I've been a French hand-milled soap snob all these years. Nothing but Savon de Marseille for this ultra-dry pachyderm skin of mine.
That was then. This is now.
I'm madly, totally, in love with Saponificio Artigianale Fiorentino, specifically the Olive Oil soap.
It's pure, fragrant and so creamy. I lather up and am transported to Tuscany, which is no mean feat of the imagination.
It doesn't hurt that each 4.40 oz bar is so beautiful - with slender, leafy branches and plump olives etched into the surface. I want to cry just looking at them.
Retail about $20.