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Heal Your Skin with These Women-Owned Bar Soaps

Heal Your Skin with These Women-Owned Bar Soaps

If you’ve ever used a bar of soap, it LASTS FOREVER. Or it seems like it. Which makes it a great investment for your skincare. If you’re a little psycho, like me, then you won’t be able to stand the same bar of soap slowly dying in your shower. HOWEVER, I love people who use bar soap. I admire them because I just can’t do it. I’ve tried. Several times.

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Are you looking to soothe skin irritations, hydrate, exfoliate, even your skin tone, or more in the shower? I have listed soaps below to help you out. These soaps have clean, organic ingredients without the nasties (toxins).

Soaps with chemicals strip your body of oils while the chemicals actually enter your bloodstream. Doesn’t seem like a fair trade to me.

With a non-toxic bar soap, you may realize that you don’t always need to put on lotion after a shower. Your skin will feel replenished and moist, instead of itchy and dry.

Whether you love bar soap, are trying it for the first time, or you plan to convert from body wash, you will be pleased with the plethora of options. 😏

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company founded by Ida Friedman Kasdan

  • Family-owned

  • Certified organic by the USDA and OEFFA

  • Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny

  • Some vegan products

  • Read more about their ingredients here

  • They sell sample bar sizes to test (1.7 oz.)!

Shop ALL their incredible soaps here

You can also shop their products based on your skin and hair needs or irritations (eczema, rosacea, dry skin, dandruff, hair loss & more!).

EP’s Picks:

Sea Buckthorn and Tea Tree Soap

This soap is for healing rosacea and calming inflammatory skin problems. Sea buckthorn oil is considered a natural remedy for psoriasis and rosacea. They use organic, virgin, cold-pressed sea buckthorn oil which is how they get such a rich color.

Ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic palm oil (Rainforest Alliance Certified™ sustainable), organic sunflower oil, organic sea buckthorn oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic virgin shea butter, water, sodium hydroxide, organic green tea, organic canola oil, organic castor bean oil, organic oregon grape root, organic licorice root, organic turmeric, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, rosemary essential oil, organic rosemary oil extract

vegan.

Goat Milk Oatmeal

This creamy bestseller is perfect for healing eczema and other skin irritations. With goat milk, oatmeal, and honey, your sensitive skin will thank you!

Ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic palm oil (Rainforest Alliance Certified™ sustainable), organic extra virgin olive oil, goat milk, organic virgin shea butter, sodium hydroxide, organic cocoa butter, water, organic canola oil, organic castor bean oil, organic oatmeal, organic oat flour, organic honey, organic cornstarch, & organic rosemary oil extract

Dead Sea Black Clay

This soap is a full body mud mask. Dead Sea mud, Australian black clay, and organic seaweed will stimulate your blood’s circulation, deep clean your skin, and remove dead skin.

Ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic palm oil (Rainforest Alliance Certified™ sustainable), organic extra virgin olive oil, water, organic virgin shea butter, Dead Sea mud, sodium hydroxide, organic canola oil, organic castor bean oil, Australian black clay, organic seaweed, lime essential oil, litsea cubeba essential oil, rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, orange essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, organic cornstarch,& organic rosemary oil extract

vegan.

Avocado Oatmeal

This soap gives deep hydration vibes with its avocado, shea, and oatmeal.

Ingredients: organic palm oil (Rainforest Alliance Certified™ sustainable), organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, water, organic avocado oil, organic virgin shea butter, sodium hydroxide, organic canola oil, organic castor bean oil, organic avocados, organic oatmeal, organic wheatgrass, organic parsley, ginger essential oil, lime essential oil, litsea cubeba essential oil, organic cornstarch, & organic rosemary oil extract

vegan.

Madison Soap Company founded by Laura Daly (a public school teacher)

  • Small-batch

  • Made in Madison, Wisconsin

  • Uses Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Palm Oil

  • Started a new initiative in 2018 to plant trees in deforested areas of Indonesia affected by the palm industry

  • Soaps are 96% organic and Vegan Action certified

EP’s Picks:

Sunshine, Turmeric + Lemongrass Moisturizing Bar Soap

When your morning showers could use a pick me up and mimosas before work aren’t an option, the NEXT option is this bar soap. Obviously instead of all the other positive habits you could cultivate in the morning.

Seriously though, this is their best seller which will add a little sunshine to your morning. ☀️

Ingredients: *Rainforest Alliance Certified™ palm oil, hopalicious craft beer, *sunflower oil, *coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, *shea butter, avocado oil, lemongrass essential oil, *fair trade turmeric

Coal, Activated Charcoal + Tea Tree Moisturizing Bar Soap

Tea tree oil is divine for your skin and so powerful! You may know that it works great for acne, but it is antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, fades age spots, wrinkles, and beauty marks, heals skin conditions, reduces dandruff, relieves colds, stimulates blood flow, and is a natural insecticide. Tea tree oil is GOLD because your health is wealth!

Ingredients: *Rainforest Alliance Certified™ palm oil, purified water, *sunflower oil, *coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, *shea butter, avocado oil, tea tree essential oil, & activated charcoal

*organic

Naked, Unscented Biodegradable Moisturizing Bar Soap

This soap is made WITHOUT essential oils so less irritation and you won’t attract any unwanted insects.

Ingredients: *Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Palm Oil, Purified Water, *Sunflower Oil, *Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, *Shea Butter, Avocado Oil

Flynn&King founded by Summer Dinh Manske and Corina McDonnell

Guided in life by my favorite saying, You can't change the world, but you can make a dent, I hope to create unadulterated products that not only do wonders in the beauty industry, but are safe for people and friendly to the environment. That philosophy drives Flynn&King, and is the foundation of our motto: Do good. Look great.

Summer Dinh Manske

  • Created for gender-neutral use

  • Small-batch

  • Made in Brooklyn, New York

  • Organic ingredients used are certified USDA Organic (products aren’t certified organic)

  • Read about their ingredients here

  • Sells every bar soap in a guest size! 😍😭 I CANNOT get over the thought put behind that! If you host an airbnb or family & friends, their soaps would be perfect. Plus, you are promoting better ingredients and all the good work of Flynn&King

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  • Developed Do Good Collaborations, a perpetual journey of goodwill through a variety of projects, as an outlet for seeing their mantra "Do Good. Look Great." come to fruition.

  • Collaborates with their local Center Against Domestic Violence remelting & reshaping shavings & scraps into new unused bars of soap for victims of domestic violence

  • Collaborates with the Coalition for the Homeless donating their rebatched soaps & toiletries to provide the men, women, & children with natural hygiene products as one less worry in their tireless fight for long-term stability

EP’s Picks:

DETOX - Neen and Activated Charcoal Soap

If you suffer from skin irritations and blemishes, THIS is the soap for YOU!

Ingredients: distilled water, babassu seed oil,* olive fruit oil,* shea butter fruit,* neem seed oil,* castor seed oil,* sodium hydroxide, activated charcoal, sweet orange essential oil,* patchouli essential oil, & rosewood essential oil

*organic

DRIFTWOOD - Babassu Oil and Pink Clay Soap

This soap naturally exfoliates and propels insects! It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

$1 of every Driftwood soap purchased will be donated, indefinitely, to I'm From Driftwood, a non-profit devoted to spread unity and acceptance for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer community through storytelling and story sharing, and provide a simple, yet powerful message: You are not alone.

A beautiful part of their Do Good Collaborations.

Ingredients: distilled water, olive fruit oil,* coconut oil,* almond oil,* babassu seed oil,* sodium hydroxide, pink clay, grapefruit peel oil, & cedarwood oil

*organic

INNOCENT - Calendula and Chamomile Infused Soap

Even though your products have organic and natural ingredients, doesn’t mean they won’t irritate your skin. This soap is perfect for sensitive skin to soothe, calm, and hydrate.

Ingredients: olive fruit oil,* distilled water, coconut oil,*  sodium hydroxide, shea butter,* oils infused with: calendula petals,* & German chamomile petals*

*organic

If you are looking for anti-aging properties or an even skin tone, check out their soap with hemp and matcha. It also combats very dry skin.

My skin is on the drier side. In my experience, products with matcha and/or olive oil hydrate my skin without being greasy.

What ingredients does your skin love? Are you thinking about trying a sample size? Bar soap or body wash?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of shower hydration 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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