‘Friendly Soap’ Orange and Grapefruit Soap – 95g (£1.99)
I’m particularly excited to bring you my first of many reviews for ‘Friendly Soap’. Friendly Soaps are hand made in the UK using 100% natural ingredients, Vegan Society and Buav (Cruelty Free) registered. They don’t add any unnecessary colourings or perfumes. Their oils are cold pressed and the entire range is also 100% palm oil free.
Now a quick word on Palm oil. Palm oil itself is all good, but there is concern about where it is sourced. In a nut shell, large areas of rain forest have been felled and replaced with palm trees, with the sole intention of extracting the oil for use in the food and cosmetic industry. Some companies buy their palm oil from sustainable forests, others buy it from the cheapest supplier.
This bar of soap is a sheer pleasure to use. The base and main ingredients are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Water and Shea Butter. Then we see Orange essential oil, Grapefruit essential oil and a small dash of Cayenne powder for some natural orange hue. That is it! No fillers, nothing artificial, no preservatives, foaming agents, synthetic colourings or perfumes. On the body it quickly foams up with tiny white cleansing bubbles. The natural orange hue and fragrance lasts right through to the last use.
Orange Essential Oil is used for a variety of reasons, not just due to its uplifting fresh citrus aroma. It’s also regarded as being an aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant and antispasmodic. Grapefruit essential oil on the other hand is high in vitamin C, often used as an antioxidant, antiseptic, a stimulant and even an antidepressant.
When these two essential oils are mixed with skin loving olive and coconut oil, plus shea butter, the result is a cleansing bar suitable for all skin types. Use in the bath or shower to wash your body top to toe, leaving your skin feeling clean, fresh and moisturised, not dry or irritated.
If you’re a dedicated ‘supermarket shower gel’ or dare I say a ‘supermarket bought bar of soap’ washer, then I’m talking to YOU! It’s time to re-think and carefully consider the ingredients you’re applying to your skin on a daily bases. The ingredients in ‘Camay’ and ‘Imperial Leather’ we all used as children, can not begin to be compared to the likes of these.
Regulars to Del Brown Approved will know I’m all about the ingredients and not the packaging or the price, but I would like to draw your attention to the price tag on this one. £1.99 (June 2015).
Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) essential oil contains limonene, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) Oil contains limonene, Capsicum frutescens (cayenne pepper) powder