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All-purpose soap: reduce the number of bottles you take on holiday
Lifeventure All-Purpose Soap
Member Name: beckyX
Lifeventure All-Purpose Soap
Advantages: Pack one bottle not three, concentrated, fairly gentle, not too smelly
Disadvantages: Can be a little on the drying side
Lifeventure all purpose soap is a concentrated general purpose antibacterial liquid soap that you can use as a shampoo, a body wash, to wash fruit and vegetables and to clean your clothes.
It comes in three sizes: 100ml, 200ml and 350ml.
==How much is it?==
A quick look online says that the current price is about 5 pounds for the big bottle, 4 pounds for the medium and three for the small bottle. I bought mine when my local camping/outdoor gear shop had a 3 for 2 offer, so it was a little cheaper than that for me.
It is readily available online, and I have seen this brand in several outdoor pursuits stores in the town where I live, including Blacks, Rohan, Army & Navy, Open Air, Millets, and the local travel clinic.
==How long does a bottle last?==
I've had my 200ml bottle for several years, although I only use it when I go backpacking abroad or when camping, not as an everyday product. I reckon on using a quarter of the bottle for a fortnight's trip. I find that because it is concentrated, I use a lot less of it than I would use of my regular wash products. Its main advantage, however, is in the space it saves in my wash bag by needing fewer bottles.
==What is it like?==
The soap was a little thinner than I expected it to be - not at all "gloopy", which was surprising for a concentrated product. It lathered well and doesn't have a particularly perfumed smell to it. The squeezy bottle was designed in such a way that it was very easy to dispense the right amount without it going everywhere. In the several years I have had it, it has not leaked once all over my wash bag, which is more than I can say for my conditioner!
==Works even if you don't have fresh water==
It claims to lather in both brackish and fresh water, though I have never tried it in brackish water. I can confirm that it lathers well in fresh water, and I have never had any problems rinsing out salty garments after going in the sea.
I found that this was a bit harsh for a shampoo and left my hair feeling a little on the dry side. But my hair is prone to dryness, so I find most general purpose shampoos to be overly drying to the hair. It was easily corrected by making sure that I had a good conditioner. I imagine that most people with normal or greasy hair would be fine with this as a shampoo. I have given it only 4/5 rather than 5/5 because I still need to take a conditioner with me.
Where I have found that this product works best for me is as a shower gel. I like it because it does not have an overly strong perfumed smell to it, so it is suitable for both men and women. My skin is dry and sensitive, but I did not have problems with this. It lathered well, and I did not need very much to get clean.
==Does it wash clothes well?==
This was pretty good at washing clothes. It worked well at stopping my clothes from smelling, but I found that it did not get out really tough stains when I have used it to hand wash my clothes. However, I find that to be a common problem when hand washing clothes using travel detergents (I've tried a good few).
The one slight issue that I had was that compared to the amount I used on my skin, I needed to use quite a bit of the soap on my clothes to get a good lather (without the lather, I couldn't really tell how much of the clothes had detergent on them, so it was easy to miss bits!). Overall, I'd say it works at least as well as any other brand at getting clothes clean, but I have not yet found my elusive perfect clothes detergent that would remove even tough stains at a low temperature. It has a huge advantage over other detergents in that it is kinder to the skin. It did not irritate my hands, so I could wash the clothes without gloves.
==Does it leave a residue on fruit?==
It is branded as being good to wash fruit and vegetables with. I haven't noticed it leaving a soapy tasting residue (I tried it once to see!), but I don't generally bother using soap when washing fruit when I'm at home and I rinse it very well afterwards so that any residue is long gone!
It is antibacterial, so I suppose I should trust it to disinfect fruit in countries where I don't trust the local water. But in countries where you have to disinfect or peel fruit before eating to avoid tummy bugs, I would generally much rather peel rather than wash the fruit to be on the safe side, so I personally wouldn't generally use this product for this purpose.
This product is 100% biodegradable and pH balanced, so it is better for the environment than most detergents and soaps.
This is a good all purpose soap that I recommend for taking on backpacking holidays abroad, and for camping. It is fairly gentle, though I recommend also having a good conditioner for your hair if it is prone to dryness. It is excellent value for money, and frees space in my wash bag. I wouldn't use it as an everyday item at home though, as it is a little bit too drying for my hair for everyday use.
Summary: An excellent multi-purpose liquid soap that you can use for washing hair, clothes, body and fruit.