I've been obsessed with Pears soap pretty much forever. Sure, I've cheated now and again, having hotel bathroom assignations with Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Bar and a short-lived fling with L'Occitane's Shea Butter Verbena. But I always come back to Pears, drawn by its aroma (a soothing blend of thyme and rosemary meant to recall an English garden), its warm amber color, pleasant heft in the hand (heightened by the bar's distinctive oval shape), and gentle glycerin formula, which cleans without drying the skin. Even the much-ballyhooed changes a few years back—in which the 200-year old formula was altered, resulting in a slightly stronger scent—did nothing to diminish my ardor. It is, as far as I'm concerned, the perfect shower companion (shhh, don't tell my husband).
photograph by Stephen McAteer