My husband calls me a hippie. I don’t think he realized it when we got married (neither did I!) but time as slowly progressed me into a more and more natural person, parent, and professional. I know I still have lots of areas to improve upon but it’s one slow step at at time (did I mention that we just got a chicken coop!?!? sooo excited! I will blog more about that when we get the process rolling. We bought it off craigslist and have a few things in the next few weeks so chickens probably won’t happen for a few weeks!).
But as a part of this journey, I’ve started trading out chemicals for more natural products. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it absorbs whatever we put onto it. I’m picky with our sunscreen (and have a homemade recipe here) and we use coconut oil as a moisturizer 99% of the time. I’ve been playing with homemade cosmetics (I will share!). But being frugal, I just can’t throw away soaps people give me (aka…I get lots of Bath & Body soaps as gifts). So when I was given a bar of Believe Soap, I was thrilled to be using something way more natural that didn’t require me to buy soap when we still have some in the shower.
(I meant to take a picture before I started using it but forgot, so here’s a picture from their website).
I got a full bar of Winter Citrus and a couple small samples of Lavender Oatmeal and Refreshing Mint. So here are my thoughts.
- 100% vegan (A+)
- All Natural products, literally the ingredient list was mostly essential oils
Their website says they even use herbs freshly picked from their garden when possible! And even can custom order soaps for you because they hand make them.
- They are $5/bar (it’s really not that much!)
- Safe for the whole family
Because there is nothing toxic and these are natural products, I feel comfortable and safe using it on anyone in my family (do you know what kinds of toxins are in baby soaps??)
- Made in California
if you are a Californian, you are supporting local business!–if you aren’t, then you are supporting small business! (A+ for both)
- Lathers well
- Scent is pleasant and subtle
Being an OT I am acutely aware that many people are sensitive to smells. This would be the soap for you if you are overwhelmed by many of the scented products. It smells earthy, pleasant, and is subtle enough that you don’t think you are washing yourself with a slice of orange. I tend to like things with a little more scent but I know many don’t so it’s a great middle road. If you are one that likes stronger scents, maybe try one of the other flavors. My guess would be Rosemary & Mint or similar would smell a little more.
- Long Lasting
I’ve been using the soap for a few weeks now and it really doesn’t look like I’ve made a dent in the size of the bar. I could see it lasting awhile.
- Can be used on your face, or body
When I tried it on my face, I got a little in my eye and it wasn’t super pleasant but most soap isn’t. So if you use it on your face, just be sure to wash extra carefully
- Essential oils can promote healing
It’s one thing to wash your body with just soap, but soaps using essential oils can promote healing while you use them.
My overall opinion…
I don’t know if I will order more soap for awhile (I still have lots) but if you are looking for a natural, vegan, handmade, local option, this is a great place to start. My only preference would be to have a little stronger scent but it gets an A+ from me in all other categories!
Check them out! Have you used Believe Soap??