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The Body Shop Merry Cranberry Wrapped Soap
As you all know, I have reviewed quite a lot of soap and bath products in the past because my girlfriend got me a little variety basket of soaps, which she made up herself from various soaps from Body Shop and Lush, amongst other places, especially for me one Christmas, as a little side present, as she knows I'm a sucker for lovely smelling soaps and bath stuff.
Since then I like to pop into Lush and Body Shop once in a while to treat myself. One of the soaps I purchased recently was this cranberry soap as it was going at a reduced price.
The bar is slightly smaller than your average soap bar and is not intended as a long usage product. It is more of a 'pamper yourself once or twice kind of bar. The way I use soap there wasn't much of it left after the first use as I like to get up a really good lather and a good second covering of my body after rinsing off the initial lather. I think if you used it conservatively it would last a lot longer and you would probably get a few good uses out of it.
The bar is shrink-wrapped in thin cellophane normally which is easy to remove and you don't find yourself with soap stuck under your nails after minutes of hacking away at the wrapper. This version is done up in a dainty little Christmas offering that I found endearing because I am also a sucker for anything Christmassy.
The bar feels quite soft compared to a lot of bars and the smell is definitely a unique one even considering that cranberry based products are made across the board in the soap and toiletries industry,; although probably not as much as some of the more obvious fragrances.
As many of you will know by now I love having lovely natural smells in my bathroom and fruity soap or shampoo/conditioner is one of my favourite aromas. This bar of cranberry soap is absolutely gorgeous on the old nostrils. The cranberry really comes through and is well evident as soon as you wet the bar; you can actually get a really strong idea of the smell even while it is still in the wrapper. As I already mentioned, I love a good lather and this bar didn't disappoint on that score. It built up rather nicely and I could happily just sit there and take in the scent for minutes on end. The bar is not that big so once it becomes wet it can be a tricky little bugger to keep hold of but I can forgive it that as it smells so damn good.
Holding the bar to your nose, you really do get a lovely smell of cranberry and it is so fresh and revitalising. It makes the bathroom smell really nice when you're bathing and even when it is just sitting on the side of the bath. The bathroom smells strongly of cranberry when you're using the bar and this lasts for the duration of your bath. You can still smell it for a while afterwards but it doesn't seem as strong as some of the other soaps in the range, such as the lemon or strawberry for example. It does smell sweet and gorgeous though and it is nice just to have a sniff now and again as it is not over-powering in a strong perfume kind of way. However, you can smell it on your skin for quite a few hours afterwards, which is rather nice. It also does have that added Christmas type feel to it.
I found the bar to be quite pleasing in every way and I also felt that I got a good clean from it. I wouldn't say that it had any moisturising properties as such but it did leave my skin feeling cleansed and the smell of the bathroom afterwards was delightful. The only disappointing thing for me, and it is not a biggy, was that it wouldn't really give me much of a second use as there wasn't much of it left after two good coverages of my body, but as I mentioned earlier on in the review I don't think it is meant as a lasting product and is relatively cheap, so buying another one would not really be a massive problem. Saying that, for the average user it would probably go a long way. One good thing about it is that it is a hard based soap so it won't melt down to nothing if you hold it under hot shower water or accidently drop it into your bath. I tend to demolish soaps because I use quite a lot with each body coverage and with this bar smelling so good I probably used even more than usual. It can also feel quite sticky when you first rub it onto your skin but this tends to fade if you rub it in properly. I found that parts of my body that I hadn't reached so well or rubbed the soap in as well felt stickier than the parts that I had massaged well. This feeling soon goes away when you rinse off, so it is not a big problem.
The bar is a lovely deep claret colour and has the body shop logo etched into the top surface. There are some small particles of gold glitter running throughout, which are intended to celebrate the festive period and to glitz the bar up a bit.
The bar over here in Holland costs three euros and I believe it is two pounds in the UK. So it is not too bad a price if you like treating yourself now and again on the simple things in life. I actually picked up three bars for three euros on this occasion. You can also pick up lots of other fruity flavours, which I intend to do. I have some in the basket, which I will no doubt review as well. This bar was a Christmas special and I must admit the smell rather does remind me of Christmas time in a way. I also had a hot mug of cranberry tea with honey to heighten the experience and also had a cranberry candle on the guy. I might do it all again nearer Christmas and throw in a minced pie or two as well.
I can't wait to smell the bathroom up with lovely smelling fruit soap from The Body Shop. Maybe they will fight the Lush soaps and I will end up with a soapy battlefield of wonderful smells gone by.
All Body Shop soaps are made under strict conditions and they pride themselves on the fact that they are not tested on animals. Most of the ingredients are touted as being natural and to a certain extent they are; although they read like a chemistry book if you don't know what you're looking at.
The ingredients are as follows:
Tetrasodium Etidronate (Chelating Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Methylparaben (Preservative), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Polyurethane-11, Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), CI 17200 (Colour), CI 14700 (Colour), CI 77000 (Colour), CI 15850 (Colour), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake) (Colour), Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Palm Kernelate , Glycerin, Sorbitol , Palm Kernel Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Butylene Glycol , Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Extract; the important one) (Natural Additive), Polyethylene Terephthalate (Film Former, Hair Fixative), Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating Agent).
I suppose if all the 'Cs' were 'Es' we would be harping on about E-numbers and how harmful they were but in this soaps case the C-numbers are just colourings and add to the soaps look.
The soap doesn't leave any residue or scum in the bath once empty and, as mentioned, it leaves the bathroom smelling wonderfully fruity and fresh.
I give this soap four out of five stars for the smell alone. It is cheap, good value and a really pleasant addition to anyone's bathroom.
After Christmas the year before last I got an email about a Bodyshop sale which generally I ignore but trying to get organise that year I decided to take a look for items I could use to make up hampers for presents. I ended up getting a few things but needed to make my order up for free delivery so bought a couple of thee bars of soap for £1.50 each.
I used one of the soaps in a hamper for last Christmas but then thought that since the soap was by then a year old I should just put the other one out n the bathroom rather than holding onto it. The soap was wrapped in a stiff paper wrapper which has a sort of waxy feel to it, it was a deep cranberry red in colour and you could smell the soap through it before even opening it.
The soap inside the packet is white but has flecked of red in it and has a wreath embossed on the top of the soap which was a little strange to have in the bathroom when it wasn't Christmas but obviously as you use the soap the design does eventually disappear. The soap smells lovely and at the beginning of the bar it scented the whole bathroom when it had been used, it smells really fruity and just like cranberries. The soap did seem to lose it's smell the more we got through the bar and in the end I threw about a quarter of the bar out as there was only a hint of scent left.
The soap was only ever used for handwashing in our house as I like shower gels for bathing and none of us use any bar soaps on our skins as apart from my husband we all find soap drying in our house. The soap lathered well with a little water and rinsed away just as well. The scent of the soap was left on our hands after using the soap and the scent lasted quite a while after washing. The soap left my daughters hands feeling soft but didn't really do anything for mine but I have a dry skin condition on my hands so items have to be high moisturising to make any difference on my hands.
I would give this soap 4 stars as it left my daughters hands soft, was easy to use and smelt lovely for the majority of the bar, the reason the soap loses a star for me is that the scent ran out before the soap did which was a shame.
I like the Body Shop and I have tried lots of different Body Shop products. I like the fact that the Body Shop does not test on animals and that they use minimum recycled packaging that can again be recycled after use.
The Body Shop has lots of High Street stores and all their products are also available to buy online.
I decided to buy Cranberry Joy Soap for over Christmas time and I placed it at the sink in our bathroom. In the past I have tried other Body Shop soaps and I have never found fault with any of them. The Cranberry Joy soap was a slightly different format from the other Body Shop soaps I have used. The other soaps were quite rectangular in shape and they were wrapped in plastic. The Cranberry Joy soap is square in shape and it is in a box like cardboard pack. The soap costs exactly £2 for a 100g bar. It is easy to remove from the pack and even on removal the soap smells wonderful. The packaging looks good, with a picture of cranberries on the front and a red background.
The soap is white in colour with red cranberry flecks. It is an attractive looking bar of soap and looks good on my bathroom sink. In the past I have been using liquid handwash but I really don't think you get much of a lather with it so it has been nice to use a real bar of soap for a change.
The smell of the soap is wondeful, it's like the scent of Christmas in a bar of soap, it's bursting with the smell of cranberries and smells just like a whole bowl full. There are no artificial smells connected with this soap, the scent is very natural and not at all synthetic. This soap has been a joy to use.
The soap also has a gently exfoliating effect and this is achieved with the cranberry flakes the soap is infused with. The soap lathers really well, it is soft and easy to use. It is longlasting and does not dissolve quickly in warm water. One bar lasts a very long time. Very good value for £2 for a 100g bar.
This soap would have been really nice to give for Christmas gifts, it's scent is lovely and I think it is very good value, also it's easy to get hold off with all the Body Shop high street stores and online service.
Great to buy as a gift, also really nice to use.
I brought myself a bar of Merry Cranberry soap in The Body Shop over christmas 2009. The soap contains cranberry fruit extract, crushed walnut shell and soya oil.
The soap comes packaged in an attractive red packet, with a list of ingredients printed on the back. The soap itself is square shaped and is an off-white colour with little red specs in. It has a festive wreath embossed on the top, with 'The Body Shop' written inside. It looks very nice indeed and also very christmassy, however it is suitable for use and will look good all year round in my opinion.
The smell is absolutely gorgeous - very sweet, fruity and just like cranberries. I think I would have guessed the flavour without even knowing what is was. There isn't just a hint of cranberry either, it's a really strong smell which is a total thumbs up for me.
-As a hand soap-
Merry Cranberry works very nicely as a hand soap. It froths up nicely and is very creamy. The red specs aren't too harsh on the hands and the smell lasts for a long time after you have washed your hands with it. My hands always seem soft, smooth and smell wonderful after I have used Merry Cranberry on them.
-As a body wash-
The soap lathered up well on my skin and was very creamy. The smell was gorgeous throughout my shower and I could smell the soap on my skin upto a few hours after I had my shower. I liked the idea of a cleanser and exfoliator in the form of a bar of soap, however I found the red specs in the soap (I believe they are pieces of crushed walnut shell) were too harsh on my skin and I felt like I was scratching myself with the soap! The soap also felt quite sticky (as a lot of soaps seem to) on my skin throughout my shower and afterwards. This was disappointing as I love my skin to be smooth.
Merry Cranberry is not tested on animals and uses Community Trade organically grown soya oil, which is good to know. No Body Shop products are tested on animals, however the company has been criticised by many for agreeing to be taken over by L'Oreal in 2006 - a company which sadly tests many of their products on animals.
-Cost and availability-
Merry Cranberry soap is only available from The Body Shop or www.thebodyshop.co.uk and costs around £2.00 which isn't too bad for a Body Shop product. The soap is only available around christmas time, which means you'll have to search around online for it or keep your fingers crossed for next christmas.
I bought this soap just because I had a few pounds left on a Body Shop gift card that I wanted to use up. I must admit, I hadn't really intended to buy another soap as I have so many Lush ones in the house already, but this smelled really nice and was relatively cheap for a Body Shop product, so I decided to buy it.
The soap comes wrapped in dark red paper, but when you open it, the soap itself is a creamy white colour, peppered with little red dots. There is a picture of what looks like a Christmas wreath on the front of the bar with the Body Shop logo in the middle. Of course, though, being soap this wears away quickly.
The bar is square and is 100g, so you get a good sized piece for your money.
What really sold this soap to me was the smell. I do love fruity scents anyway, but this has such a strong, fruity cranberry scent (it contains cranberry fruit extract), and it really reminds me of Christmas and is quite an uplifting too.
When I first bought this soap I intended to use it as a hand soap. What I hadn't realised however, was that this actually contains crushed walnut shells, and is an exfoliating soap. This makes it a little bit uncomfortable to use as a hand soap, so I now use it as a body soap, a job I think it's more suited to.
The exfoliating particles of walnut shell are quite small, however I have found that they can feel quite harsh against the skin. If you have particularly sensitive skin or don't like the feel of body scrubs I'd advise against using this to be totally honest, as I've found it can leave my skin looking quite red straight after use.
On a more positive note, I've found that the soap lathers up very well and the lather feels incredibly smooth and creamy against the skin.
As mentioned my skin can look a little red immediately after washing with this, but this dies down pretty quickly. It does exfoliate really well, and my skin is left feeling very smooth and soft. I'm actually using this in place of my usual body scrub at the moment, it's such a good exfoliator! The cranberry smell does stay on the skin after use, but it's perhaps not as strong as I would like, and after an hour or so isn't really noticeable at all, which is a bit disappointing.
A 100g bar of this soap costs £2.40 from the Body Shop, which I don't think is too bad, as it essentially does two jobs in one. Being from the Body Shop you can be sure it's not tested on animals and is produced using ethically sourced ingredients.
Overall, I really like this soap. The main downside would be that the exfoliating particles can feel a little harsh on the skin, however it does leave skin feeling very smooth and silky, and the cranberry scent is gorgeous, and I'd buy it again.