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I love Neal's Yard products, but because they are really expensive, I rarely buy them for myself. However, for the past few years my Mum has been buying me a gift set for Christmas, for which I am extremely grateful! The first gift set she bought me was geranium and orange scented - I was a bit dubious at first, as I'm not a fan of either scent particularly, but once I'd tried the products I absolutely loved the smell. Now I request these scents every year.
The geranium and orange soap is a particular favourite of mine. I try to never buy soap myself as I only use it for hand washing in the bathroom and kitchen. I find I usually get enough soap at Christmas to last me through the year, or if not I pick some up in hotel visits to last me. I'm always pleased when I get through my soap pile to the geranium and orange one.
On the Neal's Yard website, the soap is listed as £3.70 which is quite pricy for soap (although not extortionate). It is affordable as a treat, but I'd rather spend that much on a good face pack or body lotion, rather than a soap! Mine was combined in a gift set. I don't know how much it cost, so I can't comment on the value.
The soap itself is 100g and is shaped like a chunky disc (that's how I'd describe it anyway). This is quite an ergonomic shape that feels nice and comfortable when you rub it between your palms. It is simply packaged in a paper wrapper which can probably be recycled. The soap is a pale orangey/ yellowy colour which looks nice in my bathroom, matching the woodwork!
The soap lathers up well (there is nothing spectacular about the lather to distinguish it from other soaps)! It washes away well and leaves your hands feel clean and fresh.
The best thing about it is the scent though. It is a warm and vaguely floral scent that gently lingers on your hands. At the same time, it is fresh without smelling too soapy! I've found that some other soaps (one in particular by Lush) smell really soapy on your hands after using them, instead of smelling like the fragrance they are supposed to. At the same time, the smell isn't too overpowering, so it won't clash with other fragrances you are wearing.
I have very dry hands in the winter and I find that almost all soaps I use are drying on my skin. Unfortunately this soap is no exception, so I do often need to use hand cream after washing my hands. However, it is no more drying than any other soap I use - it is more the fault of my skin, rather than the soap! One good thing is that it doesn't irritate my skin at all, which some perfumed soaps do, so I'm always happy to use it.
The soap does go a little bit gloopy on the soap dish once it has been used often. However, the soap does last several months (which it should do as it's more expensive than standard soaps!) and so I'm not too worried about the gloop.
As it's a Neal's Yard product it contains organic products as well as the usual chemicals used to make soap. The label includes Citrus Dulcis Oil (presumably the orange) and Pelagonium Graveolens Oil (ditto the geranium) as certified organic ingredients. The other products listed are not organic and presumably are chemicals. The list of ingredients is not huge, so it is a fairly natural product.
So to conclude, I really like this product, love the fragrance and I'm pleased with the length of time it lasts for. However, it is a tad pricey, so I'll continue to request it in a gift set every year (as I'm too stingy to buy my own)!
Contains a deliciously fragrant and balancing blend of Geranium and Orange essential oils in a vegetable oil soap base to help tone and condition the skin /