one of the easiest ways to fix dry hands is to change your hand soap to one that is mostly glycerine. look at the ingredients...glycerine should near the top of the list for it to make a difference. if the glycerine is a bar soap, it will feel particularly odd at first; very slippery, with very little lather. i recommend cutting bar soaps into smaller pieces...they're easier to hang onto that way.
pears is the first soap that i started using that helped to alleviate my dry hands, which we all have from time to time. if you lean towards the gourmand or floral sort, pears' unique piney fragrance will leave something to be desired. then again, the price point and its ability to leave your hands softer than the average bar of soap might turn you into a fan. (it certainly worked on me.)
i kind of imagine it working on a man quite nicely, actually. i picked it up at a drugstore (i think it was rite aid, maybe walgreens?) for probably $2 or something. really cheap. recommended!
I use it in the shower, when I became allergic to feminine shower gels for intimate washing.
I've used it for years without a problem. My gynaecologist recommended it.
For reasons passing understanding my d/s ran out/stopped carrying/whatever my HG Neutrogena glycerin bar soap. I don't know what was up with that, especially since I couldn't find it at any d/s in town, but whatever. There are a number of cleansing bar soaps on the market, but I've never had great luck with them, so I picked up the only soap that looked similar - Pears. A 3 bar box costs about $3, which is what I was paying for a single bar of the Neutrogena and it works just as well and doesn't have the weird raw potato smell the Neutrogena does. I never used the "original" formula that everyone is lamenting the loss of, but, for me, this is an HG now. It cleanses my (dry, sensitive) skin without stripping it, irritating it, or otherwise causing more problems than it solves. And I like the scent. Call me weird, but whatever... it smells good to me though it only lasts until I wash it off.
I loved this stuff in my young married life. The smell reminds me of playful showers with my beloved. I picked a box up on a whim and didn't think to check the ingredients. I did when I took a shower and stepped out covered in hives..I felt like crying, literally. The formula has changed for the sake of corporate greed...the ingredients are no better than dishsoap now.
Boo & HISS @ you Pears.
This is the worst-smelling soap I've ever used. Ever. It has a medicinal almost industrial cleaning fluid smell. It did lather well, which I appreciate. But I find the smell extremely unpleasant. Since I bought it at the dollar store, I didn't feel too guilty tossing it in the trash after my first use. Would not recommend.
Went to walmart yesterday hoping that they had the neutrogena cleansing bar :( bad luck my mom suggested that i should get pears soap.... On my first day of using it my skin felt soft but a little sticky on my hands... hoping to see some good results!
My parents love using this, and I did use this for awhile because of its lovely 'Victorian' scent (old formulation)! Think it is quite cheap and affordable. Average product for my skin; didn't dry it out or anything.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT OLD FORMULA - ALTERNATIVE PRODUCT FOUND!
So for those who loved the old formula, I found one that is VERY similar - minus the fragrance. The order of the ingredients are a bit different but I wonder if the old package was really in the right order anyway. Also, this bar is not clear - so perhaps there is a little less glycerin but its worth a shot! The only ingredient that is IN there but not in Pears is the Sodium Citrate - which I looked up and it appears to help with the Ph - which honestly is a good thing - better Ph balance.
Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water/Eau/Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate.
Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water/Eau/Aqua, Glycerin, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Sodium Citrate.
Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water/Eau/Aqua, Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal, Sodium Citrate.
I didnt buy this for myself - usually choosing natural and organic products. I have been using it on my body in the shower and am pretty sure it is behind my noticeably dry and 'itchy' skin. I do feel some nostalgia for the brand and had really hoped this would work as it is extremely affordable. I might not throw it outg, use it on my hands as my skin can be more tolerant. Shame but there it is!
ATTENTION EVERYONE WHO WANTS THE ORIGINAL FORMULA:
The green Pears "oil-clearing" bar, which is stated to be hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, only has 7 ingredients, EXCLUDING sodium lauryl sulfate. :) From what I've seen, if your Pears soap has 7 ingredients, it's the original one. Well, I don't know if the green bar is the same as the original, but it has 7 ingredients and excludes SLS, like the old version. Reviews also say it smells "clear and clean" and better than the changed amber version.
But on with the review for the changed amber soap.
Although the formulation has changed (I never tried the old one, but I just bought a green bar), I still think it's a good soap that cleans my skin and makes it feel nice and clean. I just make sure to use a moisturizer afterward because I have dry skin.
I'll try the green one and tell you what it's like. Hopefully it's just like the old original Pears soap.