One of the biggest complaints we hear about living in small spaces is the lack of a bath tub. So although we realize we will not be able to replace a good hot soak, we are on a quest to at least try to improve the experience.
This month our editors reviewed Soap Cinch™. The concept is very simple and any idea that offers to consolidate products is welcomed!
Here is what our editors had to say:
Pure Life Soap Co., Chamomile soap: Using this soap makes me realize that I should be pickier about my soap selection. (i.e.: Upgrade from the complimentary soaps provided by upscale hotel chains.) First thing I noticed taking the soap out of the packaging was that I could see how moisturizing the soap was — it practically had a sheen on the surface. This made me a little concerned about how it would lather and feel in the shower – but it provides a soft lather with good fragrance, without being overpowering. I checked out the product website and there are several other soaps offered. Based on the quality of the chamomile fragrance, I bet the lavender and coconut soaps are equally yummy. I will definitely look for this brand at the store.
The SoapCinch soap holder is an interesting alternative to a sponge loofah. I like that it is made from hemp, it softened up nicely after washing (more about this later), and it exfoliates the skin without scratching. The two loops do make it easier to wash your back, but I have to admit, I found the arm position a little awkward to get into. I do the same behind my back arm clasp in yoga and always think my arms must be shorter than other people because my hands never reach! In this case, I still had some awkward groping behind my back to find the loop before I started scrubbing.
Durability: After using the SoapCinch once, the rope loop pulled out at one end. This actually worked out to my advantage because the extra length made it much easier to grab behind my back. After using it for one week, I washed the bag according to the instructions on the label. The fabric softened up quite a bit and made an even nicer washcloth, but the stitching at the seams started to pull out. The manufacturer recommends replacing the sack after using it for a month. I imagine that they are sacrificing some durability by using natural fiber thread.
Smell equals A+, but it says no artificial fragrances, but lists nothing in the ingredients that would make it smell so good.
Lathers well with lots of water, especially when it is in the bag.
I like the bag okay, and yes, you can wash your back with it, but it is a little freaky ‘cause your hairs get caught in the bag (pubic and otherwise).
In summary, love the smell, the soap is nice, could definitely live without the bag.