I am very opinionated about what goes on my skin or in my hair. It has to have simple and clean ingredients, preferably with no fragrance or smell. Yeah, occasionally I might like to wash my hair with peppermint shampoo bars but for the most part, fragrance makes me nauseous. Add to that the fact that I am totally a bar of soap gal. I don’t like lotions, creams, oils, perfumes, body washes, and all that fancy, smelly stuff that the beauty industry cranks out each year. If I were to go into a Bath and Body Works and buy something (not likely) I would bet that product I bought, whatever it is, would sit in my bathroom untouched until I felt it was so old I had to throw it out. Why bother?
So this means I automatically nix quite a few of the requests that come to me via this blog to review bath and/or body stuff. It doesn’t mean their products are bad or that they shouldn’t be commended for making natural, organic products… it just means I don’t use them so I am not the right person to review them. But low and behold I actually have two bath products to highlight today. One I accepted because it was… a bar of soap. Wahoo! I knew that soap and I would get along well. The other was a surprise sent to me by a clever store who looked up my address. Both had happy endings so imagine my surprise.
The first is called True Body Soap. It is clean and simple with no smell. and it was love at first site. Unlike some bar soaps which can have tons of ingredients this soap has five. Yep, only five… coconut oil, palm oil, water, vegetable glycerin, and Sodium Citrate. It is one of the first bar soaps on the market that is vegetable-based and entirely free of EDTA, chelates or any other type of synthetic preservative. Even organic soaps usually have some type of preservative.
It lathers nice, it has no smell to make me sick, and it does what it is supposed to do.. it cleans. Plus the price is right. If this soap makes an appearance at my local grocery or Whole Foods I will definitely buy again.
The surprise package made me wary at first. It came with a bottle of shampoo, a tub of diaper rash cream, and a lotion. Well, I can’t say much about the latter two items because I immediately gave them away to a gal who will use them. Although I felt comfortable giving them away after looking at their ingredients and the site where they are sold, Poof’s Closet. The shampoo and I became fast friends though.
I normally use shampoo bars but I have been wanting to switch it up a bit since my hair is getting long. I am not sure what possessed me to let it grow out in the summer but it is now touching my shoulders and shampoo bars are great but not as great for long hair IMO. Not sure why that is. Perhaps it is because the natural oils aren’t reaching the bottom of the hair but it just feels drier when my hair is longer. So I switched things up and used Baby Poof Body Wash & Shampoo on my own hair and my daughter’s waist length hair. It lasted us quite awhile because we only wash our hair 2-3 times a week.
It uses organic ingredients and has only 5 ingredients total. It has absolutely no smell and it lathers quite nicely. I can see using this chemical free shampoo again and again. Although, I did have to email the owner and ask if I can send my used bottle in to be refilled so I don’t have to keep purchasing new bottles. That will influence further purchasing decisions but not my glowing opinion of the actual shampoo.
I feel like the beauty industry is starting to speak my beauty language.. clean, simple, minimal, and unscented.