You may remember how last month I went on a little soap splurge and ordered not one, but six handmade soaps from indie company KBShimmer. I mean, they just all sounded so yummy smelling and looked so pretty…I couldn’t resist. My only consolation was that I didn’t buy the 12 pack.
Part of what is so cool about KBShimmer soaps is that they are made by hand using a cold process method that keeps all of the fatty acids from oils, butters, and fats. There are no chemical lathering agents added, so the only bubbles and lather you get are the natural ones. The soaps are hand-poured and cut, so no two soaps will be exactly the same. Plus the pigments and hand-pouring results in really unique and beautiful color swirls throughout many of the soaps :)
My first KBShimmer soap review was on Spiced Pumpkin, a delicious smelling soap perfect for fall or winter days. However, fall or winter it is not, so I figured I would let the Pumpkin soap dry and tuck it back away in its box until the appropriate season returns. To replace the soap in my shower, I reached for another one I had ordered in my six pack, Southern Belle.
KBShimmer describes Southern Belle as such: “Sweet peaches ripe from the vine, hives dripping with golden honey, white picked fences and green grass, ahh, summer in the south. A fresh blends of ginger, peach, mango, clove, citrus, the body of this sweet fragrance combines orange blossom, rose, and jasmine. Rounding out the blend is a slight hint of musk and woods, the perfect blend for any women wanting to feel sweet and lovely. A soft peach color is accented by white swirls, micas make the soap glimmer when wet. With heavenly butters like cocoa and shea, this soap feels like dream in the shower and will bring a warm summer feel to any day.” Yeah, I know. I read that description and was like, “Ohhh, gimme!” That’s how I got sucked into buying six, so read those descriptions with caution!
As you may have noticed, the scent description on the back of my soap box does not qutie match the one on the site. I don’t know if the formula/scents got tweaked or something, but I looked at my box and was kind of like, “…say what? Where are the mango, citrus, and woods?” It still smelled good when I opened the box to sniff at it though, so my grumbling was kept to a minimum.
Below are texture/sizing photos for Southern Belle -
- It has a light, pretty scent. It’s not my favorite, but it is nice.
- This is a nice sized bar of soap! I have been using it for about two weeks now and I’ve barely made a dent in product.
- As with Pumpkin Spice, the soap lathers up really nicely.
- I like knowing that I’m using a product made by a small business with fresh ingredients and TLC in the mix :)
- I like the name and the soft colors!
- The soap scum it leaves does wipe away, but first it dries to a cement-like finish. My hubs scrubbed away the residue from the Pumpkin Spice Soap and was like, “What the hell kind of soap are you using?! I’ve been scrubbing and scrubbing and it’s taking forever to come off!” …woops!
- The listing says it will sparkle from the mica, but it doesn’t. Or at least my bar doesn’t. I don’t really care if my soap shimmers though, so this is not a big deal to me.
- When I used this soap on my arm and then felt my arm while still wet, my hand stuttered across my skin instead of gliding. The soap lathered nicely and rinsed clean, it just didn’t feel quite like average, store-bought soaps after the lather was washed away.
- The scent left on the skin was a soft one. This could be a pro or a con, depending on your preference.
- The scent for Southern Belle wasn’t quite what I expected. I primarily smell what I think are the ginger and clove, but the peach and jasmine are very soft. I was expecting a much peachier soap.
I’m happy that I ordered Southern Belle, but I kind of wish that I had chosen one of the other scents I was interested in instead. It’s not awful, it’s just not as peachy or strongly scented as I was expecting from the description. However, it is a nice, lightly scented soap for summer. I may switch my soaps out again soon though so that I can try some of the other summery scents I ordered (and heads up! Blue Hawaii, which I ordered but haven’t tried yet, is being discontinued). You can purchase Southern Belle or other KBShimmer soaps for $5.75/4oz. through the company website.
Have you tried any KBShimmer products? Are there any indie companies you love that are worth checking out? Let me know in the comments! :)
- Mmmm, pumpkin…KBShimmer Pumpkin Spice Soap Review (wayfaringbeauty.com)