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Tips for Choosing Body and Bath Soaps

Luxury Bath Soaps Turn ‘Routine Bathing’ Into ‘Me Time’

Your first luxury bathing experience probably included a tub full of bubbles from a pink bath bottle you received as a gift when you were a little girl. Now, as an adult, it’s much less about how many bubbles you have in the tub and more about the bar soap you use. A high-end bar of scented soap not only cleanses, but it provides an aromatic indulgence. A far cry from the bargain-rate commercial soaps you can buy at the grocery store, today’s specialty bars can be crafted to be works of art.

From sea salt to lemon verbena to olive oil and coconut, you can bathe in any flavor or scent your heart desires. Ancient Babylonians are credited as the first soap makers, when they discovered they could combine animal fat and wood ashes and use the resulting product to bathe. Today, plant oils and essential oils are frequently used. Soap crafters create logs of creamy bath delights and then slice them like bread into pieces, use cookie cutters to make soap rounds, or cut them into bars. And sometimes, they decorate them with all the flair of a pastry chef!

You have as many options when purchasing artisan soaps today as you do with wine! It’s good to know some of the basics before you buy.

French milled soaps are smoother and creamier than commercial quality soaps, which places them in the luxury category. As a result of their creamy nature, they lather much more quickly and feel soft and smooth on the skin. Typically, regular bar soap is dried before it’s formed into bars. During this process the soap can form crystals, which result in a courser texture. French milled soaps (actually, the French originated the milling process, but it can be done by any manufacturer) are dried, but then pressed through a roller that crushes the crystals. In the case of triple-milled soaps, each bar passes through the mill three times.

Scottish Fine Soaps Au Lait are also triple milled and contain Shea Butter for an exceptionally smooth feel. They are enhanced with milk glycerides to aid in nurturing the suppleness of the skin.

Glycerin soaps are translucent, when compared with traditional bar soaps. Their clarity is the result of adding alcohol and sugar during the slow cooking process. This type of soap tends to be gentler on the skin.

Lava soap contains ground pumice and therefore is used to clean the hands of everything from engine grease to paint. Another powerful hand soap is made of borax.

recent bath soap product reviews

good gift for myself
good gift for myself By SUNG from Taiwan on 07/13/2014
 Review of Yardley of London English Rose (1 Review)
Comments about Yardley of London English Rose, 4 x 1.7oz Luxury Guest Soap:
good soap

Fa Bar Soap
Fa Bar Soap By jvc99 from SA on 05/18/2014
Comments about Fa Bar Soap - Refreshing with Lemon Extract, Refreshing Lemon:
I love this soap. The scent is refreshing clean.

Origins Short Cake Baby Cleansing Bar
Origins Short Cake Baby Cleansing Bar By jvc99 from SA on 05/09/2014
Comments about Origins Short Cake Baby Cleansing Bar, 125g/4.2oz:
I absolutely love this product makes your skin so soft.

Reminds me of the Christmas scent of Bayberry
Reminds me of the Christmas scent of Bayberry By Loving luxury from Burnaby BC on 12/20/2013
 Review of Antique Garden Spiced Laurel (1 Review)
Comments about Antique Garden Spiced Laurel, 170g/6oz Perfumed Soap:
Antique Gardens soaps are exceptional in quality for sudsy, creamy soap with lasting fragrance right down to the final sliver.

Sweet cherry bath soap
Sweet cherry bath soap By JESUSTX from DALLAS,TX on 06/24/2013
 Review of L'Occitane Sweet Cherry Bath Soap (1 Review)
Comments about LOccitane Sweet Cherry Bath Soap, 50g/1.7oz:
Great smell. Leaves me feeling fresh and smelling great. Wish I got a bigger bar though.

nice lather
nice lather By makeuplisa from hartford on 03/04/2013
Comments about Victoria Royal Swedish Birch Leaf Soap, 3.5oz:
loved this fragrance, and it gave a nice lather up.

sweet
sweet By makeuplisa from hartford on 03/04/2013
Comments about Noodle & Boo French Milled Baby Soap, 2 x 3 oz:
this is sweet smelling soap, perfect for my baby

trusted
trusted By makeuplisa from hartford on 03/04/2013
Comments about Noodle & Boo All My Heart Baby Soap, 9 oz:
I use this on my baby and trust that it wont have adverse effects on the skin

sensitive baby
sensitive baby By makeuplisa from hartford on 03/04/2013
 Review of Noodle & Boo Healthy Hand Wash (1 Review)
Comments about Noodle & Boo Healthy Hand Wash, 355ml/12oz:
this was great for my baby's sensitive skin,

so natural
so natural By cosmeticcolleen from burlington on 02/28/2013
Comments about California Fleurish French Lavender, 170g/6oz Natural Soap:
this is such a natural soap, its so good for the skin

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