“ Brand: Soape / Type: Soap „
This is the third of the four samples of handmade soap I received as my first order from online retailer Soape. Soape will send you four 25gram pieces of the soaps of your choice (though availability varies depending on demand) free of charge although postage costs £2.00. This particular soapcosts £2.50 for a 100gram full size bar. This Green Melon soap is one of their glycerine soaps; the photograph on the website made this look like a lovely product as the colour is a vibrant green and there are blocks of a lighter colour running through it. It looks very modern and appealing. I love the scent of melon so this one was an obvious choice for me. (Note - although similar to the one pictured, the colours were reversed in my sample) The samples come wrapped in a piece of light brown greaseproof type paper secured with a little sticker on which is printed the name of the soap which is, in theory, great when you've a couple as you can leave the paper on until you want to use the soap. However, I was in the middle of one of nine things when my package of soaps arrived and after an initial buzz of excitement, I hurriedly left the four samples on the drinks trolley (yes really, Margot Leadbetter is my role model) and before long they'd disappeared under a pile of train tickets, restaurant receipts and Groupon vouchers. When I remembered they were there, the package with the green melon soap in it was looking a bit sorry for itself; it was moist as if the paper had drawn all the moisture from the soap. If you buy some of these samples wrapped in this way I would advise storing them somewhere warm and dry like an airing cupboard until you want to use them. (When you buy a full size bar you'll find they are wrapped in clear cellpohane.) The piece of soap looked no worse for its ordeal when I unwrapped it and there was a faint aroma of green melon, fresh and clean with a little sweetness; the soap had never had a really vibrant scent, even when I first received it so I wouldn't say that it had deteriorated at all. However, the product description on the Soape website had promised "tropical fragrance" so I was more than a little disappointed. The first thing I noticed about this soap when using it in the shower was that it lathered really well and felt quite luxurious. After using it my skin felt squeaky clean and very refreshed and while I wouldn't say my skin was noticeably softer, it didn't appear to have the drying or tightening effect that some soaps do. Soape say this is because of the glycerine (natural soap contains glycerine but this is usually removed and the extracted glycerine used for my upmarket products) which has a moisturising effect and contributes to the richness of the soap, and the lack of detergent which usually has the effect of drying the skin. Unfortunately I was not so happy with the fragrance of this soap; in use the smell was very faint, barely there at all and after the first use it smelled a bit like old soap, or at least that slightly stale, fatty smell that fragrance free soaps can have. So far I have been disappointed by the scents of the products I have bought from Soape; perhaps this is because they use only natural ingredients which do not have the hit that those made with artificial fragrances have? I would point out, though, that there was no scent left on the skin after showering. The soap lasted well considering it is such a small piece so, assuming that others from Soape's glycerine soap selection last as well, I would try another variety in the hope that it performed better perfume-wise. Although this green melon soap has been a let down it hasn't put me off trying other Soape products; I like that they are made from natural products and they do last well.