Haunt is a handcrafted soap company with a wildly popular cult following. I had been curious about this shop for a long time, loved the look, the style, and was intrigued in general. But this is one of those shops that you can't just pop over to a website and order when you feel like it. No, this is one those shops that only pops up with sales every now and then, and only the fastest internet connections have a hope of ever getting anything.
But still, the Haunt fans seem to believe so strongly in this shop that I finally decided give it a shot when the last sale happened. Of course I didn't get anything, and that only added to my changing opinion of this shop and others like it. (These 'only open for a day here and there' shops, I mean.) Some time later I won a blog giveaway and part of the prize package was a bar of Haunt soap in Cinnamon Girl scent, the same product I'd been trying to purchase. Well, alright! I could finally try this and see what all the fuss was about!
The bar is a decent size, on the thick and chunky side, which I was glad to see. According to the Haunt site bars are approximately 4.5oz and sell for $6.50. That's kind of pricey, but I tend to be cheap, and I know it's getting harder and harder to find handcrafted soaps for under $5.00 lately. The ingredients in this soap are average, not a bad thing as I'm not convinced so-called 'high end' ingredients do anything more than common stuff. The bar came with a beautifully designed cigar band type label. I don't know if it originally came in shrink wrap or anything, because I had gotten it from someone else and not directly from Haunt. The scent was nice, not overwhelming but enough to know it was there. Again, not sure how strong it was to begin with because I don't know how old the giveaway bar actually was.
So, how did it perform? I used it in the shower with a pouf, which is how I use all my soaps. It lathered nicely after a bit of work to get it started. The lather was sort of a light, small-bubble type which was nice but it didn't quite last long enough. It rinsed away easily and didn't feel drying. The scent was barely noticeable in the shower. Every once in a while I'd get a whiff of something like cinnamon but overall I couldn't detect much. The bar is quite hard and didn't seem to get overly gooey or melt-y as I used it. It was a pleasant enough shower experience.
Overall, I found the Cinnamon Girl bar of soap from Haunt to be . . . average. There was nothing wrong with it, but I've had better. And because it was about the same as a lot of handcrafted soaps out there, it makes me wonder why people jump through hoops to get this stuff when they can go to just about any other shop and get what they want, when they want. Even if you do manage to snag something from one of the Haunt sales, you still face the ridiculous turnaround time of something like eight weeks or more. I've been watching the updates since that last sale and there have been shipping delays after delay after delay. With hurdles like that I would expect this soap to be something really special, something above average. Maybe then I could understand the thrill. But for me, no thanks. I will not be bothering with Haunt again.