You know that bar of Pharmacopia Verbena & Green Tea Soap that's part of the giveaway I'll be giving away later today? I actually bought one of these for myself as well when I was at a HomeGoods store last week. I think $1.99 is a pretty good price for "fancy" soap but especially for soap with green tea. I also like the "old time pharmaceutical" look of the packaging.
But when I opened my soap, I thought oh my goodness, I've bought discolored soap and even offered to give some away. Uh-oh. Then I put on my reading glasses and examined those little dark spots a bit closer. Hmmm. They really do appear to be brown bits of something, not discolored soap after all. What on earth? Well, first of all, I clearly ignored the front of the package where it said "exfoliating soap," which should have been my first clue.
If you read the ingredient panel -- which I never seem to do until after I've bought something -- you find that camellia sinensis leaves (tea leaves!) are the mystery ingredient. Now that's a first! Relieved at finding out the reason for the brown spots, I happily used my new soap with the lovely verbena scent. Meanwhile, I'll be eagerly counting the week's comments this afternoon and posting the name of the giveaway winner later in the day. Good luck!
AND COMING MONDAY: Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the media preview for the new Princess Diana exhibit opening this weekend at the Atlanta Civic Center. I took 200+ photos (oh, that wedding gown!) and need a little time to go through them. So if you'll join me next week I'll share some of the many sights I saw -- and yes, there will be tea!