I don't normally coo over 'everyday' hand soaps, but indulge me for a moment to share with you how thrilled I have been with my recent purchase of EO Peppermint & Tea Tree liquid Hand Soap. I bought a couple of EO soaps not too long ago, having read good things about them and, as always, appreciative of anything both eco-friendly and indulgent. They have all kinds of lovely organic ingredients, and are pretty reasonably priced (very much so when compared to high-end lines!). I put the Peppermint Tea Tree soap in the guest bathroom, thinking it would be good disinfectant for people coming in from outside (especially gardening), and the Rosemary Mint soap in the kitchen, thinking the herbal scent would work well in there.
It was a while before I got around to trying the Peppermint soap. The Rosemary Mint is pleasant enough, mostly herbaceous and slightly menthol, a bit weak on the lather but nice enough for the kitchen where it does not conflict with any cooking smells. It's perfect for getting hands clean and disinfected before cooking. But one day I happened to be in need of handwashing while near the guest bathroom, so I finally got to try the Peppermint Tea Tree soap, which I assumed would be somewhat similar to the Rosemary Mint. It's not. EO seems to markedly favor the scent which comes first in the title, and so the Peppermint soap is an intense mouthwatering peppermint; cooling and utterly delicious, balanced by a mild hint of tea tree astringency.
For some reason, the Peppermint & Tea Tree foams much more than the Rosemary, and it fills the bathroom with a delightful frosty feel — which is most welcome in my house since it's August and we don't have air conditioning. My hands feel soft, cool and refreshed after I've used it. For some reason, I also find peppermint to be a very cheerful fragrance (maybe because my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip), and so lately I've been making excuses to wash my hands in the guest bathroom. It's a fabulous way to keep hands clean, and beat the summer heat.
EO Peppermint & Tea Tree Hand Soap is available at drugstore.com, $8.19 for 12 oz.