Thursday, 17 May 2018


In an age where we have sooOoo many options for skincare on the market, I think it's really fun to discover smaller indie brands and support small businesses. A lot of the time the owners and employees of smaller brands have a huge wealth of knowledge about the ingredients that they put into their products. For this reason, when I heard about the brand Simply Soaps, I was intrigued to give some of their products a go.

I've been testing their Rosa Passionata Nourishing Facial Serum, and their Geranium Rose Balancing Handmade Soap, and I'm here to tell you my thoughts on the two.

Starting with their Geranium Rose Balancing Handmade Soap - this is a lovely nourishing bar of soap! I love the scent, it lathers well and it leaves the skin nourished and clean. Aka, everything you could want from a soap. Nice.

Their Rosa Passionata Nourishing Facial Serum is a difficult one to comment on. Firsly, it doesn't really feel like a serum-texture at all, it's more of a facial oil in consistency. Secondly, my main qualm with this is that it smells so strongly. Now I'm not one to typically be sensitive to scents (other than the fact that fragranced skincare usually irritiates my skin), but boy oh boy, this is one strong smelling product. I'm not sure if it's a certain ingredient in the product that I'm picking up on (I've reached out to the brand to find out but haven't heard anything back), but it stinks of paint. Or varnish. Something along those lines. Basically, not something you want going anywhere near your skin.

Plus, it doesn't feel hydrating when applied to the skin, it's almost got a dry texture. I've tried to get use out of it by mixing it into my regular moisturiser (which is currently Sukin's Sensitive Facial Moisturiser), and yet I still don't find it works all that well. Overall: would not recommend.

Like I say, the soap is nice. It does everything a soap should do. My only criticism of it is that it comes wrapped in plastic, which contradicts the branding on the package which says it is packaged in recyclable packaging... 

Overall a mixed bag from this brand. Have you tried anything from Simply Soaps? Do you know what the awful paint smell is in the serum? Enlighten me, do. 


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