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AllGirlMafia October 16, 2014

I love, borderline lust Sandalwood. Chandrika Sandal and Auromere Sandal-Turmeric are stashed in a cigar box in my closet...just in case they never make more. Any suggestions for other exquisite sandalwood bars?

Eloquaint October 1, 2014

I cherish the memory of the Camay soap in my grandmother's bathroom. Currently my favorite soap is Honey I Washed The Kids by Lush. Reasonable price and nicely emollient. Can you still get Camay?

Marjon Strobbe September 27, 2014

Nesti Dante are the best.

fanny September 27, 2014

I still have two soap bars left of Opium – YSL from the early nineties, love them! Also love my vintage soap of Farouche – NR. When I visit France I cannot resist to buy every kind of soap and showergel, that is unknown to me, in supermarkets. I just love a huge stock of soap! ps Sorry, had to post again, the previous post has my name wrong...

Gwen September 26, 2014

Robert said "Roger et Gallet Oeillet Mignardise"--I had that, minus the Mignardise--perhaps the same? No longer available from anywhere I could find. I loved it, covet it still, and in fact have looked a long time to find a perfume as satisfying (DSH Oeillets Rouge comes close). I also enjoy Pre de Provence Linden soap. Both cited are triple-milled with lovely lather and abundant scent.

Lavanya September 26, 2014

I LOVE soaps too - I hardly use body washes/shower gels any more..I use cold processed soap- those tend to be my favorite which is why I am excited to try the olympic orchid ones though I could find the patchouli one on her website.. For me - the texture of the soap and lather are as important (if not more) than the scent. My absolute faves are from the following small companies : chagrinvalleysoapandsalve (not so much for the scent but the quality of these soaps are outstanding and most of them do what they claim), aunt nancy's soap on etsy (I love her unfragranced soap like her goats milk soap but she has fragranced soap as well- I've used and liked her fleurs d'oranger soap. For scented soap I love Olive and Oud on etsy. Laura, the owner, is on a break right now but her Ernest Hemingway soap (Which reminded me of Caron Alpona) and Perfect Morning soap (with coffee absolute) were my favorites. She used to have a wonderful orange patchouli and sandalwood soap which was was also a favorite. I am lemming some of those Amouage soaps. One one tired evening, I ran a bath for my husband and sprayed a lot of Amouage lyric into the water- he loved it. I am thinking he'd love a lyric soap. Rose scented baths remind him of kings- lol..(at least Indian and Persian Kings..:))

Anne Berbling September 26, 2014

Oh, my!! I have to tell you about my long-standing love of soap... when I was small (early 1960s) and I went to the grocery store with my Mother each week, I wanted a new bar of soap instead of candy...strange little girl, huh? I was an aficionado of the main-stream commercial bar-soaps...Dove, Camay, Jergens...then I discovered Avon soaps... (believe it or not, Avon had some beautifully scented soaps back then...Honeysuckle, Hawaiian White Ginger, Silk & Honey...and of course, all their fragrances had a coordinating soap as well. How did bar soap fall so "out of favor"? Like Farouche, my favorite "grocery store" soap at the moment is Dove Shea Butter/Warm Vanilla... now I want to try the Claus Porto Lemon Verbena one for sure... Thank you for this post... (I thought I was the only one! LOL)

Tiffanie September 26, 2014

I love your soaps and want to try them all. :) I no longer make regular travels outside the US (life gets in the way) but I am hoarding the Roger & Gallet soaps I've bought in France on past trips. They smell so wonderful and have incredible longevity. I have several empty R&G soap boxes that are at least 15 years old. The boxes alone still smell fabulous.

Nemo September 26, 2014

This is a very well timed post! I have only just started using solid soaps again recently, and the ones from Olympic Orchids sound amazing :) Perhaps a good place to start before my perfume habit branches out into a soap habit...

eldarwen22 September 26, 2014

I have just the Dia hand soaps. Got them a couple weeks ago and haven't tried them yet. Ordered a slew of Amouage body products and haven't even started to use them. But I love the Amouage packaging, the packaging and bottles fit what's going on scent wise.

Musette September 25, 2014

OMGosh! SOAP! Honeydoll, I wonder if you and I pooled our Soap Hoard, would the planet tilt on its axis from the sheer weight of it all? some of my favorites: Lyric. Jub25. Gold. Each an inexpensive, precious little gem! I had to laugh because of your list above, there are only two I don't have. I nearly broke my foot when I dropped a Claus bar. freakin' dangerous, lemmetellya! Erin turned me on to those Eggwhite soaps. Great for your skin (esp face) and one leetle bar will scent a good-sized bathroom for weeks! Just beautiful! So CLEAN-smelling. On one of our Saturdays Francine, we found a gorgeous Almond no-name soap that just floated my bathroom boat for 2 weeks - so retro-Jergens. Alas, once it got into 'use' stage it sort of lost its charm. Alas. But...$6.99? Two weeks of retro beauty? Can't beat that with a stick! I'm with Jin on the Dove. Great smell, great moisturizing. Guerlains. A box of four Eau Imperiale that I got from surrendertochance.com - Too lovely for words. xoxoxooxA

MikasMinion September 25, 2014

Gah! I was doing alright ignoring the Amouage soaps. Pleeeease stop tempting meeee! I love those Claus Porto soaps, especially the Poppy and the Honeysuckle. Mistral also makes some great ones and the Savon de Marseille sandalwood is great, I often add one to my Amazon order. I usually have one scented bar and one unscented going at any given time. I have to admit, my current favorite bar soap is the plain Verde olive oil soap by 80 Acres. The bar itself smells so good, although it leaves no lasting scent. It isn't a hard bar though so one has to watch out not to leave it wet.

Ann September 25, 2014

Happy, happy birthday, dear Portia! And what a fun post. I can't believe I don't own any perfumed soaps, but your picks sound so good that that will soon change. I didn't realize the Amouage had created an Interlude soap -- to the top of my wish list it goes! Thanks!

Farouche September 25, 2014

I've got an inexpensive favorite: Dove Shea Butter Beauty Bar with Warm Vanilla. It is very moisturizing and smells great!

Donna September 25, 2014

I'm currently using the Banho Citrus Verbena but the Amouage sounds yummy!! I love pretty soaps.

Robert Matthews September 25, 2014

Roger et Gallet Oeillet Mignardise soap. Pure potent carnation amazingness. I hardly every use the stuff to wash with but I keep a box of it in the sock-and-underwear drawer so I get a whiff of it every day. I really need to look for the Tabac Original soap. I used to wear the cologne back in the day and I bet the soap would take me right back. Perhaps when I'm in Germany next year.

Asali September 25, 2014

Portia, thanks for this review I'll look out for some of those. I LOVE old fashioned soap bars as opposed to liquid soap, and when I see a nice one I buy it and put it in my wardrobe, that way it's always a bit of a treasure hunt which one will be found and used next :-) My absolute favourite though is vintage mitsouko soap, you wouldn't believe how amazing it smells.

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