NOTE: If you're interested in trying these, they're BOGOFREE at Walgreens this week (now through 5/17).
Softsoap Décor Collection Liquid Hand Soaps
(retail: around $2.49 each, 10 oz.)
The first thing you'll notice about the packaging is that it's more "premium" than the regular Softsoap hand soap bottles. The bottles have a long, rectangular shape and the pump is pearlescent white:
I find the design of these bottles to be quite cute and they look adorable on my kitchen and bathroom sinks. The hang-tag is easily removable if you'd like the bottles to appear more low-key.
Let's start with Wild Basil & Lime:
If you're a fan of Bath & Body Works Fresh Lime Basil, you'll probably love this. It's not an exact dupe, but I actually think I prefer the Softsoap version--the BBW version is kind of strong and overpowering sometimes to my nose, but this one's a bit softer to me. It's one of those fresh, herbal scents that can be unisex without being too masculine, if that makes sense.
Next up, Peony & Plum:
I love anything plum-scented so I was super excited to try this one. To me, this actually smells like a combination of cherry blossom and plum, rather than peony and plum. So I think that if you are generally drawn to cherry blossom scents, you might enjoy this one quite a bit. The plum note in this is lovely. Sometimes plum notes in bath and body products can be a disaster and they end up not smelling like plum at all. But the plum in this fragrance has a lush, velvety note to it, and it mixes quite well with the peony (which, again, smells like cherry blossom to my nose). It's not a straight-up floral scent and you can definitely detect that velvety plum--I find it to be a very nice, evenly-balanced mix of the two.
And finally, Orchid Petals & Mint Water:
I absolutely love watermint notes in my bath and body products, and this one is quite lovely. I would best describe this as a fresh, aquatic scent with a mint background. I love this type of combination because I sometimes find straight-up marine scents to be heavy and they can give me a headache, but the mint in this keeps it light and fresh. Like Wild Lime & Basil, this can definitely be unisex but it's not in-your-face masculine. The mint manages to keep it light and fresh, but there's not so much mint that it ends up smelling like a men's body wash.
Additional thoughts: These hand soaps leave my hands very clean (squeaky-clean, actually!) without any type of residue left behind. It's been unseasonably warm in San Diego while I've been testing these, so my hands are a dry mess right now and I can't really tell if the formula of these soaps is making them feel any drier (they're just dry to begin with). But I have not experienced any itching or any type of dry, tight feeling immediately after using these. The formula lathers nicely, but I don't get a crazy abundance of lather with these. I find the formula to be a bit thicker and more "preminum-feeling" than the regular Softsoap hand soaps. The fragrance of all three soaps does stick around on my hands for about an hour after use, which I like because, well, I like these scents! I can also smell the fragrance while I'm washing my hands and the fragrance lingers around the sink area in my home for a while after use (which, again, I personally love).
FINAL VERDICT: I really like these hand soaps. I think the scents are lovely and the design of the packaging is fresh and lovely as well. For a "premium" drugstore hand soap line, I think Softsoap did a really nice job with these, and I don't have a single complaint about them. The dispensers have not clogged since I've been testing them, and they dispense the perfect amount with one press. I will definitely purchase--probably this week while they're BOGOFREE at Walgreens (now through 5/17).
Have you tried the new Softsoap Décor Collection Liquid Hand Soaps yet? I'd love to hear from you!
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