Although I buy shower gels and liquid hand washes, I also like to have bar soap in the bathroom. The skin on my hands tends to dry out with repeated use of liquid hand wash, and for some reason bar soap doesn't have the same effect, so although bar soap is sometimes seen as old fashioned and less convenient than liquid soap, I find it to be better for my skin.
Most of the well-known brands of soap still contain tallow, or animal fat. As a vegetarian this is not acceptable for me, so I always look for soap that is based on vegetable ingredients. For some reason, the supermarkets do better on this than any of the big brands. Tesco Lemon Bath Soap doesn't contain any tallow.
Unfortunately, what this soap contains instead is palm oil extracts. Palm oil is not a good ingredient for ethical reasons and I try to avoid this ingredient in food, but it's very difficult to find a soap that is free from both animal fat and palm oil, unless you go for specialist soaps like Lush (and if I could afford it all the time, I would).
Looking at the cheaper, everyday end of the bar soap market, Tesco Lemon Bath Soap is a decent soap. For 1.20GBP you get four large 125g bars of the soap, which is a cheerful yellow colour and has a decent lemon scent (the soap does contain some fruit extract). I have found that palm-based soaps don't always last as long as other soaps, but this one is not bad, being a slightly firmer texture than some vegetable soaps.
The soap lathers well and keeps its shape as it wears down, and it does appear to be quite gentle on my skin. I mainly use this soap for hand washing, although will also use it in the shower sometimes when my skin needs a rest from shower gel.
All in all, a decent soap for the money. I hope some day the supermarkets will find a base for their vegetable soap that doesn't involve palm oil, as I'd pay a little bit more for a more ethically-produced soap but can't afford Lush prices for everyday use.
Tesco Lemon Bath Soap has a great smell and is a good price for these large sized bars. They are presented in a pack of four bars, each bar weighing 125g and a bright yellow sunshine colour. All four bars cost under one pound at only 99p and they are wrapped together in plastic, though individually wrapped again inside the outer pack.
The packagaing is plain and the plastic is see through so I can see the lemon coloured soap inside. It says Tesco Bath Soap Lemon on the wrapping with a small picture of four little lemons underneath the writing.
The smell of this soap is the nicest thing about it - and the colour of course. It has a light citrus lemon aroma. It isn't as heavily perfumed with lemons as I thought it might have been, but it does make my small downstairs cloakroom have a fresh smell as I have one of these soaps in there in a soap dish.
The shape of these soaps, as I said, is large, probably larger than the average bar of soap. They are thick, oval shaped with rounded corners. My soap dish must be on the small side as these bars reach right to the edge whn new.
Unfortunately, where this soap lets itself down is on the dryness and lather fronts. It doesn't lather very well at all and I have tried to use a bar of this in the shower and found it very drying on my skin. The smell of lemons doesn't last long at all on the skin and fades very quickly. It's really hard work to get a good lather and I feel this soap is better suited to just sitting in my downstairs cloakroom soap dish than it is to bath or shower with for these reasons.
My husband likes this soap and he says it doesn't dry his skin, so maybe it's just me. It's a great smell, a smashing colour but it feels like a poor quality cheap soap and I think once these bars are used up I'll be trying something different.
Tesco Value 4 x Lemon Soap Bars are one of those cheap and essential products that should be in every cosmetic cupboard on stand-by - you never know when you might need them. They come in a clear plastic wrapping and are not individually wrapped. The soap bars are of decent size and the whole pack costs less than 1 pound at Tesco.
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Upon opening the pack I could instantly smell the lemon fragrance which was surprisingly strong and pleasant. From a Value product I would expect a more "toilet cleaner" smell and not such a nice fragrance. The only downside is that the scent doesn´t linger on my hands after washing them but I guess that´s something I cannot reasonably expect for less than 1 pound for 4 soap bars.
When I first bought these I exclusively used them for washing my hands as I´m not the biggest fan of using soap bars in the shower. I always have the impression that they don´t clean my skin enough and certainly don´t create enough lather. Obviously they do clean my skin just fine so it is just this spoiled little child in me screaming for expensive shower gel that looks and smells nicely and creates loads of bubbles.
However, I did use them a few times for showering while I was on a weekend trip and didn´t want to carry a full size shower gel bottle around with me. Indeed, they don´t create enough lather and it does take a little longer to clean yourself with the soap bars but they are perfectly fine. My skin felt alright after using them, if not as moisturized as with my expensive shower gel, and I didn´t have any skin irritations.
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This is a Value product that is well worth its price and I can highly recommend it. Although I am not going to use it on a regular base as I prefer liquid shower gel I will always have a stash of these at home. In our house these soap bars are used for washing hands in the bathroom and in the kitchen. We all have to save money at the moment so expensive liquid hand soap is not on our shopping list anymore. The Value soap is perfectly fine and doesn´t break the bank with its small price tag.
This is also a nice alternative if you often go on weekend trips. It is always very annoying to carry an already opened bottle of shower gel around in your briefcase - chances are that it will leak and ruin all your stuff. For only a few pence I would simply take one of the lemon bars with me and use for showering without bothering to bring it back home with me after the trip is over. The only problem here is that the single bars are not individually wrapped which makes transportation a bit tricky. To solve this problem I started using the clear plastic bags you get for free at airports - they are brilliant for keeping your cosmetic stuff separated and clean.
I would award the Tesco Value Soap Bars 08 out of 10 points - great for washing hands but I would not substitute my normal shower gel with them.
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Thank you for reading and rating my review!
I'm not generally a 'bar of soap' type of girl, I use shower gel in the shower and hand wash when I need to wash my hands. Generally I take my necessities everywhere with me but last time I stopped at my boyfriend's I forgot my shower gel and had to use this soap instead.
The soap comes in packs of 4, the 4 bars of soap are packaged in a line and wrapped in clear plastic. The packaging has a yellow label that says 'Tesco Bath Soap Lemon' there is also the image of a few lemons. There is another label giving the basic consumer information.
When choosing shower gels the scent of the shower gel is really important to me but I couldn't be picky with this scent it was Lemon soap or nothing. The scent was actually quite pleasant, if you smelt the bar you could smell the lemon but it wasn't too strong. There is also a slight smell as you wash yourself but I had no lingering smell of lemon on my skin after the shower just a 'clean' smell.
The Tesco Lemon Bath Soap looks like any average bar of soap except that it is a subtle lemon colour.
When washing myself with soap I rub the the soap together between my hands to create a lather, I then rub the lather and soap suds on my body. I found that the soap didn't create a lot of soap suds, there was a decent amount but personally I prefer more soapiness. Also the soap left my skin feeling a bit tight and dry which quite a lot of soaps do and this is why I generally avoid them.
A 4 pack of 125g Tesco Lemon Bath Soap is around £1 so they're certainly not going to break the bank.
I think this soap is a good budget soap, I'm not much of a soap user though so probably not a great expert. I liked that the soap left me feeling nice and clean and that the scent wasn't offensive. It would be nice if the soap where a bit creamer and it didn't leave my skin feeling as dry or tight.