I'll be getting this going forward
First, I love this soap. No, wait, first, I love this company. Second, I love this soap. I do have a slight problem with it (the soap, not the company), but it doesn't keep me from loving it. The one problem I have is the smell. I have the nose of a bloodhound, and it hates everything, so you may not have this kind of reaction. I can smell the chemicals ants spray to guide other ants, I can smell bedbugs, I can smell sex (and candy, yeah)—it's a blessing and a curse. As a result, even though this soap will have effectively no smell for most people, it has a strong smell when I use it. It doesn't smell while it's in the bottle unless I stick my nose in, but once I squirt it in my hand, I can smell it. It's a sickly background smell that I have to guess is the result of the vegetable glycerin and aloe mixed together. They're the only things I can think of that would create it. An aloe extract that isn't meant to be consumed (and quite a few of them that are, as I can attest) can have a pretty disgusting smell or taste. This smell doesn't match this soap, but could be part of it. Vegetable glycerin can also have a terrible smell, regardless of quality, but it can also be odorless. I can't imagine that the guar gum or the saponified oils or other ingredients are contributing much or anything to it, but the rosemary could possibly be contributing some part, too. I just can't put my finger on the smell. Now, that smell won't prevent me from using this soap. It's not strong enough to be off-putting, only strong enough to be noticeable, and this soap cleans me better than anything else I've ever used. My skin comes out completely devoid of filth, but it's not dry, it's actually moisturized. It feels as clean and smooth as it would if it were dry, but it's nice and healthy, full of moisture. I've been amazed by just how clean I get every time I use it, and I'm so amazed that even if the smell were a real issue, I'd ignore it just to get this clean—and that's huge for me. I have to wonder, though, if there's a way to refine this recipe to get rid of the background smell entirely. I've used plenty of soaps that are truly odorless, and I have to believe that can be accomplished even with these ingredients. Those other soaps usually rely on masking or neutralizing agents, but I bet this soap would only have to switch up a couple of ingredients for truly odorless versions of them—and have a super-smeller test them. They exist. They're employable. I'd desperately like to know how to get a job as one. Anyway, regardless, I highly recommend this soap to most everyone. You'll love how it cleans. Even if you have a sensitive nose, you probably won't have an issue with this. Even if you smell what I'm smelling, it won't likely prevent you from wanting to use this soap. Give it a shot. Seriously.