Neutrogena's Transparent Facial Bar ($3) has been the brand's star item since it launched back in the 1950s. After many years of its absence from my shower caddy, I recently decided to give the old classic another whirl. I was not disappointed.
With its distinctive amber color and clean scent, it made me experience a major sensory memory explosion. What makes the old-school bar so worthy to me — besides the sweet recollection of junior high moments — is that it leaves behind no residue or tightness. If anything, it's slightly drying, but in the sense that your face feels super clean.
For those who have flaky or parched skin, this soap might not be the right match, and most importantly, you'll have to take steps to prevent this bar soap from "melting". But unlike creamy formulations, this bar really does rinse away very easily. Considering the price, results, and scent, I'll be reserving a spot for this one in my shower once again.