Gi Soap is a brand that most BJJ athletes will recognize. They’ve been around for a fair amount of time now and have done a good job of marketing their products through social media and athlete sponsorships.
That said, quality reviews of their products are a bit hard to come by. Yes, some exist, but they’re kind of spread out and some are also a bit dated.
So, without further delay, let’s get to reviewing.
Personally, I am more of a body wash kind of guy, but if I’m going to review Gi Soap, I figured I needed to go with one of their bar products, since that seems to be what they move a lot of.
What’s In It?
I ordered the Lavender and Dead Sea Salt bar. According to Gi Soap, it contains: Lavender oil, Dead Sea Salt, Shea Butter, Hemp Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Water, Lye (sodium hydroxide).
Now, lye is something that used to be made by leaching ashes (extracting minerals from them using water and a filter) and fell out of fashion in soap making some years ago. Most major soap companies use something called glycerin, which alone, isn’t a bad thing, but it is not as powerful of a cleanser as lye, so Gi Soap is already one up in that department. Their use of lye is an excellent choice.
As for the essential oils in Gi Soap, that’s up to you. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the numerous claims surrounding essential oils. However, we all know the mind is a powerful thing, so if you believe in them, they might benefit you anyways.
How Does it Work?
When I first opened my bar, it smelled incredible. Seriously, it smells great. I don’t know of a disgusting smelling soap out there, but this one sure smelled better than most.
The bar is rough and grainy on the first use (This isn’t a bad thing, I just thought it might be worth mentioning).
Obviously, it gets you clean. It’s soap. However, I think I’m switching away from body wash after this. I noticed after using the bar on my face for about a week, I had a major reduction in acne. I might be approaching 30, but unfortunately, I’ve got the complexion of a 14-year-old.
That said, this bar has cleared up my complexion in an amazing way.
Do I Recommend it?
I’m going to say yes. It cost $6 per bar of soap, plus shipping, so it’s best to order more than one bar at a time.
Regardless though, I honestly feel like this soap has done a great job of doing exactly what it claims it will: getting you clean, reducing acne, and reducing the dryness of skin. They live up to their hype. I would definitely give them a try if you have the chance.