“ Brand: Soape / Type: Hand Oil / Subcategory: Soap / Suitable for: Hand „
Another day, another lovely handmade soap from those clever people at online retailer Soape. If you haven't been along to their website yet I would recommend you do: as well as the lovely range of soaps, they do body creams and scrubs, a spa range and also scented candles.
One of the great things about Soape is that they offer free samples of all of their soaps (you can get four 25g samples, just pay £2.00 post and packaging. if you're buying other products it's worth throwing four samples into your basket because you won't pay any extra) and the one I tried most recently is this "Vanilla and Bourbon Olive Oil Soap". Soape recommend their olive oil range particularly for sensitive skin but it was the idea of the fragrance that appealed to me.
Before use the fragrance of this soap is slightly spicy with just a whiff of faint sugariness. It's warm and gentle and slightly exotic. On use the smell changes slightly and I think it loses the sweetness and the spicy element comes to the fore and there's a faint aroma of burnt chocolate. I first used this one in the shower but on reflection I think it's more of a soap for use in a long soak in the bath; I don't think a quick dip under the shower does it justice, you need time to enjoy using this one.
As with the other Soape varieties I've tried, this one lathers beautifully but I do have one reservation which is that with this one, the lather is a slightly unappealing brown. The soap tray attached to my shower has slots in it and after use the soap drops brown drips onto the bath. If you're using this in the bath you do need a soap dish otherwise the colour will leech onto the bath; it does clean off without staining but it's better to prevent that in the first place. Nevertheless, the soap still retained the dark reddish-brown colour which is good because I think this one would look horrible if it lost too much of its colour.
To maximise moisturising this soap contains olive, palm (sourced responsibly), coconut and castor oils; the result is a product that feels luxurious and leaves the skin feeling nourished. I'm not convinced that it's going to achieve much for really dry skin but at least you know it's not going to dry the skin as some soaps do. Soape use all natural ingredients in their products and all products are vegan friendly.
Priced at £3.00 for the full size bar (100g) I'm not going to pretend that this is a cheap product. However, my sample lasted well so you can expect to get good value for money from this product. If you are tempted Soape are currently offering a 10% discount when three soaps are bought.
I was very pleased with my latest trial of Soape products and am likely to buy the full size bar in the future. I'd be even happier if the colour didn't drip out but otherwise this is a grand product and one I'm happy to recommend.