Thursday, June 11, 2015

Artisan soap from

I received this product for free to review.

Hey everyone!
So this is a bit weird. So this company hand makes soap. They have so many scents I can't count them all.(72 currently I should have looked at the number on the page)
I actually got to try two. One I had delivered from Amazon the other was sent directly from them. Now I usually am all about Amazon, but with presentation and ease of use, I'd go with directly from the website. The packaging was much nicer. From amazon I received just the soap in the thin cardboard box, covered by bubble wrap and tape (that took me 45 minutes to get through with a knife.) And then put inside a plastic mailer. From it was still in a plastic mailer but had a nice thick cardboard box that was easy to get into. The first soap I got smelled amazing. Its called Vanilla Parisian Indulgence

This is the company's description copied and pasted from their website:

Indulge your senses with the sweet, nutty scent of French Vanilla as Soap.Club whisks you away to the chic sidewalk bistros of Paris. With its almond and hazelnut undertones, Parisian Indulgence is a mouth-watering treat you can enjoy every day.
Soap is our passion. We only offer premium quality bath & body soap aged up to 6 weeks. Each bar is made fresh with pure natural & organic ingredients that will stimulate your senses. Our secret…old-fashioned cold process soap making. Every product is made by hand, starting from stirring the recipe, cutting the bars and even packaging each individual bar. You will notice the soft gentle lather that feels like lotion instead of rough sharp edges that scratch and irritate your skin.
Cold process soap making helps enhance the the scent of our essential oils & fragrances. Many of our scents provide the same properties used in aromatherapy and wellness programs. Feel the guilt free, sensual indulgence of our soap.
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water, and Essentials Oil/Fragrance
Size: 3″x 3″x 1″
Individually Boxed: Net Weight 5.3oz
Made in the USA

 I thought is smelled strongly of cherries with a hint of something creamy myself. I passed it around the living room of my grandmothers house (where I happened to be going after checking the mail) to the ooohs and ahhs of everyone around. Then I let them know the price that was listed on amazon for it. The one I ordered was listed at 9.95 with a 4.95 shipping charge so it came out at a whopping 15 bucks for just one bar of soap. You can grab a couple of scents now for 9.95 as an add on item if you have enough other prime stuff to go along with. So after getting over the shock of the price, I washed my hands with it. It really feels incredible my hands felt super nice and the water even started beading up on them. Once I was done and my hands were dry there was a nice sheen of oil that kept my hands feeling soft for about an hour or two. The downside was my hands after washing with it did not smell like cherries anymore but smelled more like sour milk. Of course scents are objective and perhaps the essential oils mixed poorly with my natural skin scent to have this effect. I contacted the company and they agreed to send me out another scent. I choose their Sweet Summer Honeysuckle since I had lately had a lot of honeysuckle scented products around my house and figured it would be a good baseline. As I mentioned earlier the packaging was completely different. Way better than my original experience and due to the colors, even the soap was prettier. I popped it out of the box, and snapped some photos of the process this time around. Shoved it under my nose excitedly and was met with just a light, clean scent. Definitely not the super strong scent from their first product or any of the ones around my house. I washed my hands with it and it was a totally different experience from the first scent. It did feel smoother than normal bar soap but it wasn't the bathed in oil experience I had the first go round. Afterwards my hands smelled just like the soap bar did for several hours. No bad smell here. I decided to scope their website because is an odd name for a soap company no?

Well the deal is you can buy the soaps individually for $9.95 each or they have 5 different monthly plans to choose from (some of which seem just a ridiculous amount of soap to me especially since the ones I've got so far have hardly been worn at all)
The membership prices are$
12.95 for one bar/month + 7.5% off 
19.95 for 2 bars/month + 10% off 
You have the option to choose which soap you get for each soap in those two tiers. The other tiers are a ratio of soap you pick vs a soap of the month type deal*
27.95 for 2/1 (3) bars/month + 12.5% off + free shipping
This is where it started getting confusing for me. The other 2 plans also have that 2\1 ratio but say you are getting 4 and 5 bars of soap per month respectively. Not sure if its a typo or if the other soaps are limited edition or just chosen randomly by them. I'm also not clear on if I can change my "favorite soaps" on a monthly basis or not and if so am I prompted to do so. Anyway the last 2 are listed as so.
35.95 for 2/1 (4) bars/month + 15% off + free shipping
42.95 for 2/1 (5) bars/month + 20% off + free shipping
All of them include a gift for the first month. The first second and third tier have an extra bar of soap while the forth their has a wodden soap holder (so your soap doesn't melt) and the highest tier has both.
All of them give you a few members only benefits like access to certain special soaps (likely seasonal or test batches) free samples and their members forum. 
The discounts are actually applied to anything else you buy in the store and with the third forth and fifth their you get free shipping on anything else you buy too. Seems like a good deal until you remember they basically just sell soap. Nice soap yes. Gift able soap? You better hope so cause with the amount of soap you'll have floating around it will probably end up being your go to Christmas and birthday gifts for as long as you have a subscription.
All in all if you have the money, the only thing that could potentially stop me from being able to recommended this to you is the fact that I placed an order (paid for) on their website on the 30th and it is still processing. Granted I ordered 10 bars of a soap that was listed as a test that was for .50 a bar but they did take my money so I expect them to hold up their end of the bargain. I'm not the only deal seeker in the world after all and I'm sure I'm not the only one to place an order for that one anyway. Besides I fully planned on passing them out as gifts so totally great marketing for them right?. OK I'm tired of writing now so check out their website here and enjoy all the photos and screenshots I took jumbled haphazardly below.

Oh I also thought it was pretty cool that they actually have soap recipes on their site so you could totally make your own (though its sooo much easier to just buy it right?)

Fine! I'll fix the darn pictures!
Oh and click here to see my full amazon review and continued experience. 

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