As far as I remember, I’ve never taken a bath without the Leading Brand soap in sight. Growing up, the Leading Brand was our family soap. If any of us would smell maasim just a few hours after taking a bath, my mom, until now, is quick to conclude, “Hindi kasi Leading Brandangginamit!” or “Hindi Leading Brand ang ginamit mo ano?” Even when I started being maarte and joined the whitening soap and ultra feminine body washes bandwagon, I still buy the Leading Brand to make sure my hands are clean. I just can’t think of any other local bar soap whose forte is its anti-bacterial properties.
Enter Shield Bath Soap, an all-in-one bath soap that claims to give maximum protection against germs and bacteria leaving skin nice and smooth. According acs-manufacturing.com, “Shield Bath Soap has Anti-Bacterial ingredients giving your skin long-lasting protection against germs and bacteria that may cause disease and body odor.” It also has Active Skin Moisturizer (Shea Butter) so that skin won’t be ripped off its natural moisture.
Hmmm. So we have another local bar soap whose focus is its anti-bacterial properties!
I was sent three variants each of the Leading Brand and Shield, and tried them both at once to be able to compare them objectively. How did I do it? Parang sa commercial—magkaibaang gamit sa left side at sa right side. 😉
I used the Leading Brand (white variant)on the left side of my body, and Shield Cleansing White on the right side of my body. Here’s my verdict:
When I was bathing, I preferred the scent of Shield Cleansing White. It could be because I’ve grown tired of the Leading Brand’s scent, thus Shield’s scent was like a breath of fresh air for me. It could also be that I find Shield’s scent to be less overpowering and milder. I’ve always preferred mildly scented products.
The scent was mild enough for me to have allowed to use it on my toddler’s skin. And after he took a bath, I loved his smell!
As for the staying power of fragrance, the Leading Brand wins by a hair strand. Like I said, the Leading Brand’s scent is more overpowering. Half an hour after I have taken a bath, the scent of the Leading Brand overpowered that of Shield’s. The scent of Shield was still there though. The whole day, I never became mabahonaman on either side, to think that I did not put on any powder, body spray, and even deodorant. So I guess the deodorizing and anti-bacterial properties of both soaps were effective.
Soap Shape and “Melting Point”:
I noticed one of underrated positive aspects of the Leading Brand is its shape—the tapering in the middle makes it easier to grip, considering that soaps are slippery especially when wet. Shield, on the other hand, is shaped like the traditional soap. I guess that was why when my son was playing with it (although for Raviv he was dong the actual motions of cleaning himself), it kept on slipping from his hands.
But in fairness to it, Shield did not melt quickly and did not become too soft even when my son subjected it to too much water from the shower…it definitely passed the Raviv Test! I guess I could say the same thing about the Leading Brand; however…
The fact that Shield has Shea Butter does a lot. Upon lathering, I could feel it was more moisturizing than the Leading Brand. That was also why I made Raviv use Shield but not the Leading Brand. This is not to say though that the moisturizing properties of Shield are even at par with the moisturizing properties of beauty soaps.
Overall, I’d say that both soaps are great anti-bacterial soaps. Each has its pros and cons, but the pros and cons are negligible. I guess kids and women would prefer Shield, but guys might prefer the Leading Brand.
Tell me what you think!
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