Natural beauty products have become a large part of my beauty routine over the past couple of years. I attribute this to the fact that frankly, they have come a really long way! Gone are the days of natural beauty products not being “quite right”. Before, many natural and organic products didn’t have much lasting power. Blushes and eyeshadows would disappear by lunch time. Natural beauty ingredients were also notorious for expiring quickly due to the low amount of preservatives.
The natural beauty products that I have had the pleasure of testing out lately have been stellar! I found a coconut oil-based moisturizer that is a rockstar. Tried out some fantastic natural deodorants that work better way better than the anti-perspirants we’re all used to. And my favourites – organic lipsticks so bright and beautiful that they sit proudly next to my beloved Chanel lipsticks.
Why Did I Choose To Start Using Natural Beauty Products?
I also love *knowing* exactly what is in my beauty products. Many chemicals used in everyday products that we slather all over ourselves are proven carcinogens and hormone disruptors. We all owe it to ourselves to live the best life possible, and making an attempt to minimize the use of things that can harm us in the long run is a no-brainer. Now, I’m not saying chuck all of your beauty favourites and change your lifestyle completely. All I ask is that you don’t turn up your nose to the natural options out there. Just because your using a soap with granola in it, doesn’t automatically make you a granola cruncher. Is being a granola cruncher a bad thing? I love granola! But I digress…
One of my latest beauty finds has been the fabulous soaps made by vegan soap boutique, SAABOON. While visiting my favourite juice joint in Ottawa – Urban Juice Press – I noticed that they had a nice little nook full of natural beauty products by Saaboon. Actually, I gravitated towards the display because it smelled wonderful.
Justin, the owner of Urban Juice Press prides himself on using only the best ingredients in his cold-press juices. This mindset translates also to the beauty products that he wanted to carry in-store. SAABOON was a natural choice – pun intended.
SAABOON’s all-natural vegan soaps are made using the cold-process method too. Made from scratch, the small-batch soaps are created using only the best natural oils, and scented using 100% essential oils. No synthetic chemicals or foaming agents are used and you won’t find any artificial colourings or preservatives.
Commercial vs. Handmade Soaps – Why Should You Care?
Well, firstly, with handmade soaps you get just that…actual soap. No weird ingredients, no articial colours or scents.
Secondly, commercial soaps are generally detergents, not soap. What’s the difference? Detergents are petroleum-based, harsher, and tend to leave your skin dry and irritated.
Many manufacturers will remove a lot of the glycerine in soaps because of its high resale value too. It is then sold to other companies to produce lotions and creams. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap-making process and is a great moisturizer. Producers of handmade soaps will retain all of the glycerin in their formulas, therefore creating a better, more effective product. I had no idea about this. See? You learn something new everyday.
Ok – I haven’t always had the best luck with natural soaps. I’ve tried a few in the past that left me feeling grimy and “soap-scummy”. As I’ve previously mentioned though, they have come a long way.
SAABOON’s Charcoal Soap is my favourite of the three products I tested from this company! WOW. I hope you like bubbles, because this soap delivered! It lathered so well – like a little bubble explosion in the shower! It smells like heaven too thanks to its anise star oil. In between playing with the bubbles and inhaling the intoxicating fragrance, I was in seventh heaven. This soap turned my ho-hum showers into totally luxurious experiences.
So, the soap is comprised mainly of charcoal, which is great at drawing out toxins and impurities. It’s also known for relieving acne and other dermatological ailments. Charcoal Soap is slightly grainy which makes it a gentle exfoliant. In addition, charcoal also helps to stimulate blood circulation and regenerate skin cells. This particular soap contains olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, rice bran oil, anise star oil and bamboo activated charcoal.
Suitable of all skin types, this soap is a winner. Will definitely be stocking up on this soapy rockstar.
On top of being effective, this translucent off-white soap looks beautiful too. Made with French Green Clay, it absorbs and removes impurities from your skin leaving behind a delicate lavender scent. This soap contains lavender oil which improves acne, soothes psoriasis (consult your doctor before using for this condition), eczema and dermatitis. Lavender is also great at relieve pain, disinfecting the scalp and skin and increasing blood circulation.
Have trouble sleeping? Have a warm bath before bed using Wash And Glow. Lavender is great for helping with with anxiety and insomnia.
Wash And Glow Soap contains olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, rice bran oil, French Green Clay and lavender oil.
Elemental Face Oil is an effective face moisturizer. Like I’ve said time and time again, don’t be afraid to use oils on your face! Facial oils are wonderful moisturizers. Most will balance your skin and reduce oil production in the long run. In my humble opinion, they are better at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too.
Elemental Face Oil is comprised of Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil, which reduce the effects of environmental stressors such as pollution, and slow down aging. This oil left my skin feeling fresh, clean and hydrated. I chalk that up to it being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Bergamot oil, coffee oil and lavender oils are also on the ingredient list – all great for toning, tightening and brightening skin.
This face oil does not contain any preservatives.
It’s no wonder why Justin chose to offer SAABOON products at Urban Juice Press. SAABOON’s natural and organic philosophy, along with their environmentally-friendly production process (small batch and cold-pressed) melds nicely with that of his company.
Have you tried SAABOON? What are your favourite products? So happy to see more and more people appreciating the benefits of a natural, chemical-free lifestyle!
Go ahead and visit Urban Juice Press at 340 Parkdale Avenue, Unit B (entrance on Spencer Street) to check out the SAABOON products! Don’t forget to also try out Urban Juice Press’ selection of great selection of juices, salads, smoothies and other tasty goodies!
*This post is sponsored by Urban Juice Press. All opinions are my own.