Mini Natural Soap Stash
Digging through my drawers to do a bit of a spring clean this week, I found I had stored away a secret stash of natural soaps which I had completely forgotten about. Pretty impressive organisational skills 🙂 Before I started oil cleansing using the hot cloth method, I used natural soaps all the time as they’re quite multi-functional with most being gentle enough to use for both the face and body. Since I have managed to successfully convert my mum into a Dr Bronners fan (woop woop), my mini collection of soaps have been sitting patiently in my dressing table drawer. So if you’re looking for some nice little soaps for your bathroom, take a look at these…
1. Madara Cranberry & Juniper Hand & Body Soap
This cute little spud came in a Love Lula monthly box earlier this year (possibly January’s but I can’t remember) and it’s a bit geeky but the first thing I noticed was how cool the packaging is! The design is very pretty and opening the origami-inspired box up, it unfolds to reveal a lovely pink soap with the brand name engraved. I was literally so excited when I first opened this. I’m so lame I didn’t want to use it straight away because I thought it was too pretty… I’m not sure what special time I needed to save this for 😛 Anyway, this Cranberry & Juniper soap from Madara is £6 for 150g bar (they also do it in Cloudberry & Oat Milk).
Face Washing Suitability: I tested this cute button out and it has my face-washing approval. I found it to be very gentle and it doesn’t dry the skin out like some soaps do.
Sodium Palmate***, Sodium Cocoate***, Aqua, Glycerin***, Aroma, C177891 (Titanium Dioxide)****, Sodium Citrate, Vaccinum Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract*, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Extract*, Limonene**, C177007****, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Betaine, Linalool**, C177491 (Iron Oxide)****
* Ingredients from organic farming, ** Natural essential oils, *** Made using organic ingredients, **** Pure mineral pigments. 99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 71% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.
2. Plantlife Jojoba Rosehip Skin Bar
According to the box this soap is “pure and gentle, 100% natural plant extracts, synthetic free, gluten free, GMO free, cruelty free, good for all skin” and I have to say I totally love the smell of this soap as I am a bit of a sucker for anything rose scented! I picked up this soap months ago in TK Maxx (probably before Christmas) – I’ve taken the sticker off but it was either £2.99 or £3.99 – not bad for 127g!
Face Washing Suitability: Approved. Very nice on the skin and also impressed that it has jojoba as the second ingredient along with olive oil, camomile and calendula. I was a little wary with the coconut oil as my face doesn’t react well to it and it breaks me out in spots quite badly, but so far this hasn’t had a bad effect. As it is the 4th ingredient I would be cautious using this or any soap that contains coconut oil if you do have acne.
Aqua, Saponified Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Organic Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood) Essential Oil.
3. Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Natural Soap
OK I know I have said I like the smell of the first two soaps but this smells so incredible – very intense blood orange and mandarin – which you can smell without even opening the box. I like that the soap has freckles (aww) and it’s definitely a good fragrance to have to wake up in the shower in the morning. This Pacifica Tuscan soap is £6.95 for 170g though mine came free with an order I placed as an extra for spending a certain amount with Lucy Rose (quite awesome).
Neither the box nor any website lists exactly the ingredients in this soap, however they do mention the following; “Handmade using a proprietary biodegradable, vegan, vegetable oil and glycerin soap base, ground almond meal, and Pacifica’s own fragrance blend with orange, tangerine, and petigrain essential oils” – and it is also apparently vegan, cruelty free, and contains no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, peanut oil or artificial colour (notice how no mention of being free from artificial fragrance).
Face Washing Suitability: No. I have mentioned before about Pacifica and their ‘natural perfume blends’ which apparently include synthetic fragrances. Considering they haven’t clearly labelled everything that is in the soap this does not reassure you that it is 100% natural. Given this, and how strong the fragrance of the soap is, I have only used this as a hand soap and not for my face or body as I’m pretty certain it would cause my skin some irritation.
Any suggestions for some good natural soaps? Leave them below I’d love to hear 🙂 I have limited this post to 3 soaps… I do actually have more tucked away for some strange reason so look out for more soap blog posts!!