Friendly Soap – Lavender Soap – 95g (£1.99)
Let’s talk Lavender. It’s one of those fragrances you either love or loath. Lots of people associate Lavender as being an ‘old grannies’ smell. In the 70’s there was a range of soaps, talc and bubble bath products, all reeking of artificial lavender fragrance and synthetically coloured bright purple.
If you’ve ever picked a lavender flower and rubbed it between your fingers, you’ll have smelt REAL lavender oil. It’s a million miles away from the synthetic version from the 70’s that your Granny loved so much, especially at Christmas.
Aroma aside, did you know Lavender oil has a vast array of therapeutic properties? Not only recognised for its calming and relaxing effect, but also for its antibacterial properties. Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with everything from insect bites to rheumatism. The botanical name, Lavandula, comes from the Latin, lavare, which means “to wash,” probably for its history of use cleansing wounds, as well as washing linens and in personal bathing. It is a known anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, calmative, detoxifier, hypotensive and sedative.
So now its time to give the old fashioned Lavender some well deserved respect. If you are a sufferer of skin conditions such as spots, acne, redness or skin irritation, try washing and bathing in a product that uses genuine lavender essential oil. If you’re going on holiday, wash with a lavender soap to gently fragrance your skin, repelling mosquitoes and moths. If you have trouble sleeping, make time for a relaxing bath featuring lavender oil, before bed.
The base of this soap is cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, water and moisturising shea butter, then we see ‘Lavandula angustifolia‘ Lavender essential oil and Lavender flower blossom, finely cut up and sprinkled within the bar. This provides a gentle exfoliating effect when washing the body and provides even more natural lavender fragrance.
I’m a big fan of Lavender and this soap is a genuine pleasure to use. As its all about the ingredients remember, so don’t be fooled by marketing. Always check the ingredients list and seek out the Latin name for lavender. It’s the essential oil you want, not ‘essence’ or ‘fragrance’.
Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil contains linalool, limonene, geraniol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)