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Boticario de Havana Soap on a Rope

Boticario de Havana Soap on a Rope

By BOTICARIO DE HAVANA
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Original Formulation Formula No. 223 This formulation has been specifically created  and authenticated by the master chemist. Authentically blended with:  Coffee, Orange Blossom & Bergamot Dispensary: Ground coffee beans naturally exfoliate.  Pure vegetable base In the 1940 s the world flocked to Havana.  From Hemingway to Hollywood, they came for the nightlife but left with the secrets of small apothecaries or "botacarias" - that dotted the side streets of the city.  Blended with natural ingredients like coffee bean and tobacco flower, and pure essences and extracts of orange, sugar cane, and sweet pineapple - the chemists crafted their own formulations to promote beautiful, soft and healthy looking skin.  Today we know those ingredients contain alpha hydroxyl acids, antioxidants and other agents that actively moisturize a
Boticario de Havana Soap on a Rope
Boticario de Havana Soap on a Rope
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Michael F.
Michael F.
Phoenix, AZ
93 reviews
PACKAGING
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.

FRAGRANCE
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.

EFFICACY
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.

RECOMMENDATION
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.
Natalie S.
Natalie S.
46 reviews
I have never purchased one of these before, however, I really like the idea. It also seems like this soap would be very exfoliating and smell very nice. I am going to have to look into purchasing one of these some time soon!
Hannah D.
Hannah D.
Cincinnati, OH
21 reviews
I have never tried this, however the concept seems really cool. Something nice to hang when not in use. Seems moisturizing and the scent seems like it would be attracted to most! Don't knock it, if you don't try it.
Ryanne G.
Ryanne G.
47 reviews
I see that this is an all natural product, bit is it tested on animals?

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