L’OCCITANE Bonne Mere Linden Soap Review

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I can’t remember the last time I used L’Occitane soap, but recently I got another soap from Bonne Mere range so this was the chance to remind myself. Bonne Mere soaps contain 100 grams and retail for $7. They come in a variety of scents, my favourite so far being Milk and Rose soaps. This time I have Linden scented soap.

The quality of the soap is here – a little goes a long way and the soap doesn’t melt too easily. Unlike the rose soap (which has a particles of rose inside, so it can be too harsh on the skin), Linden soap is actually pretty gentle on the skin. While I can’t say that it is moisturizing, it doesn’t dry my skin out. However, I still prefer shower gels.

As for the scent, at first it is really strong and nothing like a linden blossom (I should know since a linden tree grew next to my house). My first association was patchouli and Lush store. Later, as the scent weakens in intensity, I could smell a creamy linden, but the smell doesn’t stay on the skin for too long.

Ne mogu se sjetiti kada sam zadnji put koristila L’Occitane sapun, ali budući da sam nedavno kupila jedan, to je bila prilika da se podsjetim. Bonne Mere sapuni sadrže 100 grama i koštaju 27 kuna. Dolaze u raznim mirisima od kojih su mi za sad najdraži ruža i mlijeko. Doduše, ovaj sam put kupila sapun s mirisom lipe.

Kvaliteta je tu – sapun se sporo troši i ne topi se prelako. Za razliku od sapuna s mirisom ruže koji je grublji (zbog komadića ruže), sapun s lipom je jako nježan na koži. Na žalost ne mogu reći da je hidratantan, ali niti dodatno ne isušuje kožu. Opet, još uvijek preferiram gelove za tuširanje.

Što se mirisa tiče, ovaj mi sapun isprve nije mirisao niti približno poput lipina cvijeta. Zapravo miris me je jako podsjetio na pačuli i miris Lushevog dućana. Kasnije, kako miris slabi, počinje se osjećati kremasti miris lipe, ali miris ne ostaje na koži dugo.

SANTA MARIA NOVELLA Sapone a Base di Latte Gelsomino Review

I haven’t had much luck in using soaps instead of shower gels since my skin would always end up severely dry.

I got Santa Maria Novella as a gift when I purchased some fragrance, so I don’t know the price, but I think it is around $8 for 100gram bar of soap.

The smell is kind of old-fashioned, slightly spicy but I grew to like it. It lingers on the skin for an hour or two.

Out of all the soaps I have tried, this one is the best. However, it doesn’t mean that it is perfect. My skin still feels slightly tight after washing with it, even though the dryness of my skin is much less pronounced than when I use other soaps. Still, this was enough for me to use it only as a hand soap. As a hand soap, it is very good. It cleanses the hands well without drying them up. The soap lasts for a very long time – I was afraid that it will be gone quickly, but even after a month of every-day use (several times per day), the soap looks almost new – only the bas-relief is not as sharp as it was.

When I find out the exact price, I will consider switching to these soaps instead of using L’Occitane.

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L’OCCITANE Amond Soap Review

I’ve heard many raves about L’Occitane Almond soap, but unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.

The presentation is wonderful – the soap looks (and smells) just like its name says: delicious. My skin, however, doesn’t think so.

The soap contains ground almonds. Although the almond particles are tiny, they are very harsh on the skin. The almond particles are harsh enough to exfoliate, but there isn’t enough of them to exfoliate properly. In the end, I end up with scratched and irritated skin.

Another thing to note is that the soap is very drying. After using it, my skin feels very tight and uncomfortable.

Since it didn’t work for the body, I decided to use it as a hand soap and it is more drying that the other L’Occitane soaps I have tried.


L’OCCITANE Bonne Mere Rose Soap Review

L’Occitane Bonne Mere Soap comes in several different scents (Verbena, Honeysuckle, Milk, Lavender, Linden and Rose), contains 125 grams and retails for $7. My favourite scent so far is Rose. I love the scent of this soap- it is an old-fashioned rose scent, but it is not too intense.

The soap contains a small pieces of dried rose petals – there is not much of them, but it can feel scratchy on the skin.

The soap is a bit unpractical to hold in hand at first, but after several uses, all the angles become less blunt, so it sits more nicely in my hand.

I have tried using that soap on the body, but it dries out my skin too much. Every time after washing it off, my skin feels so tight. However, I constantly use it as a hand soap (Ithink I have repurchased it at least five times) and it works great. It doesn’t spend very quickly – it usually lasts me for almost half a year.

To me, this soap is a great value, and I’ll continue to purchase it (although I might try another scent the next time).


SAPUNOTEKA Nije Sve Tako Sivo Soap Review

Another amazing soap from Sapunoteka. I’ve been avoiding soaps and instead use shower gels and oils, because they were much more moisturizing.

This soap isn’t drying. It simply cleanses the skin, without being too stripping. However, the soap doesn’t foam up a lot.

This soap has eucalyptus scent. It feels really refreshing, especially now, since the weather is getting warmer. Nevertheless, I have to warn that the scent doesn’t linger. Once you have washed the soap off, there is no scent (or it is extremely weak). Also, the scent of eucalyptus helps when my paranasal sinuses are blocked.

SAPUNOTEKA Kocka Vedrine Soap Review

I’ve wanted to try Sapunoteka (Croatian version of Lush, but without artificial smells) products for ages, but since I’m not too fond of on-line orders, I had to wait until they have opened the store. I’ve only purchased two soaps to try, but I’m looking forward to trying some other stuff.

The soap Kocka Vedrine (A Block of Brightness) is a bright blue soap made of natural oils. The soap lathers slightly – you won’t get much of the foam. Nevertheless, I use it instead of a shower gel and the soap really cleans my skin, without being stripping or drying.

The smell of the soap is amazing – a sweet peppermint and it reminds me of the peppermint candies filled with chocolate. I think that it lavender adds a sweetness to the scent. Unfortunately, the scent doesn’t linger for a very long time. After 30 minutes, I cannot feel it.

Also, the soap must be kept in a very dry place, and I’d suggest you to put in on the paper towel to dry it, because if you don’t, the soap will become very soft and you’ll spend it much faster.



LUSH Porridge Soap Review

Lush Porridge soap retails for $7 for 100 grams.

The soap has a very sweet scent (I like it very much) and it contains a lot of oats. In fact, there is more oats than the actual soap so you can expect it will spend quickly. In order to avoid this, I have cut the soap in several smaller pieces (each piece is approximately 2,5cm*5cm and 0,5cm thick)

I have purchased it primarily for the oats pieces, hoping that it will work fine as a gentle exfoliator. However, the oats pieces are too big to exfoliate. In the end, I ended up with an irritated and scratched skin. The fact that this soap is very drying didn’t help, too. My skin was very dried out.

The soap doesn’t lather well – as I’ve mentioned there is too much oats. Also, the product is very messy – the oats from the soap will end up everywhere.

I’ll probably use up the rest of the soap on the feet, but no more Lush soaps for me.