Friday, January 22, 2010

Verbena & Green Tea Soap

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!

10 comments:

Southern Touch Catering said...

Gosh, I bet this soap smells good. I go crazy a TJ MAXX buying all the scented & French milled soaps. The packaging is just so pretty too. I hate to open them, but then when you do.....aaahhh.
Can't wait to see the Princess Di's photos. I'm so thrilled you got to attend. Hope I get the chance. Still begging the hubby to take me.

parTea lady said...

I like the unusual look of that soap and its nice that they used organic tea leaves. Wish there was a Home Goods store near me.

Can't wait to see your photos from the Princess Diana exhibit.

Steph said...

The soap is lovely! And I'm jealous of your exhibit!

Jan said...

I can't wait to hear about next week's posts. I'm going to have to pay more attention to Home Goods.

Steph said...

Great Find! I am also a fan of beautifully packaged soaps- never want to open them though.
Thanks

Bellen said...

Hope I made the deadline for the giveaway. Soap sounds lovely. I'm running low on soap so need to find some new ones and this sounds perfect.

BB said...

Oooh ... what wonderful soap! Angela, I've been reading your blog for a while but never "commented" until this week when motivated by the giveaway. (My thoughts were always "She's not going to give a soggy sugar cube what I think!") Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed the week and your postings (as always). You brighten my day! B-)

Herding_Cats said...

A soap made with lots of chemicals wouldn't have any discolouration = so it makes sense to me that this is good soap! I bet that soap smells great and I agree, I love the old-fashioned packaging.

Marilyn said...

Verbena soap is my favorite and with tea it must be divine. What a find. I know there is a TJ MAXX somewhere around here, but never go into it. I guess I am not much of a shopper.

Gerri said...

I have a gardener friend who loves tea...she's scheduled for surgery so perhaps I should look for this soap for her. She would love it. Of course, maybe I'll win it.
Thanks for the opportunity and I look forward to next week.
What an exciting life you lead!