When I was a child there were only two soaps allowed to cross the threshold into our house: Camay and Imperial Leather. Mum insisted no one else knew how to make soap properly. Well I am a bit more open minded and have a bathroom set of drawers shamefully stuffed with various soaps bought on offer at this time or that. Nevertheless I do still keep to the traditional Imperial Leather from time to time.
It may make beauty experts weep but I cleanse my face with everyday soap rather than with cleansers designed specifically for the purpose. I gave up on them years ago and my skin has never looked better. The soap cleanses my face well but does need aore thorough rinse off than some other brands, twice as long I would say, or it will feel drying. This is just on the face for me personally however my partner finds it drying on his hands always so doesn't use it at all. He does have skin on the hands that tends towards the dry anyway.
The soap comes in 100g bars. It is sometimes available individually but seems more common in triple packs. These triple packs usually cost £1 or only slightly more. I feel this is a good deal for me because for the money I get in effect a hand soap and a face cleanser. The bars are quite firm and though they come up to lather well but they don't wear down quickly. There isn't much obvious scent to them just a general soapiness that doesn't much linger on you. I would recommend this product to those without dry skin. I will buy them again but I prefer the fruity Nivea soap I reviewed recently so it isn't my first choice.
When I buy soap I tend to choose something moisturising and gorgeous to use, I spend time picking out the soap I'm going to buy and make sure I make the right choice as a bar of soap lasts for a surprising length of time so I don't like to rush my purchase. When my partner buys soap he puts no thought into it at all and chooses Imperial Leather. Every time.
This is a soap I remember from my childhood as it was the one my mum and dad used to use, it has changed massively over the years and other than the appearance doesn't resemble the soap of yesteryear at all.
The smell is of general 'soap' and there's no perfume that stands out, it smells lovely and clean as I use it but personally I prefer soap that smells a little more luxurious than this. It doesn't lather too well but is cleansing, I only use it for my hands as I can tell from the effect of soap on that area of my body that it wouldn't be a good idea to use it on my face and I find it removes both the dirt you can and can't see extremely well.
Unfortunately it is horribly drying on my hands and recently I've stopped using it for this reason, I don't know why this has suddenly happened as I've used Imperial Leather on and off for years but over the past six months or so I've found that it leaves my skin uncomfortably dry and tight to the point where I was needing to apply a heavy hand cream immediately after washing my hands just to make my skin comfortable again.
I've asked my partner not to buy it again but I can't really force the issue as it's his favourite soap and I'm the only one in the house who has a bad reaction to it, no doubt he'll have forgotten my request by now and I'm sure he'll buy Imperial Leather again next time he goes soap shopping - oh well, I'll have to make sure I have a nice bottle of hand wash in the bathroom for my use as there's no way I'm going to use this soap ever again.
Imperial Leather was the soap my parents always bought, so it is a product I have a fondness of, but its not a soap I've continued using.
The soap is a block shape with rounded edges, it is a yellowy cream colour, and has a classic black and red Imperial Leather sticker in the centre on the top of the bar.
The main reason I don't like Imperial Leather, and it is a memory of the soap from my childhood, is that after a period of time, say a couple of weeks in use, the bar dries out and cracks. These cracks become dirty if the soap isn't always rinsed off, and the soap looks unsightly and ugly, not something I particularly want to wash with, and not something I want in my bathroom, especially if you have visitors coming. For a time we bought this soap for use at work, and inevitably peoples habits at work aren't the same as at home, so the soap was sometimes left dirty, and therefore dried dirty and became quite embarrassing to have this soap in the toilets if we had any visitors.
Over a period of use, the soap also wears down - as normal soap - but the sticker in the middle means that it doesn't wear down uniformly, so this adds to the overall odd look of the soap in use.
In terms of the good things about the soap - its fragrance is fairly mild, and certainly unisex, and I find the soap to be quite soft and it has never caused any irritation on my skin. It lathers well and is generally a good soap, but the look of the soap means when I have bought it, I've thrown it away long before it was finished, so not a good product for me.
Imperial Leather soap was something that I was brought up with and there was always a bar in our bathroom to wash our hands with. I bought some when I saw a pack of 3 for 1.00 because it had been ages since I used it.
The soap is a light beige colour and has a very solid and rigid feel to it. It actually feels like a brick it is so hard. At first there is some resistance to getting a lather worked up with the soap but after a few massages it soon foams up. This is probably one of the best soaps I have ever used for getting a really good lather going with not a lot of effort. Using this soap it leaves skin feeling really clean so much so in fact that skin feels as though it has been completely stripped of all natural oils. This might be good for germs but I found it to be so drying even though it is supposed to be ?rich and creamy?. Perhaps if you haven't got naturally dry skin anyway then this would be more suitable but for me it was just too harsh and drying. After using this my skin was literally squeaky clean but I could feel that all the natural oils had been stripped away.
Also the scent was not something that I enjoyed with this soap. I remember my mum used to love how this smelt but I was not keen on it at all. It smells so soapy but not in a clean and refreshing way but in a really harsh and unpleasant way.
For a soap that is so unwieldy when new this really starts dissolving quickly. A soap dissolving in water is understandable obviously but I did find that this would sit on the soap dish after being used and it would literally melt before my eyes. After a few days of using it the soap would then practically break up in my hands when I tried to use it.
I was talking about this with my mum when I visited her a few weeks ago and she still has Imperial Leather in the bathroom and she couldn't have disagreed with me more and she loves it but it isn't one that I shall be purchasing ever again.
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