I've never been a huge fan of soap, finding it to be inefficient and just generally fussy. I've always preferred using proper cleansers and facial washes to remove makeup and cleanse my face.
I recently won a sample of the Cor Silver Soap Trial Size Pack from the lovely Roz of Dutchess Roz and I did a quick review of the Moisturiser, Serum and Eye Cream here as part of my samples series.
As part of the sample pack, 10g of Cor soap was included. The soap in my pack comes in this little drawstring bag which I've been using to keep it separate from everything else in my bathroom and stop it dissolving into mush.
Cor's philosophy is that you use this soap twice a day in place of your usual cleansing routine. It is said to cleanse, tone and exfoliate in one, whilst nourishing the skin and reducing the signs of ageing.
The soap does, I have to admit, look tiny, and you start to wonder how on earth anyone can justify charging £15 for a tiny circle of soap!
I've been using this mostly in the evening as a treatment. I wet my hands and rub the soap between them for a few seconds to make a lather, before applying the lather to my face. I then experience a slight tingling as I leave it on my skin for a few minutes. The leaflet enclosed with the soap explains that leaving the soap on the skin for several minutes daily can help to treat acne and blemishes, whilst cleansing and exfoliating your skin. After a week of using it you can use it for a shorter amount of time - for around a minute or only use it as a treatment in areas where you are prone to blemishes. If you just want to use it as a cleanser, you can just use it as a regular cleansing soap too.
I have to admit, I was super sceptical of this soap at first as it claimed to be a multi-tasking wonder product. But over the past few weeks of using it, I haven't been able to really find much wrong with it! It has cleansed my face perfectly, removing my tinted moisturiser and other face products, and leaving my skin feeling clean but not stripped. Cor do suggest this can be used to remove eye makeup but I personally haven't tried this as I prefer using a dedicated make up remover around the sensitive eye area.
I have been pleasantly surprised by this humble soap which delivers on its promises. I would say that this is firmly targeted at those who purchase premium skincare and therefore would not baulk at paying £35 upwards for a larger sized product. I think this would especially suit those with oily or blemish-prone skin as it seems to balance it out and is quite gentle. I can't say I have experienced any noticeable reduction in oiliness but I haven't had any blemishes since I started using this, which is a miracle for my sensitive skin!
In short, the trial-sized product is worth a go if you are a fan of high-end skincare. I would also imagine it will last you some time as I've been using this daily for almost three weeks and mine looks almost new with hardly a dent in it.
Price - from £15 for a trial size
Where to Buy - Cor
Great review! I loved this soap and would re-purchase xReplyDelete
Thank you, I would certainly consider repurchasing it too.Delete
I've wanted to try this for so long but the fact its a bar of soap keeps putting me off as I imagine it to be really drying but I think you've sold me.ReplyDelete
I guess it is not what you would traditionally define as 'soap', its more of a treatment. It is certainly worth a go, and its not at all drying.Delete
What a great review! I love the idea of a soap that does ... everything. I don't think my dry skin would like it but from time to time (travelling, etc) it's a great idea, I hope they sell the trial size here >.<ReplyDelete
You could certianly use this as and when you needed it (ie not every day). Its very portable too and I agree it would be great for travelling.Delete
COR UK is currently donating 10% of the sale price to the GOSH Appeal (Great Ormond Street Hospital) till the 30th June AND giving you free delivery in return.Delete
This was for mid-size and professional size bars but reading Claire's comment, I've decided to extend this to all sizes including the 10g trial bar for £15.
If you want to take advantage of this, use the code 'GOSH' during checkout.
this is on my wishlist, really want to try it - Great review!! :)ReplyDelete
Its definitely worth giving it a go.Delete
I never use soap but this one sounds great!ReplyDelete
Its totally different from traditional soap, more of a treatment for your skin and much more gentle than I thought it would be.Delete
I hope you don't mind me posting here to clarify a few things:
Though we call it 'Soap' it ISN'T a mixture of sodium salts and fatty acids which is how soap is made so technically Cor is not a soap, but rather a bar and 'soap-free'.
I can imagine the next question is why did we call it a soap.
Well, it's shaped like one and Cor's philosophy has been to keep skincare regimes simple, like getting in and out of the bathroom in five minutes without the need of a plethora of products.
Trying to explain 'this is a multi-tasking problem-solver - cleanser, toner and moisturiser in one - which you activate with water'... well you see the issue.
So just use it like it Soap.
Thanks for your comments - its helpful to clarify how it differs from soap as we traditionally know it. I was pleased to see it wasn't at all like soap when I was using it and my skin really seemed to like it. Its so easy to use too, I'll certainly be taking it away with me this Summer to avoid taking mountains of products away with me.
Pleasure and thanks as it does prompt me to post soon on our blog on how it is exactly made, why it works along with the science of the ingredients.Delete