Taking a little break from my Lush Soaps, I decided to try out the small bar of Burt's Bees Citrus Spice Exfoliating Soap, I had received in the starter kit I bought a month or so ago.
My soap came wrapped in orange paper, featuring pictures of oranges, however I think (and I'm sorry, I can't be certain here) that when you buy it in the shops it comes in a box of the same design.
The soap contains ground herbs, almonds and spices, to exfoliate your skin, and various essential oils, including orange, lemon, patchouli and cinnamon.
On unwrapping the soap, the first thing that struck me was its colour. It's a horrible browny orange colour, and there's something that looks almost medicinal about the colour - it's not particularly pretty!
My first impressions of the scent of this soap, weren't much better unfortunately. It has a very strong spicy scent, but I was expecting it to be much more citrussy than it was - in actual fact, there was virtually no citrus scent to this at all, as the spiciness took over. The scent, to me, is very masculine. If the citrus scent came through a bit more I think that might be an improvement, but as it stands, there's nothing remotely feminine about it, and even on a man, it would be a bit dubious!
When I first started using the soap, the outside was smooth, but once in the water and lathered up a bit, I found that I could start to feel the exfoliating grains that it contained.
The grains are actually very, very small, but also very, very scratchy! If you're not one for harsh exfoliators, I would suggest this is one to avoid, as it does feel quite harsh and uncomfortable against the skin. Personally, I can put up with it, and found that despite how harsh it felt, it didn't leave my skin red or irritated. I also like that the tiny grains don't seem to stick to my skin at all.
The soap lathers well, but despite only having a 22g bar, and having used it for around a week, I think I'll still get a fair few uses from it, so it seems it will last me a long time.
After using this, my skin does feel really exfoliated - any dry bits are gone - and I havent had to use a separate body scrub since I began to use it. On a more negative note, that spicy smell which I am not particularly fond of stays on my skin for some time after use.
The soap costs £7.99 and up until recently could be bought from www.naturallyfabulous.co.uk. It is no longer on their website, but I don't think it has been discontinued, so it may just be out of stock.
I can imagine, that if I had liked the smell of this soap, it would have been great. It's convenient to be able to cleanse and exfoliate in one step (not to mention works out cheaper than buying separate products), but I wouldn't buy it again, as I felt that the smell of the soap was far too masculine and spicy for my tastes.