Fancy soap is nice, isn’t it? It smells nice, comes in a fancy package, looks great in the guest bathroom. Sure, it costs a little more, but it’s a reasonable indulgence. I was looking at our fancy soap the other day. It’s called Il Frutteto di Nesti and it’s made it Italy (pretty fancy, huh?) by Nesti Dante s.r.l. We have two bars, one is Peach and Melon, the other is Citron and Bergamot. I imagine they do a lovely job of cleaning my hands and/or face, but I don’t really know. We’ve had them for months, but we’ve never opened them. Why? They’re too fancy!
We don’t want to use them, because they look so nice and they seem like such a luxury. What makes this even more ridiculous, I bet we picked them up at Home Goods or Marshall’s for $2 a bar. Or maybe we got them as a gift for picking up our neighbor’s mail while they were away.
Whatever the case, the point is we own a product we refuse to use. Now, compare that too a another fancy soap brand, L’Occitane. Also very fancy, but not too fancy. We love their products and use ‘em up. The Verbena Cleansing Handwash retails for $16(!), but we went through a couple of bottles. Maybe it’s because it comes in a pump jar – that’s not too fancy.
It’s interesting to note the differences between the two companies websites as well. Nesti Dante’s was too fancy for me. It was difficult to save a picture from the website. L’Occitane was easy and much more sales focused.
As a result, I’ve never mentioned Nesti Dante soap to anyone or had a conversation about it – I don’t know what it feels like, or how it really smells. But my wife and I talk about L’Occitane – to each other and to friends – rather frequently.
It’s ok to be a fancy soap, but becareful that you aren’t too fancy.