“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soap „
I love trying and testing new products, particularly where beauty is concerned and when carrying out the Tesco weekly shop a few months ago, my eyes were drawn to their Lime and Mandarin Soap. Consequently, I dropped a bar into my trolley with this review discussing my thoughts.
It was the appearance of the cardboard box that captured my interest due to the colourful images displaying zesty mandarins and limes. As there is a small circular cut out on the front of the box I was able to take a sniff prior to making my purchase rather than cheekily removing it from the packaging.
As I opened the side of the box to slide out the 100 g bar of soap I was greeted with the most stunning and refreshing citrus aroma with the scent of both the mandarins and lime being extremely authentic. The appearance of the pale orange coloured soap reminds me of Coal Tar as it is of a boxy shape as opposed to offering curved edges, which is generally the case with the majority of brands. The front of the box informs us that the soap is enriched with natural extracts and vitamin E with the words "natural extracts" being etched onto the upper section of the bar.
When using in the bath for the first time, I found that I couldn't comfortably hold the soap in my hand due to the oblong shape although this is a very minor issue especially as it rapidly shrunk in size. It created a good lather as I rubbed it across my wet body polisher a few times with the zingy aroma intensifying. The lather was wonderfully soft and creamy as I applied it to my skin with the soap effectively removing any traces of grease and grime. It rinsed away with great ease without leaving any sticky residue and I loved the fact that the aroma gently lingered on the surface of my skin for an hour or so afterwards.
Whilst I do not suffer with dry skin on my body with the exception of my elbows and knees, the ingredients did not exacerbate the dryness and due to the inclusion of vitamin E, my skin felt soft and smooth to the touch. However, I would point out that I regularly use moisturising creams and butters, so the skin on my body is generally soft and well hydrated. The only issue that I experienced on a few occasions is that the natural extracts of the lime and mandarin caused me to suffer a sneezing fit, as both aromas are extremely zesty.
I solely used the soap in the bath where it sat in a china soap dish and as I ensured that it never rested in a pool of water, the soap did not turn into a squidgy pulp. I would estimate that the bar of soap lasted me around three weeks with me bathing daily and my husband occasionally using it on his face. Whilst I did not use it on my face due to suffering with dryness on my cheeks, my husband who suffers with sensitive skin, did not experience any issues.
I enjoyed trying out a new soap for use in the bath although I probably wouldn't repurchase again for myself, as nothing can beat the luxury offered by Imperial Leather. The 100 g bar is a little pricey at 75p especially when I can purchase a pack of three Imperial Leather same size bars from Poundland. However, I wouldn't dismiss buying this for one of my Christmas pamper hampers.
===Why I Bought This===
One thing I enjoy is having nice soap, but as I do not get out to the shops much these days I tend to limit my choice to what I find on te Tesco Grocery website. These little boxed soaps turned up on the website a few weeks ago and I decided to try them.
Made for Tesco.
Lime and Mandarin soap.
Comes in a bright orange box decorated with images of mandarins and limes - there is a round 'window' so you can view he soap inside.
'Enriched with Natural Extracts and Vitamin E'.
100 gram bar.
'Enriched with added mosituriser to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.'
Has added extracts of lime and mandarin 'to help sooth your body and leave you feeling refreshed'.
Use with 24 months - and keep away from eyes.
Inside the box is a rectangular pale orange bar of soap with the words 'NATURAL EXTRACTS' on the front.
Among other ingredients are glycerine and citrus oils.
Made in China for Tesco.
These soaps come in three sorts:
*Aloe Vera and Green Tea
*Lavender and Chamomile
*Lime and Mandarine
75p per 100 gram bar.
This is a chunky oblong bar of soap and is an attractive pale orange colour. It is not clear like lots of glycerine soaps but actually resembles the old Opal Fruit sweets (now Starburst).
Although the box is vivid orange in colour the soap is only a very pale shade or orange and even the smell reminds me of Opal Fruits.
This is a unisex sort of smell and can be used by all the family.
The aroma is pleasant and refreshing and coming in a nice box makes the soap feel slightly 'better' than just the ordinarly ones ou buy in packs of four.
The soap itself feels lovely when in use and you can feel its moisturising properties - it may not be a huge bar but it does last a long time - and I also ike the fact that it does not start to disintegrate when it is wet and in use.
I tend to use my bars in the shower or bath but they are equally as good by the sink to wash your hands and the perfume is not so powerful as to leave stronge smells on your hands after use - just a faint hind of aroma.
These bars may seem a little expensive to use on a daily basis - especially as husband comes in from the garden wth filthy hands, so I try and keep these good bars for myself and hope he will use the cheaper bars I buy for general use - but it does not always work, and I have not resorted to hiding my bars of soap yet.
I would definitely recommend these refreshing bars of soap - they are more expensive than others that Tesco sell which you cAn have four bars for £1 but sometines it is good to have a little luxury in smal things.
Although fruity these are very subtle and ot half as storng smelling as the fruity Body Shop glycerine soaps - so while I pefer the Body SHop ones at £2 each - these are also really good for just 75p.
===Would I Recommend?===