I just finished up another ill-gotten bar of hotel soap (L’Occitane Shea Butter soap in Milk, my fav) and decided to open up a full sized soap next. The Yves Rocher Tradition de Hammam Oriental Soap with Argan and Olive Oil was something I bought on a whim, in order to qualify for free shipping on an online order.
It’s listed as $17 for a 5.3 oz. / 150 g bar, but I know that I paid less than half that price when I bought mine. That’s the thing to always keep in mind with Yves Rocher (YR): never ever pay full price for anything from there. They constantly have sales and all the products go on sale in rotation.
This soap is not your average bar of soap, it’s quite luxurious and comes in a fancy metallic bronze coloured box, with the soap itself wrapped in frosted cellophane.
Upon opening the wrapper, the beauty of the soap itself is revealed:
It almost looks good enough to eat!
The bar is HUGE! What’s weird is that it lathers up in reddish brown suds, and when it rinses, it makes the water a little bit reddish brown too.
The main reason why I bought this soap was because I had tried the Oriental Shower Oil from the same range (it was a gwp), and I loved the smell of it (I’m not usually an “Oriental” fragrance fan, but this one didn’t have a deep musky base note – it was actually a soft nutty smell). Unfortunately, the soap doesn’t have the same fragrance – it smells mostly of olive oil to me. Which isn’t necessary a bad thing, I just expected it to match the shower oil. That was the only letdown really.
• Leaves skin soft
• Rinses clean without oily residue
• Beautifully packaged and designed
• No animal ingredients
• Made in France
• Fragrance doesn’t match the rest of the collection
• Expensive at regular price of $17
Stash worthiness: 8/10
What’s your current favourite soap?