Now that fall is on the way, I'm ready to return to perfumes and body products with stronger and sweeter fragrances, including a few gourmand scents. In my recent review of Wiggle Perfume's Bee perfume oil, I mentioned my occasional honey craving. So, when I found out about One Bath and Body, its honey-oriented products were the first ones that piqued my interest.
This new company has a "green" agenda: according to their website, “ONE is committed to promoting natural beauty without compromising the beauty of the earth, providing eco-friendly products in recyclable, plastic-free packaging to rejuvenate the spirit and save the planet.” Sweet Honey Soap and Honey Please Bath Fizzer both have relatively straightforward ingredients lists and simple, paper-based containers: the soap is tucked into a little hinged cardboard box, and the spherical Bath Fizzer is housed in a sturdy cardboard cylinder (which was a bit of a struggle for me to open).
I like Sweet Honey soap best as a hand soap, since it's somewhat low-lathering; with its honey-like glycerine stripe, it looks neat and cheerful next to the bathroom sink. It smells like honey, too, but also like creamy jasmine petals; it's a clean, even (yes) soapy scent, and it lingers on my hands for a while. The Honey Please Bath Fizzer has a slightly different fragrance, more like honey mixed with a swirl of caramel and a few orange blossoms. Or maybe I'm thinking of orange blossom honey? In any case, if you're not familiar with the concept of a Bath Fizzer (or bath bomb, as they're often called), it's basically a solid ball of bath salts that floats and spins in the bathwater, with an entertaining fizzy effect, until it has dissolved. Honey Please's scent melts into the water and diffuses into the steamy air over the bath, rather than staying on the bather's skin.
Of course, the elephant in the (bath)room here is Lush: no one who has made a few Lush purchases or even visited the Lush website can miss the similarity between One's products and certain Lush products. Usually I raise a bit of a fuss over copycat situations. In this case, I'm less bothered by the actual formula of One's soap and Bath Fizzer (and shampoo bars and solid lotions) than I am by the fragrance blends and product names that One seems to have adapted from Lush. A brand like this one, competitively priced and more widely distributed, is a welcome alternative for anyone who lives far from a Lush shop or Whole Foods but still wants to shop for good-smelling, eco-conscious personal care products (i.e., many people). I just wish that One had been a little more original with the details of its product line.