Product Type: Pears Bath / Shower
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Oooh!.... what a lovely Pear!
Member Name: Kat1987
Advantages: Cheap. Nice fragrance. Does it's job well. Looks nice.
I acquired my 75g bar of Pears soap on a recent hotel trip to London, the hotel in question provides a complimentary bar of soap alongside the other hotel toiletries, a very nice touch.
Pricing and Availability
As my bar was gratis I didn't part with any hard earned cash but a quick look around suggests that the retail price for a 125g bar will set me back 60p (Tesco-October 2012), a bargain. I can't seem to find a price for an individual bar of the 75g version, only wholesale prices, so I shall assume that it is a hotel exclusive size.
The 125g size bars of Pears soap are widely available from supermarkets, chemists and general stores like Wilkinsons and Home Bargains. It seems that a bar of Pears is relatively easy to come by.
My bar came in a clear cellophane packet which had the 'Pears- transparent soap' brand and tag line printed all over it. The cellophane is a good quality and easy to pull open at either end and the soap easily pops out.
The cellophaned bar was neatly nestled inside a sturdy cardboard box that was glued shut at either end. A slide of the thumb under the tab swiftly opens the box. The box has a glossy finish, something I wouldn't have expected on a product that only costs 60p, in fact you do get a lot of packaging for your pennies. The box features several incarnations of the 'Pears' logo of varying sizes. You are never left wondering who made the soap. There are images of the jewel like soap dotted about the packaging and they look bubbly, foamy and very enticing.
The box contains the obligatory information such as contact details, weight, ingredients and shelf life. The information on the back of the box is written in a very stilted fashion which seems a shame after they have gone to so much effort on the packaging. The back label informs us of the companies history (Pears is 200 years old), the manufacturing process (unique) and the benefits you can reap from using this soap (moisturised and gently cleansed skin). The box also brandishes the 'gentle care' logo a couple of times.
Upon opening the box and undoing the cellophane, the first thing I noticed was the fragrance. I am now aware that the fragrance is a key aspect of the popularity of Pears soap but at the time I was just expecting a bland soapy smell. I couldn't have been more wrong. I was pleasantly surprised with the fragrance. The soap has an almost medicinal, herbal scent. It reminded me of when you walk past a Chinese herbalist shop and get that wonderful waft of aromatic herbs and spices. The fragrance was definitely not what I was expecting and I was very much impressed with it.
The soap itself is a wonderful amber colour, I half expected to find a fossil inside! It is a typical soap shape, ergonomic to grip but just as easy to drop as any other soap when wet. The 'Pears' branding is imprinted into the soap and 'pears transparent soap' is impressed onto the reverse of the bar. There is definitely an English heritage feel to the bar and an air of pride in it's long production run.
The bar lathers up nicely using the traditional method of rubbing the bar between your hands. I noticed that a more soapy scent develops when you begin to use the soap. I washed myself effectively using my hands but for reviews sake I also used a body polisher/pouf/puff and it lathered up a dream using this method. The bar produced a wonderful rich, thick lather and I would say that using it like this would make the bar last much longer.
I believe that you can always tell the difference between using soap and using shower gel, soap is always going to feel a little drier and Pears is no exception however, I didn't find Pears to be as drying as some soap products and after towelling myself off my skin did feel a little smoother and most definitely cleansed. I can't comment on the 'gentle care' suitability as I don't have sensitive skin but it felt like a gentle product and didn't feel as though it was stripping my skin of its natural oils. The fragrance also lingers lightly on your skin, I think I would liked it to have clung a bit more as I adore the fragrance but that is personal and doesn't detract from the products effectiveness.
Overall I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of this well renowned brand. The soap did it's job and it did it well. This soap feels much more indulgent than the 60p you will spend on it and I will definitely be going out and buying it- once I've finished the stash that I 'liberated' from the hotel.
Summary: An amber gem of a bar.