I was recently sent these two natural soaps from Dr. Woods Soaps, an all natural soap company which offers some all natural, gentle and beauty beneficial products.
Shea Vision Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter - This soap is very eco friendly as well as gentle and non-stripping to the skin. I used it as a body wash and even a face wash a few times just to see how it would work and I was surprised to find that it’s very gentle and not drying at all. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, even though the liquid is a bit on the thick side. It’s not creamy, but not really gel-like either. It just feels like a simple body wash. It also smells really nice and the formula includes shea butter for added hydration. If you’re unfamiliar with what black soap is, it’s used in Africa, notably Ghana, where they make it from plantain skin which is first roasted and then mixed with plant oils, usually palm oil, in order to create black soap. Since the skin of the plantain is high in vitamins A, E, and F, this soap is said to help with all manner of skin conditions from dryness to wrinkles, acne, and others. Many even think it can be used to treat issues such as eczema and dermatitis. Although I have heard of many people who have had these results, I personally just found it to be a really nice gentle soap that softened, hydrated and gently cleansed my skin. I think sensitive skin types could definitely use it and though I don’t know if it would treat conditions, I definitely don’t think it will irritate them.
100% Natural Baby Natural Castile Soap Bar – Mild & Unscented - Formulated for sensitive skin with natural and organic oils, mild castile soap, organic essential oils, organic shea butter and vitamin E, this is a lovely soap bar! I like that it’s very minimally processed and includes a low number of ingredients, all of which are identifiable. It didn’t irritate or dry out my skin and wasn’t stripping or abrasive in any way. I definitely think this would be great for babies, especially those prone to eczema or irritations.
Overall, these soaps are really nice! They remind me a lot of Dr. Bronners soaps, except they are a lot cheaper. It’s true that Dr. Bronners soaps have more certifications than them in terms of fair trade and the origin of their ingredients, but if you simply want a natural, gentle soap option, these are definitely more affordable and arguably just as good.
You can find them all over the place online, including at Vitacost and Drugstore.com where I saw the best prices.
What Do You Think of Natural Soaps Like These?
Do You Prefer Bar or Liquid Soap?