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I usually buy basic white supermarket branded bars of soap as they are so cheap but recently I fancied a bit of a change. I saw this 4 pack of Shield Soap and the packaging design made me think the soap would be cleansing and refreshing, so I bought the pack.
There are four 115g sized bars of deodorising soap in the pack. They are individually wrapped in white recyclable paper packets and enclosed in a plastic wrapper. The outer wrap is a bright turquoise colour with a water splash design which makes me think of warm tropical beaches and refreshing waves. On the back of this wrapper there is a little bit of information about the product but not a whole lot. However, the brand do advise you to visit their website for more information (address is below). The soap is made by a brand called Ceuta Healthcare and I had not heard of this brand name before. Their contact details are printed on the pack. Full ingredients are also listed on the packet.
After visiting the website I discovered that this soap has been around since 1976 (I had a vague memory of this soap from my childhood!) and the website claims it is the UK's number one deodorising soap. After a brand takeover in the noughties the manufacturing of the product fell to Ceuta who now sell it in seven other countries.
The soap is a large, sturdy bar that is coloured a beautiful pale green. The soap has the Shield logo stamped on one side and is shaped so that there is an indent along the middle of the soap on both sides. This makes the soap easier to hold and also to position during baths.
The soap has a fragrance that is very sharp, clean and soapy. I would describe the scent as being more masculine than feminine but it hasn't really mattered to me as I've used the soap. It smells rather similar to a man's underarm deodorant or an aftershave. This fragrance is left on the skin after drying but on my dry skin it simply smells like I'm super clean rather than being overly manly.
The soap lathers really well either applied straight to the skin or onto a sponge. The foam bubbles are sloppy and they feel moisturising. I feel that the soap cleans very well on all areas of the body including places that are more smelly like underarms or feet. I do use the soap on my face too as my skin feels soft after using the soap so I feel it's safe to use on more delicate skin. I sometimes am sensitive to certain bars of soap on my face but not this Shield. I also use the soap as a hand soap for just hand washing too.
These bars seem to last quite a long time and they retain their shape right until the end of the bar, so no wastage or little slivers lying about!
I'm happy with my purchase and would definitely buy this soap again in the future. I would recommend this to anyone but it might be preferred by families and males.
Read more about the product at the website:
---Why I Bought This---
Well I must admit that this is not my regular soap - but searching the Tesco Grocery website I found that this pack of four soaps was by far the cheapest on sale - even cheaper than any Tesco supplied themselves.
Shield Deoderant Soap was apparently the first deodorising soap and was launched by Unilever in the UK way back in 1976.
In 2004 Shield was bought by Ceuta Healthcare and in 2009 they sold 14 million bars in the UK - so it must be popular.
4 x 115 gram bars of soap.
Comes in a plastic thin wrap which is bright green and the image of droplets of water.
The fragrance is 'Fresh Aqua' and is a deoderising soap that is supposed to 'help keep you fresher for longer'.
The shelf life of the soap is shown as 36 months.
Inside the thin plastic wrap are the four bars of soap, each individually wrapped in white paper and card.
The soap itself is an aqua/turquoise shade of green and has 'Shield' written across the front. The bar is dimpled/concave on both the front and back so there is less soap in the bar.
94p for a pack of four 115 gram bars.
On sale in independant outlets as well as online and in major stores such as Tesco, Wilkinson, Asda, Superdrug, Sainsburys and Waitrose.
I have had this soap over the years but must admit it is not one of my regular purchases. It was only bought as it was the cheapest multi pack of four soaps on the Tesco website.
The pack design does not appear to have changed for many years and to me it resembles a pack of 'Always' female pads. Inside the four soaps are individually wrapped in both paper and with a card wrap - which seems excessive.
The soaps thenselves have a pleasant enough fragrance whcih would suit both males and females, but not exactly a 'Fresh Aqua' more just a soapy sort of smell.
The concave nature of the soaps may explain why mine are shown as weighing 115 grams whereas ones on view on the internet were 125 grams. In fact the ones I bought from Tesco were actually listed as being 125 grams.
These soaps lather well and are pleasant enough to use - a good basic soap but nothing special.
Personally I am not too fond of the soap having deodorant properties as this means I would not want to use it on my face, and it may irritate those who have sensitive skins. I did not realise this when I bought it and looking online some people have mentioned how bad the ingredient 'triclosan' may be. I do not mind having antibacterial sprays for my worktops or gels for my hands if necessary but I do not want to be bathing in the stuff, and I doubt it would be that effective as a full body deodorant, so why bother.
As long as you use underarm deodorant/antiperspirant I do think you need to deodorise your whole body.
I will happily use these soaps up and may even buy again if I can find no others for the same price but I do not really like it having deodorising properties an prefer my soaps to be 'purer'.
3 stars - I do not like the chemicals included but as it is advertised as a dedorising soap I should not complain!
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes possibly - at least it is a bargain price.
Hill House, 41 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth BH2 6HS
Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Triclocarban, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Coumarin, Amyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, CI 77891, CI 74260, CI 74160, CI 17200.
Review of Shield Fresh Aqua Soap.
I am reviewing the multi pack version of this soap.
Shield Fresh Aqua soap is a deodorising bar soap. It was first launched to the United Kingdom market in 1976 and has been a leading deodorising soap ever since.
Available in single bars or multi packs of 4 x 125g bars, Shield is instantly recognisable on shop shelves. The distinctive green outer wrapper with water droplets is modern, eye-catching and bold. The strap line on the wrapper promises that 'Shield will keep you fresher for longer'. The wrapper is a plasticised material which is non recyclable, each bar of soap within is wrapped in a paper sleeve which is recyclable.
The wrapper is fairly simple with only basic information, to be honest I think this is all that is required for a product of this nature! The manufacturer recommends that the soap is used within 36 months of purchase.
~~**~~Appearance, Scent and Usage Experience~~**~~
Shield is a fairly plain looking soap, an oblong bar with rounded corners, turquoise in colour with the word 'Shield' engraved in italics on the top. The soap has a fresh, clean scent, suitable for either men or women. The scent is rather difficult to describe, it has no particular top notes to my nose, other than a vaguely lemony, woody aroma. The soap lathers very well, even in the hard water of the south east where I live, giving a rich, creamy lather.
The lather is easy to rinse away and the scent it leaves behind is pleasant and fairly unobtrusive. The soap certainly does leave skin feeling clean and smelling fresh and this is in my opinion fairly long lasting.
I cannot really comment on the effectiveness of the deodorant element of the soap, as although I am not a person who perspires heavily, I wouldn't trust the soap without an application of an antiperspirant deodorant. Of course, that is my personal opinion and others may feel adequately protected with the soap alone.
~~**~~Ingredients, Availability and Price~~**~~
*Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Triclocarban, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Coumarin, Amyl Cinnamal, Geranoil, Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, CI 77891, CI 74160, CI 17200
*As per information at www.sainsburys.co.uk
Shield Fresh Aqua Soap is widely available from supermarkets and High Street stores. A quick search conducted today came up with the following retailers and prices.
All prices quoted are for the 4 x 125g multi pack.
Sainsbury's and Tesco £0.95
On line stockists:-
Shield Fresh Aqua soap is manufactured and distributed by Ceuta Healthcare Limited, 41 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 6HS.
~~**~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~**~~
I really like this product, it is a great everyday toilet soap that cleans skin and leaves it feeling and smelling fresh. I have fairly sensitive skin and have never experienced any problems with this soap drying my skin or causing a reaction. The soap is suitable for men or women and whilst not the cheapest on the market in these days of supermarket Value ranges, it is well worth the money.
I wouldn't recommend this product for delicate children's skins or for anyone sensitive to perfumed product, but that said, this is a great smelling, everyday soap.
Shield Fresh Aqua is hard to beat in my opinion.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 March 2010
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