For those who know me and my blog, are well aware of my love, passion and obsession with soaps. Yes, I have enough stock to last me at least two years, but I still end up buying more! A few weeks ago, I was at The Nature’s Co shop and I picked up a few products and the much talked about soap, The Nature’s Co Sea Salt & Sugar Soap, that everyone was giving away as a contest prize a few weeks ago. Knowing my luck that never makes me win things, I decided to buy this one.
This soap belongs to the AquaSpark range of products and TNC describes the Aquaspark range as “The abundance of the oceans and rivers and all they hold find expression here. The rich aquatic & coastal ingredients in these products, like moss, red algae and seaweed hydrate and replenish while invigorating and refreshing your day.”
First things first, my fault, I should have checked. They have sample soaps at display for people to check the fragrance and the texture of the soaps. I did not look at it because I was pretty confident that anything that has a combination of salt and sugar would typically be a scrub type soap, with the sugar granules rubbing the dead skin away. It wasn’t what I expected it to be and that was a huge disappointment.
Like most TNC soaps, they are packed in a cotton cloth with a jute string securing it and a card that mentions something about the main ingredient of the product. Priced at INR 245, this soap is supposed to be infused with Sea Breeze Oil, Sea Salt, Sugar, Coconut extract and Palm Oil. It has a shelf life of two years from the date of manufacture.
Coming to the soap, it is a clear gel textured soap that is green in colour. It reminds me of one of FabIndia variety 🙁 so for me there was nothing unique about the soap. I love the fragrance ( smells a bit like musk) that lingers post use which is a plus point. The soap does not melt quickly which is again a plus point. The soap does not lather much which is how I like my soaps to be, so this is yet another plus point.
The two things that I did not like about this soap was that it dried out my skin completely. I had to apply some moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated. And note that I have used this in the monsoon season where the weather tends to be a bit humid. So I guess this is pretty much ruled out for people with dry skin. And more apt to use in the summers and definitely ruled out in the winters!
The second one is well, look at the pic on the right. See that moisture droplets that have formed on the soap? Makes it icky to look and touch. It becomes sticky and honestly, I need to dunk this under a tap of running water to get rid of the droplets and then I use it.
I have used gel soaps earlier but I have never faced this issue, so I don’t know why this happens.
The Nature’s Co is available in quite a few e-retail stores. You can buy it on-line from their store or visit any of the physical stores in various cities in India. They are also available on Jabong, Goodlife, Junglee and Flipkart.
Rebuy or recommend?
A re-buy is out of question for me. But if you like clear gel based soaps, you may just want to give this a try. And as mentioned, I have a combination skin and the soap dried out my skin totally, so you may just want to try it at their store before you pick it up. I would recommend it for people with oily skin keeping in mind how it suited my skin type.