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Lavender seems to be one of those scents that really divides people. I absolutely adore it, and have everything from lavender filled cushions to lavender scented shower gels and infused sugars and chocolates for cooking. My family members are mostly in the lavender hating camp so I have to rein in some of my usage. [My lavender linen spray is banned!] I was first given a Yardley English Lavender gift set a few years ago, which contained a talc, and some soaps. I had trouble buying the soap seperately for some time, but I was delighted to see it in Poundworld and then in the other poundshops. Sometimes I have paid £1 for one, other times my money buys 2 bars. Either way I think it is a bargain, and my family think it is reason to curse the shops concerned!
I am sure most people have heard of Yardley as a maker of items such as perfume and tolietries. They have apparently been in existance as a company since 1770. I find that deparment stores and independent chemists tend to stock the best range of their items - especially if they deal with "a more mature clientele" as my local chemist put it. I notice that my bar says on the packaging that it is made in the USA which surprised me, as the company address is still given as being within the U.K.
The soap is described as a "naurally moisturing bath bar". It is made from pure lavender extracts and essential oils and is free of parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. The label says the bar will offer gentle cleansing at the same time as "melting away the smptoms of stress" to make bathtime a " tranquil treat". That description sounded so lovely that I think I would have bought the soap even if it wasn't lavender scented. If that wasn't enough, the product hasn't been tested on animals.
The soap comes in a neat card wrapper that can be completely recycled. I can never see the sense of wrapping soap in another layer of plastic as some companies do. The wrapper is rather pretty and looks quite classy in my opinion. The soap that I have bought most recently has come in a purple and white box decorated with sprigs of lavender and the classic Yardley logo. The bar is 120g which is a average size for a bath bar, but a bit bigger than some products which makes it all the better value. I expected the soap inside to be purple when I first used it, but it is actually a creamy white with the Yardley logo stamped in the middle. The bar is contoured to make it as easy to hold as soap can be once it is wet!
SCENT AND SUDS
Once unwrapped, the first thing you will notice is the scent. It really does smell strongly, which of course delights me. The scent fades once the soap is wet, but only slightly. It develops more of a conventional soapy scent then. I like the fact it adds a gentle perfume to the bath water even if I do not leave it in there for long. I can also detect lavender on my skin for some time after I have dried myself off. Even I must admit that should I then wear a perfume, the mixed aromas could become a little heady. So I tend not to use the Yardley soap everytime I bathe and instead I keep it for times I can lie back and enjoy a nice relaxing bath. I do find the scent soothing although it doesn't make me sleep better as some people find it does. I am more than happy to breathe it in while I can, which can't be said for the people who follow me into the bathroom so I tend to ventilate the room well after I have finished!
Scent aside, I think the soap works efficiently to clean my body. It lathers up well to produce a creamy froth which feels pleasant and gentle on the skin. That makes me feel that I am using a good quality product that is a bit more of a treat perhaps than a boring basic soap would be! I do not have sensitive skin, and I rarely find that soap has a drying affect on my complexion either. So perhaps it is no surprise that this one causes me no feeling of tightness or irrtation after use. Although it is called moisturising, I don't think my skin does feel especially moisturised after a bath. It doesn't feel any worse though and there is no residue left behind. As I don't use the soap every day, and no-one else in the family will use it, one bar lasts a long time for me. It isn't one of those soaps that seems to dissolve into nothing after a few uses. I have a nice little stockpile of it just in case it disappears from the discount shops in the future, or worse, Yardley stops production..
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE SOAP?
Overall, I would recommend this if you like lavender scents, or rather if you really, reallly, really like lavender. The scent will linger in the bathroom and on your skin which makes it good value if you like it. It works well as a soap and that fact it can be bought cheaply is another advantage. If you only have a mild liking for the plant it is probably best to avoid this, otherwise I would say give it a try. I won't use it everyday because the perfume is distinctive and doesn't combine well with body sprays, deodarants or other perfumes in my opinion. For a relaxing bath every so often, it is perfect though!
[This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.]
I am an avid bargain hunter in Poundland as its virtually on my doorstep. I love the brand that is Yarely usually and so when I spotted they had a range in of their soaps I bought a couple o f them to try out. I struggle to know what to use in my bath as a lot of the usual soaps plays havoc with my hair (even if the soap doesn't touch it) and using a shower cream or gel isn't that same in the bath as in the shower so this being a bath bar appealed to me big time.
The box this comes in is white in colour with a picture of Lavender on the front of it and we are told that it is 'Naturally Moisturizing Bath Bar, Yardley London 'Est'd 1770' and that it is English Lavender and is 120g in its size. Other information on the box includes being told a little bit about the product, ingredients are listed, (this is paraben free and sodium sulfate free as well as not being tested on animals by the way) and contact details for Yardley are clearly stated. The soap of this one is a light lilac colour with Yardley engraved into the top of it and it really is quaintly packaged this one..
The Soap Itself:
Well it's a rather large oblong in shape bar this one but rounded to the edges. It has a slight curve to the underneath of it for ease of handling and is a pale lavender colour as I previously stated within this review.
This lathers up on my skin brilliantly and is a completely smooth soap and when in use it smells lightly and gently but naturally sweet of fresh lavender. This lavender fragrance isn't too powerful or overbearing and is actually rather relaxing to use in my opinion.
This left me feeling fresh and clean and my skin very gently moisturised in a none greasy way. I was able to shave my bits and bobs with it and rinse it off my skin with complete ease and I was left fragranced for a good few hours if I sniffed hard at myself too!
I tried two soaps from this range and preferred this one. It is a nice and gentle soap this one and kind to the skin and it lasts ages as its such a big chunk of soap. Lovely and recommended from me!
Available widely online if you Google it for about £4.00 a bar or £1.00 in discount stores such as Poundland.
This review is also posted on Ciao on the same username.