5/9/13

Soap Review: Old Spice Pure Sport & Swagger




I told you I'd review these bar soaps after using them, so here we go.

I'm happy to report that the Pure Sport and Swagger soaps work well. They lather nicely, and leave skin feeling toned and clean. It's unclear as to why P&G chose to market only three bars - Pure Sport, Fiji, and Swagger - and opted to leave the original Old Spice fragrance out of the mix, but so far I'm pleased with the two I've tried. Let's hope they sell like hotcakes and spur the company to release the "Classic Scent" in bar form. A few points on Pure Sport and Swagger: 

  • The bars are generously sized at 4 ounces (Irish Spring is only 3.75 ounces) and they feel  dense, like they've been triple milled (although I doubt they are). 

  • They last a while. I get well over a week's-worth of showers from one bar (about ten days), while Irish Spring only yields around six or seven showers. I lather a lot though, probably more than a lot of folks do, so your mileage may vary on this.

  • The bars are shaped in a way that prohibits them from splitting in two while being used. Unlike Dial and Irish Spring, which separate into two little pieces about two-thirds of the way through their life, Old Spice soaps remain one solid piece, right to the end, due to the attenuated curvature in their design. 

  • Their fragrances are potent, but unlike other soaps, they don't cloy upon lathering. I get olfactory fatigue with these, to the point where I don't even smell them while showering. After I step out and towel off, however, I get whiffs of freshness that remind me of what I just washed with. Those whiffs endure for about five minutes after showering, so there's no doubt these soaps have strong scents. 


The lower curve in the bar shape doesn't effect its solvency in leftover water after showering, so you're unlikely to get that mushy-bar effect of soggy soap. I'm not sure how that is, but I suspect the density of the soap has something to do with it - they're actually not so easily permeated by water. Even in lathering, it takes a little extra effort to get suds. That can be viewed as a negative, in the sense that you have to work a little harder to get the same effect as other bar soaps, but I doubt anyone will mind. The lather isn't super-rich, and won't cover skin completely like Ivory Soap does (stingy bar, awful scent, but decent functionality to that one), but it's pretty good, and a little better than Irish Spring, so I can't complain.

Between the two fragrances, I think I like Pure Sport just a little more than Swagger. It smells fairly close to the aftershave, but a little more top-heavy, like Pure Sport's woody-citrus, without the sandalwood dry down. That's the reverse of  most bar soaps, which tend to feature only base notes. Pure Sport soap is very bright and fizzy-fresh, while Swagger is a little smoother and sweeter, with a muskier aroma. I really like Swagger as well, but it reminds me of Irish Spring Icy Blast for some reason. Maybe the light blue color and the sweetness is what does it. But it's a good smell and performs the same as Pure Sport.

I hope to try Fiji soon. For those of you who are interested in these soaps, I give Pure Sport and Swagger two thumbs up. They're excellent products, and a pleasure to use. 








8 comments:

  1. Will have to try these sometime. I like the Swagger deodorant which I find has a similarity to Baldessarini which is also similar to Lanvin L'Homme Sport. The former being richer, full-bodied. I couple the Swagger deo with Baldessarini. The soap can only augment the experience.

    Overall, I agree with you that it is a good thing that PG has decided to release these soaps. I think that their campaign to attract attention to the Old Spice line is working, as I am seeing even the youngsters expressing interest. Even my teen newphew likes the Old Spice products.

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    1. That's good news regarding younger generations using Old Spice. And I didn't know that about Swagger's similarity to Baldessarini. Very interesting. I'll be even more interested in these soaps when P&G bucks up and releases the Classic Scent in bar form.

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  2. I wish they had a variety pack that included all of the new soap scents in one package.

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    1. I do too, but I figure that would probably diminish profits considerably. What they should do is create gift packages with the corresponding bar soap, shower gel, deodorant, aftershave, and cologne together.

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    2. Well I bought all three scents, Pure Sport, Swagger, and Fiji. What the heck they're cheap and coupons are available to make them even cheaper. So far I've only tried the Pure Sport and I think it's a winner. I've been exclusively using Dove soap for the past year or so. This is a welcome change of pace.

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    3. Pure Sport is nice. Let me know what you think of Fiji, I haven't been able to find that one lately.

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  3. Im sure they smell great but what I really want to comment on is that you only get 6-7 showers out of a bar of soap. Your talking about a regular 10 minute shower? I think a bar of soap probably lasts me about 30 showers. I use a plastic loofa sponge so maybe that is why. Feel free to ignore this whole comment.....

    Side note- I just got in some Shulton Old Spice powder from India via ebay and it is great. Its very strongly perfumed and could easily replace your daily fragrance if you dust it on your body. The OS tube shaving cream from India is good too but its not as slick as I like so i dont use it very much.

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    1. Yeah I take ten, twenty minute showers. It's a YMMV deal on longevity with soap I guess.

      I'll have to look into the powder. I've heard good things about the shave cream also. Funny that they have a huge following in India.

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