I’ve purchased another natural soap bar to review! I haven’t finished my PINTU bar soaps yet but have switched to using these for a week to see how they fare. Read about my last bar soap review here.
Early this year(like a month ago since this year has pretty much just started), I made a choice to switch from liquid soaps to bar soaps mainly to reduce my carbon footprint as well as nourish my skin after learning more about the chemicals present in supermarket as well as mid range brands of shower gels as well as skincare.
A common misconception regarding the use of soap bars is that it can generate and promote the growth and spread of bacteria between washes because ‘the soap touches the skin one day and then touches the skin again another day’. I still perceive it that way sometimes even though I’ve done my online research and there are no germs spread as washing is a two step process (explained further here) so what I do with the soap bars is to cut them into one use cube sizes – and with trial and error, I’ve managed to conclude a rough size compatible for one shower use – this way, psychologically and literally, there’s no ‘repeat of bacteria’ – this tip might work for any of you wanting to switch to bar soaps but are afraid of the ‘accumulation’ of bacteria.
Read more about the comparison between bar and liquid soaps here.
Whilst browsing Nourished Life, I found these soaps as part of their Life Basics range.
RRP: $9.95 AUD/120g from Nourished Life
The packaging is super minimal, consisting of a thick glossy paper label wrapped around once so it can be recycled immediately.
The description from the website reads:
‘White Clay is one of the most mild exfoliants, making it ideal for deeply cleansing the skin, even for sensitive and dry skin. It also helps to detoxify the skin by absorbing and removing impurities. Activated Coconut Charcoal cleanses the skin by removing dirt and absorbing impurities. This key ingredient also provides very gentle exfoliation to ensure your skin is soft and smooth after each wash. Olive Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Shea Butter moisturise the skin, while Peppermint Oil provides a subtle, uplifting scent. ‘
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water (Aqua), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide (no residue remains after saponification process) , Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Kaolinite (White Clay), 100% Activated Coconut Charcoal, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*.
*Do not use during pregnancy due to essential oil content
Most ingredients in the soap contain multiple beneficial properties and are natural as well, including:
- Olive oil has wrinkle and scar mark reducing properties with regular use over time and as it has a natural base when combined with other similar ingredients is great for the skin. [Source]
- Grape seed oil is non comedogenic and is said to have wrinkle and scar reduction, prevention of ageing and acne properties. It also balances out the skin and restores collagen (hence wrinkles and prevention of ageing) as grape seed oil is rich inoligomeric proanthocyanidins which remove free radicals and encourage the restoration of collagen at a cellular level which allows for healthy skin to radiate from within. However, this information is only sourced from studies of grape seed oil on the face [Source]
- Peppermint oil creates a cooling sensation as it contains menthol and improves the texture of oily/greasy skin. However, peppermint oil should be used in moderation and in controlled amounts if possible to avoid any reaction (as with any ingredient as an excess of anything is not good) [Source]
- Sodium Hydroxide is used to hydrolyse fats (saponification). However, as mentioned in the label, there’s no residue after saponification.
*I am not a skincare expert and only have sourced this information from the internet, so take this review as my personal experience only and not a final testament to this product. If in doubt, always patch test!
It lathers into a rich creamy foam, it doesn’t feel as aerated and artificially produced as the liquid soaps I’ve used. It foams more than the PINTU soaps which are the only other natural bar soaps I’ve tried so far.
I’d definitely repurchase this soap but it’s currently out of stock at the moment so will keep an eye out for the restock!
Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!