I have a very special post for you this morning. And the whole time you are reading, think Christmas gifts! Haha.. It is "talk" heavy... But please, please, please read it. These are some amazing bars of soap I am sharing with you! So much so, that they have likely changed my life. This is big stuff and worth reading! I promise :)
I am a super crafty person... Through my crafting excursions, I have met some awesome people; and one of those people is Francis from Eco Soap Works. She makes amazing all natural,animal friendly, eco-friendly, vegan, synthetic-free and petroleum-free homemade soaps and was kind enough to send me some to try and share with you :)
First, lets give some back story to my skin. It sucks. I havent had a day without a zit since I hit puberty. I have never had a face full of zits or severe acne, but Ive always had zits. My skin is dry in the morning and oily at the end of the day and so, so sensitive, and Im not going to lie... I was worried about trying these because any changes in my skin care routine usually sends my skin in a downward spiral. I have never been so happy with my skin (as a whole) as I have been in the last 3 weeks I have been using these soaps. In fact, I may not be able to afford to completely change myself over to her soaps (right now), but I definitely plan on buying them to keep up with it as my face wash. And when I can afford it, best believe I will be buying her soap exclusively.
Im going to show you the soaps she sent, and tell you a little bit about each of them:
This is a specialty, seasonal soap. She actually sent me this as a gift not to share, because she thought this was the last bar of the year. But she made another batch because of demand (it's almost ready for your buying pleasure!)! Have I mentioned what an awesome gift this would be??
This baby smells good enough to eat (author note: do not eat lol). Its made with organic pumpkin puree and full of clove, cinnamon and ginger essential oils. It is so lovely once you suds it up! And I smell faintly delicious when I get out of the shower! (BONUS!)
This is a genius bar of soap. Francis had some avocados and thought "hmmm, I wonder how this would be in soap" and a few weeks later, viola! I am going to be so sad when this soap is gone!!
This is made with organic avocados and aloe gel from her own garden (here in Arizona, pretty much every house has aloe cacti in the yard somewhere lol). Here are a few points she makes in the info card attached:
Aloe vera is a very special healing plant; enriching and soothing to normal, oily or dry skin. Avocado has remarkable benefits to human skin - both when eaten and when used topically. It contains vital nutrients, minerals and fatty acids for your skin. Has both healing and moisturizing properties, and is gentle for all skin types, making it perfect for a face and body soap.
This soap is sooooo creamy. It is naturally unscented, so you arent going to walk around smelling of guacamole (I know you were thinking it lol).
This soap right here is the soap I will continue to buy for the rest of my life for my face. It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. As I said above, I have struggled with my skin for 15 years (give or take) and it has never been as happy as it is after 3 weeks of this soap. My pores are smaller and my skin is far less oily at the end of the day. I have one zit right now; only having one used to be a fluke. I have confidence that I will be generally zit free with this soap, and that is a wonderful feeling after so many years of cover-up!!
This is an extra virgin olive oil soap, which is loaded with nutrition and antioxidents like vitamins A and E. (which makes it exceptional for those with sensitive skin - ie me). Goats milk may seem weird, but its loaded with vitamins and minerals for silky soft skin (I can attest to that). This soap is fragrance free, and life changing. Just saying.
This is the same basic soap as the one above. Not a lot of different going on except for the lack of oatmeal. If the oatmeal freaks you out, this soap is just as life changing lol. But something about the oatmeal makes me like it better. Dont ask why, I dont know.
This is a bar of soap that literally has an all natural loofah enclosed inside the sudsy goodness. I've used this once a week for the last three weeks, and my skin is soooooo soft after! Its great for feet or elbows or anywhere you want to make soft (but not your face, too harsh). You can actually read all the ingredients in this pic, so I'll let it speak for itself.
I have been careful to keep them out of the water while I am in the shower, because the dryer you keep the soaps, the longer they last. Ive been using the goats milk with oatmeal everyday for 3 weeks (including a couple days on my whole body) and I still have at least a week of use out of it. So one of these could easily last you a month for face wash if you are diligent like me!
Now for the super fun part... Im giving some away!!!
One lucky lady (or gentleman) will win a bar of Lemongrass Loofah soap and "Kitchen Soap" with Coffee.
Little info on the coffee soap... there is fresh brewed coffee in every batch because coffee (and caffeine in general) is good for your skin. This is called a "kitchen soap" because it is great for removing the smell of garlic or onions from your skin. But this is also fine for an overall body soap, and is an excellent exfoliater.
Giveaway rules: US only, you must be 18 years or older. And I will be verifying that you have done the two requirements :)
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If you are interested in the specialty soaps, you have to follow Eco Soap Works on Facebook. She does not put them (Pumpkin Vanilla and Avocado/Aloe) on her website. Too much of a hassle when they are limited editions. She will announce when a batch is ready and you can email her letting her know you want one (or 5). But, you can get the basic goat milk and loofah soaps on her website here. When you order a soap from her (because you need to order a soap from her... at least one. Try it!) make sure you buy one of her adorable crocheted washcloths. She sent me one and I love it! It's perfect with her homemade soaps.
Soaps and washcloths are $5 each or 5 for $20. You can mix and match the soaps and the washcloths. The only exception is the loofah soap. The loofah bars she sent me are smaller, and she wont be making those anymore. However, she will be selling larger, 8oz bars for $9 each or 3 for $23. Be sure to check out her other products; she has all natural deodorant, lotion bars, bath teas... the list goes on and on.
If you are local to the Phoenix area, she has a stand at a number of farmers markets around town. She'll update you on her Facebook about where she will be, and she also has all the info on her website. Tonight she will be at the Cranberry Hills Restaurant and Catering in Phoenix for "Girls Nite Out" event from 4-7 pm. She will be at the Central Farmers Market on Saturday from from 9 am -1 pm, and I will be stopping by to say hi and get some more soap, so if you are in town and want to say hi email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can coordinate! Maybe lunch? :)
**These items were sent to me for review. I was not paid for this
review. All opinions are my own and are an accurate representation of my
experience with the products.**