Smelly soaps that don't smell ...fake?
May 8, 2014 10:21 AM Subscribe
What are some soaps that have a strong smell that isn't so ....artificial-smelling (like whatever's in Irish Spring)?
posted by PearlRose to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (29 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Backstory: I suffer from eczema and rhinitis thanks to a combination of numerous allergies and a super-crazy good sense of smell. I use hypoallergenic, non-scented soaps and that's good for me! My boyfriend works a fairly labor-intensive job and likes soaps that are smelly, as to help "cover up" the smell of his sweat from work. However, his soap makes me feel absolutely ill, and he can't even really touch me after he's showered, because my skin gets really itchy.
This makes us sad.
His preferred brand is Irish Spring, and I can feel it/smell it on him for 2-4 hours after he's showered. He's used my soaps (Dove Sensitive Skin, mostly), but doesn't like them because they're kind of "powdery". Lately, we've had some luck with a tea tree body wash from Trader Joe's (I personally can't use it, but the little bit I get from touching him seems to be OK, and it smells really good). However, he goes through body wash pretty fast and generally prefers bar soaps.
The thing is that "synthetic" smells tend to make me sick -- scented candles, perfumes, scented soaps and body washes. Floral and fruity scents in particular are often too cloying for me. But "natural" smells don't -- peppermint, tea tree, vanilla, are all things I think smell awesome.
So, is there some wonderful amazing brand of "natural" smelly soap that will make my boyfriend happy because it's smelly, but also not give me a headache or a rash by just touching him? Bonus points if I can buy a small bar somewhere for him to try, and in bulk later once we find something that works.