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9 July 2010

Pears Soap - Going down the Plughole?


The above illustration for Pears soap seems quite apt for this post if I am honest with you. 

I have loved Pears 200 year old soap for many years - I even remember using it at my grandparent's house when I was little.  
It was perfect for anyone with sensitive skin or wanted something simple, being Hypoallergenic and Non -Comedogenic. It also contained only 8 ingredients and was Sodium Lauryl Sulphate free, which is why I used it. Religiously. 

That was until they went and change it, that is! 
Yes, for some stupid reason the company behind the 200 year old soap decided to dramatically change the formula going from only 8 ingredients to a huge 24 ingredients. 

Resulting it in being not Hypoallergenic or Non-Comedogenic and being re-labelled as 'Gentle Care' and we all know that 'Gentle' doesn't always have to mean gentle.


Here is a little look at the original and new ingredients -

The original listed ingredients are: Sodium Palmitate, Natural Rosin, Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoate, Rosemary Extract, Thyme Extract, Pears Fragrance Essence. 

The listed ingredients of the new soap are: Sorbitol, Aqua, Sodium Palmate/stearate, Sodium Palmkernelate, Sodium Rosinate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, PEG-4, Alcohol, Glycerin, Perfume, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Meta Bisulfite, Etidronic acid, Tetra Sodium EDTA, BHT, Cl 12490, Cl 47005, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool.


As for the bar itself, it is now cellophane wrapped inside the box. The lovely mild spice smell has been replaced for a strong chemical/frankincense scent. It also has a new waxy feel too it. 

It also lasts half the time that the original soap use too, I know this as I have been using the new formula for afew weeks now just thinking that they had just changed the scent. Until I started to develop them little bumps again on the backs of my arms, which is why I looked at the box and was surprised to see that it now contains SLS, which I was trying to avoid! 
  

But you see that is the thing...Pears are still claiming to include them all important quality skincare ingredients that are no more and that it's perfect for delicate skin as it's so gentle! 

Anyways, due to so many complaints about the new formulation Pears released a statement stating that a new formula was going to be released by March 2010 that was more similar to the original formula...however they haven't and it was recently made clear that they are just working on a better scent! So the new chemicals will be sadly staying. 

This really is a shame for such an old brand that has being going so long because of the unique and simple formula.
It has now been made into just another bar of soap.

17 comments:

angie lilly said...

man that sucks!!!!! I hate to see things like this. My guess is its the bottom line that made them change to this chemical cocktail. I have noticed a lot of food companies have also been changing their ingredients to include sucralose (generic for splenda)to their foods. That is also a big disappointment!

dani@callitbeauty said...

ooh, that IS a shame! i mean, just reading the ingredients for the new formula makes my head hurt! EDTA? CL12490? what does that even mean? i'm not sure i want that on my skin!


-dani
http://callitbeauty.blogspot.com/

D said...

a formula that is great for 200 years, and at the time where everyone is starting to use natural products, they change it to chemicals. logical!

Rae // theNotice said...

Ugh, the best part? Use it long enough, and all the colour seeps out of the bar -- no joke! Mine's just a soppy old mess of gooey off-white-ness now.

I want our Pears back! :(

Makeup Savvy said...

@Rae - Really! oh thats not good...well I was actually looking at the ingredients and both Cl 12490 and Cl 47005 are colourants...the first is a cosmetic red pigment and the other is a Yellow food dye! Both weren't in the orginal soap either.

So makes sense...still terrible though!

Fee x

MiglioSammy said...

This is really interesting...I too use Pears, but mostly because I belived it still contained the traditional 'mimimal' formula and not all the harsh additives many of its modern counterparts have succomed to. Especially the colourants! Thanks for shedding the light on this Fee!

Sam x


http://migliosammy.blogspot.com

Phoebe said...

My uncle used to swear by this soap but hates the new formula.

Kristian said...

Just a 'me too'. Opened the first 'new' bar yesterday (since I had a stock of the old one) and was ... surprised by the smell. Didn't feel like the old version. It used to be special but now it's merely another soap - that smells like a household cleaning spray.

Sue said...

Having used this for near on 50 years I was mortified when I opened a recently purchased Pears soap, having used up my stock pile and knowing nothing of the formula change. The soap smells, feels and reacts differently plus it obviously isn't aged the same way as it just melts away... as will many of the customers who knew the original

Love From Eden said...

That's a shame. You should try Dr Bronner's instead. You can read my review here http://lovefromeden.blogspot.com/2010/10/dr-bronners-magic-soap.html
xx

Anil said...

Pears happens to be a soap with maximum loyal customers. If you see the sales to advertisement ratio ....this soap is Number Uno...We have been using it as a family soap for 3 generations now and have started feeling that the quality is deteriorating for the last couple of years. The original happens to be the best and I wish it is maintained as a heritage and not as a commercial product. If it is a matter of bottom line for the company, it can be adjusted by making suitable changes in the price and keeping it Classic for ever or lost will be what we cherished for generation...I pity the shortsightedness of the decision makers at Unilever to attempt destroying the world's first and the oldest brands of soap

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Unknown said...

You managed to finish a bar of the "new" formula? Amazing! Unilever is has mentally challenged people at the helm if they can't understand the Pears Soap product. If the directors were smart, they would reinstate the orignal formula and bump up the the price. I would cheerfully pay a higher price for the best skin cleaning product out there!

Get your head out of where ever it's stuck Unilever!

cobminor said...

So what are you using now? I have just come up with a skin rash and I want to leave alone normal soaps, I am thinking of trying 'Droyts original glycerin non perfumed' as it sounds like a possible replacement.

Nancy said...

I wondered what was going on with this soap - I used it to cleanse my face as a girl and always found it mild and gentle - I bought a bar recently and have had extremely dry itchy skin, actually flaking off on my nose and eyelids and an allergic reaction that caused my eyelids to puff up for three days. Plus a breakout of tiny pimples on my chin and nose. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to something I ate - but I now believe it was this soap! I will not use it again.

Andi said...

I buy 6 bars of Pears and 6 bars of Dove a month, I also noticed the change in Pears by it's fragrance which has been altered drastically. I will be sticking with Dove from now on which can be used for sensitive, dry skin from top to toe and also has a very nice fragrance. Pears was definitely more suitable for my teenager's combination skin and Dove for my little one's eczema.

AW said...

Oh, I did not know this, it breaks my heart! Pears has been used in my family for generations!
Why ruin perfection? Say it's not so.....:(

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