This is one of my go-to soaps when I'm gifting. Almost everyone loves lavender, and this particular bar of lavender is perfect. Its not drying and is extra gentle (goats milk and oatmeal, duh!). Ladies love it but so do men.
I love coffee and I love soap. Match made in heaven. Its very exfoliating and I love how it smells. Aside from washing with it, I would definitely put a bar in my drawers to make everything smell good! Because it has real coffee in it, I use this in a soap saver bag to absorb the water run off which is tinted brown.
My personal favorite flavor of this lip balm. I will probably never buy any other brand. LOVE IT
I was a fan of Burt's Bees mainly out of convenience, but since I've tried this, I won't be going back. Its not thick and waxy like most lip balms are. Its a slightly thinner consistency than many of the lip balms I've tried and has better slip. I'm less reliant on lip balms now since I've been using it, because it is actually doing what its supposed to do: moisturize. I've gifted many tubes of this lip balm and everyone is a huge fan. The cool mint flavor is most popular, with vanilla coming in second.
Hands down, this is my favorite soap. Currently I have two bars in my car, two in my bedroom and one in the shower. I don't even know how to describe the scent of this soap other than its amazing and it stays with you. It being a vanilla fragrance, its nothing like most vanilla scented products, AKA it doesn't smell like cake frosting. Its a complex scent and I LOVE it.
This body balm is my go to - I keep it in my bag - and because its solid, I don't have to worry about a tube/bottle of lotion leaking on me. I scrape out a little bit with my finger and warm it up in my hands til it melts and apply it. It is a long lasting moisturizer (I can usually still feel it the next day), but it isn't greasy. It absorbs into my skin pretty quickly. Also, I really like the scent; its not something I've smelled in any other product. I've noticed that this stuff is excellent for making dry/ashy tattoos look really bright.
I love this soap - less for me to use personally and more for men. I gifted a bar to my brother and a few others to male friends who I guessed would be a fan of this sort of scent and they all loved it. It is very reminiscent of cologne, but not at all overpowering. I wish anyone that uses Old Spice (or Axe, or Irish Spring etc) body wash would use this instead. Subtlety is key.
This is a staple in my bathroom - its a great soap for hands, face or body. Being a Castile soap, its not drying at all, but it will remove stains from my skin like Sharpie or purple hair dye on my palms.
This is my favorite soap second to Oatilla. My bathroom smells so good after showering and the scent sticks to your body - just enough to get a little whiff of it every so often.
This powder is amazing. I refuse to use anti-perspirant (forcing your body to not sweat is a dumb idea) but don't want to offend myself or others with the inevitable underarm funk - and its pretty serious. I have tried all of the natural deodorants out there and was a fan of the salt sticks, but that stopped working for me long ago. I have used the lavender and the mint powder as well, but the citrus scent is the only one that truly kills the odor. I like the way the scent mixes with me and how the underarms of my shirts are no longer disgusting to me. I made one of my friends try it who has really stinky feet and he loves it too!
meghana on Dec 31, 2013
I bought this for my husband and it does not work for him at all. He started putting it on twice a day to see if that would help and there is still an odor. This stuff says it's guaranteed to work but it just doesn't - not for him anyway.
Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012
Have used it twice and do love the lemony scent!
Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012
Am loving the soap so far! Will be back for sure!!! :o)
Keeping it real & making it natural
As a cancer survivor and gardener with wrecked skin, I started making all natural soap as a last ditch effort to solve what seemed to be endless problems. Nothing in medical science was working for my dry, itchy and painful skin.
Rather than give up and suffer, I kept working on the problem. I don't remember how I stumbled on all natural soap, but I think it was something that my mother used to go on about when I was a teenager.
After some research, I decided to learn how to make cold process soap. I read a basic book and bought the ingredients. Made a cardboard mold for the pour. Put on my goggles and gloves, followed the formula and, voila! There sat the ugliest slab in the universe of pure olive oil soap.
This slab of soap was beige, blah, and kind of lumpy on top. But, it seemed to be made correctly and passed all of pH tests. I let it cure to harden up and used my first bar of handmade soap about 6 weeks later.
Then something miraculous happened. About a month after I had sworn off all commercial soap and medicated creams, I was working on a paper (PhD researcher), typing away happily, when I nearly jumped out of my skin. My hands weren't bothering me.
I looked down and realized that for the first time in at least 10 years my hands weren't a wreck. I stopped what I was doing and couldn't believe my eyes. No more cracked, dry skin. No more Grand Canyon sized breaks in the corners of my thumbs. In fact, my skin looked and felt so normal.
Right there in the middle of my home office, I whipped off my pants to look at my legs. All those annoying eczema patches were completely gone, too. Oh my.
And that's when it happened. The light bulb went on. I turned my scientific research skills to the medical and commercial skin care industries. What I learned was truly shocking. Even worse, the natural skin care market is filled with unsubstantiated claims (pseudo-science) about ingredient efficacy.
I couldn't believe the chemical cocktail that I put on my skin daily. My lumpy, brown bar of pure Castile soap cured a boatload of skin problems that years of medical science couldn't fix.
I was also truly horrified to learn how these toxic ingredients pollute both the earth and our bodies. And for what, so that my skin would never heal?
I visited the dermatologist and we went toe to toe. He didn't want to believe that something so simple had really fixed my skin. Along with the medicated cream experiments, he also told me to wear gloves always because digging in the dirt was wrecking my skin.
But, that wasn't really the problem with my skin. It was what I was washing my hands with all day long that killed my skin.
Today, I still garden without gloves. During product testing, I may wash my hands more than 50 times a day to test a new bar of my all natural, organic soap. My skin remains nice and trouble-free, even with all of the washing.
I don't use moisturizer anywhere on my body because I don't need it any more. Every so often I'll use one of my natural balms because they smell and feel so nice.
As it turns out, that bar of natural soap saves me a huge amount of money because of the skin care products that I no longer need. Even without all of the products and programs that the personal care industry tells me I must use, my skin has never looked better.
I finally listened. You were right all along. Thanks, ma.
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