Product Review: Idea Toscana Prima Spremitura Olive Oil Soap

Name: Prima Spremitura Olive Oil Soap
Brand: Idea Toscana
Size: 300gr
Price: €11

From Idea Toscana’s website:
These soaps, totally vegetable, are born from the saponifiation of vegetable oils of first quality. The creamy and not aggressive foam cleans in effective but delicate manner. The precious gives a fresh and relaxing feeling of well-being.

What I liked:
– cleanses skin well
– looks cute
– nice olive oil scent

What I didn’t like:
– can be drying and irritating

I’m not really a huge fan of bar soaps. Ever since I can remember I only used the liquid type. Sure, my mother would sometimes buy a bar soap, and in the past few years, I bought a couple after reading some rave reviews, but I’ve never stuck with them for long. After a couple of days, I went back to use liquid soap. It’s more practical, hygienic and seems to be a lot gentler for my skin.

So, I wasn’t exactly thrilled when I received the Prima Spremitura Olive Oil Soap by Idea Toscana in a GlossyBox, but I still put it to the test. Not on my face though. Bar soaps never seem to work on my face, so I thought I’d use it first on my hands and body and see how it goes. And I’m glad I did.

Although this soap, which foams well in water, effectively cleanses skin, it also dries it out. Now the skin of my body is already dry and this product only made things worse. I only used it for a couple of days, and every time I followed it up with a good moisturizer, before giving it away. After all, there’s no point in using something that doesn’t work for you, and considered how drying it is, I was quite scared of using it on my face too.

The culprits are Sodium Palmate and Sodium Palm Kernelate, which can be derived from palm oil or made synthetically. These ingredients can both be drying and are usually formulated at an alkaline ph, which means they can disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, causing dryness and irritation. As for the olive oil, there is really little of it in the product. But it is enough to give the soap its scent.

Ingredients:
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua (Water/Eau), Pogostemon cablin Oil, Juniperus mexicana Wood Oil, Canarium luzonicum Gum Extract, Usnea barbata Extract, Lavandula hybrida Extract, Lavandula hybrida Oil, Thymus vulgaris Herb Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis Extract, Mentha arvensis Extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis Peel Extract, Eugenia caryophyllus Leaf Oil, Thuja occidentalis Leaf Oil, Abies sibirica needle Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Olea Europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil (*), Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Etidronate. *con Oilo Extravergine di Oliva “Toscano IGP” proveniente da Agricoltura Biologica.

Available at: herebalist’s shops

Summary
Although Idea Toscana Prima Spremitura Olive Oil Soap cleanses skin effectively, it can also be drying and irritating. Shame, cos the soap looks so cute and smells nice too.

Rating: 2/5

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m loving Trader Joe’s French soap. It’s $4 for 10z and made in France! :] Have you heard of Trader Joe’s? It’s a supermarket that sells “all-natural” foods. Crackers, salads, cookies, milk, eggs, yogurt, pudding, refrigerated cookie dough/crescents/cinnamon rolls/biscuits, everything under the sun! :D It’s rather inexpensive and most of the products I randomly try are soo good. :]

  2. beautifulwithbrains says

    Janessa, no, I hadn’t heard of it. I don’t think we have it here and it’s a shame cos it sounds awesome! All the food sounds delicious!

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