Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Trader Joe's Oatmeal and Honey Soap

Frankly, I've never understood why so many manufacturers think that if something is good to eat, it must also be good as an ingredient in soap and/or shampoo. I can't think of any reason to believe that oatmeal and honey are good things to have in soap.

But I decided on a whim to try this anyway. I've been using it for over a month now. It definitely has a pleasant scent. In fact, it gives my whole bathroom a nice fragrance, though after the first couple of weeks I stopped actively noticing it.

It's hard soap, in the sense that it is relatively resistant to melting/washing away, so one bar lasts a long time (and the "Trader Joe's" embossing remains visible for a long time, too). What I didn't like about it is that it seemed harder to rinse off than my usual soap, which is Dove.

I'm prone to excessive skin dryness in the winter, which is why I like Dove's tendency to be less drying than most such products. I doubt that TJ's is as good as Dove in that regard, though admittedly I was trying it in summer, not winter, so I didn't give it the most rigorous test. (I'm writing this on August 31, and putting it in the queue for later publication.)

Will I buy it again? 

I might once in a while for a little variety in life. But though I like it just fine, I'm inclined to stick with my tried-and-true unscented "sensitive skin" Dove as my day-to-day choice.


  1. Dove is a synthetic soap. Meaning it is made from CHEMICALS.

    TJ. oatmeal soap is made from palm oil and other NATURAL ingredients.

    Makes sense that Dove washes off better. But is it really better?

  2. I hate to break the news to you, Anon, but the whole world is made from CHEMICALS. Palm oil is a CHEMICAL (well, a mix of a bunch of CHEMICALS). Oatmeal is made from CHEMICALS. Water is a CHEMICAL.

    If my skin doesn't object to long-chain fatty acids that were made or altered in a lab, as opposed to having been extracted from trees--and it doesn't--then neither do I.

  3. TJs soap isn't as natural as you think.