Product Type: Simple Soaps
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A simple soap that does it's job.
Simple Pure Soap
Member Name: ryeb
Simple Pure Soap
Date: 14/08/12, updated on 14/08/12 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans skin, gentle, vegan, longlasting
Disadvantages: Not scented, but that is the point of it.
There isn't many skin and body care products that my dad has introduced me to, but Simple Soap is one of them. The brand was recommended to him by a nurse when he was having a medical treatment that required him to use products without added perfume. With the treatment over for the time being, he didn't want to see another bar of Simple again, nice as he found it. Remembering that it was suitable for vegetarians, he offered his unopened bars to me. I had been meaning to try the soap for some time in any case, because I have used other Simple products with success and I like to support a company that produces many animal free products. They also do not test on animals.
Simple say the soap offers a gentle cleansing, and that it won't irritate. It contains neither colour or perfume. I prefer lightly scented body products so this suits me, providing the natural scent of the item isn't horrible of course! The absence of these added ingredients is probably what makes it gentle too, and suitable for sensitive skins. I do not have sensitive body skin myself, so I can't put that to the test.
The soap comes in a standard plastic wrapper, and the individual bars are enclosed in a waxed paper style covering. It does seem a little excessive packaging in one way, but at least it is all easy to open. Once out of the coverings, I was impressed with the size of the bars. They looked chunky and substantial. I thought they had the appearance of a soap that would last well and I was right. I do not usually use soap on my face, because my skin there is more troublesome and benefits from the use of exfoliating scrubs and products such as that. I also use shower gel, so I have not been using the soap exclusively but even so I am happy to see one bar has plenty of use left in it after 3 weeks. I have used some cheaper soaps that look fine until you have got them wet a few times and then they seem to melt away very fast! No such problem with these, they have held their form well.
The soap itself looks an off white colour, and has the Simple logo printed in the middle of the bar. It doesn't look like one of these pretty soaps you would show off to your guests anyway. Scentwise, it smells of pure soap, as you would expect. The scent isn't too strong, but it reminds me of freshness and cleanliness so I quite like it. This isn't a product you would buy to experience a lovely aroma anyway, as it is advertised as unperfumed! It lathers up reasonably well once in water but it doesn't produce a large number of bubbles. For this reason it may not feel the most luxorious soap I have ever used but it does feel gentle on the skin. It doesn't make my skin feel tight or uncomfortable after using it. Most importantly, it cleans the skin effectively. I have used it to clean up after coming back mud splattered from the allotment and Simple leaves me clean as a whistle. I think if it can tackle that sort of grime, it will deal with most things! As mentioned above I generally don't use soap on my face but I have used this once or twice and I have suffered no adverse results. Overall my skin just feels pleasant, fresh and clean.
As someone whose body skin is neither dry nor greasy in the main, I can't advise how the soap would suit you if you do. I can only say my skin does not feel at all irritated or dried out when I use this, and it doesn't cause me spots. I would definitely recommend it as a good everyday soap. It works to clean your skin and feels gentle. It is also a very reasonably priced product.
My dad bought the soap in twin packs from the 99p store, and it is easy to find in similar shops. You can of course also buy it in places such as Superdrug and Boots, as well as in the supermarkets but you will pay a bit more. The individual bars are available in Wilkinsons, among other places. It is also possible to buy a 4 pack.
[This review my also appear on Ciao, under my user name.]
Summary: A goood value soap that is free of perfume and colour.