I love a nice bar of soap, I buy hand wash for the bathrooms and kitchen but the bathroom on the middle floor of our house has a nice soap dish where I keep a bar of soap that is usually more exciting than the bars of Palmolive or Imperial Leather that are dotted around the rest of the house. At the moment I'm using a Strawberry soap from The Body Shop and it's absolutely beautiful!
It's a very sweet smelling soap which I adore, the fragrance is definitely strawberry but it has a candied aroma too which is just gorgeous. The strawberry fragrance lingers on my hands for ages and I love catching a whiff of it if I touch my face or move my hands around near my nose, I'm not sure it's strong enough for other people to smell but I'm confident it makes my hands smell clean and fresh even if it's not obvious to others that they're strawberry scented.
The soap lathers up beautifully, with the downside of that being that a bar doesn't last for very long - I'm actually surprised by how quickly the bar wears down as there's only really me who uses it, and only to wash my hands a couple of times a day when I'm in that bathroom. This current bar is nine days old (I just checked the receipt) and I don't think it's going to last another nine days, I know from experience that Body Shop soap is good until the bar is very small but I find it fiddly to use a bar of soap that's gotten too small and lose interest before the bar is finished all the way down.
I love how clean and refreshed my hands feel when I use this soap, I don't really do many jobs that get my hands visibly dirty but the soap has easily removed smudges of make-up from my fingers and some crap I managed to get down my fingernails after clearing out the shed with my partner a couple of days ago - it's not an anti-bac soap but gives me a nice clean feeling which you can only really get from a decent soap.
It doesn't make the skin on my hands dry but I didn't expect it to as I have experience of Body Shop soaps and think they're all reasonably moisturising (or if not especially moisturising none have ever had any adverse effect on my skin.
I love all things Body Shop and have done for years. Their soaps are one of the cheapest things that you can buy in store and while at 2.00 they might seem expensive to plain bars of soap that you can buy in the supermarket or at Boot's they are really high quality and feel much more luxurious than a 2.00 bar of soap normally does and if you didn't know they were from the Body Shop you could easily think they were from a more expensive brand. I absolutely adore the strawberry soap and all the strawberry products from the Body Shop for that matter. It isn't the most sophisticated scent but I love it nevertheless. Unlike some of the other soaps that I buy from the Body Shop my husband won't use this one as he hates the smell and thinks it is far too feminine. As soon as you unwrap the soap you can smell the strawberry fragrance straight away which only intensifies when it is mixed with water. It is very heady and although it isn't the most natural smelling fragrance it is still lovely and just makes me feel happy when I smell it. The soap feels so lovely to use on my hands as it lathers so much and gives off such a strong fragrance and cleans well. I don't often use it on my body as I normally have plenty of shower gel which I prefer to use but I have used this loads of times over the years on my body and it isn't as drying as some soaps and cleans my entire body fine without being harsh or irritating on my skin. Although this fills the bathroom up with its fragrance it isn't as strong as some of the others and the scent doesn't linger on your skin as much as some of the other soaps do. It isn't a big problem for me as when using it if I feel in a strawberry mood I usually use other products in the range to compliment it and scent my skin but it would be nice if the fragrance lasted just a little bit longer on my skin.
I got a bar of Body Shop Strawberry soap in a gift set a while ago. Although I had used most of the other products from the Body Shop's Strawberry range, such as the shower gel and the scrub, I believe this was the first time I'd tried the soap.
The soap comes wrapped in a small packet when bought individually, although mine was just in cellophane since it was part of a set. The bar itself is red, as I suppose you would expect from a Strawberry scented product, and is slightly curved and imprinted with the Body Shop logo.
The curve to the base of the soap and the rounded edges make it comfortable to hold and when it came to using the soap, I found that it lathered well, although the lather it creates is more of a mild froth than a thick, creamy lather.
The strawberry scent is not as strong as I would personally like. I find I have to have my nose right up to it to be able to smell it, so in use, as a body soap, I don't really notice the scent all that much. As I have found with other products in the Body Shop's Strawberry range, the strawberry fragrance is also a tad artificial, rather than a natural, sweet strawberry fragrance.
The soap is glycerine based and I have found in the past that glycerine based soaps can often leave my skin feeling dry. Having used this for around 6-8 weeks now, I have not found that to be the case with this one which is obviously a good point. That said, I can't claim it has had any real positive effect on my skin either if I'm honest. Other than getting my skin clean, it doesn't really do anything and I don't notice any strawberry scent left behind either.
A 100g bar of this soap costs £2 from the Body Shop. When I first started using this it seemed to wear down quite quickly and I remember thinking it didn't seem like it was going to last very long, but as I mentioned it's been around 6-8 weeks now and I think it has a few more uses left in it.
If I am totally honest, I don't think I would buy this soap again. It is nice enough and there's nothing wrong with it as such, but I don't think it's anything special. Although £2 is not exactly a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, I think I'd prefer something richer, creamier and more moisturising like Dove, which I feel is superior to this one.
I love Body Shop products and their soaps are really lovely. They always have such fruity fragrances. Perhaps my favourite is the lemon fragrances soap they make but a close second would e the strawberry one. This costs £2 for a standard sized bar. It's the same shape and thickness as the other bars of soap fro the Body Shop. It's oval in shape and a nice deep strawberry red colour. When new, this soap is covered in a clear plastic film which is easy to remove (and recyclable too).
As with all Body Shop soaps, their logo is impregnated into the top of the bar when new, but after a few showers this soon fades away into nothing, leaving just a plain looking bar of soap. Using the soap is just as you'd expect. Make contact with water and roll between your hands. You will soon find quite an impressive amount of foamy lather is created and the heat of the bath or shower also seems to intensify the fresh fruity strawberry smell of this lovely soap.
I use a body puff most of the time when I use this soap but if you prefer not to, then that's okay as it still will lather up really well without. It feels gorgeously soft on my skin and makes it feel smooth, moisturised and refreshed afterwards. It doesn't irritate and it rinses clean away without leaving any stickiness, soapiness or residue. It really is kind to my skin. My daughter also loves this soap and she has really sensitive skin from persistent eczema, yet she never suffers from any adverse effects whenever we use this soap on her.
The bar may seem expensive at £2 but really it lasts for so long that it works out really good value for money. One tip, however, never leave it standing in a soap dish for too long as it will simply turn to complete mush. I made this mistake with the first bar I used and I was horrified to see how quickly this happened. My soap had all but disintegrated and I was left with soggy pink mush in the bottom of the dish.
However, if you manage to keep it dry between uses then you are onto a winner. It really is a fresh and natural smell and makes my skin feel so soft, lean and silky whenever I use it.
I really love it and totally recommend it.
REASON FOR BUYING THIS SOAP:-
I used to buy Body Shop soap a few years ago mainly because of their ethics at the time and also because their soaps were different to those that you could buy in the supermarkets in that they had very distinct fruity fragrances. I stopped buying them when they started to become rather expensive and it wasn't until recently that I thought I would try them again. I was buying one or two other products from their website and they had a 30% discount offer, so I bought 4 bars each of a different fragrance. The one that I am reviewing today is Strawberry .
PACKAGING AND DESIGN:-
It's a fairly standard-sized 100g (3.5 oz) bar of soap that comes wrapped in a red see-through wrapper that is claimed to be recyclable. The front of the wrapper just shows the Body Shop logo, the type of soap and the weight. The reverse of the wrapper has a large white label with the words 'Certified Sustainable Palm Oil', a description of the soap in a number of languages saying that is vegetable-based with strawberry extract, and a list of ingredients.
WHAT IT CONTAINS:-
Many people still think that the Body Shop only uses natural ingredients in its products. Unfortunately this is not the case as can be seen from this list:-
Sodium Palm Kernelate
Palm Kernel Acid
Fragaria vesca (Strawberry Juice)
Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient)
CI 14700 (Colour)
CI 17200 (Colour)
They do claim, however, to be against animal testing which, in my mind, still places them higher on the ethical scale than many other cosmetic companies, even though they are now part of the L'Oreal group
MY EXPERIENCE USING THE SOAP:-
The bar of soap is a deep red colour with the Body Shop logo indented into the surface. It lathers quite well - as much as other branded soaps - and I've not had any skin irritation from using it on my face or upper body. Other people have said that the bar goes soft very quickly but I've not found this (I don't usually leave it in the water, though - I put it straight back into the soap rack). What does happen, though, is that if you do happen to leave it in the wash basin for any length of time it turns the water a pink colour. The thing that I am disappointed with is the smell of the soap. What I used to like about the Body Shop soaps was the natural fragrances, and I'm sure the strawberry one used to smell distinctly of the fruit. However (and I don't know whether this is just from a bad batch of soap or not) this bar smells very strange - it's an artificial bitter smell, not at all like strawberries. I suppose you could say that there is the slight smell of fruit, but it's definitely not a sweet fragrance - more like something that's gone mouldy. It's not so unpleasant that I would throw the bar away, but it is disappointing nevertheless. Fortunately the fragrance doesn't linger on my skin for very long.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-
The soap can be bought in Body Shop stores and on their website. It costs £2.00 which I personally feel is a little expensive, but they often have reductions online, so that would be the time to stock up.
I don't think I will buy the Strawberry soap again purely because of the strange fragrance. It does its job well and I've had not adverse affects from using the soap but it's disappointing that it doesn't really live up to its name and smell more of Strawberries. However, it may be that this bar has come from a faulty batch and if I were to buy another one it would smell completely different. Based on my experience, though, I cannot give a high recommendation at this present time.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful
I was first introduced to this soap around 6 months ago, my girlfriend had a body shop party where all of her friends came round to her house and purchased body shop items. I was dragged along too, I saw this soap on sale and thought it would be nice to try something, this was one of the cheapest items to buy. I am so glad I bought this because it is one of the best soaps I have ever used and have been hooked since. These are available to buy from body shop stores and also you can now order online.
I believe I paid £2 for this bar of soap. Overall its not a bad price compared to other products on sale at the body shop. It comes in a plastic wrapper and looks rather nice. There are many different flavours/smells of this bar of soap.
I chose strawberry as I was advised by the body shop lady that it was one of the nicest. as soon as I took it out of the wrapper I was amazed at how lovely it smelt, it was fresh and really fruity. I fell in love with the smell straight away. although I thought it was slightly girly, I didn't mind because it was pleaseant.
It works really well and is very easy to form a nice lather. Its great for in the shower and leaves my skin feeling really soft and smelling nice. It doesn't dry out my skin either. I have found with some soap bars my skin becomes dry and uncomfortable, it never happened with this. The actual soap bar has held its shape really well and has lasted me a very long time. Its just a nice all round soap which is a bit more fun than the typical boring plain soap.
I would recommend that you give this bar of soap a try. I am keen to try the other smells in the near future. This smells so fruity and is a really morish smell! it makes my showers more entertaining and is the best soap I have ever owned. This soap gets 5 stars from me! I just can't get enough of it. Thanks for reading my review, Josh.
I received this in my secret santa from work. I haven't bought soap for years as I don't like the fact it goes soggy and sticks to the soap dish. A quick check online shows that this soap costs £1 for a 400g bar. The soap comes in a nice red packaging which just simply says Body Shop and Strawberry Soap.
The back of the soap says that you can use it in the bath or shower and you simply lather and rinse. The soap is a transparent red colour. As soon as you open the packaging you are hit with the strawberry scent which although it is described as natural I found very sickly sweet and artificial smelling.
The first time I used the soap I was suprised at how well the bar lathered up. It made a lot of white creamy bubbles and a little went a long way. After rinsing my skin it immediately felt dry and tight. It also left it feeling 'squeaky' which is what I tend to find with most soaps except those from Lush.
I found that after using this the smell lingered a little too long for my liking, I wasn't a fan of the scent. My skin felt really dry and tight I needed to slap on a load of moisturiser.
I wouldn't buy this soap, I have since thrown it out as it was too drying. It lathered well and cleansed my skin but I felt like it had stripped the natural oils.
I wouldn't recommend this soap and I certainly wouldn't buy it again.
The Body Shop Strawberry Soap
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 and one of the soaps in the basket was a strawberry soap from Body Shop.
The bar is lightly smaller than your average soap bar at one hundred grams 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.
The bar is shrink wrapped in thin cellophane, 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. The bar feels quite soft compared to a lot of bars and I didn't know whether to boil it, pour it into a container and wang it in the fridge for consumption with some ice-cream later on, or take it into the bath with me. Thankfully I opted for the latter and I'm glad I did.
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 strawberry soap is absolutely gorgeous on the old nostrils. The strawberry really comes through and is well evident as soon as you wet the bar. 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.
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 coverage's 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.
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. 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. I can't wait to smell the bathroom up with lovely smelling fruit soap from The Body Shop.
As I may have mentioned before, my lovely sister bought me a lovely gift set of strawberry products from The Body Shop for Christmas, the shower gel, body polish, body butter and also this yummy bar of soap. I actually out off using the soap bar for a while as I have lot's of other soaps and to be fair I was having too much fun with the shower gel and body polish, but few days ago I decided to give it a go.
The soap is bar is a reasonable size, although a bit smaller than my average bar of palmolive or dove soap and is a really deep red colour (of course to emphasise the strawberry-ness!) and came packaged quite basically - in just a thin plastic wrapping. Unwrapping the bar, it is actually rather soft and jelly like, and a bit squidgy compared to my other bars of soap but nevertheless it's easy to hold, but once wet it's so small and slippery it can fall through my grasp quite easily!
Using the soap is quite nice and I tend to use it more rubbing it together in my hands and then applying the plentiful lather and bubbles on my skin. The smell of strawberry is really strong and sweet and smells quite natural and not artificial which makes bath time a lovely, pleasant experience! I much preferred using the soap during a bath and I am glad I did as it makes it more enjoyable and luxurious to use when lazing laying down in a bath as opposed to standing in the shower.
In terms of cleaning, I found the soap did help clean my skin as the dirty bath water was evident! Sadly the soap does become quite soft and smushy once wet so I have to say that sadly this bar of soap didn't survive more than one usage!
Overall I really liked using this bar of soap and loved the strawberry, bubbly fun it brought to my bath! A bar only costs £2 so maybe one day for a luxurious treat to myself I would probably pay for it. It adds a lovely strawberry goodness to my bath experience, filling the room with a lovely aroma and it cleans my skin!
I bought this during a 3 for 2, at £2 for just one I would never buy it unless on offer. The Body Shop's animal/ human welfare and fair trade support are good enough reason to shop there but unfortunately ethics don't come cheap.
The soap is a 100g bar and comes individually wrapped and there isn't much information on it. Bright red in colour this glycerine soap is slightly translucent. The first thing you notice is the strawberry scent- it really does smell like strawberries but a little synthetic. Although they use natural ingredients the list (of which is on their website- Body Shop.co.uk) is extensive- glycerin, Sorbitol, Palm Kernel Acid, Parfum, Strawberry Juice, being just a few of them.
When using I find the soap doesn't dry my skin and although it's not a moisturising soap, it leaves my skin soft and clean. The lovely smell doesn't linger on me unfortunately, it wears off after a while. When using in the bath it lathers up okay and washes off easily even though it's a very sticky soap and the red colour doesn't stain me!. I've never had any problems with any reactions to it, for example spots.
After the first few uses it loses its colour, it goes pink and 'mushy' I find it sticks to the sink and leaves quite a residue. I don't think it's a long lasting soap maybe a week with the four kids using it.
I'd recommend it as an occasional treat, but not at full price.
I have to admit, i'd never actually shopped at The Body Shop before.
Although I know it's a popular store i'd just never went in it and bought anything and used different stores instead.
Then I recently came across a 40% off voucher for The Body Shop and thought i'd pay it a visit.
I ended up treating myself to quite a few different products and one of them was this strawberry soap.
This soap is priced at £2 for a 100g bar, and I got 40% off it which was an even more decent price.
I noticed the soap came packaged in both a thin cling film wrap or a red light plastic see-through wrapper.
I decided to purchase the one inside the plastic wrapper.
The packaging just states The Body Shop logo in the middle along with saying it it a strawberry soap.
Whilst the back of the wrapper states it is a vegetable-based bar with strawberry extract and sustainable palm oil. Along with the ingredients which does include strawberry juice.. and the packaging also states that The Body Shop is against animal testing.
Opening the packaging was easy and did not require any scissors. Once opened you can notice the strawberry scent straight away. It is quite strong and rather nice and so gave a lovely impression when opened. I have since used this soap a few times. The soap bar is also bright red and when using it the strawberry scent is noticable and strong.
The soap also lathers up really well, however when using it I did feel that it left my skin feeling a bit dried out.
The main selling point for this soap is that it is strawberry scented, and this was actually the main reason I bought it. When using it I did not feel the scent was sickly strong or one that I would not like after time.
But I also do not think that this is a soap that I would use daily or repurchase again soon.
Although the scent is nice, as a soap bar I did not feel that it was moisturising or one that I would use/buy daily that could replace the Dove soap bar I usually buy.
I had read a few reviews about the bar of soap before saying that it is not long lasting and shrinks really quickly especially when left out.. and so I ended up putting the soap bar back into the plastic wrapper it came in when finished.
I found this to not make any change in the soaps size and so I will get a few more uses out of it.
Overall I give the soap 4/5 stars. It is one I did like using as the scent is great but it is not one that I would buy all the time. It would be great to use now and again and it has made me think that I would like to try the other bars of soap that The Body Shop sell as they had quite a variety of different scented ones.
If you haven't tried this before and you like different scented soaps/strawberry scent then I would purchase this, even if it isn't one I would buy regularly - I did find it to be a nice product and I don't regret purchasing it.
Thanks for reading
(this review may also be posted on ciao at some point)
One of the most inexpensive items available to buy at The Bodyshop is their collection of scented soaps. I recently bought a variety of their strawberry scented products and got this soap as part of that set.
The soap comes wrapped in a thin plastic wrap. It is so thin it can be difficult to remove and I find it a little unnecessary. The soap is also labelled with product information including it's ingredients and the brand's contact information should you have any concerns or queries about the product.
The soap is one of those semi-translucent type bars. I've found in the past that these types of soap usually melt away a bit more quickly than your standard cream bar and this was a concern. When wet, the soap has a strangely sticky texture and when you rub it can feel a bit gluey and too sticky. Surprisingly it doesn't actually melt away quickly due to this thick gooey consistency, so you get a lot of use out of it.
I find using the soap an enjoyable process. I like to rub it directly onto my skin as well as into a shower puff. I find the latter method formulates a plethora of froth that can be fluffed about and played with in the bathtub! The soap feels like a soft, slimy jelly when you squeeze it in your hands and it makes skin feel very slippery and very smooth during use.
The soap becomes very soft during a hot bath and the whole bar tends to feel soft right through to it's core. There is a temptation to squash it in your fingers and mould it into a funny shape. This only adds to the enjoyment of using the soap though.
The strawberry fragrance is very pleasant, jazzy and mood enhancing. It smells quite natural and contains natural extract of strawberry to generate this super sweet scent. You can smell it during your bath and well after you get dried left over on your skin. It's a delightful and lively fragrance which any lady will like. After using my skin feels rather more like it has been coated with a soft substance rather than moisturised deep into the skin tissue.
Between baths I find that the soap tends to solidify into an ultra hard lump which can be difficult to prize off surfaces. I recommend placing it into a soap dish too as it tends to bleed red colour onto anything it touches.
At only £2 for a 100 gram bar I think this soap is very good value. Due to it's fragrance it's a little more special than the usual cheaper soaps and it makes me feel pampered and indulged. I also feel good using this knowing that The Bodyshop are ethical traders and do not test on animals. I will probably be buying this soap in the future and would be happy to give or receive it as a gift.
As I've mentioned in previous reviews the strawberry smell at The Body Shop is one of my favourite smells of all times, I love the fruity natural authentic smell that is good enough to eat so I own a number of different Body Shop products in the strawberry smell.
One of the Body Shop products that I really like are their bars of soap, such a simple product but a good one nevertheless. The soap weighs 100g and is a rectangle shape and fits nicely in the palm of your hand. They are a good size and last quite a while on the side of your bath. I like to keep quite a few around and often decorate with them if I am going for a certain colour or look. I also like to give them as gifts as they make really nice little presents to pop in a gift bag with some other bath and beauty products.
The soaps are sold separately in The Body Shop so its a nice way of testing out a certain smell if you are not sure about it and not spending too much money to begin with as each individual soap is only £2. The strawberry smell of this soap is really sweet and fragrant and if I do keep it in my bathroom I find the whole bathroom then smells of strawberry which is lovely. The soap itself contains strawberry extract so you know that it is authentic and actually can tell where the strawberry smell comes from.
The soap is somewhat see through and it contains glycerin so this is why its more of a thinner soap than some of the thicker soaps. Still, it lathers up really well in your hand and leaves my skin feeling really nice and smooth and of course very fragrant.
I got a bar of this Strawberry Soap recently from my local The Body Shop and loved it! It was a nice little item to get to treat myself, as at £2 per 100 gram bar it could become slightly expensive if bought regulary!
The bar is red in colour and the average soap shape - rectangular. It smells gorgeous at first, like fresh strawberries, but unfortunetly once it's all lathered up and on the skin it starts smelling quite sickly sweet and synthetic. I thought maybe this would make my skin smell like the soap, but as soon as i'd got dried and dressed there was no hint of the strawberry smell at all.
When it's in the water it dissolves pretty fast - this 100 gram bar only lasted me 3 baths which for £2 is not great - i was expecting it to last for atleast 10 baths but maybe i was just optimistic.
It does however leave my skin feeling soft, cleansed and refreshed, which is the only plus side to this product.
When relaxing in the bath it was nice just laying there and smelling it, it was quite relaxing and refreshing. It doesn't bubble up too much and it's easy to lather on to the skin.
The product seems to be fine for sensetive skin - mine is very temperemental and this soap has not irritated it at all - no itching or redness.
Overall, this is a soap that moisturises the skin nicely and acts as a body conditioner, but unfortunetly it doesn't last long nor does the smell linger, which is a let down. The ingredients are average and the soap does actually contain strawberry juice which is likely why it's a tad expensive. Would i reccomend it? To people who want a novelty type soap for a bit of a change, yes, but for people looking for a regular, day to day, long lasting soap, definetly not.
When I first found it in the soap I was just window shopping has I know body shop can be rather expensive and I came across the fruity scents and vibrant red bar of soap when I picked it up I could still smell the strawberry fragrance through the cellophane wrapping, so I bought it and have been in love with it ever since.
I always buy my soaps from the Body Shop, on a number of reasons one being I'm highly sensitive to perfumed products and soaps are usually hard for me to find, but with this one I found it didn't irritate my skin at all but left it feeling fresh and soft.
It also is very fragrant and had a long lasting fruity smell on the skin; my soap also lasts a very long time before I have to purchase a new one.
On the price scale I would defiantly recommend it to anyone with it only being £2.50 for a 100g bar and does last a very long time.
On reading the ingredients on the packaging I found that this soap contains real strawberry juice, palm oil, water and glycerin. The soap lathers well too and is easy to rinse off. I did also notice after the bath/shower I found the scent lingered in my bathroom and hallway leaving a nice fruity smelling home.
If you would want a fruit twist to your skin and bathroom this is the soap for you.
Cleanses and conditions the skin while leaving you smelling berry delicous /