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    Bye!

    I got sick of blogging about soap! Also: no one ever sent me free soap.

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    Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap
Chandrika’s Ayurvedic came in small green bar. The name is carved in all nice-style, as you can see in the picture. Nice packaging. LESSON ONE OF AWESOME SOAP: have good packaging.
Let’s get to the soap. They say:

"Chandrika is prepared from genuine ayurvedic herbal extracts, blended with highest quality vegetable oils, such as purified Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, and Patchouli Oil etc."

Oh crap, PATCHOULI? That was my first thought too. Turns out, the patchouli is pretty subtle. It’s there, but not overpowering. There’s a hint of ginger and the coconut is noticeable, but only if you know it’s there.
The shower? Well, it was nice. The biggest surprise was the abundance of lather. So much lather! No oily feeling afterwards, but no overwhelming sense of cleanliness either. Let’s put this soap into the context of Renaissance art. Cool. It’s not as subtle as a DaVinci, but definitely not as emotionally crushing as a Raphael.
I do feel compelled to point out that this is Indian soap, even though it sounds weird, I felt a slight disconnect with this soap. This isn’t anyone’s fault but my own.
- Buy Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap for $1.25 a bar on Amazon!

    Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap

    Chandrika’s Ayurvedic came in small green bar. The name is carved in all nice-style, as you can see in the picture. Nice packaging. LESSON ONE OF AWESOME SOAP: have good packaging.

    Let’s get to the soap. They say:

    "Chandrika is prepared from genuine ayurvedic herbal extracts, blended with highest quality vegetable oils, such as purified Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, and Patchouli Oil etc."

    Oh crap, PATCHOULI? That was my first thought too. Turns out, the patchouli is pretty subtle. It’s there, but not overpowering. There’s a hint of ginger and the coconut is noticeable, but only if you know it’s there.

    The shower? Well, it was nice. The biggest surprise was the abundance of lather. So much lather! No oily feeling afterwards, but no overwhelming sense of cleanliness either. Let’s put this soap into the context of Renaissance art. Cool. It’s not as subtle as a DaVinci, but definitely not as emotionally crushing as a Raphael.

    I do feel compelled to point out that this is Indian soap, even though it sounds weird, I felt a slight disconnect with this soap. This isn’t anyone’s fault but my own.

    - Buy Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap for $1.25 a bar on Amazon!

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    Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Hemp Peppermint Castile Soap
This here is some hippy/yuppie type soap. The Dr. Bronner’s website states:

The peppermint essential oil tingles the body and clears the mind.  Because therapeutically peppermint oil is a mild stimulant it increases  vitality and clarity. All oils and essential oils are certified organic  to the National Organic Standards Program. Wrapped in 10% hemp-flax /  90% post-consumer recycled paper from Living Tree Paper Co.

I like the no-nonsense packaging, and I like how it has various OILS in it, but I can’t get behind peppermint soap. I just can’t do it. Does anyone really enjoy the scent of peppermint that much? Actually, I bet girls do, now that I think about. Men like things like PINE TAR and OTHER TARS FROM VARIOUS WOODS.
Let’s get to the shower. How was it? Well, actually not that bad. In spite of the scent being a total turn-off, I felt pretty clean afterwards, if maybe a little “coated.” There wasn’t much of a lather to speak of. Just average. BUT, this soap totally cleared out my sinuses. The claims of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Oil hold true. The stimulant in the peppermint oil really did clear up my breathing. 
The pros of the packaging and the power of the peppermint oils still can’t change the fact that the soap smells like peppermint. Felt like I was diving into liquid candy canes. That said, if immersing yourself in liquid candy cane is your thing, go for it.
- Buy online  from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

    Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Hemp Peppermint Castile Soap

    This here is some hippy/yuppie type soap. The Dr. Bronner’s website states:

    The peppermint essential oil tingles the body and clears the mind. Because therapeutically peppermint oil is a mild stimulant it increases vitality and clarity. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Wrapped in 10% hemp-flax / 90% post-consumer recycled paper from Living Tree Paper Co.

    I like the no-nonsense packaging, and I like how it has various OILS in it, but I can’t get behind peppermint soap. I just can’t do it. Does anyone really enjoy the scent of peppermint that much? Actually, I bet girls do, now that I think about. Men like things like PINE TAR and OTHER TARS FROM VARIOUS WOODS.

    Let’s get to the shower. How was it? Well, actually not that bad. In spite of the scent being a total turn-off, I felt pretty clean afterwards, if maybe a little “coated.” There wasn’t much of a lather to speak of. Just average. BUT, this soap totally cleared out my sinuses. The claims of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Oil hold true. The stimulant in the peppermint oil really did clear up my breathing. 

    The pros of the packaging and the power of the peppermint oils still can’t change the fact that the soap smells like peppermint. Felt like I was diving into liquid candy canes. That said, if immersing yourself in liquid candy cane is your thing, go for it.

    - Buy online from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

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    Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap
I figured I was in for an insane soap experience when I spotted Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap in the grocery store, and I was right. Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap is insane.
The Grandpa Brands company has been around since 1878 and is based in Kentucky, which might help put the soap into some context for you. If you lived in Kentucky in 1878, you would probably use this soap constantly.
Their description says,

"Excellent for bathing, showering, shaving and shampooing.  Many loyal  users have been telling us for generations how "wonder"ful it cleans,  moisturizes and deodorizes.  They have described it as being helpful in  removing scales of Psoriasis, Dandruff, Eczema and other skin  irritations.  No added colors or fragrances." 

So, bonus points for helping with eczema? Sure. Not a concern for me, but still nice I guess. There’s no description of the scent, which I suspect might be by design, because the scent is very intense. Imagine submerging your body into a giant vat filled with liquid wood and rubber and you’re pretty close. That said, I really like how this soap smells. I can see how some folks might not be into it, but if you wanna smell like a man, this is the soap for you.
In contrast to the Newport soap, I can see using Grandpa’s Pine Tar soap in the fall and winter. Useful in propelling your imagination into some antiquated cabin, reading Mark Twain and sipping bourbon.
This, as expected, was a hearty lather, and the soap is a dark brown. It should also be noted that I felt ridiculously clean after the shower, and my hands stayed noticeably softer throughout the day. Intensity pays off.
The Pine Tar soap, along with the complete line of Grandpa’s Soaps is available at Plum Market in Ann Arbor.
- Buy online from Grandpa Brands

    Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap

    I figured I was in for an insane soap experience when I spotted Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap in the grocery store, and I was right. Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap is insane.

    The Grandpa Brands company has been around since 1878 and is based in Kentucky, which might help put the soap into some context for you. If you lived in Kentucky in 1878, you would probably use this soap constantly.

    Their description says,

    "Excellent for bathing, showering, shaving and shampooing. Many loyal users have been telling us for generations how "wonder"ful it cleans, moisturizes and deodorizes. They have described it as being helpful in removing scales of Psoriasis, Dandruff, Eczema and other skin irritations. No added colors or fragrances."


    So, bonus points for helping with eczema? Sure. Not a concern for me, but still nice I guess. There’s no description of the scent, which I suspect might be by design, because the scent is very intense. Imagine submerging your body into a giant vat filled with liquid wood and rubber and you’re pretty close. That said, I really like how this soap smells. I can see how some folks might not be into it, but if you wanna smell like a man, this is the soap for you.

    In contrast to the Newport soap, I can see using Grandpa’s Pine Tar soap in the fall and winter. Useful in propelling your imagination into some antiquated cabin, reading Mark Twain and sipping bourbon.

    This, as expected, was a hearty lather, and the soap is a dark brown. It should also be noted that I felt ridiculously clean after the shower, and my hands stayed noticeably softer throughout the day. Intensity pays off.

    The Pine Tar soap, along with the complete line of Grandpa’s Soaps is available at Plum Market in Ann Arbor.

    - Buy online from Grandpa Brands

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    Caswell-Massey Newport Soap
Caswell-Massey has been around in one form or another since 1752, which means they know a little something about making quality products.
My first foray into CM’s soaps is their Newport Bath Soap, named after the town where Caswell-Massey was founded (Newport, Rhode Island).
Their description says,

"The top notes are crisp and clean green notes accented with bergamot, mandarin and lemon. The mid notes of geranium, lavandin, muguet and rose, give character to the fragrance. The long  lasting dry down is soft, warm, and sensual-redolent with amber, sandalwood, vanilla and cedar."

And I’d say that’s a pretty accurate description of the scent. I’d call it “bathy.” There’s not even a hint of a chemical smell. I don’t really pick up on the citrus they mention, but they are spot on by calling the scent “soft.”
Newport is a spring/summer soap for sure, not overpowering and just whispy enough to increase the leisure aspect of a good shower. There was a normal amount of lather, and the bar is off-white (although it looks like the full-size bars are dark blue).To sum it up succinctly, it’s subtle.
I found a lot of 20 1.5oz bars online for 18 bucks.
- Buy online from Caswell-Massey (currently on sale!)

    Caswell-Massey Newport Soap

    Caswell-Massey has been around in one form or another since 1752, which means they know a little something about making quality products.

    My first foray into CM’s soaps is their Newport Bath Soap, named after the town where Caswell-Massey was founded (Newport, Rhode Island).

    Their description says,

    "The top notes are crisp and clean green notes accented with bergamot, mandarin and lemon. The mid notes of geranium, lavandin, muguet and rose, give character to the fragrance. The long lasting dry down is soft, warm, and sensual-redolent with amber, sandalwood, vanilla and cedar."

    And I’d say that’s a pretty accurate description of the scent. I’d call it “bathy.” There’s not even a hint of a chemical smell. I don’t really pick up on the citrus they mention, but they are spot on by calling the scent “soft.”

    Newport is a spring/summer soap for sure, not overpowering and just whispy enough to increase the leisure aspect of a good shower. There was a normal amount of lather, and the bar is off-white (although it looks like the full-size bars are dark blue).To sum it up succinctly, it’s subtle.

    I found a lot of 20 1.5oz bars online for 18 bucks.

    - Buy online from Caswell-Massey (currently on sale!)

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