A Wild Soap Bar is another company I'd never heard of, another suggestion from blog reader 'chickadee.' I'm all over the place about this one. When I first went to their website I was all 'Ooooooh, I love this place!' Their soaps look awesome, the type I love, and I easily found several I wanted to try. I noticed they had 'body balms' and was interested in those but feared they would be the harder type . . . you know, *balm.* So I used the contact form on the website to ask if they had samples available. Days went by and I did not receive any reply. You know by now what a huge pet peeve that is for me. Then I noticed they had been active on their Facebook page during those days I waited, which told me they were not too busy, which then made me cranky. I asked my same question on their Facebook page and received a quick answer, but an answer that seemed cold, like I was inconveniencing them. This plain ol' pissed me off and I stewed about it for a while, then decided I wanted to try the soap anyway.
As mentioned, there were several soaps that I wanted to try. However, since I'm trying to be more careful about my crazy shopping I've been trying to order only one bar of soap from new shops I find, instead of just grabbing all the ones I see that I like. I looked at the body balms again and decided not to risk it because they are quite pricey for a tiny 1oz jar. With one lonely bar of soap in my shopping cart, I began the checkout process and discovered an outrageously high shipping cost of over $13. What?! For ONE small bar of soap?! I went back over all the information, checked my numbers and everything, looked for different shipping options, and that was the lowest. Ha, no freakin' way . . . and I emptied my cart in a huff. I was so mad I even went back to Facebook, deleted my question/reply, and unliked them.
Some time went by, probably a week or more, and I kept thinking about this company. I don't remember exactly what made me decide to do it but I eventually went back to the site and looked around again. I get stubborn and obsessive about things sometimes, hehe. I decided to try again, and added one bar of soap to my cart and started the checkout process once again. I was so surprised to see a more reasonable shipping price of something like $5.95 pop up this time. Why wasn't it there the first time?? I don't know. And although that's still a high shipping price for one bar of soap, I decided it was within reason and I placed my order.
The day after I placed my order, I received a shipping notice. Well alright! At least they're prompt. Things were looking up. Maybe I'd been too harsh on this place afterall.
The day after that I received an email stating that my order had been cancelled, and that if it had already been packed I would receive 15% less of my refund. No reason was given for the cancellation. Um, WHAT?! I promptly emailed them, simply (with raging anger and impatience) asking why it had been cancelled. The next day I received a reply saying it wasn't cancelled, that it had been a software error, and everything was fine.
Two days later I received my order.
Honey Oat. You probably know that's what I will usually buy from a shop I'm trying if I see they have it.
As always, I used this soap in the shower with a mesh shower pouf, and I again point out that I have very hard water (country well water) so results in your situation might be different. Even though this soap has no added fragrance I thought it would still have the usual subtle 'soap' scent and possibly even some light scent from the honey. But no, this bar has almost no scent at all. When I was using it and had it right under my nose I could pick up a slight sweet floral scent but overall, nothing. That was fine with me. It lathered nicely, a creamy type lather that lasted all through my shower and rinsed away easily. Although there is oatmeal in this bar it is finely ground (says 'oat flour' on the label) and I didn't feel it at all. No fear of scratchiness in this soap. My skin did not feel dry or tight or itchy after my shower, not even my face, which is my real test when I try new soaps.
I liked this soap. I would say it is about average among the many soaps I've tried. This 3.5oz bar of soap, on the smallish side among soaps, sells for $6.00. It is made with local and organic ingredients though, and a portion of the profits is donated to two charities. I like that the ingredients are simple, not overloaded with 'high end' ingredients meant to impress. I really did like this soap. But . . . all of my frustrations that came before have tainted the experience and I don't know if I would order from A Wild Soap Bar again.
Do you have experience with this company? I'd love to hear about it.