There have been many, many times in my life where I’ve selected essential products based purely on the outcome of a very simple cost-benefit analysis. The simplicity of this analysis was that it was driven by two fundamental determining factors. Firstly, what is the cheapest possible product I can buy that will still fulfil the basic functionality of the product? (cost = cheap). And secondly, what is the best quality product I can buy that will have the least amount of negative impacts? (benefit = won’t kill me).
I am very thankful to be in my current position where I no longer have to apply the above analysis strictly to every purchase that I make. I feel inclined to look after myself more than I used to and as part of that thinking I take the opportunity to indulge in better quality items whenever budget allows. Such a philosophy I have recently applied to the purchase of soap.
I’ve long been tempted by the beautiful packaging and presentation employed by MOR Cosmetics. Everything about their products speaks to me of luxury, seducing the eye and nose with promises of something that will be unlike anything ever experienced before. The only thing that would cause me to hesitate to purchase in the past was the price tag, which for a 200g bar of soap equates to just under $20. Yikes!
But after years of doing the rounds with supermarket-bought liquid and bar soaps, I figured it was about time to indulge and try for quality. MOR seemed like a natural choice – it is the result of a collaboration between Australian designers (bonus!), it is deliciously hand-wrapped in decadent paper and ribbon (bonus!), and it smells divine (bonus!). Taking myself then off to Myer I spent some time trying to choose which MOR soap to try (once I make a decision for action I can often agonise painfully over the details).
While I was temporarily tempted by the lovely fresh citrus fragrance of the Blood Orange variety, I ended up opting for the Black Cherry Plum (Barre de Savon Mélangée à la Main) which looked very old-world elegant, with a strong yet balanced floral fragrance. I love the description of the scent, ‘combines the sultry, bold fragrance of Black Cherry with the light, subtle sweetness of Plum to bring you the perfect balance‘.
Reading further on the packaging I then discovered that MOR soaps are triple-milled (which certainly sounded like an additional bonus!). Apparently triple-milled soaps are unlikely to be something you’ll find at your local supermarket – they are much smoother than normal soaps, and produce a creamier, more luxuriant lather (claims which I can certainly support). So after doing some research I discovered that the deal with triple-milled soap is this … When soap is being made it is dried before being made into bars. During the drying process the soap turns into crystals which can produce a rough based when made into normal soap bars. Triple-milled soaps are passed three times through a heavy duty roller mill to repeatedly crush the soap crystals and make them into an extremely fine, smooth paste before they are made into bars.
Taking my lovely soap purchase home I really had to convince myself to unwrap it as it was just so beautiful. Eventually I did of course, and as you can see the product on the inside is just as lovely as the outside packaging suggests. And I have to admit that compared to other soaps I have used, this one is very generously sized, leaves the skin feeling clean but not dry, and seems to be longer lasting.
I have to say that this was $20 very well spent!