Thursday, June 7, 2018

Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soap: Review

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Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soap: Review
I've been a liquid body wash girl for as long as I can remember and it wasn't until Lush released its Naked Shower Gels back in December 2017 did I start using solid cleansers. So when Edens Garden, a Californian essential oil company released a line of cruelty-free, vegan soaps infused with 100% pure essential oil, I was pretty excited to try them as I really enjoyed their essential oil Synergy Blends (reviewed here). Cold-processed and handmade in California, the Natural Bar Soaps ($14.17 CAD for 125g each) are currently available in five varieties. I've got the lowdown of each to share with you today so to read on, click......

Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soap: Review
Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soaps
Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fillers, preservatives, and synthetic fragrances, all five Natural Bar Soap from Edens Garden is made with a base of water, saponified olive oil, saponified coconut oil, saponified palm kernel oil, and saponified soybean oil. Saponification is the process of combining oil and lye (sodium hydroxide) to create glycerin and soap molecules with a water-loving end and an oil-loving end. The end product actually doesn't contain any lye, which is a common misconception that gives bar soaps a bad name.
So with that little PSA out of the way, let's delve into the individual soaps. As mentioned, all six Natural Bar Soaps are made with the same base but each one contains a different essential oil or essential oil blend.

First up is the Lavender Magnolia Natural Bar Soap. Infused with lavender, magnolia, bergamot, lemon, and vanilla, this one has a beautiful and sweet floral scent and is suitable for hydrating and calming dry and sensitive skin. Out of all six, this one is my favorite scent!

Next up is the Fighting Five Natural Bar Soap. Made with the signature Edens Garden Five Alive Synergy Blend of lemon, cinnamon leaf, rosemary, clove, and eucalyptus, this soap has that quintessential "essential oil smell" and provides antiseptic properties by eliminating germs and pathogens on the skin.

With a really cozy and woody fragrance thanks to the combination of cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, and damiana, the Earth & Wood Natural Bar Soap is designed to soothe and calm dry skin.
Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soap in "Lavender", "Fighting Five", "Earth & Wood": Review
Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soaps in "Lavender Magnolia", "Fighting Five", & "Earth & Wood"
With the strongest scent out of the six, the Peppermint Natural Bar Soap contains peppermint essential oil and bits of organic spices and herbs to create a very cool, speckled look. The scent is super invigorating and it is perfect for days when you want a little pick-me-up in the shower.

With a really fresh, citrus scent the Lemongrass Natural Bar Soap is made with lemongrass essential oil and organic spices and herbs. This one is recommended for oily skin because lemongrass provides antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that "combat the source of oily skin problems".

Last but certainly not least is the Charcoal Natural Soap. Formulated with a dash of lavender, this soap is made with activated charcoal which gives its striking appearance. Because charcoal is known to attract and remove excess oil and impurities, this one is also great for oily skin.
Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soap in "Peppermint", "Lemongrass", "Charcoal": Review
Edens Garden | Natural Bar Soaps in "Peppermint", "Lemongrass", & "Charcoal"
Suitable for both face and body use, all the Natural Bar Soaps from Edens Garden lather well to create soft gentle bubbles. When used on the body, they leave the skin feeling clean but not tight or dry. With that said, they are not as hydrating as some of the richer body washes I use so I still apply lotion afterward. For cleansing the face, the soaps do a great job at removing excess oil but I do find that they leave a slightly odd residue that feels tight but not dry. So for that reason, I personally prefer to only use these on the body. One little gripe I have with the soap is its shape. With a wide, almost square cut, the soap is very difficult to hold in my smallish hands. So when it's slippery and wet in the shower, it tends to fall out of my hand when I try to lather my loofah. The problem self-resolves as the soap decreases in size with use but I would have preferred a regular rectangular shape.
All in all, these are some great bar soaps. Having had some experience with Edens Garden products, I have no doubt in the quality of the ingredients and the 100% essential oil blends smell just heavenly. My personal recommendations are Lemongrass, Lavender Magnolia, and Earth & Wood as these three have the most unique scents that are less likely to be found elsewhere. Do you use bar soap or are you a liquid soap person? Share with me in the comments below!

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Edens Garden is available online at www.edensgarden.com.
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