In my three years of using Upper Canada Soap’s Naturally Warm Honey Nectar Soap Bar, the product has earned an *HG status from me. Keep reading for more info and see why I give this one-of-a-kind soap a 4.5/5 rating.
*HG = holy grail. As described by Alle Connel of xoVain, a holy grail product is “one so amazing that you can’t imagine ever living without it. It is the pinnacle of perfection — as good as a product can possibly be.”
When did you first start using Naturally Warm Honey Nectar Soap Bar?
I was first introduced to this soap in 2012 when I was visiting my folks for the weekend and forgot my regular facial soap at home. Mom was trying out a bunch of different soaps at the time with oatmeal as an ingredient. Naturally’s Warm Honey Nectar Soap Bar was one of them and the first one I saw when I reached for a facial soap in the shower. As soon as I put the bar to my face, I was completely enchanted by its scent.
I got out of the shower and asked frantically, “What is this soap and where can I get it?!” Real Canadian Superstore was the closest place to us that carried it, but they had limited stock so, naturally, I bought all the bars and took them back home with me. The bars lasted almost a whole year and when I got to my last one, I started to get nervous when I went back to Superstore and they hadn’t restocked.
Back then, all their labels had was the name of the scent and a phone number. Googling didn’t bring much luck, so I called the number during off-hours and the automated voice system said “Welcome to Upper Canada Soap.” I immediately put the phone down, searched them up, and bam — it brought me here. I had called the next day to make sure it was the same soap and even the customer service agent wasn’t sure. But I took a chance, and when it arrived it was a perfect match!
OK, you’ve been going on and on about its scent. What exactly does it smell like?
This soap smells exactly as it’s named, “Warm Honey Nectar.” While it does have that great honey smell it’s got an even deeper scent to it that I can’t quite explain. It’s definitely unique as there’s no other smell like it on the market right now.
When I order them online, I get a bulk of about six to ten bars. Keeping a whole box of them makes my room smell great.
How do you use it?
I like to rub the soap bar in my hands to work up a good lather and gently rub it on my damp face. Sometimes in the shower, I rub the whole bar over face because the oatmeal grains feel nice against my skin and work as a decent exfoliator.
I keep one bar at my sink for washing my face in the morning, and a separate bar in my shower for washing my face at night.
How effective is it?
This soap gets almost all my makeup off in one wash. Whatever is left over is usually my more stubborn eyeliners which I always tackle with a cotton swab and some olive oil anyway. I also find this soap bar lathers more than some higher-priced cleansers I’ve used in the past.
How long does one soap bar last?
For the way I use it, one bar could last me as long as about five months or so. Of course, I make sure to keep the one in the shower away from the stream of water to prolong its life.
What else do you love about this product / brand?
When it comes to skincare, I always say listen to what your skin is telling you! In between orders, sometimes I’ll like to try other cleansers just to see what’s out there. But my dry, sensitive skin always ends up craving this Warm Honey Nectar Soap Bar and it thanks me for going back to it.
Also, after three years of using it, I still cannot get over its heavenly scent and I think that’s a huge reason why this item is a top seller on Upper Canada Soap’s website. I wish the lip balm version was available to try out — I just want to eat it! Until that happens, I may eventually try more bath and body products from the Naturally Collection’s Warm Honey Nectar line.
I also feel good supporting a Canadian brand, especially one that has friendly customer service and fast shipping! I placed my most recent order of eight bars late on a Sunday night and it arrived on Tuesday morning. It also came with a nice letter from the customer service manager and this free gift of sample lotions:
Where else can you buy this product?
When I first ordered these soaps online, I was able to get them off the website of a private Canadian retail chain called Tweed & Hickory. At the time, the soap bars were on sale for $4.50 so I went nuts and ordered ten. Those ten bars lasted me almost two years, but when I ordered another batch, I got an e-mail saying they were out of stock. Since then, I haven’t seen them back in stock on the website, though I do still check from time to time in case I can save a few bucks.
You can also find other Upper Canada Soap products on Amazon.ca. I’ve never seen them carry the Warm Honey Nectar Soap Bar, but I also make sure to keep checking back there, just in case.
For more stores, Upper Canada Soap lists on their website the select retailers that carry some of their products.
Why the 4.5/5 rating?
The product is self is perfect. I don’t have any criticisms for this soap and wouldn’t make any improvements if I could. However, I had to shave off half a star for the price point. At $7 per bar, the price can deter people from trying it out for the first time and is sometimes the reason I’ll delay ordering another batch. But if you’re able to find it on sale or if you’re open-minded to trying something new, it’s definitely worth it — it’s a long-lasting soap that your skin will love.
Do you have any soaps or cleansers that you consider your holy grail products? Let me know in the comments section!
Have a good one! :)