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Fight Soap is available from the UK distributor: www.bodyzoneonline.co.uk
Or by visiting www.fight-soap.com
Defense Soap is available in Europe from Garra Fightwear priced at £4.99+pp
Or by visiting: www.defensesoap.com
I used both these soaps on alternate occasions over several weeks. Being made from all natural ingredients, neither soap produced huge amounts of soapy lather but instead started off feeling slippery when wet but then built up to a mild level of soapiness after vigorous rubbing (extra soapiness is often an added ingredient in most soaps). Once suitably slippery, the soap bars glided over my bodily parts with the ease of Hoover - vacuuming for skin bugs!
Fight Soap has an attractive translucent quality to it and when I used it, I found it very refreshing to have the citrus odours wafting into my nose whilst showering. When I applied the apricot seed coated side to my body, I found the exfoliating rough surface to be a bit too harsh for my delicate skin, so I used the non-seed side. The problem with soapless soaps is that without a good head of lather, I feel I have to use a lot more of the product than I probably need. It also doesn’t really ‘stick’ to my skin to as soon as I apply it to an area of my body, then the shower water washes it away. Shower gel tends to stick around for longer. Having said that, I don’t tend to linger in the shower for any more than five minutes - which was more than enough to douse my body with a liberal application of each soap. One thing I will say however is that pure soap can leave my skin a little dry.
Defense soap is a bit bigger than Fight Soap so may arguably last a bit longer but I quite liked the smaller, easy to hold size of Fight Soap. Defense Soap doesn’t have the zest lemon grove perfume of Fight Soap but it smells okay - mainly tea tree oil or sandlewood smells. Using it was just like using any regular bar of soap. Again, it left my skin a bit dry.
After each shower I smelled like a bunch of (admittedly slightly medicinal) roses and my wife seems to take great pleasure in my new post-workout body odour. I also let me kids play with the soaps during their evening bath time and Fight Soap seems to win hands down in terms of the 'fun' factor - its candy-bar coloured translucency seemed to be an immediate draw but the kids loved the scent of both soaps. It was actually a struggle to get them to give me back my soap bars!
But with each brand costing over a fiver a pop, it’s quite a lot to pay for what is essentially, just a bar of soap with some natural oils in. By comparison, a quick peak at UK high street store Holland & Barrett reveals that they sell a 70g bar of tea tree oil soap for £1.35
It’s quite cool to have a soap branded specifically for grapplers and mixed martial artists. No matter how dweeby or wimpy I look, I know that if I got stopped by customs at the airport or searched by police, they’ll see my bar of Fight or Defense soap and think ‘damn, this guy does that UFC thing, best leave him alone’.
Good hygiene before and after training should be an absolutely essential part of everyone’s habit. This includes washing your uniform after every session, showering after every session, cleaning the mats after every session, quarantine for those who are infected with skin diseases and many other small details that add up to minimising person to person bacterial or fungal disease transference. Using antimicrobial products may help in this regard, it may not. And, at a fiver a pop, both Fight Soap and Defense Soap are a little expensive compared to high street brands that contain roughly the same active ingredients. But as I say, it’s kinda cool to walk around and say hey, I use a soap made by fighters, for fighters. Osssss!
Credits and Disclaimer:
I am not sponsored or supported by any company. The views expressed here are my own and those of my daughter's Barbie Doll collection. My thanks to Bon Cacho, owner of Fight Soap and Neil Williams from Garra Fightwear for supplying me with Defense Soap.