As regular readers will know, I am a fan of soaps, and even more so if they contain natural ingredients and are of a unique color and smell. Since I am a blogger, I spend much of my time on the internet.
Recently, I came across a company that hand makes artisan soaps and scrubs that is called Butterfly Bliss Naturals. When I originally saw their website, the first thing that caught my attention was the colorful butterfly.
SoapBox Soaps: Vanilla Liquid Hand Soap Review + Giveaway
As we head into the fall months I have noticed the smell of cinnamon and vanilla are filling my senses.
When I think of vanilla the first thing that pops in my head are cookies and other baked goods. I had never really been a fan of scented soaps until I hit my late teens. Since then I have become a huge fan of scented soaps, and look forward to new scents and varieties entering my life.
Since the one of the smells of the season is Vanilla it seems more than appropriate that SoapBox Soaps has released a new liquid soap.
I have noticed a trend recently, the use of charcoal in soap. Now on the first thought, it is a question as to why you would want to use something that is an ashy black residue that usually contains ash. Despite charcoals apparent downsides, these are really upsides. Read further to let me explain further.
The use of charcoal has many benefits including removing dangerous toxins from your body, reduces the appearance of acne and can remove the dead skin that can cause skin problems.
It has been mentioned in the past that while I am a girl, I am not a girly girl. There is one area where that is an exception and that is soaps and body washes.
I love different body washes and soaps and I fear that I am becoming a bit of a collector. When I was a teenager the bathroom I used had a 3 foot tile “seat” that served as a staging spot for my myriad of shampoos, conditioners, bubble bathes and body washes. I remember my friends loved coming to my house because it was never the same assortment on display and they always used something different.
Since I went to Natural Products Expo I was on the search for a natural and pure versions of the things that I love. As I was walking around I came upon SoapBox Soaps. SoapBox Soaps is a company that is a small but making a big impact.
CastileSoap.com: Liquid Castile Soap Monthly Subscription Review and Giveaway
I am a simple girl, and this simplicity extends to the soaps I use. It is starting to extend to the products I use in my home. My two cats affect my life in many ways, and as of recently in the products that I use around my home to clean myself, my home and even them.
Since I am already a castile soap fan for my facial cleanser I have been wanting to see what else I could do with it. After some quick research I learned that castile soap can be used for anything from washing vegetables to a laundry detergent on over to a body wash. Lucky for our cats, this is also a safe soap to use on animals, so bathes are eminent for 2 creatures soon.
Back in December I had the opportunity to review CastileSoap.com and recently they added liquid castile soap to their monthly subscription box. Since they specialize in only castile soap based soaps I was intrigued and eager to sample this new offering. The great thing about castile soap is that it utilizes the natural and essential oils to add benefit to each soap. Castile Soap is not only bio-degradable but also organic, and contains no harsh elements, and it is safe to use on children and pets!
About 20 years ago I was suffering from some severe skin issues. This was very out of the realm of normal for me since I had made it through puberty with little acne, but plenty of awkwardness.
I was truly at a loss as to how to handle this new physical curve ball I had been dealt when my father offhandedly suggested that I try castile soap. As I went to the local drug store I was filled with a mix of excitement and trepidation – what if this literally made my problem worse. I purchased the bar and when home to see if this was the answer i needed. After about 3 days I had my answer – my skin was totally clear!
I questioned my father how he had this profound piece of knowledge, and asked if other people knew this secret. It was with a small chuckle and a exhale that he broke the news that, yes people did know about this miracle bar.
As I aged I have found the acne I get is more related to the food I eat and my current stress levels, and because of this I am a fan of castile soap now more than ever. One of my priorities when I attended the Natural Products Expo was to look for more castile soap based soaps. As I came upon Dr. Jacob Naturals I knew I wanted to sample and try their soaps.
CastileSoap.com Monthly Subscription Review and Giveaway
Back in the early 2000’s I was having issues with adult acne, and other blemishes on my otherwise flawless face and while searching for remedies, Castile Soap was suggested to me. At the time, I had never heard of castile soap or where to even locate it. As luck would have it, there was a small supply at our local retail store.
I purchased a simple bar of castile soap and within a couple of days of use, I discovered that my blemishes cleared up and my skin overall looked healthier. I continued my daily use of this new “wonder” soap and as time passed it was as though my face went back in time. As I have aged about a decade since that discovery, I am now finding those old issues cropping up.
Since these issues are cropping up again, I began looking for a comparable castile soap to replace my formerly beloved bars. In my searching I came across a company by the name of CastileSoap.com. CastileSoap.com specialized in only castile soap based soaps. while utilizing other natural and essential oils to add benefit to each bar. Castile Soap is not only bio-degradable but also organic, and contains no harsh elements, and it is safe to use on children and pets!
Soap.club Monthly Subscription Review and Giveaway
As we travel through this crazy path we call life, we are met with a lot of unknowns. When we are children our parents try to tell us to appreciate life, and that one day you will wake up 40 and wondering where the last 20 years went.
I have always thought that it is important to have memories and moments. For many people they have the ability to turn those moments into not only memories but something more tangible. I love hearing the stories behind a company – what makes them start, why did they chose now to take this leap and where do they want to end up.
When I find companies that are inspired by moments and memories rather than the alternative, it always gets my attention – Soap.club has done just that. Soap.club is a small family run soap business. The business was inspired while the founding couple was on vacation on the Hawaiian Islands. While there they saw soap making in its purest form and set out to create this same soap. Soap.club uses sustainable ingredient sourcing and achieving ethical trade partnerships.
I have mentioned that I love artisan soap and this soap is no different. I had the opportunity to review Udderly Naked Goat Milk Soap back in April. Since April I have been swapping this out on a rotating basis with other soaps and love it each time I use it!
I am also happy to share with you all that Udderly Naked’s Pumpkin Pie Soap recently won the Best in Show at the American Dairy Goat Association’s bath competition show – so help me in congratulating Wendy and Udderly Naked Goat Milk Soap!
Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Anatomicals/Aspire Brands. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.
Anatomicals Hand Soap and Lotion Review
I have mentioned before that I did not grow up a girly girl. I avoided make-up other than special occasions, really never got the appeal of heels (this may be in part to being 5’7 and not wanting to over tower people). I never really collected or used scented lotions or body scrubs either. Then there was a shift that occurred and all of a sudden it became an enjoyable activity to collect and use these scented products and I began my collection.
Since this discovery I enjoy soaps, body lotions, and everything in between. I have discovered that I like the fruit smells over the floral, but love the floral scents and could not choose a true favorite. The fruit combinations are not only fragrant smelling but the fruits that are used have benefits are also included. I love when I discover a company who uses this combination to create quality body products – enter Anatomicals products.
Anatomicals was launched in New Zealand and whose products are all paraben free. The reason that the products being paraben free is a good thing is because parabens are the preservatives included in many beauty products. Parabens are used in shampoos, conditioners, shaving gels, personal lubricants, make-up, toothpaste as well as many other beauty products. Without the parabens included you end up with a much more natural product.