Using the right kinds of products on your skin is important, both for your own health and for the environment.
There are thousands of chemically manufactured ingredients out there used in a high majority of personal care products, from parabens, artificial fragrances and preservatives to genetically modified ingredients – yeeesssh!
All of these nasty things can cause skin irritations from dry, cracked hands all the way to rashes and eczema, not to mention the great environmental damage too.
With an abundance of natural and environmentally friendly soap alternatives out there, I encourage you to embrace a kinder way of cleansing and caring for your skin by using mild and effective products that gently cleanse, tone and refresh without drying the skin.
All of the brands mentioned below are free from any nasties, including SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic chemicals, colourings, fragrances, artificial preservatives or GM ingredients.
To help you on your quest for choosing a natural and eco-friendly soap, here are just some of our favourite soaps available across our stores:
1. Faith in Nature
Faith in Nature are a British based company who pride themselves on using only the best natural ingredients from cruelty-free sources that not only smell wonderful, but have each been chosen for their healing qualities.
Faith in Nature Pure Hand Made Pure Vegetable Soap and Natural Vegan Liquid Hand Wash
These soaps are made using natural, organic ingredients combined with beautiful scented essential oils to make wonderfully cleansing and hygienic soaps suitable for all skin types.
High in natural plant extracts these soaps gently cleanse, tone and refresh the skin without drying it out and combine wonderful natural aromas obtained from pure natural essential oils like coconut, rosemary and lavender. These not only leave your skin smelling beautiful, but most importantly leave your hands feeling soft and cleansed.
Popular choices amongst both customers and staff are aloe vera and tea tree with its anti-bacterial qualities and lavender and geranium for its calming and antibacterial properties.
2. Palm Free Irish Soap
Palm Free Irish Soap is an Irish based company based on the beautiful shores of scenic Lough Derg in East Clare. Palm Free Irish Soap produce handmade Irish soaps that are mixed, poured, cut and individually stamped by hand without the use of Palm Oil or any Palm Oil Derivatives.
These beautifully scented and visually appealing bars come in 5 scents, Lavender, Lemon Freesia, Organic Forest Honey Soap, Rosewater and Irish Seaweed.
Pop in store and smell them for yourselves!
3. Dr. Bronner’s
Dr. Bronner’s soaps are 100% true pure-castile soaps made with organic and ethically-sourced, certified fair trade ingredients that are biodegradable and nature-friendly.
Dr Bronner’s castile soaps come in both liquid and soap bars, plus they have a shakakai based hand soap in a pump which we just loooove!
Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap and Dr Bronner’s Castile Bar Soaps come in a range of scents from pure and powerful high-quality certified organic essential oils, including lavender, tea tree, peppermint, rose, almond, plus a mild castile for babies.
The liquid castile soap is concentrated so only a small amount is needed, and both the liquid and bars are vegan friendly, biodegradable, versatile and effective; being suitable for all body applications, from washing face, hair, or body, or shaving, even for around the house purposes (see our upcoming blog on ways you can use Dr Bronners around the house).
Popular choices include Lavender and Tea Tree.
Dr Bronners Organic Shikakai Hand Soaps
Available in lavender, tea tree and lemongrass, Dr Bronners organic shikakai soaps are made with certified organic ingredients and leave the skin soft and smooth with the help of its natural active ingredient, Shikakai.
Derived from the small South Asian tree Acadia Concinna, Shikakai has been used in India for millenia as a gentle conditioning cleanser for both hair and skin. The organic shikakai is extracted in organic sugar and organic grape juice and combined with Dr Bronners pure-castile liquid soap base for a rich, emollient lather and a moisturizing after feel.
MooGoo are an Australian company with an entire range of natural and gentle products that are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks.
Their cleansing bars include Fresh Butter Milk Cleansing Bar, Fresh Goats Milk Cleansing Bar and Ground Oatmeal Cleansing Bar.
These bars are suitable for hand and all over body use.
The Fresh Buttermilk Cleaning Bar is especially good for people who have had dry skin, or develop dry skin from the sun or air-conditioning.
The moisturising qualities of this soap come from Buttermilk, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, cocoa butter and glycerin, all of which help to keep the skin from drying out and keeping it well moisturised.
The Fresh Goats Milk Cleansing Bar is especially suited to those people with very sensitive skin. It is a nice mild way to remove old oil and grease from the skin, whilst also keeping the skin nice and moisturised.
The Ground Oatmeal Cleansing Bar is a brilliant natural exfoliator for the skin, suitable for anyone needing a good scrub up that leaves your skin feeling soft, fresh and well exfoliated. Thanks to its buttermilk base it’s especially good at removing the dead dry skin via exfoliation whilst also keeping the skin well moisturised.
(Please note, this range is only available in-store)
We have many more natural, ecofriendly and simply brilliant soap options across the stores and online, including Tisserand, Jason, Lavera, Weleda, Oliva Pure Olive Soap and more. We just simply can’t fit them all in one blog post..!
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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication