I have been using a hand-made soap that I bought directly from the woman who makes it, it was too soft( didn't last long), and all the varieties kind of smelled the same. It was all natural and an excellent product, but too expensive. The three things I like most about this Dove bar are 1) lasts a long time, 2) smells great and works great, 3) ergonomic shape fits your hand perfectly with soft, beveled edges. It's also inexpensive. I highly recommend it.