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The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

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Friendly Soap Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar

IMG_2583Friendly Soap Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar – 95g £2.49

Followers of Del Brown Approved will already be familiar with Friendly Soaps.  This one is their Cocoa Butter facial cleansing bar.

“Wash your face with a bar of soap? Have they gone mad!  No one does that anymore.. do they?”  

Consider this;  How many ingredients are there in your current face washing product, be that a cream cleanser, face wash gel or anything else you’d care to suggest.


Counted them?  How many were there, six?, ten? more?  How many of them ingredients were of no benefit to you or your skin?  For example, colourings, perfumes, synthetic emulsifiers to stop the ingredients from separating in the plastic bottle.  Synthetic preservatives to stop the product going mouldy on the supermarket shelves.

So straight to the ingredients in this bar.  One third cocoa butter, one third olive oil and one third coconut oil.  That is it.  No fragrances added of any kind, no colourings and no preservatives.  Cruelty free, so no animal testing.  Vegan society approved, so no animal derived ingredients.


If your face is suffering and you’re at your whits end trying to solve any number of skin conditions from itchiness to spots, then I encourage you to try something like this facial cleansing bar for just one month.  See if your skin says ‘thank you’ for not over loading it with a cocktail of synthetic ingredients.

Ingredients: Sodium Cocoa Butterate, Sodium Olivate, Sodium Cocotte, Aqua

Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar


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Friendly Soap Shea Butter Facial Cleansing Bar


Friendly Soap Shea Butter Facial Cleansing Bar – 95g (£2.49)

I previously wrote a review of the aloe vera soap from Friendly Soap, made with just four (five if you include water) 100% natural ingredients.  Well how about I now go one better!  Now let me introduce you to this vitamin A and E rich, facial cleansing bar, that contains just THREE 100% natural ingredients (excluding water).

Say goodbye to ‘made with ¼ moisturising cream’, with no reference as to what the moisturising cream is?  And welcome in 1/3 shea butter, 1/3 coconut oil and 1/3 olive oil.  That’s it!


  • Shea butter, extracted from the African shea tree, is a natural fat, high in vitamin A and has been used for generations in a wide range of applications from cooking to cosmetics.
  • Coconut oil, extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts, has a high saturated fat content, making it great for softening the skin.
  • Olive oil, an antioxidant rich natural oil, high in vitamin E and a respected all round skin moisturiser.


No essential oils in this one, so fragrance free.  As you’d expect, no colourings, synthetic or natural.  No preservatives, Vegan Society Approved and leaping bunny registered.  Ideal for the most sensitive skins, hence why the boys at Friendly Soap have labelled this one as suitable for face cleansing.


I personally used it all over the body and loved the way it quickly foamed up with lots of cleansing white bubbles and left my skin feeling clean and comfortable.  Suitable for everyone, men, women and children.  Problematic skin, that reacts to even the mildest of natural ingredients should be fine with this one too.  So consider upgrading your body wash and allow your skin to re-establish its natural equilibrium.  One of the purest bars of soap I’ve brought you so far and totally Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii butter, Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua

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Friendly Soap Aloe Vera Soap


Friendly Soap Aloe Vera Soap – 95g (£1.99)

Attention those of you with REALLY sensitive skin.  My ingredient purist friends among you, will particularly appreciate this one.  Those boys at Friendly Soap have done it again, but this time, using just FIVE ingredients.  This Aloe Vera soap has to be one of the purest, most natural, cleansing bars on Del Brown Approved.  Absolutely one for those experiencing irritated skin, or for anyone looking for a genuinely pure, natural cleansing bar, suitable for children!


The four main ingredients that make this soap are moisturising coconut oil, olive oil, water and shea butter.  Then the fifth and final ingredient is aloe vera leaf powder.  Aloe vera has a great cooling and calming effect on the skin, ideal for use after sun exposure.  So if you’re going away on holiday, add this to your packing list.


This bar doesn’t have any particular fragrance to speak of.  It foams up with rich, creamy bubbles, cleansing gently to leave the skin feeling clean and comfortable. This beats the so called ‘pure’ and ‘simple’ bars sold in the supermarkets, hands down.  Incidentally on that topic, click here to read my blog about the use of animal fat in supermarket soaps.


Friendly Soap‘s are not tested on animals, free from palm oil, Vegan society approved and hand made up in Yorkshire. They also don’t contain any artificial colourings, perfumes or preservatives.  Fully Del Brown Approved!


Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf powder

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Friendly Soap Lemongrass and Hemp Soap


Friendly Soap Lemongrass and Hemp Soap – 95g (£1.99)

In general, from the people I speak to, it seems the favoured ‘washing’ product of choice, is shower gel.  But for those who suffer from some sort of skin irritation, we need to first look at what ingredients are in your cleansing products.  I encourage you to go and count the number of ingredients that are in your current shower gel and consider this, Lemongrass and hemp soap from Friendly Soap.


This soap is made up of just five main ingredients.  No SLS, no synthetic perfumes, colourings or preservatives.  The base ingredients in this soap are olive oil, coconut oil, water, shea butter and finally the genuine, natural, sweet citrus aroma of lemongrass oil.  No synthetic lemongrass aroma here.  Finally, hemp leaves are crushed and mixed into the soap to provide a natural exfoliation.


Out of all of the friendly soaps I have reviewed so far, I found this to be one of the most foamy.  So, while this soap makes an excellent all round body soap, leaving the skin feeling clean and smelling fresh, it also whips up to make an excellent shaving cream.  A sharp blade glides effortlessly over the skin, negating the need for separate shaving gel.


Lemongrass is not only a culinary herb, often used in Chinese cooking, but did you know, Lemongrass has also been found to have anti fungal properties.  Ideal for daily use, with a mild citrus lemon fragrance, both men and women will love this.  I maybe wouldn’t suggest this for very sensitive skins or children, as you may find the hemp leaves a little too scratchy on the skin.

Thoroughly Del Brown Approved and a new personal favourite!

Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) essential oil contains citral, geraniol, limonene, citronellol, Cannabis sativa

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Friendly Soap Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap


Friendly Soap Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap – 95g (£1.99)

If you’re new to Friendly Soap, let me give you a quick bit of background.  This new brand is run by two men, Geoff and Rob, who make all their soaps by hand up in Yorkshire.  Their entire range is Vegan Society Approved, Cruelty Free and they have chosen not to use any Palm Oil in any of their soaps.


So to this, their Tea Tree soap. Did you know that there are over 100 different varieties of Tea Tree oil.  Only one variety, Melaleuca alternifolia, contains the complete list of properties making it naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-viral, a fungicide and insecticide.  Melaleuca alternifolia, native to New South Wales in Australia, is a species of tree or shrub from the myrtle family.  So when you are buying any tea tree product, you must check the ingredients and know exactly what you’re buying.


The mix of olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter provides foaming white bubbles, cleansing and moisturising properties. The fourth biggest ingredient in the bar is the tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).  The fifth and final ingredient is turmeric powder, an unusual ingredient commonly associated with cooking, but has been used on the skin in India for generations to treat fungal conditions, bruising, leech bites, inflammatory skin conditions and infected wounds.


This soap is good for all skin types, but with the added tea tree and turmeric, makes this particularly suitable for sporty, active people, sweaty teenagers with sweaty pits and feet (athlete’s foot).  Anyone dealing with spots on the back, shoulders and chest, the tea tree will help fight bacteria on the skin.  Also if you have any little cuts or wounds on the skin, washing with a tea tree soap, aids the healing process.  A genuine pleasure to use and absolutely Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil contains limonene, Curcuma longa (turmeric) root powder

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Friendly Soap Natural Velvety Lather Orange and Lavender Shaving Soap


Friendly Soap Orange and Lavender Shaving Soap – 95g (£2.49)

Attention all wet shavers!  Be that male or female shaving hair on chins, legs, top of your head or anywhere else for that matter.  What do you currently use to shave with in the way of cream or gel?  Have you looked at the ingredients to see what you’re putting on your skin?  The primary purpose of a shaving cream or gel is to provide lubrication to the blade whilst gliding over the skin.  So what if I suggested a bar of soap made with 100% natural ingredients, that foams up in your hand like most soaps, but that can also be used to shave with!

Those clever gents at Friendly Soaps have developed a shaving soap made with coconut, olive and castor oil, together with clay.  The combination of these ingredients provide natural lather and a lubricating film on the skin, essential to a clean shave.


Holding the bar over the sink, I added a little water and quickly whipped up a luxurious foam which was perfect to shave with.  The shaving brush part is optional as for ladies shaving your legs, just work the bar directly on the skin, no brush required.


The base and biggest ingredients in this bar are coconut oil and olive oil followed by water, castor oil and clay.  Then we see the essential oils of lavender and orange and finally aloe vera leaf juice.  Now don’t expect the bar to smell overly strong of either orange or lavender, instead the bar has a fairly neutral fresh aroma.

Shaving soaps are traditionally round, heavily fragrances usually with some sort of synthetic woody aroma and quite expensive.  One popular high street brand sells a 100g bar for £12.00 and contains both synthetic perfume and colourings.  This on the other hand retails for £2.49 for 95g and is 100% synthetic free.


As the ingredients are so pure, I didn’t react, develop a shaving rash or spots.  My skin was also left feeling smooth and moisturised, not dry or irritated.  I took this bar whilst travelling and used it both as a both a regular soap and a shaving soap. Incidental if only used to shave with, I can see this bar lasting you months!  Fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Aqua, Sodium castorate, Kaolin (clay), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil contains linalool, limonene, geraniol, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) essential oil contains limonene, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice

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Friendly Soap Peppermint and Poppy Seed Soap


Friendly Soap Peppermint and Poppy Seed Soap – 95g (£1.99)

When we are fortunate enough to get some hot weather in the UK or if you’re going away on holiday, what better way to cleanse your skin than in a cool shower with this Peppermint and Poppy Seed Soap from Friendly Soaps.


There are just six 100% natural ingredients that go in the making of this soap.  The base ingredients are olive oil, coconut oil, water and shea butter.  Then we see peppermint essential oil and poppy seeds.  If you’re familiar with Friendly Soaps you’ll know they choose not to use any Palm Oil, artificial colourings or perfumes in any of their soaps.IMG_6991

The Peppermint essential oil leaves your skin clean, fresh and cool whilst the poppy seeds provide gentle exfoliation, removing dead skin, grime, suntan cream and leaving both your skin and your shower room with the fresh aroma of peppermint.


The therapeutic properties of peppermint oil include being used as an analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, decongestant and a stimulant.

Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil contains limonene, Papaver somniferum (poppy) seed

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