I very much enjoy lilacs, which is rather obvious since I wrote a huge post about how much I enjoy lilacs. So a week or two ago I went on an etsy pilgrimage to find some inexpensive lilac soap. Naturally I was successful, because that's what I do. Find shit on etsy to buy.
I ended up stumbling across Eva Nestorova's Shop. Eva offers a number of soaps and lotions, including lilac, and several others which sounded quite attractive to me. They also listed coconut oil and coconut butter, as well as lots of other tasty ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and lots others. Oh, and all her soaps are around 4oz and are only $3. Uh, yes, that sealed the deal.
I ended up purchasing bars of Lilac Soap, Coconut Milk Soap with Tamanu Oil and Rum, and Tropical Vacation with Mediterranean Sea Salt Soap. Eva was extremely generous and sent along a second bar of Tropical Vacation Soap along with a bar of Lemongrass Shaving Soap. They arrived simply wrapped in plastic wrap with sticker labels.
The soaps all smell delicious, the Lilac Soap smells very much like lilacs, the Coconut Milk Soap smells like real coconut milk, not sunscreen coconut, and has a fresh earthy undertone, and the Tropical Vacation Soap has a very tutti frutti scent. So far I've used the Lilac Soap and the Coconut Milk Soap. I've found them to be fairly moisturizing, and they do not leave my skin feeling dry. The scents are light but clearly present, and do not last on the skin after they're washed off. At 4 ounces, the bars are pretty substantial and I think they will last me quite some time. The soap has a "foaming agent" as an ingredient but I still found them to be much more creamy rather than bubbly, although they are very sudsy if you use a loofah.
I think Eva's formula and scents would make lovely guest and decorative soaps! For the quality and selection you certainly can't beat the price - in the future I might try out Eva's Seaweed and Kelp Soap or Coconut Milk and Passionfruit Papaya Body Cream...which I kind of want right now.
Edited to Add: My only complains bout Eva's soaps is that I left one of the bars on my dresser. After a month or so a lot of the oil had seeped out of the soap and the plastic wrapping onto my dressed, staining and warping the wood...which is pretty unfortunate since it was actually a very nice piece of furniture. So while the soaps are very fragrant and bubbly, the shelf life is definitely limited. There's nothing wrong with the soap itself, but many of the fragrance oils (and perhaps some of other superfatted oils) have seeped out.