember as a young lad thinking that my Grandma was mega posh for having it in her downstairs toilet. I must admit that that sort of brand snobbery sticks with me today and the Hyacinth Bouquet part of me secretly wishes to show off my downstairs toilet choice of soap when we have visitors round. Sad, but true.
Rather frustratingly, I can't dispute the manufacturer's claim of the soap having a rich creamy lather - when lathered up the bubbles are plentiful and do have a thick rich consistency, and there is also a creamy residue that makes washing your hands quite a pleasurable experience. It's not too tough on the skin of the hands, but can say from experience that it hurts like hell if got into the eyes. Also as a young lad, my Grandma once made me bite down a bar of it for being a potty mouth. I had the cleanest teeth on my street for weeks but farted bubbles for longer. Supernanny never does this with tantrum prone toddlers, perhaps she should try it? I associate Imperial Leather with that link to the past - these days we punish our children by taking out the batteries on the games console handset, or, shock horror, make them sit on a step - for five whole minutes!! Bring back the soap munching - I still physically wince now every time I say a rude word and only say the really bad ones when I remember just how bad it tasted.
I find the fact that the smell of the soap lingers on the skin for a good few hours pleasing - it makes me feel clean every time I get a whiff. Also, I do quite a lot of gardening and often get what my daughters call "troll hands" - Imperial Leather does a good job of getting the muck off, even the ingrained stuff from under my finger nails disappears when I rub my nail brush onto the bar of soap, so it's not just a fancy smelling soap but it does a good job of cleaning too.
The going rate in most supermarkets seems to be £1 for two bars - scout around for a BOGOF offer like I do and then it works out as 25p per bar - a proper bargain.
For it's quality, price and luxuriousness, I can't really give Imperial Leather anything less than five stars. Thanks for reading, I'm now off to hoover the naughty step and bore my kids with how lucky they are that they don't have to eat soap.
We have been using imperial leather soap for as long as we can remember, but what has happened recently all the bars we use lately split along the edge or the latest is splitting on top. What is the problem ?
I have recently tried out the bar of Imperial Leather soap from Cussons and this is my review.
The soap cost me 65 pence from my local mini market but I have seen it for sale in shops like Boots the chemist and supermarkets like Tesco and it is quite a well known brand of soap.
The packaging is not that eye catching and is a bit plain but it is ok I suppose. The packet is just made of thin cardboard and has the name of the soap on it. The little logo for the soap is on the packet and this logo is also on the bar of soap itself.
I like the smell of the soap and it reminds me of when I was young as my relatives used to use this soap and it reminds me of when I was little so this soap has definitely been around for a few years! The smell is not to sweet and is not to overpowering so if you are not keen on very strong smells this soap would probably be ok for you. The smell is nice and fresh and is a bit flowery but not to much.
The soap when it is wet makes a nice lather which I can rub on my hands and it feels nice and soft. This lather rinses of quite easily and it makes my hands feel nice and soft after I have washed them with the Imperial Leather soap.
The soap does not make my hands itch and some cheaper makes of soap can do this so I was pleased about this soap being mild enough to make my hands feel nice. I think this soap would be ok to use for small children as well as adults.
The bar of soap is a good standard size and it is 125g in weight so I think it is a good price for a reasonable size of soap bar. I do not like the mess that a bar soap makes on the side of my sink though and I usually buy a squirty liquid soap in a bottle. The only problem with them though is that they take up a lot of room on the side of my sink! I like to use a bar of soap in the bath sometimes and so I still buy a bar of soap from time to time rather than a bottle of liquid soap.
I think the bar of Imperial Leather soap is a nice bar of soap to use and I would buy it again. I only buy it from time to time as a bar of soap can last me quite a while cos I use a lot of other products. I would suggest giving the Cussons Imperial Lather bar of soap a try out and think it is a good family soap bar to use and has a nice smell to it.
When mom died a few years ago she left a lot of toiletries - bubble bath, soap, deodorant etc - which ended up in my bathroom cabinet. The one thing that I am still working my way through is her little pile of blue Imperial Leather soaps originally bought to match the decoration in her bathroom. I don't use tablet soap very often preferring liquid soap in the kitchen and downstairs cloakroom so it is lasting a while. The only place that we use tablet soap is the bathroom and since mom left about a dozen tablets we are still using it! It's a good job we like it!
Imperial Leather products are made by Cussons and having just checked the Tesco website I have discovered that a single 125g bar of Imperial Leather soap currently costs 55p and a pack of four bars would cost £1.50. They also have an Imperial Leather Gentle Care soap available at a slightly higher cost of £1.85 for four bars.
The soap comes wrapped in thin cellophane which is then contained in a thin outer cardboard packet. Personally I think that this is overkill on the packaging - I am sure that either one or other of the two wrappings would suffice.
The bars of soap that I am currently using are about four inches by two inches and about an inch deep. In the centre of the bar of soap there is a small label with the Imperial Leather logo on it. This has been the case ever since I can remember (and that's going back a bit I can tell you!) and is a real trademark of the soap. You can either peel the label off before you start using the soap of leave it where it is and let it come off naturally as the soap is used.
Imperial Leather soap does smell very nice although it is what I would call a traditional soapy fragrance rather than one that is based on a specific flower or fruit. The lather is rich, creamy and really luxurious and it cleans my skin well without drying it as some tablet soaps do.
The soap lasts well and keeps its shape. I mention this specifically as some soap tends to go very soft and almost disintegrate with use in hot water.
There isn't really any more to say about Imperial Leather soap - it is a traditional soap that has been around for years and having seen how rich the lather is and how nice the fragrance is I am not at all surprised!
Our household comprises one male and one female and we have always had just the one brand of bar soap in the house which we have in all toilets/bathrooms/ensuites etc.
From my perspective as the bloke, I was keen not to have anything too perfumey or feminine and from my wife's perspective she didn't want anything that would be too harsh on her skin.
Our compromise solution was Imperial Leather Soap. It is very creamy and gives a rich and impressive lather; being mild and gentle it's equally suitable whether you are washing your face or your bits. There are both scented and unscented options but the scented one is very mild and would be fine for both boys and girls.
Soaps can often affect our skin in an adverse way, but this one has never given either of us any itchiness or reaction. It holds its shape well as a hard soap; we both hate those soaps that seem to go very soft on the top if you leave them in the bathwater for more than a couple of minutes. Because there is so little waste, each bar seems to last a good long time - maybe it's because we're clean living folks who don't get too grubby. We use every little bit of the bar until the only bit that remains is the trademark little Imperial Leather label.
Imperial Leather has been going for such a long time, there can't be many people who do not recognise it, even if they haven't used it. If you belong in the latter category, I would strongly urge you to try it.
We tend to buy this soap in a multipack of six when they are on offer which they frequently are, but even at full price, we would heartily recommend this soap.
I have not used soap on my face from being a young woman, it tended to dry my skin and although it cleaned perfectly well, it just was not suitable for my face area so I stopped using it.
I now just use water to clean and then I do my daily cleansing routine and it is fine and dandy and far better.
I do use this soap for cleaning other areas of the body in the shower, along side my shower gel sometimes as a change and my husband loves it for his face and body.
I buy mine in a 4 pack, each bar of soap is 125g and I usually pay around £1.52 and that only works out around 35p for each one, which is very good value as some soaps can cost a lot more just for 1, so it makes sense to buy it as a multi pack and save money.
It has a very nice fresh fragrance and it is nice, creamy and rich, it is very soft on the skin and it lathers very well, and easy to rinse after use.
It is very good for sensitive skin, I myself have very sensitive skin and I cannot use some products as they leave it with an irritation, but this is absolutely fine.
It contains Vitamin E which is also good for repairing skin that is of bad condition.
Imperial Leather is a brand that has been around since 1768 and is manufactured by PZ Cussons and they do lots of other toiletries which are very good also.
Occasionally I use this soap around the home and sometimes I just rub a little on a damp cloth and rub it onto the light cord in the bathroom and keep rubbing and then gently rinse off with a clean cloth and it brings the cord nice and clean and I do not have to disconnect it from the fitting.
So this product does not only clean the body it has other uses too.
I recommend this product for anyone to try.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review
Imperial Leather has always been the brand of soap used in my family home, and I still choose it over other brands now that I have moved out. This is a testament to the high quality of the product.
Imperial Leather soap is often on offer in supermarkets, even in the likes of Iceland. A multipack of four bars can frequently be found for about a pound, which I think is a bargain.
Imperial Leather has a clean, neutral smell that unlike most bathroom products, is unisex rather than being overly feminine. I find most products smell like flowers or fruit, which isn't exactly a problem for me as a woman, but I imagine is irritating for men! I don't like soaps with a heavy scent, so this soap is great for me.
I find that the soap lathers to a rich, creamy consistency, leaving my skin deodorised and smelling fresh. The soap is not drying like certain other soaps, nor does it irritate my acne like more heavily scented soaps. The only drawback is that it doesn't really moisturise.
We've been using bars of Imperial Leather soap for many years and we don't have any intention of changing it . We all love the smell and It's very gentle to our sensitive skin.
Imperial Leather fragrance was a creation of PZ Cussons which originated in United Kingdom.
It's easy to hold and the shape was well designed. There's a small black and red label with It's manufacturers name printed on the centre. The ivory coloured soap is hard but long lasting, very much comfortable to use, doesn't go soggy at all.
Suitable fragrance for men and women. It's mild and gentle fragrance that makes you feel and smell fresh unlike other soap who have a strong perfume and smell like an air freshener.
It has 5 fragrances:
Gentle Care - with added milk nutrients and vitamin E
Silky Smooth - with addded silk protein
You can pick different scent whatever preferences you want.
Tesco`s £1.65 /4 bars
Discount shop usually offered them for £1
Excellent value for money and very long lasting which makes them even better value.
The market right now have always something new to offer with so many different soap and fragrances, but Cussons Imperial Leather is timeless, such a classic soap. We enjoy the rich creamy lather as it cleans and cares for our sensitive skin. Despite of tight competition, I'm definitely sure that it will be around for many years to come. A brand that stand through the test of time as well as It's product that has been trusted for generations.
We 'Imperial Leather' soap in our house, that's because one of us thinks we're posh and that same person has skin allergies so we use the Gentle Care as it is formulated especially for sensitive skin ;)
There is an offer on where you get two items free so it's six bars instead of four for £1.64 in Wilkinson's...
Made by Cussons in the UK these bars last 36 months once opened and each bar weighs 125g so that really is good value for money (not my money though, lol!).
The bars are rectangle and are hand sized and have the famous brand name on the front on a little red and gold paper label that stays on for ages even when rubbing the white bar vigorously to get it into a lather.
Each one is wrapped in clear plastic to protect it and is in a big outer wrapper that can be recycled.
The soap itself is quite strong smelling even though you would expect it to be unperfumed because it says it is mild. It reminds me of a hospital disinfectant but luckily doesn't smell that bad when you use it on your skin!
The write up says 'Light, fresh fragrance with milk nutrients and vitamin E for sensitive skin' and says it cares for all the family's skin and can be worked into a rich creamy lather.
When I use this soap it is not as bubbly as normal soaps get but nor does it dry out my skin either.
My skin does feel nice and clean and slightly moisturised compared to the blue bar that Imperial Leather do, which smells lovely but does me feeling slightly drier and needing to use skin lotion.
I think this is a really good value for money famous product but the slight disinfectant smell puts me off so four stars from me...
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