I rarely feature bar soaps here on Skin Deep, preferring to opt for liquid soaps and shower gels. However, one which has made the cut is Soapsmith, a British Brand specialising in hand-crafted & hand-cut soaps made using the traditional Cold Process method to retain the quality of the ingredients, each inspired by the owner's love of London. The soaps are paraben free and contain sustainably sourced palm oil.
I've recently been testing out the Limehouse soap, named after the London region and unsurprisingly, scented with a fresh, clean and zesty lemon and lime fragrance.
I absolutely adored the packaging which reiterates the "inspired by London" message, thanks to the incorporation of a London map. On the side of the box, the benefits of the key ingredients are listed. For example, lime essential oil boasts antiseptic and astringent properties, lemongrass essential oils is refreshing, stimulating and uplifting whilst cocoa butter and shea butters are rich & nourishing. The bar itself was perfectly cut and embossed with the brand's logo.
It took a little work to create a lather. During use, the citrus scent that is apparent when you open the box doesn't come through particularly strongly. In fact, I noticed a slightly clinical fragrance, however, following use my skin was left feeling clean and a delicate fresh fragrance lingered.
I was impressed at how long the soap lasted, particularly in comparison to other, cheaper bar soaps which I've tried. As such, I feel that the price tag of £6 is justified.
As the festive season approaches, Soapsmith Bar Soaps would make fantastic stocking fillers or token gifts, particularly for any London dwelling friends. In addition to the Limehouse scent, there are soaps with fragrances inspired by Brick Lane, Marble Arch, Baker Street, Bloomsbury, Lavender Hill and Green Park.