Product Type: The Body Shop Bath / Shower
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The Body Shop Olive Soap
Member Name: cyberem78
The Body Shop Olive Soap
Advantages: Lathers well, has an oily foam, feels soft.
Disadvantages: Fragrance is like oranges, not olives.
My parents came back from a holiday to the Greek Islands recently and brought me back a present of authentic olive soap, made from olives grown in the orchards of Kefalonia. I had never used olive soap before and wasn't all that keen to initially because olives are one of the foods I least like to eat. However, when I took the soap to the bath I absolutely loved how soft and oily it was. The perfume was very earthy and natural too. After using up my soap I went on a mission to find a replacement and eventually found this Bodyshop Olive Soap.
The soap comes individually wrapped as a 100g sized bar. The wrapper is a translucent green colour and is printed with information about the product on the underside. The packet is printed with full ingredients. These include olive oil (organic and from Italy) and 'sustainable' palm oil. There is a stamp on the wrapper which confirms that this product is certified as using this sustainable palm oil. I have recently read a lot about palm oil and deforestation and although this product uses a sustainable palm oil I still feel a little uncomfortable about it being a major ingredient in this product. The brand call the soap 'vegetable based' and other ingredients include coconut acid, glycerin and added perfume.
The soap is shaped into a slight arch so that it is easier to hold. It is stamped with the bodyshop logo on one side. The colour of the soap matches that of a dull green olive. When first taking the soap out of the wrapper I was surprised by it's scent. It doesn't actually smell anything like olives. The fragrance is much more like a citrus tangerine. The fragrance is actually quite mild and after using I can't detect it on my skin. I can only smell this as I'm using it in the water.
The soap lathers well and I can create foam using either just my hands or by applying to a sponge or shower flower. The bubbles are quite oily and slippery and in this sense it's quite similar to my Greek Islands olive soap. In general though the soap itself is much less of a slimy consistency than my authentic olive Greek soap was. It feels quite luxurious to smother your skin in the bubbles and I feel like my skin is being treated well. The soap also cleans really well and I feel like I don't need a lot of product to clean a small area of skin. It works well on all areas of the body including more stubbornly dirty areas like underarms and feet.
The bar has a reasonably solid consistency which means that it doesn't melt away too quickly when you are using it and it also doesn't turn into a pool of mush when you leave it to dry in the soap dish!
After using this soap I feel well cleaned and my skin is soft and feels calm. I still need to moisturise after drying though.
I am reasonably happy with the performance of the soap although I am a bit confused by the fragrance as it smells so fruity and not much like olives at all. I also worry a bit about the palm oil ingredient in this, despite the sustainable promise stamp. I would buy this again although it is not what exactly I was hoping to get when I purchased it. I am going to try out the olive soap from Lush after finishing this bar to see if that has any closer resemblance to my Greek soap.
This costs £2 at the Bodyshop and I think it's quite a reasonable price given that the brand use high quality ingredients that are sourced ethically. They also do not test on animals.
Summary: Worth trying.