My siblings and I text all the time, but the other day my brother gave me a phone call. He had been hanging with a friend who makes handmade soap – and now he was hooked. Welcome to the club, bro!
The conversation brought me back to when I tried my first handmade soap. Shopping at a lunchtime farmer’s market, I picked it up on a whim. When I got home and tried it, I was amazed — silky, rich and moisturizing. Mmmm!
And the smell? To die for!
Did you know that commercial soap can have some real differences from handmade? Manufacturers often remove the moisturizing glycerin because they can sell it separately for extra profit. And commercial soaps may be scented with synthetic fragrances that contain phthalates or other chemicals linked to health concerns.
No wonder handmade soap seems so much nicer!
Recently, I got the chance to try some natural soaps from a new company called Vida Soap. I knew right away when it had arrived because even the packaging smelled good!
Vida sent me four delicious scents: Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosemary Mint and Cedarwood. Each smelled amazing! And when I tried the first bar, it was delightful — the smooth, luscious experience I’ve come to expect from a good natural soap!
Did you know that I’ve even dabbled in making handmade soap myself? But with the dangerous lye and the oil ratios and the curing, it isn’t a simple task. And so… soapmaking always falls to the bottom of my list.
That’s why I get excited about great small businesses like Vida who will do the hard work for me!
Want to try some for yourself? In addition to the giveaway below, the nice folks at Vida Soap have a special offer for readers with US mailing addresses, while supplies last. They will send you a 2.5 ounce bar of relaxing, natural lavender soap – just for the cost of shipping and handling! Check it out here.
And now for the giveaway! It is for four bars of Vida soap, a $32 value, and is sponsored by Vida Soap. It is open to mailing addresses in the US and closes on March 18, 2018 at midnight CDT. To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you do to live more naturally. For a second entry, sign up for Art of Natural Living emails (below my picture) and leave me a second comment, letting me know you did (or that you already subscribe). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be chosen.
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