Russian roulette - a game no one likes to play. Using Kiss My Face soap, any scent, is a bit like spinning the barrel and taking your chances. Will it clean my skin without drying it, leaving it soft and smooth, or will it severely dry my skin out and possibly give me some sexy, sexy dermatitis?
Olive oil soaps in general are fantastic for your skin but it can be tough to find a pure olive oil bar unless you happen to have a soapmaker in your town. At the time I tried the Kiss My Face soaps, I had not been able to find a soapmaker in my town that made just pure olive oil soap.
Imagine my delight when I discovered that Kiss My Face made an affordable, decently sized bar of olive oil soap. The first bar I bought at my local grocery store, and picked up a few more at various locations as I realized, duh, I need more than one bar of soap for my entire house.
At first, I was delighted with my purchase. The plain olive oil soap appeared to work well. It cleaned my skin without drying it out too much. Imagine my dismay when I broke out in hives all over my entire body a few days later.
Not being a person who writes off a product so easily, especially one that I've bought four of, I tried the lavender-scented bar. Same result. So I tried the honey and olive oil bar. SAME RESULT. HIVES. As a last effort I tried using the soaps just on my hands. NO! BAD DIXIE. Instead of hives on my hands, I ended up with dermatitis so bad that I had to be prescribed a cortisone cream by my dermatologist. As a closet hippie, I was pissed that I had to use a steroid because the inflammation had gotten past the point that I could use a natural remedy.
At this point, I began to think my skin was taking crazy pills. I mean, it's just olive oil, right? What is the problem? A Google search led me to various sites that have reviews of this product. Fully one-third of the reviewers on various sites mentioned that they experienced symptoms like mine, ranging from uncomfortably dry skin to dermatitis. Why would this happen? To tell you the truth, I don't know. One reviewer on a couple of sites who claimed to be a soapmaker theorized that it is possible that the manufacturers used chemicals to extract the oil from the olives. Gross. Also gross? When the soap gets wet it doesn't just get mushy like a regular soap or dissolve like a hand-crafted soap. Instead, it turns stringy and gooey, which is especially delightful since it's greenish-brown in color. Again, I say, gross.
The verdict? Don't use this if you don't enjoy playing Russian Roulette with the condition of your skin. 1/8 tentacles, only because it is fairly inexpensive for around $2.99 at your local grocer or online, you know, should you decide to spin the barrel and see if the chamber is loaded for you.
Rating: 1/8 tentacles