In our home, we try to be conscious about what goes into our body, whether it is ingested orally or absorbed through the skin (via soaps, makeup). We try to buy things that are NATURAL, and I mean that they are really NATURAL and not “natural” as part of the registered name/trademark of the brand (read my post about GREENWASHING). It’s important to buy products that don’t have harmful ingredients, like synthetic agents and harsh chemicals.
I remember that the first products that we threw out were all from our washroom. We dumped the hair products, lotions and soaps because they had some of the nastiest chemicals in them. So over the last year and a bit, we have been trying out natural, hand made soaps. Some of my favourite soaps are made by Dr.Woods.
Dr.Wood’s soaps are:
- All natural (NO DETERGENTS)
- Vegetable Based
- With Fair Trade Shea Butter
- Triple milled
- Lauryl/laureth sulfates free
- Paraben and Phthalate free
- NO artificial colours
- NO animal ingredients
- NOT tested on animals
- Made in USA
On Lunita, we use the Unscented Baby Mild Soap. I really like this soap because it is actually UNSCENTED, yes, NO fragrance. Woo-hoo. Its lower pH balance ensures a gentler clean, which is ideal for sensitive skin. Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap is also hypoallergenic, made with organic essential oils, organic shea butter and Vitamin E. It lathers well and can be used on body and hair.
Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap is gentle on Lunita’s delicate/sensitive skin. It leaves her skin soft and moisturized.
Ingredients in Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap : Organic palm oil, organic coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, water, organic olive oil, organic shea butter, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, vitamin E.
Gabriel and I have tried both the Ginger Citrus Castile Soap and Shea Vision, which is a liquid soap.
Ginger Citrus Soap. We like this soap because it awakens and restores. The ginger and citrus combo is revitalizing and pleasant scent, which is light, not over-bearing. All of Dr. Woods soaps don’t contain detergent, so it doesn’t strip away skin’s natural moisture. In fact,, the Vitamin E, organic shea butter, and blend of organic jojoba and olive oils leaves your skin feeling naturally soft, clean and moisturized.
We love that Dr.Woods soaps are versatile for everyday use as a body wash, facial cleanser, even shampoo! It lathers great. I have used it on my body, face and hair, and found that it leaves my skin feeling super soft and has even helped minimize the redness/blemish on my face.
Dr. Woods Bar Soaps come in nine different scents and types- allowing you to choose the type that best matches your skin’s needs.
- Ingredients: Organic palm oil, organic coconut oil, sodium hydroxide*, water, natural ginger citrus fragrance, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter, citric acid, vitamin E.
Dr. Woods also makes a liquid soaps,Shea Vision, which comes in a variety of natural scents: Lavender, Peppermint, Almond, Tea Tree and Pure Black Soap. We had tried the later, Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap, and swear by it, its ideal for skincare.
Dr.Woods Pure Black Soap is by far my favourite soap because it’s multi use, it can be used as a facial cleanser, body wash, shaving lather, shampoo,a soak AND you can even use it as an all natural cleaner (to clean floors, countertop, etc). Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter gently exfoliates dead skin, leaving your skin looking radiant. I noticed after several used that my skin was looking brighter and felt softer too. Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter has also done wonders with my blemishes (undiagnosed rosacea), it reduces the redness.
The light scent is also very relaxing, Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter leaves both my body and mind feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Uses for Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter:
- Daily Facial Cleanser: Massage onto wet face in circular motion with fingers; rinse with warm water.
- In Shower: Apply generous amount onto wet hands, washcloth, or loofah and massage over body; rinse well. Apply small amount to palm and massage into wet hair; then rinse.
- In Bath: Squeeze a capful or two into running water to form a wonderful, soothing soak.
- All Natural Cleaning: Use 4 parts water to 1 part Dr. Woods for dishes, floors, counters and more!
Ingredients: Water, Saponified Coconut, Hemp & Olive Oils with retained Glycerin, Black Soap Concentrate,Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermun Parkii), Fragrance, Vitamin E Oil, (Tocopheryl Acetate), Peppermint Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract, Caramel.
If you are looking for a soap/shampoo/cleaner that has NO synthetics, NO artificial colours, NO parabens and pthalates, NO lauryl/laureth sulfates, in other words 100% NATURAL AND cruelty free, vegan and organic…you have to try Dr. Woods soaps. They won’t disappoint.