A while back (it feels like a million years ago), I had a little internet retail store selling natural bodycare products. l loved selling great quality, handmade products–and of course knowing that everything I used passed muster with the EWG’s skin deep rating system. It was always a challenge, however, to find natural liquid soap that was up to my standards. So I was really excited when Trisha of Mindful Soap sent me some natural liquid soap samples and offered a giveaway.
While I was learning all about natural products, an interesting sideline was hearing the backstory of the artisan vendors. Often there was a specific, heartfelt reason they got into the business–from wanting a granddaughter to have a safer nail polish to helping a child cope with eczema. Trisha began making soap as an outgrowth of her son’s autism treatment. Part of his therapy involved the use of essential oils and she wanted to extend the use of the oils into more of his life.
Most people don’t realize how important it is to use soap scented with essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances. Besides a usually nicer, more natural smell, you don’t need to worry about essential oils containing phthalates (possible carcinogens and endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive development problems) which may be lurking in the synthetics. And did you know that sometimes even “unscented” soaps have synthetic masking agents to hide the scent of the soap oils?
In addition to skipping some added chemicals in the fragrance (not to mention colors, preservatives and thickeners), natural soaps retain the glycerin which is the moisturizing part of soap. Commercial manufacturers may remove this valuable commodity, then sell it for profit.
Trisha sent me three bottles of her natural liquid soap in Lavender Rosemary, Mojito and Pink Grapefruit scents. The soaps were silky smooth, lathered nicely and smelled great. The pink grapefruit was my favorite, with a citrus brightness and sweet undertones. The Lavender Rosemary (did you know lavender is relaxing?) would be perfect for bedtime and the Mojito had a fresh summery mintiness with a subtle lime afterglow. In addition to the liquid soaps, Mindful Soap sells goat milk body cream and (really pretty) handcrafted bar soaps.
Sound like something you might like to try? This giveaway, for one bottle of liquid soap and one bar soap in the scent(s) of your choice, is sponsored by Mindful Soap Co. and open to mailing addresses in the US. To enter, leave a comment letting me know what scent(s) you would choose. For a second entry, subscribe to Art of Natural Living (enter email address on sidebar) or “like” Art of Natural Living on Facebook and let me know in another comment (or tell me if you are already a subscriber). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 48 hours to get back to me with confirming information or a new winner will be chosen. The contest ends at midnight CDT, July 24, 2014.