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My parents came back from a holiday to the Greek Islands recently and brought me back a present of authentic olive soap, made from olives grown in the orchards of Kefalonia. I had never used olive soap before and wasn't all that keen to initially because olives are one of the foods I least like to eat. However, when I took the soap to the bath I absolutely loved how soft and oily it was. The perfume was very earthy and natural too. After using up my soap I went on a mission to find a replacement and eventually found this Bodyshop Olive Soap. The soap comes individually wrapped as a 100g sized bar. The wrapper is a translucent green colour and is printed with information about the product on the underside. The packet is printed with full ingredients. These include olive oil (organic and from Italy) and 'sustainable' palm oil. There is a stamp on the wrapper which confirms that this product is certified as using this sustainable palm oil. I have recently read a lot about palm oil and deforestation and although this product uses a sustainable palm oil I still feel a little uncomfortable about it being a major ingredient in this product. The brand call the soap 'vegetable based' and other ingredients include coconut acid, glycerin and added perfume. The soap is shaped into a slight arch so that it is easier to hold. It is stamped with the bodyshop logo on one side. The colour of the soap matches that of a dull green olive. When first taking the soap out of the wrapper I was surprised by it's scent. It doesn't actually smell anything like olives. The fragrance is much more like a citrus tangerine. The fragrance is actually quite mild and after using I can't detect it on my skin. I can only smell this as I'm using it in the water. The soap lathers well and I can create foam using either just my hands or by applying to a sponge or shower flower. The bubbles are quite oily and slippery and in this sense it's quite similar to my Greek Islands olive soap. In general though the soap itself is much less of a slimy consistency than my authentic olive Greek soap was. It feels quite luxurious to smother your skin in the bubbles and I feel like my skin is being treated well. The soap also cleans really well and I feel like I don't need a lot of product to clean a small area of skin. It works well on all areas of the body including more stubbornly dirty areas like underarms and feet. The bar has a reasonably solid consistency which means that it doesn't melt away too quickly when you are using it and it also doesn't turn into a pool of mush when you leave it to dry in the soap dish! After using this soap I feel well cleaned and my skin is soft and feels calm. I still need to moisturise after drying though. I am reasonably happy with the performance of the soap although I am a bit confused by the fragrance as it smells so fruity and not much like olives at all. I also worry a bit about the palm oil ingredient in this, despite the sustainable promise stamp. I would buy this again although it is not what exactly I was hoping to get when I purchased it. I am going to try out the olive soap from Lush after finishing this bar to see if that has any closer resemblance to my Greek soap. This costs £2 at the Bodyshop and I think it's quite a reasonable price given that the brand use high quality ingredients that are sourced ethically. They also do not test on animals. www.thebodyshop.co.uk
I have recently developed a bit of an obsession for soap and I stocked up on quite a bit of it on my last visit to The Body Shop. I chose this one as it sounded and looked quite unusual, i've never heard of Olive Soap before, and i'll give anything a go so I threw it in my shopping basket. This was £2.50, but it can be bought for 50 pence cheaper if you buy it online. I'm not sure why this is a little more expensive than the other soaps - most of them are £2ish but an extra 50p isn't too extortionate! This is a bit of a change to the usual soap that I use. I love fruity, floral kind of scents, and wasn't really sure what olives actually smelt like so it was a bit of a spare of the moment purchase lol. Unfortunetly I wasn't able to give this a sniff before I purchased it either due to the packaging, and there was no samples to smell but I decided to give it a go anyway. The soap comes tightly packed in a transparent plastic wrapper to keep it nice and fresh. It's around 4/5 inches long and weighs 100 grams. I'd say it's around the same size as the palm of my hand so it's a decent chunk of soap for the money. It's a nice, unusual colour - an olive shade of green, and it has a pretty, shiny finish, it reminds me a bit of marbel, random I know. To be honest, shape wise, it looks like any other soap - rectangular with rounded ends, the only thing different about it physically is the unusual and pretty colour. I think that this soap is unisex as a man wouldn't know from looking at it that it is a body shop soap so wouldn't be all funny about using it like my boyfriend can be at times, he's used this several times now although he hasn't really commented on it. This soap is packed full of ingredients. Most of them are very chemical sounding, but the ingredient that stands out to me is (fair trade) organic olive oil. I've never heard of olive oil bein used in soaps. The body shop claim that this is a moisturising soap which I would guess is due to the olive oil. The soap is easy to use, I usually use this in the bath or shower and rub it over me to create a lather. It bubbles and foams up nicely and creates a generous amout of lather. I was worried that it would be quite greasy due to the ingredients, but it isn't at all. It feels amazingly soft on my skin and it feels quite luxurious. The smell is quite subtle but it does smell quite unusual, but pleasant. It really does smell like olives, lol. It's quite an crisp, earthy sort of smell which just has a very clean and cleansing kind of aroma to it. It's not a scent that lingers or is very noticeable but I find it pleasant. The soap is extremely gentle on my skin and i've not had any irritation from it at all. It leaves my skin feeling silky soft, smooth and refreshed and it's definetly worth the price. It isn't drying at all like some soaps can be and I think the effect that it has on my skin is great, it leaves me feeling clean and soft. The 100g bar of soap lasts pretty well, I have around half a bar left and i've bein using it to wash my hands with daily and i've also had a couple of baths with it. Reccomended!
=== The product === This is a 100g bar of Olive Soap sold by the Body Shop. This is designed to give a rich lather, leave a fresh olive scent behind and moisturise your skin. === The packaging === This soap has a plastic cellophane wrapped around it and there is a label that keeps it closed. This is very basic packaging but it's minimal and it does the job it needs to effectively, protecting the soap while its on display in the shop and until I want to start using it. === Where can I buy this & for how much? === This can be purchased from The Body Shop stores or The Body Shop website and a 100g bar of soap costs £2.00. === Overall opinion === I loved the look of this soap as soon as I saw it and because it was on offer for just £1.50 (2 for £3.00) I decided to purchase this and a couple of offers in the range. The soap is quite nice, it's an olive green colour, as you'd expect really from an olive soap, and it has 'The Body Shop' and their logo on the top. The scent of this is gorgeous, it's quite a unisex scent and I can detect citrus notes and the olive scent too. This soap lathers up quite well, despite being an oily kind of soap. When I lathered this against my bath lily I was surprised with the amount of lather that it produced, I was able to rub this just a few times and then I could wash my whole body with the wonderful lather. The smell of this is delightful, I can definitely detect the olive scent in this and I can feel it helping to smooth my skin as soon as I use it. I am able to shave my legs using this as a lather and I do not suffer any dryness or problems with my sometimes sensitive skin. This soap is long lasting, it does not rapidly dissolve in water, it is great for sensitive skin and I can use it to shave with. My skin feels soft, smooth and moisturised after using this and I love the olive scent that is strong without being overpowering. The packaging is simple and is not unnecessary, I love the olive colour as it looks stylish in my bathroom and it is masculine enough in appearance that my husband was happy to use this also. The price of this was reasonable, hence my purchase and I will definitely buy this one again in the future.
The Body Shop is well renowned for their fruity bars of soap. I've tried the strawberry and the mango but found their aromas rather weak after the first shower and certainly not long lasting. Coconut used to be my favourite because of it's richer longer lasting fragrance and because, er... well I like coconut. However, when I first received an olive bar of soap from Father Christmas a few years back it took over the number one spot. In store these bars of soap are usually found on the bottom shelf either stacked in sloping rows or grouped inside naturally woven basket containers. The dark green tones of the olive soap bars are usually easy to spot amongst their brightly coloured and fruitier looking counterparts. Each 100g bar is typically air-tightly packaged in a neat transparent cellophane wrapper that is a little cumbersome to peel off at first, but worth the effort if only to experience the fresh soapy fragrance released into the air. Each actual soap bar is a smooth rounded thick tablet shape that curves gently upwards towards the surface where the Body Shop logo is machine engraved. When in use and without much physical effort, the soap produces a smooth balmy rich lather. Compared to many other regular soaps, the lather really is silky smooth - perhaps due to the organic olive ingredient or the Olea Europaea Fruit Oil - as it is described amongst the ingredients. According to the Body Shop website, the organic olive oil that is used to make this soap is a Fair Trade product and is supplied by the Nuovo Cilento Co-operative in southern Italy. This is a mild soap. There is a subtle whiff of olive scent but it really is only a hint. The aroma whilst showering is far from overpowering and instead produces a gentle essence. The soap itself also seems mild on the skin and almost has a moisturising effect - the Body Shop do in fact describe it as a moisturising soap. One could say that the soap lather almost has what seems like the illusion of an oily texture. Whether real or not, no oily residue resides after rinsing away with warm water. Instead the skin is left feeling soft, smooth and silky. I would certainly recommend this soap for those with a more sensitive epidermis. I know it is not really recommended, but (during emergencies) I have even used this soap to wash my hair on the odd occasion and although it can leave the hair a little frizzy (as does most soap), I have found it to be very soothing on the scalp. Of course how long a soap lasts depends on the user and their bathing technique. However, I do find that my olive bar lasts a very lengthy period - much longer than your average Dove or Imperial Leather for example. And by the way, if you happen to be one of those uncivilized oddballs that doesn't like olives on your pizza or olive oil in your pasta, I'd still recommend that you give this soap a try - for I can assure you that this is nothing like the stuff you put on your vermicelli. The Body Shop olive soap still costs £2 a bar. Dare I say it, a nice stocking filler for the man about the house.
I do appreciate a bargain and recently one thing that really was apparent as I browsed around The Body Shop the other day was that there are not many of them about in store at all! However I did spot this soap and priced at £2.00 a bar I decided that, that wasn't too bad and after taking a sniff of it I should give one a place in my en suite bathroom that I happen to have full use of in my mates pub! lol. The Packaging: Quite simply the packaging is really very minimal indeed. The soap is wrapped in a thin layer of cellophane and on the back of it there is a light green sticky label and on that I'm told that it is The Body Shop Olive Soap, the weight which is 100g and peel that back and under that ingredients are listed and contact details for The Body Shop are given. I do like the simple way that this is packaged meaning I don't end up with so much rubbish in my dustbin and of course it still provides all the information you need! The Soap: This particular soap from within the range is an olive green colour. It is a rounded off thick block of smooth looking soap and to the top it The Body Shop is written on it along with the distinctive emblem they use on all of their products. This soap is actually really excellent. It smells wonderful for starters and although it is called olive actually to me sniffing the bar and using it, it smells a little citrusy making it very unisex indeed. For a smooth sort of oil based looking soap I wasn't expecting so much lather when using it with water but I really got it. I got the lovely aroma being released and it felt incredibly soft on my skin. I have not only used this as a hand soap which is why I actually purchased it in the first place but I have also used it in the bath and shower simply because it feels as soft as silk on my skin, I can shave with it if I want to and it really cleans and refreshes me and leaves my skin feel soft to the touch and supple in feel without leaving behind any residue at all. The fragrance stays put for a few hours gently in the background helping me to feel as fresh as I am clean and what's more you can leave this block of soap in water (I did accidentally once lol) and it didn't scum up or disappear down the plug hole! A lovely soap that treats my skin with respect and I will certainly buy it time and time again not only for all the above reasons I have already given but because it's so kind to my sensitive skin and to me my skin really does look less congested and slightly like I have been moisturising more! Great stuff The Body Shop....I am impressed! Only available in The Body Shop. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.