Today I am talking about artisan Shampoo and Soap (from Good Earth Beauty). Earlier this week it was essential oils and aromatherapy–you’d think it was natural beauty week! But, (I sooo hate to bring this up) winter will be here before we know it. With the drying heat and parching winds, we’d better get ready to be good to our hair and skin!
When I write about natural body care products, I always think back to the first bar of handmade soap I ever tried. I found it at a farmer’s market and it was so pretty, so softly scented and luxurious on the skin that it became a goal to be able to only use these.
Shortly after I began to hear more about the chemicals that lurk in many personal care products. What goes on you goes in you, they say–and who wants lead in their lipstick! (For more info see Myths on Cosmetic Safety)And so I was delighted when Good Earth Beauty offered me some of their products for a review and a giveaway. They carry a wide variety of natural products from some of my very favorite vendors and are also producing a line of their own.
The first thing I did was run the shampoo ingredients through the Environmental Working Group’s Calculator (I could tell the soap was good from the ingredient list). The shampoos came out a “2” (“low hazard”) which is an excellent number for a natural shampoo that actually performs like a real shampoo. Yes, not only do I want good ratings, I want bubbles, effectiveness and a good scent.
And the Good Earth Beauty shampoos came through.
They lathered well, smelled good and left my hair clean and silky. The shampoos are a thicker gel which I especially like. Ever have one of your kids carelessly pour a half cup of a runny product down the shower drain? The Coconut Lime has a nice tropical scent that I hope will make me feel better when the snow flies (we narrowly missed the first snowfall yesterday!) The Wheatberry smells like normal, nicely scented, shampoo without any identifiable orange or lavender or rosemary or other specific scent. So if you want to go natural and are tired of smelling like a plant, this may be your ticket 😉
My daughter who suffers from occasional breakouts tried the Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree soap. I took a whiff before handing it off to her and it smelled a whole lot nicer than the sour-smelling acne soup I used as a teenager! She says the scent and lather were good and is now testing its effectiveness.
And now for the giveaway. This giveaway is for the two shampoos and soap I reviewed (or comparable substitution in case of product shortage). It is sponsored by Good Earth Beauty and open to US residents. It closes at midnight CST Nov 12, 2014. To enter, leave a comment telling me why you think going natural is better. For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on twitter (@iwilkerson) and leave a second comment (or let me know if you are already a twitter follower). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with address and any other needed information or a new winner will be chosen.