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Unscented - Made with a black beer. Monty is a bit of a balancing act between the dark and the light. That makes him pretty even-keeled and hard to upset. You won't catch him making a stink about anything.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Beer, Lye, Sunflower Oil, Water, Shea Butter, Rice Bran Oil, Castor Oil, Activated Charcoal, White Clay
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I was surprised to find that this soap is advertised as being unscented. In effect, it does have a mild scent, clearly the result of the amazing combination of edible oils and dark beer. There was such a smell of ultra-mild toilet soap and cooking oils with the slight suggestion of fresh salad dressing that I was prompted to lick it just to see if it tasted as attractive as it smelled! Not that I recommend eating soap - but I had to check just to make sure. (I did look at the ingredients list first to make sure I would not poison myself!) The taste was that of a flavoured solid coconut oil, and I could certainly imagine it being used in the kitchen. In any case, that is certain proof of the purity of the ingredients.
My second surprise came with the quality of the soap itself. It does not go mushy and melt away like other bar soaps I have used. After two of us showering every day for nearly a fortnight, and leaving it in the shower between uses, it is still solid. The engraved logo is still faintly visible, and the marbling which extends right through the bar is still there - although the swirls change slightly with each use. The appearance is that of rich marble; it would be at home in the fanciest of bathrooms as it looks so sophisticated.
In terms of cleaning power, it has been required to deal with muddy legs and feet, the dregs of suntan lotion and insect repellent, chlorine from the local swimming pool, and a nasty gash on an elbow which was decorated with assorted garden leaves and debris. All of these were speedily dealt with, with the clean skin being left smooth and shiny. I even used it to wash my hair one day as we were out of shampoo, and there was no evidence that it had been too harsh. Unlike cheaper everyday soaps, this product washed out clean when rinsed with warm water.
I love the idea of using this soap as a gift. Although it is a little on the expensive side, the presentation is festive and will appeal to a wide range of people. It is suitable for anyone - some will like the no-nonsense approach, some will like the use of natural ingredients, and some will just be seduced by the attractive black and white packaging. Younger children will enjoy the swirly marble patterns, and we know now that if they accidentally get a little in their mouths it won't do them any harm!
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