As shower gels become less and less trendy, people are returning to their roots with bar soaps. But what they don’t realize is that most soaps are actually detergents – petroleum based cleansers that require tons of extra chemicals and fragrances to cover up their typically unpleasant natural odor. TrueBody soap is pretty much the exact opposite: pure, unscented, natural soap with ingredients you can pronounce and no added cruelty.
There are 2 varieties of TrueBody soap: one for the body and one for the face. The body soap comes in a 3-pack to minimize the impact on both the environment and your wallet. It’s super lathery lasts about 2 weeks per bar. The facial soap is also lathery, and does a really good job of removing makeup and all that extra junk that collects on our skin throughout the day. It comes in a pack of 2 and lasts about 2 months per bar. I’ve also been using it as a hand soap, so my sink area stays uncluttered.
TrueBody keeps the formula simple, with 5-10 ingredients in either soap. Here’s a closer look at what goes into making these little bars of joy:
|A gentle skin cleanser. Used as a hardener for vegetable oil soaps.||From outer fibrous pulp of the fruit of the oil palm, Elaeis guineensis. Sourced from members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.|
|Excellent cleanser that yields a nice, rich lather. Contains anti-oxidants that help to heal skin and provide protection against free radicals.||From kernels of the seeds of coconut, Cocos nucifera. Coconut oil is a highly sustainable resource.|
|Water||Used for dissolving lye (sodium hydroxide) before adding to oils in saponification process.||A natural by-product of the soap making process. The saponification of oils yields about 30% water.|
|(Vegetable) Glycerine||A natural humectant, long used as a skin beautifier, pulls water from the air and binds it to the skin, and is also an emollient.||A natural by-product of the soap making process. Many commercial soaps remove the natural glycerine by a chemical separation process and sell it for use in other products.|
|Polyglycerides derived from sunflower oil||A great skin emollient that soothes and softens skin.||From sunflower oil.|
|Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter||Helps skin retain moisture and elasticity. Used to treat a variety of skin conditions.||A natural fat extracted from the nuts of the Magnifolia tree in Africa.|
|Has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a stabilizer and natural preservative.||From citric acid.|
|Mauritia flexuosa fruit oil||Rich in essential fatty acids and emollients that keep skin smooth and supple.||From the fruit of the Buriti tree in the Amazon jungles.|
While I really like both soaps, I love that the facial soap has extra moisturizers like Shea Butter – and I’m actually thinking about using it as my body soap! All ingredients are natural, sustainable, and pure so you know you’re treating yourself to the best stuff available, right from mother earth. It’s also perfect for people with sensitive skin or allergies.