I've used this soap for several years for two reasons - firstly, because I have sensitive skin and have difficulty finding skin products that I don't have an allergic reaction to. This can range from a little irritation, to a reaction that's similar to a chemical burn - so I'm ultra careful about what I use.
Secondly, this soap is vegetable soap and does not contain any tallow. I object to animal fat being used to clean my skin and it's surprisingly difficult to find soap that doesn't use tallow. Also, tallow based soaps tend to have more fragrance or perfume added to cover the smell of the raw ingredients, and this can dry out the skin a lot - another problem I have. I've found that this soap dries my skin out less than others.
This soap is also fairly inexpensive - typically a couple of quid for a bar or two - and it lasts a fairly long time (a couple of weeks or a couple of months, depending how heavily you use it.) The problem is, for some reason there are periods of time when it just doesn't seem to be in stock, so I tend to buy several bars when it is there, just in case it isn't there when I need it.
As with all bar soaps, the main problem with this is where to store it, but if you've got a good soap dish then it should be ok. If you don't then it should be ok if you keep it on top of (or in) the empty plastic wrapper, just to keep it off the surfaces.
I have fairly recently become disillusioned with body washes, sure they might smell great but the scent doesn't last long on the skin and they never, ever moisturise the skin, even when they claim to. Because my skin has become sensitive, I am limited to the brands and ranges I can use, many dry my skin too much or give me red patches, and all this for exorbitant prices, so I have given up on the search for an acceptable body wash and gone back to good, old fashioned (cheap) soap.
Tesco value pure was the logical first choice since it is fragrance and colour free. I really wasn't expecting much from it, not because it's a supermarket brand (I'm not a brand fiend) but because it literally smells of nothing when dry, and like most people I associate clean with some kind of scent, but I have been pleasantly surprised.
The packaging isn't like the above any more, it has been revamped but tesco haven't updated their website. It's mostly white, with some green (not turquoise) branding. It's a has a more modern feel to it. It comes individually or in packs of 4 (34p and 96p respectively), but no longer in cardboard, it comes wrapped in plastic. Eco-wise this is a bad move because it's not recyclable where as the boxes were.
*THE SOAP AND USE*
The soap is completely odourless when dry, which I found off putting at first. It is pure white and a flattened oval shape with the word "pure" embossed into the top. The underside is concave, like many soaps, and I can only assume it is to allow water to drain from under it but to be honest after a few uses this doesn't work any more.
I use a body puff in the shower and I find this works well with this soap. It takes a few rubs to get enough soap for the whole body, then it produces a somewhat flimsy lather. Again, I found this disheartening at first because we all know more bubbles = more clean, right? Apparently not. It's another falsehood!
The lather has a slight scent that is hard to describe, kind of in the ballpark of talc I suppose, but for the most part I don't notice it. I'm sure you all know how the cleaning part goes, going to skip it for modesty :) Rinsing off the lather leaves my skin literally squeeky clean-rubbing a finger across the skin makes a sound not unlike the fairy liquid adverts, and I can just feel that all the dirt and sweat has been rinsed down the drain. There is no residue or scent left on my skin, and best of all there are no red bumps and no dry patches after drying off.
I ran out of facial scrub and wash not too long ago and I know that everyone says to never use soap on your face but it was all I had. So I did. I lathered up a face cloth and rubbed it over my face and neck and rinsed. I have never before felt my face so soft and smooth. I can't say if it was the buffing action of the cloth or the soap itself because I've never used another brand of soap on my face, but the results are amazing. So good that I'm still using the soap instead of replacing my usual face cleaning products. Much, much cheaper. And I have had no spots or blemishes (other than the usual hormonal ones), no drying or problems of any other kind on my face.
Similarly I am using this to shave my legs, instead of using a puff I just rub the soap bar onto the skin and it leaves an non-foamy, slippery residue that is perfect for shaving.
All my cleaning needs in one very cheap bar. A single bar will last me 3-4 weeks, compared with the average 200ml body wash which would last about the same amount of time at 6x the price, and since it has also replaced my face wash and facial scrub, the savings are huge.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
Recently my skin has really decided to act up and be naughty! I know that I probably do use far too many different moisturising and perfumed things on my skin but tut... I like them! So occasionally I do have to cut back on what I use on my skin to perk it back up. Of late I've noticed alot of spots appearing on my skin and a few blackheads so off I went to Tesco knowing I needed to buy some more natural and kind bath and body products that what I usually use!
White paper oblong wrapper and on the front of it written in grey and dark green writing I'm told it's Tesco Pure Soap, Perfume And Colour Free Vegetable Soap and is 125g in weight. On the back all in small black writing I'm told a bit about the product, ingredients are listed, contact details for Tesco are given, size is once again stated and finally there is a bar-code on there. Very simple packaging this is but informative enough and doesn't scream economy at you.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Wrapper....
Pure Vegetable Soap. Tesco fragrance free Pure Soap is kinder to your skin because it has been specially formulated with no added perfume or colour, Lanolin free. Suitable for vegetarians. Suitable for most skin types.
The Soap Itself....
Large oblong shaped, white and glossy it has a slight curve to the middle of it's 'body' for ease of use. The word 'Pure' is engraved into one side of the soap which of course over time and use vanishes.
I use mine in the bath or shower and of course it's simple and straightforward to use. Either rub it on a sponge, flannel or scrunchy or apply directly to damp skin which is actually my preffered method.
It lathers up into nice white bubbles on the skin though not heavily so and you can see soap 'juice' running on the skin (which is a white colour). It feels very smooth to use and slightly oily when your applying it but very comfortable and easy to use and get clean with, it is.
Now Tesco say this is an unperfumed product and for once this statement is totally true! Even smelling this up close, dry and in the wrapper there is not a hint of any fragrance which I really do appreciate because a lot of brands do claim to be scent free and really they are not! So this is great if you want to have a shower with it and then layer your chosen scents and it's great in the bath too because I use really nice fragranced bath oils and foams and would much rather comes out smelling of them than any soap or shower/bath gel I own! What's more it's lathery enough to shave with (in the bath or in the shower), residue rinses off the skin easily and if using it in the bath it doesn't create a load of sticky scum when you drain your water away!
Well you look clean and you feel it though you don't smell it of course because this is none perfumed. However you know your clean of course! My skin doesn't feel overly hydrated with this but certainly doesn't feel dried out or look that way, skin just feels 'normal'. I can say though after using this for a week my overall skin condition is far better than before I started using it and finally I have got rid of my unsightly spots etc.
If you have dry skin then I wouldn't use this unless using a body cream or lotion afterwards. However if you have oily skin this is great because it doesn't hydrate you but at the same time it doesn't strip skin of it's own essential oils either. I rate this soap highly on it's levels of kindness and just an every-day, natural soap!
Only available in Tesco priced 26p a bar or available in a pack of 4 costing 96p.