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Our Green Monday review of their homemade beauty goodness
In a day and age where chemicals make their way into our hair products, cleaning products, soaps and lotions, it’s always nice to find a company that takes it back to the basics. I don’t spend a lot of time checking ingredients of my shampoos, lotions and soaps, but when I do, the laundry list of chemicals I can barely pronounce seems to go on and on and on. I started to wonder what kind of effect so many synthetic compounds may be having on my hair, skin, and body, in general? This is why I was delighted to test a few items fresh from The Soap Kitchen for a Green Monday review.
Founded over 6 years ago in Old Town Pasadena, The Soap Kitchen prides itself on being a natural alternative to commercial soaps, shampoos, and shower gels. They create all of their products from scratch by hand in their California ‘kitchen” where each and every item is lovingly created with a blend of essential oils and herbs. Additionally, every product is free of synthetic fragrances, colors and preservatives.
The wht review team had a chance to sample what’s cooking at The Soap Kitchen when we received a piping fresh batch of the Tea Tree Verbena Olive Oil soaps and a tube of the Mint Verbena Lip Balm.
First, I have to say I really enjoyed the Ultra Rich Mint Verbena lip balm ($6). While I’m always a sucker for a good balm, this brand new flavor has a two great things going for it; a refreshing minty, herbal taste, and the fact it is loaded with natural oils (including olive oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil). All of which means this balm glides on like butter!
Interestingly, this minty balm also contains hints of lavender, a scent not found in any of my other (dozens of) balms. This unique ingredient just added to the depth of flavor and made applying this balm reminiscent of drinking a cozy cup of herbal tea. I found myself reaching for this balm on a daily basis and it’s definitely becoming one of my favorites. I know it’s weird to say a lip balm is comforting, but that’s exactly how I felt using it. Before, during and after a long day, I am loving this herbal blended balm!
As for the Tea Tree Verbena Olive Oil Soap ($7), I made good use of the generously sized slice sample o’ soap the testers received, a brand new scent in the Olive Oil collection. I really found the scent to be invigorating! And no wonder, since it’s packed with peppermint leaves, lemon peel, olive, palm, and coconut oils.
This bar of soap glides on easily and gets your hands clean in no time at all. What I liked is that it didn’t leave any traces of residue, as I thought the olive oil might leave my hands slightly greasy. Not so, this soap went on easy, and washed away quickly leaving a slight trace of its yummy scent.
The Soap Kitchen has a variety of different olive oil soap scents including Kahlua Coffee Bar, Lemon Italian, and Orange Clove and Cinnamon Spice, all of which sound divine! I’m seriously craving the Lemon Italian right now. They have lots more “on the burners” at The Soap Kitchen including shea butter soaps, scrubs, and even a line for men. Oh and they also offer a Soapscription which will send you (or a friend) a new soap every month! Who would have thought instead of a food/wine of the month, I could send a soap subscription!
The Soap Kitchen’s homemade goods were a refreshing treat in my otherwise, chemical ridden beauty regime, and I found that sometimes the best thing to do is to go back to the basics!
How did the rest of you fare? Did you find The Soap Kitchen to be cookin’ up some goodness?
Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.
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