I'm not a soap guy. Which is not to say I don't use soap. Were that the case I'm fairly sure I'd be single and playing a lot of online games right now, and while online gaming is probably just fine, I prefer the company of my wife most of the time. So clearly soap has advantages over, say, plain water and cheap deodorant and I am happy to enjoy them.
But I'm still not a soap guy. I don't think about soap except when I grab a bar in the shower or at a sink, I don't care how it looks, and I give no thought at all to how it's made. As for smell, well I prefer coconut or citrus, but don't much care as long as it fits my personal critical soap criteria, which I present for you here:
1 - My soap must not stink. In practice this means it can't reek like cheap cologne, a urinal puck, or both. Irish Spring for example makes me gak - so that should give you some idea of what I'm talking about.
2 - My soap must wash off cleanly. Feeling like I've been dipped in partially hydrogenated soybean oil just pisses me off. Ivory feels like it never comes off (99 44/100% pure WHAT, exactly?) and plenty of other soaps make me feel so oily I just want to grab a thong and hit the beach in St. Tropez.
3 - My soap must have slip and the slip has gotta last. I like my long lasting slip and that's all I'm going to say on the matter so move along to number 4.
4 - My soap must not be crunchy. Now I'm not talking about physically crunchy here, I'm talking about the smell. And I know you might think this belongs under criterion 1, but I feel so strongly about it I'm granting it its own number. Here's the thing: If I take a shower and end up smelling like I just stepped out of a 1967 be-in, someone's gonna pay. You'd think that's not a real risk, I mean you can certainly smell soap before rubbing it all over your body, right? Not always, not in my house. With Joanna doing her soap blog there are an awful lot of bars of soap kicking around my place, and I'm in real danger of grabbing something that smells like it just fell out of the man-purse of some dude named Sunbeam who just left his VW bus running out front so that he wouldn't have to push-start it again after he ran up to hip us to the groovy jam band that he and Jasmine are going to drop acid and dig from the hill just outside of the festival because they can't get tickets since he just spent his last couple of bucks on a new pair of Birkenstocks and some really righteous hash. On more than one occasion Joanna has had to respond to me yelling from the shower "DUDE! Is there any soap that doesn't smell like a hippy?! Please?!" Yes, I call Joanna dude sometimes, and it's because she's so cool, and if you knew her you would too, so drop it.
So I'm assuming you get the point: I'm not a big soap guy and have fairly simple, though rigid rules on the subject. By the way, while I may well be an opinionated ass, I'm also a live and let live kinda guy. If you like the crunchy smells, more power to you! Just please don't expect me to pick you up if you're hitchhiking.
All of which I assume makes it rather surprising that I'm writing a review of a soap at all, much less one called...er.....well we'll get to that in a moment.
So I'm in the shower faced with way too many soaps, none of which are any of my standard go-to bars and I have to make a choice. The selection process traditionally goes something like this: pick up a random bar, give a cautious sniff, then either a) put it back immediately and rinse my hand off while I mumble about tie-dye shirts and looms, grab another bar and try again or b) say something along the lines of "this'll do" and start washing. I had no idea that thinking "holy crap this smells great" was even a choice.
But after using the soap in question (the name of which was a mystery to me until today), I have to admit that there is more to soap than just being good enough to do the job without bumming me out scent-wise. At any rate, here's how it performs under my 4 point check list:
1 - Does is stink? Nope, just the opposite. The smell of this bad boy is perfect. It's citrus: not too strong, not too weak, not too sweet. Made me actually pay attention to it and say "heyyyyy, niiiiiiice."
2 - Does it wash off cleanly? Yup. No film or greasy scuzz whatsoever.
3 - Got slip? Check. Slides all over nice and easy, but not so out of control that I kept dropping it, which makes it perfect for me as well as a good prison soap .
4 - Is it crunchy? In smell, no. In feel, no. In name.....oh yeah. But don't let that put you off. I know I would have, but I'm too opinionated for my own good sometimes.
So it passes my personal tests, but why write a review? Because it ROCKS. I was seriously bummed out when the last sliver disappeared from the shower, and now that I know what soap can be like, other soaps just suck. So it's a good news bad news thing - loved the soap, but now I'm spoiled and whiny.
If you've stayed with me for this long, I suppose I owe you the name of the soap now. Caveat: I didn't actually see the label, so I'm going to have to take Joanna's word for this. The manufacturer is Simply Soap, and the soap in question is called Wylde (yes, spelled like it's from a Renaissance Faire) Jasmine Orange Blossom Faerie Soap. Or so Joanna says - as far as I'm concerned it's called Orange Motorcycle Racing Ultimate Fighter Soap.
So buy some. Use some. And let the man in your life use some, because he'll dig it. Just remove the label first, because he won't touch it if you don't.