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I get really dry skin in winter which is a combination of changes in temperature and dry air from central heating. My skin goes all scaly and itchy and I need to moisturise it with a really rich moisturiser to keep it under control. Oilatum is something that I have used a few times to help keep my skin moisturised and itch free when it is especially dry. I have used both the cream and the bath formula for ages but I was always sceptical of using the soap as I always associate soap with drying out skin so I didn't know how they were able to produce one which was supposed to clean but moisturise skin at the same time. I decided to try it as it was only 4.00 which might be expensive for a bar of soap but it was certainly a price I was willing to pay if it helped. The soap contains oil so it cleanses skin without stripping it of all its natural protective oils and even adds some more to the skin. The soap is an orange colour and it has a VERY distinctive smell which is very strong but actually I didn't mind it at all and thought it was quite nice. You just use the soap as you would any other soap by washing yourself with it and then rinsing it off. It lathers really well and just massaging it in your hands for a few seconds produces loads of soapy residue to massage yourself with. It cleans skin nicely and it wasn't drying at all though I didn't think it was all that moisturising either. It didn't make my skin any worse but it also didn't seem to put extra moisture back into it. I liked the soap but for the price there are loads of shower gels around that contain moisturising properties for dry skin and they actually put moisture back into skin as well as cleaning so for me I probably wouldn't buy it again. It was ok but that's about it and although I was sceptical about using soap I did expect coming from Oilatum it would be richer as the bath formula and cream are both very soothing and moisturising and I did expect this to be a bit more moisturising than it actually was.
We use Oilatum soap in our house as all three of us suffer from dry and sensitive skins. The little lad in particular has eczema and has dry itchy patches which he scratches at so much he will bleed, particularly around the inside of his elbows and the backs of his knees. We have to be very careful what we use on his skin as he seems to be sentive to most things, made worse I think by the fact he is very pale skinned like me and my other half and also we all have red hair and highly freckeld.
This bar of Oilatum soap was recommended to us by the doctor as he said it would replace lost oils back into the skin and is gently but very moisurising.
It cost £3.50 for a 100g bar so it is not cheap, as you can see. It comes in a plainly packaged cardboard box and the soap itself is orange in colour and smells quite medicinal when you first get it out of the box. It is a curved shape which we think is better and easier to handle when washing and less likely to slip from the hands.
It makes a very good lather and you only need to use a small amount to lather it up. The smell dissipates fairly quickly upon contact with water as we were initially concerned that the smell might be a little bit overpowering, but this is not the case. We were surprised, howver at the fact that it's not white, but orange in colour.
It feels mositurising and gentle on the skin and when used on the face it does not give that unpleasant 'tight' feeling you occasionally get with some soaps.
It rinses off well and is also long lasting and tends not to dry out too quickly.
Oilatum soap bar
I was wanting a facial soap which wasn't too drying and since we often use the Oiltaum bath wash, and find it does work I decided to try this one out.
WHAT IS IT?
This soap bar is for dry skin and is suitable for everyday use even for babies and children. It apparently moisturises the skin and replaces the skin's oily protective layer which cane be lost when using ordinary soaps.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The soap comes in a box with the instructions and information on the back and sides. When I open the box the soap is inside and protected with a tricky to open plastic covering. The soap itself is a kind of orange colour with quite a strong smell. I'm not sure what the smell is but it does smell less strong when water is applied to it. One of the things I like about the soap is that it is curved all the way round- I prefer this to soaps with straightish edges.
The soap should be used as regular soap, simply massaged into the skin using warm water and rinsed off. When we use it, the soap does produce a nice lather and fortunately the smell (as mentioned before) is not as strong when the soap is wet. Had it been as strong I do think it would be the kind of smell which when smelt close to the nose could make me sneeze.
PRICE AND AVAILABILTY...
The soap is widely available in chemists and online and is priced around £3.50 for 100g bar of soap.
The soap certainly lives up to its claim of being moisturising. It lathers up well and rinses off easily and leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised. It does seem more pricey than some soaps but a little bit goes a long way. Little Miss also uses it and it has caused no adverse reactions. We will certainly be using it for her in future because it doesn't seem to have that horrible taste if it gets into her mouth when she washes her face- at least we have not had any complaints.
The only disadvantage is the smell when first opened as it's very strong and quite medicinal smelling but this disappears and thankfully does not linger on the skin.
Even with the initial smell I would give this five stars.
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