Product Type: The Body Shop Bath / Shower
Newest Review: ... I leave with a bar of their soap. Their Satsuma scented soap is a particularly good choice - but I guess over the years I've bought... more
I'm dreaming of a Christmas Fruit.
The Body Shop Satsuma Soap
Member Name: Mama-Q
The Body Shop Satsuma Soap
Advantages: smells lovely, lovely as part of a gift, is in range of products.
Disadvantages: price, body shop.
I haven't shopped at the Body Shop since they were bought over by L'Oreal, however, this soap is one of my firm favourites :)! It smells so like a satsuma that you'd be forgiven for biting into it! All of the Body Shop soaps have the almost over powering odour about them but with a sickly sweet edge to counteract the all out over powering smell that can come from the cheaper soaps. At around £2 a bar for this soap it is certainly not on the cheaper side of the soap market.
This soap contains 'real satsuma oil' in the soap. A satsuma is a small fruit that is often found in Christmas stockings, placed in there by well meaning parents who want to counteract the effects of chocolate overload at Christmas. Funnily enough a satsuma is sometimes called the 'Christmas fruit.' It's a much smaller fruit than an orange, is usually seedless and is much sweeter than an orange but it is from the citrus family. The satsuma originates from Japan and was traded to Spain and the USA around the 19th century. They are easy to peel and taste brilliant so they're a wonderful fruit.
This soap lathers up brilliantly and lasts a good while depending on your use. The soap is a lozenge shape and is a translucent orange colour. As part of a gift it is very welcome, especially because the Body Shop have a whole range of satsuma products to mix and match with the soap or to make up as a gift set that will be very welcome (can't count the number of toiletries I've received over the years, mind you, but I wouldn't be complaining too much if I got something from this range.)
If you like to read really long lists and know your science then here is a list of ingredients:
Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Surfactant), Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Sorbitol (Humectant), Palm Kernel Acid (Surfactant), Citrus nobilis (Mandarin Orange Oil) (Fragrance), Citrus dulcis (Orange Oil) (Fragrance Component), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tetrasodium Etidronate (Chelating Agent), Citrus reticulata (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Methylparaben (Preservative), Sodium Dehydroacetate (Preservative), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 15510 (Colour), CI 77499 (Colour).
Yep the ingredients list reads like my Chemistry homework; a whole bunch of things I don't quite understand and some that look faintly familiar to me. I'm not really bothered by 'chemicals' as chemicals are in everything and anything. However if you're sensitive to any of the ingredients I'd avoid it like the plague. As I don't have overly sensitive skin myself then I can't say how it reacts with sensitive skin.
As for the uses of this soap well in the shower or on your hands, right? Well yes. But I also like to stick them in drawers (either open or not) so my clothes can smell of the fragrances of the soap - yummy!
The Body Shop offer a 'Standard' delivery (of which the price isn't stated on their website, so I only assume it's free) and 'Express' delivery which will cost £4.99 for next day delivery - a steep price to pay on top of a £2 product so better used for bigger items that you can't wait to get your hands on. If you're near a Body Shop store then you're better off going in-store to sample (smell) products first and then deciding on what to buy.
I haven't bought this soap in some time and since writing this review I'm tempted to buy myself several bars of the stuff but at £2 a pop I'm reluctant to spend so much money on one bar of soap. Over all I'd say price aside that this is a lovely soap that will last a good while but with cheaper alternatives out there the Body Shop no longer has the monopoly on soaps, shower gels and the like so could well do to drop their prices to compete in the current market.