This is what was in my box: African Paradise, Zest, D'Fluff, Parsley Porridge, Granny Takes A Dip (a bit broken), Mangnificent.
First off... I am not a massive fan of solid soaps. I find they get soft and yucky if left in the soap dish, and when used in the shower or the bath they tend to leave behind a bit of a film. So I wasn't expecting to to like either Parsley Porridge or Mangnificent. But I am genuinely surprised by the Clean Greenness of Parsley Porridge.
Parsley, thyme, tea tree oil, aloe gel and fine oatmeal combine to make an antibacterial soap that gently exfoliates at the same time. I have this upstairs in my bathroom at the moment and I am really liking it. It smells clean and fresh, and the oatmeal exfoliates without drying. I am going to move this into the Kitchen instead. To me, this is a perfect soap for getting rid of food smells on your hands after prepping food. It is also surprisingly hard and should last a long time without going mushy, like a proper solid soap should.
I wasn't taken with Mangnificent though. I couldn't even find a way to take a good picture of my piece up close. Dried mango, Sicilian lemon oil, Mandarin oil and Neroli make for a gorgeous scented soap but the "dried" mango was soft and squishy on arrival. I've left it open (it arrived packaged in a compost-able 'cellophane') to dry out, its still soft and (urgh shudder) moist. I honestly think that it this will be different if you buy a small block of freshly cut soap from the store as it would be out in the open and would stay hard *that's what she said*
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Unfortunately Granny Takes A Dip got a bit banged up in transit, But it meant that my box arrived smelling great, and my car still smells good, thanks to the dust. When we unboxed this at home, the kids dug and sifted though all the packing peanuts (that are compostable too) to get all the bits and crumbs and chunks of this that were in the box and insisted on running a bath IMMEDIATELY. Lemon oil boosts the mood, while ginger and pepper are warming and perfect for cool evenings.
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The kids loved Granny Takes A Dip and the scent filled upstairs for hours after wards. The best bit, they only used half of what is a massive bath bomb. So we still have half to use another night. We do this with all (except Ickle Blur Bot) their bath bombs, break them in half and REALLY get your moneys worth out of them.
Zest is the most citrus-y smelling thing in my posession at the moment and as soon as my Son saw it he claimed it. It's a hair gel that smells fabulous and does what it says on the tub. The thing that I like about this is that the scent lingers ever so subtly during the day and it brushes out easily. The ingredients shouldn't irritate sensitive scalps and Liamo's hair felt pretty good after wearing it all day. Unfortunately the style didn't last the whole day for him, but he is a little boy who runs around like an absolute mad monkey and if it holds until school's out (which it mostly did although it was looking a little worse for wear), I'd say it did its job.
The other two products are proper winners and I have had to hid them away from the rest of the family because all three of them tried to lay claim to the gorgeous African Paradise Body Conditioner. I snatched it away and hid it like the good mother I am. To dole out sparingly. Because they are Freaking AWESOME!!!!! So the review of African Paradise and D'Fluff will be coming up shortly....
*Products provided for review, opinions my own