Review of The Body Shop Satsuma Soap by Yum3ji
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Satsuma is a member of the orange family and was brought to Japan from China in the mid-16th century. Known for its thin, easy-to-peel skin, it grows well in the cold citrus areas of Japan. The rind contains numerous oil glands, which is a source of essential oils used for perfumes and body products. The essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the fruit and is typically a yellow or orange color. The oil, which has a sweet, tangy scent much like the fruit itself, moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
Directions: Use in the bath or shower to create a foamy lather all over your body. Rinse off thoroughly.
MY THOUGHTS: For Christmas I received a Satsuma gift set from The Body Shop which included the 100 g (3.5 oz.) Satsuma glycerine soap. The soap itself typically retails for $4.00 CAD and USD; however, occasionally you can purchase it for a cheaper price when they are on sale (i.e., BOGO 50%, B2GO Free, B3G2 Free).
The packaging consists of the usual plastic wrap labelled with a sticker indicating the manufacturer's logo and product description. Meanwhile, the smooth alloy orange bar is crested with the Body Shop's logo in the center and scented with citrus mandarin oranges. When left exposed to the elements of water (i.e., soap dish) the bottom will gradually turn to into a white slime. To prevent this, and to extend the lifetime of the soap, it is advised to store the soap in a dry area between uses.
The Body Shop describes this soap as a vegetable-based bar which contains the water soluble ingredient glycerine as a moisturizer best for normal skin types. I do find that frequent use of this soap throughout the day does leave my hands feeling tight and sometimes dry--usually in the winter. In addition, near the end of it's life cycle it requires extra water to build up a lather.
INGREDIENTS: Sodium palmate, Water, Sodium palm kernelate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Coconut acid, Citrus nobilis, Citrus aurantlum dulcis (Orange) oil, Limonene, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, Hexyl cinnamal, Etidronic acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citral, Citrus reticulata (Satsuma) oil, Linalool, Methylparaben, Sodium dehydroacetate, Orange 4, Iron oxides.
MYSELF: I'm an Euro-Canadian with combination and sensitive skin that is prone to clogged pores (Baumann skin type: OSPW).