This soap is incredible. I got it for a few euros in the market at St.Tropez last summer. The lavender scent is so strong that it stays with me all day. It has lasted almost a year and has this incredible texture that exfoliates yet moisturizes. It is truly fantastic soap.
That said, it's like the ugly kid in the classroom that only the mother thinks is beautiful. I imagine that friends coming over and want to wash up might cringe at seeing such an item. I know that I do when I see a dirty, used bar. Slightly late to the "get green" party, I was aware of the Method line of products but didn't fall in love with them till this year. Their non-toxic hand wash is THE BEST I have ever used. My favorite scent is flower water and at $4 a pop (or $2 at Target), it lasts forever. This is an unpaid product testimonial. I love this stuff. It literally makes me happy to wash my hands. The scent is lovely and real smelling, not like the artificial smells in other products. The other scents are fantastic too (french lavender, sweet water and fresh mint are close seconds but nothing tops flower water).
Other hand soaps that make me smile are:
J. R. Watkins natural liquid hand soap. This old fashion apothocary has been in business since right after the civil war. They've got that retro design down and the scents are easy on the nose. I have lemon scent in my kitchen and it does the trick. The only draw back is It's slightly more expensive, $7.49 a bottle.
Mrs. Meyers (named for the company's mother) also has a fantastic product. She, like Method, also sells the liquid soap refills so you don't have to keep buying the bottle. Her scents step out of the box a bit. My fav? Basil or the Geranium. At $4 a bottle, it makes a welcomed update from the dirty Dove bar.
So today I am making over the bathroom soap with a new bottle of Method's flower water. That fabulous french bar will join me in the tub where guests won't have to face it. I can live with that.