Boticario de Havana Soap on a Rope
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Comes in a nice boutiquey-crafty pseudo-apothecary themed cardboard outer box that manages to look upscale without being frou-frou. Translation: this would be equally at home in a ladies toiletry bag or a manly mans dopp kit.
There is a lot going on here. Citrus. Sweet Tobacco. Herbs. A hint of cocoa and coffee. It sounds like a possible olfactory train wreck, but it's expertly blended, and the result is a fresh and warm fragrance that is a treat in the shower, and lingers close to the skin for a few hours after. Like the packaging, the scent is perfectly unisex, without ever being generically/chemically "fresh".
A note to Archipelago Botanicals "Havana" candle fans: this scent is NOT identical to the "Havana" candle, but I would describe the two scents as complimentary.
To my mind an ideal bar of soap will get you clean, not overdry your skin, smell nice, and last a reasonable amount of time. This soap does not disappoint on any of those fronts. It produces a decent amount of rich lather in the ridiculously hard water where I live. Shea butter and other goodies keep it from being too drying. The scent is wonderful, and the bar lasts a reasonable amount of time when kept dry in a proper soap dish between uses.
EXFOLIATION (MAYBE TOO MUCH FOR SOME?)
As you can see from product photos, there are little specks of something blended throughout the soap. These are VERY coarsely ground coffee beans. Maybe 'ground' isn't the right word. Shattered? They can have some sharp edges to them, and when massaging the bar over your body they certainly feel pointy on the skin. Not bad, just different. Feels great on the back (like a nice pleasant scratch). I like the coffee beans, but I wish they were a little more uniform in size and more evenly distributed.
Recommended for purchase: Yes. The exfoliating coffee beans are surprisingly intense on first use, but you quickly grow accustomed. Great fresh and warm scent for guys or gals. Unless you've got extremely sensitive skin that does not tolerate exfoliation well I'd recommend this soap wholeheartedly.