The days of buying a bar of soap to wash my hands with are over! I love liquid soap, and I have it in both bathrooms as well as my kitchen. Because I wash my hands numerous times a day, we go through a lot of hand soap around here, which means I am forever on the lookout for a good, yet inexpensive brand of liquid soap.
Several months ago my local Fred Meyer store had their Kroger brand of liquid soaps on sale for only a dollar, and even though I didn’t need any at the time, I purchased a few bottles and stored them away. I have been anxiously waiting the time when I could use them, and that time is here! I adore Kroger Black Currant Plum Liquid Hand Soap.
For me, the packaging is almost as important as the soap itself, and the bottle holding this product is simple yet elegant. It is clear so you can see the deep purple colored liquid soap inside, and it has a small footprint, taking up very little of my valuable counter top space.
Although the bottle holds 7.5 ounces, it is only 1 1/2 inches thick, or deep. It measures 6 1/2 inches with the dispenser popped up, and pictures leaves, black currants and plums on the label – very attractive indeed. The pump dispenser has a nice wide, tear-drop shape, and pushes smoothly and due to the larger size, my hands never slip off of it. The lid screws on, so you would be able to refill this bottle with more liquid soap if you choose to do so.
I never really thought that a plum had a lot of fragrance to it, but we have currants growing in our yard, and this bottle of Kroger Black Currant Plum Liquid Hand Soap really does have a soft and almost fruity, currant like scent. I find it very appealing, it is almost sweet smelling, but not overpowering.
The soap comes out nice and thick, and it feels smooth and soft between my hands. Just one pump provides me with a generous amount of lather, and it rinses away cleanly, leaving my hands smelling like black currants for hours.
Kroger Black Currant Plum Liquid Hand Soap was surely very inexpensive, and it looks nice on my counter, but I do find it to be a bit drying to my hands, which is the case with many of the less expensive, value priced liquid soaps on the market today. Looking at the ingredients, I see that it contains: water, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium chloride, sodium lauryl sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, fragrance, citric acid, tetrasodium EDTA, cocamide MEA, DMDM hydantoin, red 4, violet 2.
I really wish this formula contained some ingredients that are nourishing and moisturizing to the hands, such as aloe vera, vitamin E, jojoba oil, shea butter, glycerin, or a variety of other possible ingredients. But I guess the old adage “You get what you pay for” holds true for me in this case. Still, it is a nice soap, and I simply apply one of my numerous tubes of hand lotion to my hands after washing them, which solves the dry hand problem.