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Friday, October 7, 2011

Indulge without breaking the bank: Thymes Agave Nectar Bar Soap

One of the most budget-friendly ways to indulge in luxurious bath and body products is to opt for one of the lower-priced items in a range. When one of my favorite higher-end bath and body brands releases a new collection and there's no room in my budget for a body wash or lotion, I always opt for a nice bar soap or packet of bath salts. It's a way to experience the fragrance and essence of a new collection, yet keep your wallet happy!

So when I was offered the chance to review some products from one of my all-time-favorite bath and body brands, Thymes, as much as I wanted to request a bottle of the Agave Nectar Foaming Bath (which just won the Allure Best of Beauty 2011 Award for Best Bath Product), I opted for the bar soap:

 Thymes Agave Nectar Bar Soap
(retail: $13, 7.0 oz)

Some may say that $13 for a bar of soap is a bit much (which I completely understand), but please note that the weight of this soap is 7 ounces, while the average bar soap you can find at the drugstore is around 4 ounces. So you're getting almost double the amount of a standard bar soap and, since this soap is triple-milled, it can last up to three times as long as a drugstore-level soap* (*this is my own personal experience; I have no scientific data to support this claim). So, value-wise, buying a higher-end soap can actually be a smart choice.

When it comes to indulgence, presentation plays a big role, and the presentation of this soap is just lovely:

When you slip Thymes Agave Nectar Bar Soap out of its box, you'll find that it comes wrapped in a layer of thin wax paper.

Just my luck, when I took this bar out of its packaging, it dropped on my hard tile floor which damaged it a bit. Anyway, you can still see the beautiful detail of this soap in these photos:

Once again, I wish that I had button I could install on this blog post that would provide you with smell-o-vision! If you like fresh, green, citrus fragrances that have a touch of sweetness to them, I think you will LOVE the fragrance of Agave Nectar. It's lush, it's tart, it's sweet and, for me, it's absolutely mouth-watering.

From the Thymes website:
Agave nectar, cocooned within the quenching agave plant, forms a warm, honeyed base note. Above, layers of ruby red grapefruit, delicate lemon blossom and tangy guava pulse with refreshing citrus, radiating a bright, cheerful optimism. And soothing aloe leaf and subtle crystalline musk deliver a clean, fresh finish.
A beautifully decorated soap to set by the sink or bath, yet formulated to delight your skin. Triple-milled for a creamy, moisturizing lather. Combines desert agave and glycerin, a natural humectant, to leave skin feeling soft and conditioned. As it cleanses, the rich, velvety lather blooms with quenching fragrance.
FINAL VERDICT: As with all of the other Thymes soaps I've used over the years (going back to the early 1990s), Agave Nectar provides me with a beautiful, creamy lather, and I find it gently cleanses my skin, leaving no odd residue behind. My skin feels so clean and soft when I use this soap, and I love to rub this bar into my wet bath pouf until I've got enough lather to cleanse my entire body.  It's an indulgent bath experience that I highly recommend. I would also recommend this soap as a gift to others, or to put in your guest-bathroom soap dish. The presentation is beautiful, and one bar will last for a very long time. I've been using this soap just about every day for two weeks now and the size is just slightly smaller than the day I opened it.

For more information on the Thymes Agave Nectar collection or to purchase online, click here. For a list of store in your area that carry Thymes, click here.

Are you already a Thymes fan? Does Agave Nectar sound appealing to you?

A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.


  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE Thymes! I worked in a boutique that sold their line and I bought a TON of stuff. Kimono Rose is my all time favorite! Agave Nectar came in second and they make a scent called Naia that is really lovely. I found that when it came to gift giving the women I gave Thymes stuff to, LOVED it! Their packaging and presentation are what sets them apart!

  2. This sounds like it smells heavenly! I love citrus based scents in the shower. I somehow associate "clean" to them. I've never tried Thymes though. I think I just might. Would you know if this is available in Canada? Thanks!

  3. You did a beautiful job describing this & I am definitely going to pick this up. I just smelled Kimono Rose for the first time last week & am kicking myself for not picking it up!


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