The Scottish Fine Soaps Company are the rather luxe brand, which specialise in natural bars of the stuff your grandparents used to wash with.
The heritage quality is a selling point. Scotland connotes highlands, pastures green, and shortbread for me. It has a very British, organic quality, which I like.
There has been a move towards a more natural skincare approach in the last few years, as well as living more economically. Thus, from an economical point of view, the soap tin is a great investment. Instead of creating more waste with bottles of shower gel Scottish Fine Soaps have offered a solution: a soap tin. Soap lasts longer than gel because you use less, and it 'keeps' well in a tin, much longer than the sometimes weekly buy of shower gel if you live in a house of more than three.
The packaging is rather beautiful. Although metal, my orange and clove scented one has a bronze rim, lid, and a silver underneath. On the lid the soap is described, and had a border of holly. It makes a perfect gift, even if it's not the festive season. Polished, and shiny, it would look great in any bathroom.
For 100g I paid £3.99, which I think is an absolute bargain considering the longevity of the contents and tin. I bought this from bargain-store TK Maxx. The soap retails at a higher price on their website, so if you can find your nearest TK Maxx, get hunting.
The soap itself, is as it is described, fragrant, fresh, and wrapped in fine paper.
It lathers like any other soap, and filled my bathroom with a gorgeous orange fragrance, which lingered for about 2 hours after I'd showered.
A lot of soaps tend to dry out my skin somewhat, but I use them because they are better for your skin, and contain less ingredients than supermarket/drug-store gels. However, this soap left my skin surprisingly soft even though I felt very clean.
I would definitely buy this soap again, as a present possibly, especially with Christmas fast approaching. Now, however, I'm keeping this little tinned beauty, and allowing it to sit prettily on my bathroom shelf.