Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Closer Look: Carrot Ginger Soap

In the summer newsletter I sent last month there wasn't much room to really get into the whats and whys of my new summer soap selections.  It's a bit of a departure from what I've done in the past - which was fun, whimsical, summer-inspired scents in a basic good soap.  

These new soap bars are formulated with food ingredients and special nutrient oils, taking my basic really good soap recipe and making it even better.  They are all 100% natural with lots of organic additions and created with a variety of skin types in mind.

People often come up to my little tent shop and ask "which soap is good for _____?"   As time has gone by, it seems that not only are people more interested in specific products for their own skin characteristics, they are also becoming more knowledgeable about ingredients, chemical sensitivities and the dangers of commercial products.

That is true for me too.  There is such a vast amount of information now that we didn't have 15 years ago about fragrances and phthalates, chemicals and preservatives etc.  As I learned more, I wanted to make better soap - for myself and for all of my lovely customers.

In the next few weeks, I'm going to highlight one of each of the new soaps and take a closer look at what is really inside and why.  Today it's Carrot Ginger Soap.  Originally named Carrot Coconut, due to the ingredients inside, I've just recently tweaked the name to include the scent, which just makes a whole lot more sense.  The photo at the right has the old label, but the newer ones say "Carrot Ginger" and the web site has been changed to that too.  Sorry for the confusion - I just wasn't thinking it through in my excitement to get these all announced - duh.

Carrot Ginger soap is made with organic coconut cream, coconut milk, carrot powder, acerola powder and carrot extract.  It's highly moisturizing formula is full of Vitamin C, beta carotene, plus a host of other essential nutrients and antioxidants, great for all skin types, and especially helpful for mature or dry skin.

Coconut cream and coconut milk, both intensely moisturizing, are also thought to help soothe and calm a variety of skin conditions.

Carrot powder and carrot extract contain high levels of carotenoids, potassium, Vitamins A and C, essential nutrients, and amino acids, all of which have antioxidant properties and are thought increase overall skin tone, health and appearance from sun damage.

Acerola powder comes from Acerola cherries, a superfruit.  One single cherry is said to contain 65 times more natural Vitamin C than a regular orange!  Vitamin C is used to brighten and freshen skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and protect against harmful sun damage.

And finally the gorgeous fragrance - it's one of my very favorites right now and has been in the shower every day since it was born.  Sweet orange and lemon blend with lemongrass and loads of ginger for a scent that is like liquid sunshine - bright, sparkly, and almost effervescent in  its brilliance. 

Ingredients: Saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm, organic shea butter, coconut cream, coconut milk, carrot powder, acerola powder, carrot extract, essential oils.

This is a 100% natural soap!