Soap bars are the way to go when it comes to sustainable living or the zero waste lifestyle. I’ve recently discovered another local brand that does hand-crafted botanical soaps. Their brand name, ‘Rough Beauty’ epitomizes the types of botanical soaps they are making. They use quality natural ingredients like plant essential oils, herbs, and spices for scents and colors. They are free from synthetic fragrances, colors, sulfates and parabens.
Each handmade soap bar is priced from $8.50 onwards. And it is stored nicely in a paper box of about 6 cm by 5 cm. The soap itself is smaller than usual soap size but surprisingly, it doesn’t reduce so much in size after several washes. I believe that it could last for at least one and half months. On the other hands, other handcrafted soaps which I’ve used before tends to dissolve quickly in water and it tends to be more ‘oily’ and less soapy.
Ingredients: Saponified oils [coconut (Cocos nucifera), rice bran (Oryza sativa), palm (Elaeis guineensis) & castor (Ricinus communis)], essential oils (lavender, rosemary, pine needle), Japanese matcha, Cornish sea salt.
The Eve Log’s soap bar which I’ve tried generates a decent amount of lather. When the soap first arrived, the scent it gives off is beautiful but over time, the scent dissipated. There’s only a mild lingering scent left. So I recommend that you use the soap bar straight away upon purchase to enjoy the natural crisp scent of green notes.
It feels oily when I first touched it and I really thought it would melt with my body temperature but it didn’t. After you’ve used it for a few times, the soap gets less oily and it dries quickly on the soap dish.
You could feel some scruffy grains at the rough and uneven surface of the soap which can help with the exfoliating the skin. Some exfoliation is a good thing.
They also make Geranium Scruffy Cleansing grains that come in a powder form. You will just need to add some water to the powder to make it into a paste form and scrub the paste on your skin. It comes in glass bottles but I got mine in a sample pack to try. It reminds me very much of washing powder but of course, these cleansing grains are made from natural ingredients and is gentle enough to use on your face.
In fact, I really like the cleansing grains and I used it as a facial scrub. I enjoy the Geranium scent and how the grains feel on my skin. It didn’t felt too rough on the skin. It could make a good body scrub too and because it doesn’t dissolve in water as fast as salt or sugar scrubs, you can scrub the cleansing grains against your skin for a longer period of time. A great alternative to natural body scrubs that uses sugar or salt.
White rice (Oryza sativa), oat (Avena sativa), bentonite clay, essential oils of geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) and patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), assorted soap
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