I just took my first ever all hand-crafted natural soap shower. Courtesy of my friend Jenn at CreativeWanderings.ca I used the Salty Sea Dog on my body- ❤ You had me at “SEA.” I liked the scent and since my happy-place involves my toes squishing in the sand, the ocean-influence is why I went with this one first. “The Tingler” shaving soap, with peppermint, tea tree, & lavender, was my choice for all areas to be shaved. I washed my hair with the Peppermint & Tea Tree shampoo bar. Finally, I used the “Cleopatra” with Dead Sea mud to wash my face.
First thoughts: The overall feeling is “clean.” I know that sounds obvious, but it’s a different feeling from the shower gels that I usually use. We’ve all seen those commercials about soap leaving a filmy residue behind, but for me, that’s usually the case with any shower gel I’ve tried. Other soaps that I’ve tried leave my skin feeling tight, like it’s thirsty. The exception being the moisturizing bars which also leave a filmy residue for me. So far, there’s no filmy residue and my skin doesn’t feel tight. It feels lighter. Also, the smells are not strong. All of the soaps that I used today are scented with essential oils. As I sit here there’s a subtle but pleasant after-shower scent. If I sniff my arm or my hair I don’t really get anything, but if I move my head just so or raise my arm I sometimes get a bit of mint or cinnamon. It’s nice.
The shampoo bar is my first-ever foray into non-liquid shampoo and foregoing conditioner. It has a surprisingly rich lather that did not feel at-all drying in the shower. Right now it just feels lighter. I’m a little leery of the lack of conditioner, especially at the ends of my very-long hair. I do not have oily hair. I wash my hair every other day unless I’ve been at the beach, swimming, or sweating a lot. I’m worried about how those ends will hold up on our beach vacation this summer, under constant exposure to the harsh rays of the sun and daily washing. I may bring a leave-in conditioner, just in case. I will say that the shampoo bar that I used does contain aloe juice. I’m going to continue using it without any added conditioner for now and see how it goes.
The Tingler shaving soap: Oh, where have you been all my life? There’s a loofah embedded in the soap. Isn’t that clever? My legs and underarms are smooth and soft AND no red bumps! Also, loved the refreshing mint!
“Cleopatra” with Dead Sea mud: This is not the first time that I’ve used handcrafted soap on my face. I switched to using all-natural soap on my face a little over a year ago. I have recently (a few months after switching) noticed the first signs of aging (I’m not yet forty.) I’ve always looked young for my age but I think that now, I just look my age. This could be a variety of factors though: the past few years, my diet took a nose dive. After giving birth to twins my caffeine intake increased exponentially. In recent years I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time at the beach and therefore, in the sun, than ever before. Even with the use of sunscreen, I’m sure that it takes a toll. So I can’t lay blame for the forehead wrinkle or lack of luster to my skin on the soap change. I can however give credit to the fact that I’ve noticed an overall decrease in blemishes since changing to the handcrafted soap. Which leads us back to the lovely Cleopatra. After a conversation that detailed all of the above info/issues, my friend Jenn recommended this soap for my now more “mature” skin. It’s Day 1 so there’s nothing really to report about it other than that I like the smell and I’m hopeful
that it will reverse time and make me look ten years younger that it will help. I’ll be sure to post about any significant fountain-of-youth type qualities.