You know, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with bar soaps. On the one hand I grew up using a bar soap so it is rather nostalgic for me, and on the other hand I swore the day that I bought my own shower stuff, I’d go with a shower gel. It was just more convenient all around!
So hmm… I guess that pretty much sums up my experience with bar soaps. I was however, recently sent a Soap in a Tin of Raspberry Soap by The Scottish Fine Soaps Company and while I wasn’t quite jumping up and down with glee, I was quite intrigued for a couple of reasons.
The chief reason was that it says that it is Made in Scotland and I love Scotland! I love haggis (yes I do!) and I love the wild countryside and men in kilts (ahem! ) Oh and men in kilts with a lovely Scottish accent! Mmm… Where was I? Oh yeah, so although I don’t quite love the grey gloomy weather, I do love Scotland. So, I said, ok – let’s give this a go.
The Scottish Fine Soaps hails from 1974 and from the little research I did, seems to occupy quite a niche market in soaps. They make triple milled soaps, which is a method of making soap where the soap crystals are rolled three (or more) times to form a paste which is then pressed into moulds. Triple-milled soaps produce soaps that are smoother and longer lasting.
The Soap in a Tin is beautifully presented, wrapped up in brand tissue paper and contained within a tin box. A 100g bar is pretty large as you see in the picture and much to my surprise, was hard. It feels solid but lathers up with just a little bit of water.
You literally wet your hands, run them over the soap, put the soap aside and rub your hands together to create the lather and you get lovely rich lather that is quite enough to shower with. Very luxurious and if you think about it, very economical too!
Raspberry Soap, like the name suggests smells of sweet, tangy raspberries. The soap, when lathered up infuses your bathroom with the smell of raspberries. When I used this to shower, it left my skin feeling squeaky clean. You know that feeling right? It feels like all the dirt of the day has been sloughed off your body, and after a bout of sweaty yoga, you bet I’m ready to have it sloughed off! That said though, I’m afraid it’s not quite a feeling I like on a daily basis (which is why I use body washes instead). On the upside, my skin did not feel dry, despite this squeaky clean feeling but on the downside, I can’t help feeling like I have to immediately put on some body lotion or body oil.
I think though with the gifting season coming up, these do make good ready-made gifts for someone who appreciates using good bath and body products. Just tie a ribbon around the tin and you’re good to go! Locally, it retails at RM34.90 from The Brand Story which isn’t very pricey at all. Pricey, if you compare it to the regular cheap soaps, but affordable when compared to other luxury scented soaps. If that’s something you like that is.
In a nutshell
The Scottish Fine Soaps Soap in a Tin is a hefty bar of triple-milled scented soap (comes in multiple scents) presented in a retro looking metal tin. The tin allows you to transport the soap from place to place e.g. to the gym but if you use it at home, then you can use the tin to store stuff like I do. It’s a nice size and well made. The soap itself is hard but lathers up very easily into a thick foam that feels very luxurious on skin, without drying. However, I do find that it gives skin a squeaky clean feeling that is nice after a bout of sweaty exercise but not so nice when all you want is to feel a little pampered.
Pros: Lathers up very easily, Not drying on skin, Can last a long time, Does not crack or melt easily
Cons: Squeaky clean feeling on skin takes some getting used to
Who will like this: Anyone who likes using bar soap and wants something a little more luxurious and unique as compared to what is available in the market currently
Here is the ingredient list if you’re interested.
In Malaysia, the Scottish Fine Soaps Company is distributed by The Brand Story who retail online but who will be setting up stall at a bazaar at Great Eastern Mall on 17-28 October 2013 (get updated on their Facebook page). They sell a few niche brands including The Scottish Fine Soaps Company, Ecoya, California Baby and Marius Fabre, if you remember. If you visit the stall and tell them you found out about them from My Women Stuff, you’ll get 15% off your purchases! Never too early to shop for Christmas, I say!
I hope to go down and check them out because I saw they bring in Ecoya scented candles and I have an unhealthy (to my wallet) obsession with good scented soy candles!
Has anyone come across this one before? Do you like using a bar soap?
This was my first time hearing about this brand. I can’t say I’m a fan of bar soaps. I’m good with them till they start getting melty and messy and that’s when my patience wears thin. Part of the reason I prefer a body wash. I can’t deny a good soap can last a really long while though (and stretch your dollar further!)
The Scottish Fine Soaps Company Soap in a Tin come in various scents Price: RM34.90 Availability: The Brand Story website