I have always really wanted to love perfume but for some reason my body chemistry just doesn’t work with such strong scents. I put them on in the morning and within a few hours I have a headache. So a few years ago, I ditched the pricey perfumes and decided to pour my money into all-natural soaps.
The pros are that my skin has gotten much softer and doesn’t dry out from all the added chemicals found in store brand soaps, I smell fresh and light, and I receive a ton of compliments on the way I smell. But sadly, there are cons. The main one being that the scent won’t last all day. Still, I prefer feeling fresh over experiencing headaches any day.
Here are some of my favorite brands of soap:
I discovered SallyeAnder at a local farm in my hometown of Baltimore and it is my favorite brand of soap for many reasons. First and foremost, it’s hypoallergenic, which means its gentle and works for all types of skin. I also love SallyeAnder because their soaps have a very strong scent. I prefer pungent soaps knowing they will last a little longer throughout the day.
The soaps are huge. They come in a giant box shape and one bar lasts me up to two months. If I’m spending a lot of money on natural soap, I want to be getting the most bang for my buck.
This company has been around for 30 years so they really do know what they are doing. They make everything as “green” as possible. They also have other great beauty products like lip balm, shave bars, and bug bite lotion. My favorite scents are Lavender Moon and Rosemary. It’s hard to find a good rosemary soap. And their bar smells amazing.
I found my first FinchBerry soaps at a local Greetings and Readings in Maryland. They are definitely a little fancier than SallyeAnder, but that’s one of the things I like about them. Their packaging is amazing. They like popping colors and soap glitter. It’s all so cute. They also have a ton of different scents.
FinchBerry produces an amazing honeysuckle scent called Sweetly Southern and it’s most true to form. It’s great if you’re looking for a light sweet summery scent. The bars are a little smaller than SallyeAnder, but they still last me at least a month. All their soaps are handcrafted and also vegan. They truly offer a wonderful sensory experience.
Lush has always and will always be a guilty pleasure for me, as it tends to be very expensive. It’s usually my “treat yourself” soap. But I really love their scents and the fact that everything is all-natural there. The great thing about Lush is that their soaps are handmade and hand cut so you can go into the store and get as much or as little as you want.
My favorite scent is “Honey I Washed the Kids”. I think it’s crucial to have a good honey based soap in your skincare routine. Honey is so beneficial for your skin because it has antibacterial properties. Not to mention, it just smells so damn good. It has a light and sweet scent, so if you aren’t looking for something super strong, this is a great option. I also love their scent “Maypole” which is pepperminty and very refreshing.
Lush likes to put fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies into their soaps. So, they offer a variety of different health benefits and smells. While I’m not always willing to shell out the money for their soaps, I do love their products.
In time you will absolutely notice a difference in your skin if you choose to switch to natural products. I don’t have as many dry or oily patches and my skin is so soft to the touch. Yes, buying all-natural soaps can be much more expensive than the store bought stuff, but it pays off in the end. I don’t spend any extra money on perfumes and I am treating my skin the way it deserves to be treated. I highly recommend making the change, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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