I was in the shoutbox a couple of weeks ago and Crader mistook my name for Soapman. Of course, the name stuck, so for that Mrs. C so kindly sent me a LARGE bar of Java Lather for FREE!
My initial impression of the packaging was good, it came in a fancy brown box that had a small viewing hole for the soap. Unlike most soaps, the jumbo bar filled the entire box, not much room left in there. I did notice however that once the box is wet the ink/paint comes off very easy, so dispose of the box and don't leave it on the edge of the tub/shower.
The smell is fantastic. A coffee/caramel scent. Unfortunately, from my lady friends opinions, I don't think the smell transfers over after you're done washing.
The wash however is great, I'm not one to know much about soaps but it does live up to its lathering reputation. At this point it is too early to report on what sort of skin softening/smoothing effects it has, but I plan to report what I notice different when I finish the bar, as well as a report on how long the bar lasted.
I have some significant stretch marks on my chest and shoulders that have been there for years. Once the bar is done I'll give a rating on how well it has dealt with those, as well as overall rating of effects.
So far I really like this soap, and plan to buy it in a future NP order.