Musgo Real: Soap-on-a-Rope


Portuguese Musgo Real ("Royal Moss") Soap-on-a-Rope by Claus Porto (LEO Design)


When I was a boy (in the Sixties and Seventies), soap-on-a-rope was THE classic Father's Day gift.  And it wasn't precious or expensive.  I know; I used to buy it for my dad!  Alas, today, soap-on-a-rope is very hard to find.  I suppose that there is a level of handwork involved (inserting the rope?) which makes it far more costly than traditional bar soap. Furthermore, young men today seem to like body wash and liquid soaps.  I guess soap-on-a-rope is a vestige of times past.  Lucky for me, I seem to like all things "times past."

The soap-on-a-rope shown here was made in Portugal by Claus Porto.  It is in their classic Musgo Real ("Royal Moss") fragrance, a masculine blend of patchouli, neroli, bergamot, lavender, violet, vetiver and musk.   This range was introduced in the Thirties.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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