Overfed Hotel Soap
By Daryn Guarino
The next soap I tried was Vetiver & Rum by Helan Laboratorio (3.5oz for around $5.00). The package appears to be an Italian import with English added almost as an afterthought and
makes promises of "materials recalling an old artisanship tradition."
raw materials, listed as precious and aromatic substances, included nutmeg,
clove, Haitian vetiver, essence of black pepper, rum, and sweet almond oil.
For your information, vetiver is a grass, traditionally from tropical India,
which is cultivated for its aromatic roots.
Included inside the package is
a small ten-page product brochure, in English, that went on about heady
notes of lemon, bergamot, and cedar and turning on my life energy with spicy
hints and exotic tones that will leave a trail of warm sensual colors... I
half-expected this soap to leave me with stripes.
After removing the paper
inner wrapper, I couldn't help but notice that three and a half ounces is a
puny soap. It was very reminiscent of an overfed free hotel soap. I also
expected it to smell a bit more distinctive for all the hype that I had been
fed, but all I got was a slightly spicier version of the, less expensive,
English Leather by Dana.
The sweet almond oil and the other vegetable oils
became a very mild lather that didn't make my skin any dryer, but didn't
soften it either. It cleans well enough and smells nice, but there just isn't anything special about this soap.
Unfortunately, it's just an average
performance from a very average product.