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Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap at Costco: Product Review

I’m actually excited about writing this review, because the size of these jugs of soap is so massive that I don’t think I’ll get the chance for another couple of years! Okay, maybe *excited* is too strong a term for hand soap, but you know what I mean. Buying things like these is the real essence of Costco savings, and why I try to shop there as much as I can. I did a relatively large Costco order the other day, and it seemed like the right time to stock up on hand soap, as our supplies at home were depleted. I got the Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap, in not one, but two massive, 2.36 liter jugs, for only $11.49, plus applicable taxes.

Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap

Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap

Now I don’t need to tell you that this is a bunch of soap. Combined, these two jugs represent almost 5 liters of hand soap, which is quite a bit more than a gallon, imperial or otherwise. The little dispenser bottle I fill up contains 340 ml, which means that I can refill it almost 14 times before running out. This means that each refill costs me about 83 cents. If you compare that with buying a new dispenser at the pharmacy, like countless people do, every time they need more hand soap, you’ll realize that the savings are incredible, in all likelihood in the range of 75% to 90%, depending on the specials in your area.

But what about the soap itself? Is it any good? Well, it washes my hands without drying them out, and is certainly appropriate for all but the most compulsive hand-washer. I wash my hands an appropriate number of times during the day (without going into details), and have never experienced dry excessively dry hands, except maybe for a few days in winter. I’m certain that you could find hand soap that is marginally better than the Soaftsoap with Aloe Vera, but not at this price, that’s for sure.

Here are the ingredients of the Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap, in decreasing order:

  • Aqua (that’s water, with a fancier name)
  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
  • Laureth-3
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Glycol Stearate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Perfume
  • Polyquaternium-7
  • PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (that’s the Aloe Vera)
  • Citric Acid
  • Tetrasodium EDTA, Glycerin
  • Poloxamer 124
  • Hydrolyzed Silk

As you can see, the list is heavy with chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients, but that doesn’t mean much. This is hand soap, not chicken soup. You’ll notice, however, that the Aloe Vera, which features prominently in the name of the product, is quite far down the ingredients list. There’s not that much in there, and the Softsoap hand soap relies partly on hydrolyzed silk for its silky, smooth feel. This hand soap is manufactured and distributed by Colgate-Palmolive.

In closing, I’ll mention something that is often overlooked in reviews such as these: the containers themselves. They are made of recyclable plastic, and are easy to squeeze, but not *too* easy. You don’t want to make a mess when you refill your little bottles. They are easy to grasp and hold, and the lid easily snaps open and shut (see picture), making for a convenient pour. Overall, I must say that I’m quite happy with my Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moiturizing Hand Soap, on all levels: the price is right, the quantity convenient, the soap cleans and the containers are recyclable and easy to use. Five stars.┬áSo far I’m two on two with my Softsoap products!

SoftSoap Moisturizing Body Wash at Costco (3-pack)

I’m always on the hunt for a great deal, and when I see it, I pounce, often to the dismay of my wife and family, who must put up with the storage that my deal-pouncing requires. Sometimes, however, I can get a deal that doesn’t take a lot of room, and can save our family quite a bit of money. The SoftSoap Moisturizing Body Wash that I buy at Costco falls in this category.

The regular price for this 3-pack of body wash is $8.89, and I purchased it last week with a $2 instant rebate, bringing down the price to $6.89, plus applicable taxes. Of course. Each bottle contains 532 mL of body wash, for a total volume of 1.59 liters. This means that each 100 mL of body wash costs just a hair over 43 cents. That’s a hard price to beat for a brand-name product.

SoftSoap Moisturizing Body Wash at Costco (3-pack)

SoftSoap Moisturizing Body Wash at Costco (3-pack)

The 3-pack of Softsoap Moisturizing body wash includes 3 bottle, yellow, blue and red. The ‘flavors’ are as follows:

  • Juicy Pomegranate and Mango Infusions
  • Citrus Splash and Berry Fusion
  • Sweet Honeysuckle and Orange Peel

The ingredients are different for each, but they do have quite a bit in common, since only the fragrance changes from bottle to bottle. Here are, in order of importance, the major ingredients they have in common:

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Acrylates copolymer
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Sodium chloride
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Etc.

Despite these chemically-sounding ingredients, this body wash actually smells quite nice and works superbly, creating a rich lather from just a few drops on a wet body pouf (that’s what the packaging calls them). The packaging also claims that this product is soft and gentle enough to be used as a shaving lotion. I haven’t really tried that, however.

I know some people have problems with sodium laureth sulfate, like the ‘good’ people of the David Suzuki Foundation, but it’s really one of the compounds that may be included in this product, rather than the product itself. Still, the data and the controversy deserve consideration.

Until the science is settled, which may yet take a while, I’ll be using my Softsoap Moisturizing Body Wash, as it – for now – provides the best bang for the buck, and is appreciated by both my wife and I, unlike the Old Spice Body Wash I used to buy.