“ Brand: Soape / Type: Soap / Subcategory: Oil „
I found Soape while idly browsing the Topcashback website retailers section. The company sells not only handmade soaps but also candles and "personal spa" items (facemasks, dead sea products, body creams and massage products). I actually tend not to buy soap at all finding it all too often dries my skin and is an extra something to make my bathroom dirty (whereas a bottle of shower gel or liquid hand soap leaves less goo to be scrubbed off something). However, I was attracted by the colourful photographs of the various soaps, some of which sounded almost good enough to eat.
The soaps commonly sell at between £2.80 and £3.00 for a 100gram piece but you can request up to four different 25gram samples per order free of charge (just pay £2.00 post and packaging) which works out cheaper than a single bar and gives you the chance to find out which ones you might want to buy a full bar of. I thought this was a great offer and the one I am reviewing here "Clementine and ginger olive oil soap" was one of my four choices and would cost £3.00 for 100grams.
Soape makes several different kinds of soap, and a variety of soaps in each type. There are olive oil soaps, glycerine soaps, cream soaps, dead sea mud soaps, the intriguingly named donkey milk soaps and exfoliating soaps. The glycerine soaps do look the most colourful and appealing and my sample of 'clementine and ginger' soap did look less attractive than the others that arrived. The soap comes wrapped in a piece of brown paper, and sealed with a small sticker that has the name of the soap printed on it. I took the first soap into the bathroom and left the others on the dining table where they soon became buried under a pile of Sunday papers; when they were unearthed, the brown paper was slightly damp to the touch and translucent so do keep the soaps in a dry place until you want to use them to prevent this happening.
I often think olive oil soaps have a tendency to look a bit yellowy and like an old piece of soap that's been left to dry out and this soap has those traits. There's a slight orangey- yellow hue to it and there are slivers of something dark that looked like splinters of wood. I've not been able to ascertain what these are. They look too dark to be ginger, but could be slivers of zest from a clementine I suppose. Soape don't list the ingredients of each individual soap but state clearly on their website that the soaps are made from 100 per cent natural ingredients. As I was getting close to the end of this piece of soap I did manage to slide out this unknown ingredient but it was impossible to tell what it is. One thing is certain, there wasn't enough of the stuff in my piece of soap for me to think it was some kind of exfoliating ingredient.
Before use the soap does give off a mild citrus and ginger fragrance although Himself declared that it didn't smell much of anything; whatever, it was definitely the ginger that stood out for me even if it didn't have the fresh, zingy aroma I was expecting given the ingredients. The fragrance does become stronger with use but certainly isn't zesty. For me the ginger is the dominant scent and being clementine rather than orange or satsuma, I feel that the scent veers more towards the sweet and floral than the outright citrussy and vibrant.
This soap lathers really easily and feels rich and creamy. It rinses easily and gives the feeling that it has cleanising power without being harsh and drying. I haven't used it on my face as I prefer a facewash over soap but on my body the skin feels soft afterwards and the fragrance is noticeable for a few hours after use. Once your skin is dry the scent is light and subtle, slightly gingery but clean and fresh.
Soape describe this particular soap as "refreshing and invigorating" and while I do really like it, I would agree with that description as the fragrance is not as exciting and zesty as you might expect. I did like the scent, however, and felt that the soap lasted well and made my skin feel good after use. After so long using shower gels instead of soap I was pleasantly surprised by this product and am looking forward to using the other samples I bought.
I've been using my sample (approximately 25grams but you may find that sizes differ very slightly though if you buy four you should have approximately 100grams of soap altogether) for over a week, using it once a day and Himself has tried it a few times too. I'm not down to a last sliver which will last me one more shower.
While i liked this product and would recommend it I don't think it'll be one that I'll be buying a full sized piece of; I prefer a stronger, more vibrant fragrance to awaken my senses when I have my morning shower.