Bubble and Bee
Bubble and Bee makes great shower gels—these are the safest I have yet to find. They lather up easily with a loofah or washcloth, and wash off clean. You can make a lot of suds and use to shave your legs as well. There are five types: Fresh Lavender, Fresh Orange, Lemongrass Rosemary, Squeezed Lime, and also Unscented. Unscented products sometimes use chemicals to mask the actual smell so it smells neutral. This is not the case with Bubble and Bee’s shower gel. It is also great because you can add your favorite essential oils to the unscented version, and *voila* you have your personalized shower gel. I’m planning to do this with organic rose essential oil.
My favorite so far is the Squeezed Lime scented shower gel, because I love limes. Here are the ingredients for the lime shower gel:
Saponified Organic Oils of Coconut, Olive & Jojoba, Vegetable Gum/Glycerin Extract, Organic Lime Essential Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Rosemary Extract.
The vegetable gum acts as a thickener, so it isn’t watery. Aloe vera is used to calm inflammation, and the rosemary extract is a natural preservative. Really, if a preservative is necessary, the best way to go is rosemary extract. From what I have read, it seems as if there are no adverse effects to using rosemary extract, unless of course you’re allergic to rosemary.
Bubble and Bee also has a large variety of products, and I’ve loved every one that I’ve tried. These include: deodorants, bath salts, body scrubs, lotion sticks/bars, shampoos, face washes, face creams, lip balms, soap nuts and flax seeds.
You can visit Bubble and Bee’s website here: http://www.bubbleandbee.com.
Dr. Bronner also makes great soap. I have tried the almond, lavender and rose liquid soaps, and I am hoping to try their new line of USDA Certified Organic Hand and Body Soaps. I believe it’s best to get the large bottles to conserve plastic. I have a 32 oz bottle of the almond liquid soap, and it smells just like almond extract. When I ran out of my old hand soap, I washed out the bottle and pump and filled it up with Dr. Bronner’s almond soap. I also use it to wash my face at night, because it is so gentle. There are many other ways you can use Dr. Bronner’s soap. The product says that it has 18 in 1 uses. You can use it as shampoo, toothpaste, pet wash, laundry, and general household cleaning. The packaging for the soap is composed of 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Cylinder Bottles and Paper Labels.
Dr. Bronner’s Classic Liquid Soaps come in Almond, Baby Mild(unscented), Citrus, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, and Tea Tree variations. The sizes include 2 oz, 4 oz (all except Citrus), 8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz, ½ gallon (Peppermint only) and 1 gallons containers. At my local health food store, they have big bottles of these soaps with a pump to refill the bottles I already have!
Here are the ingredients for the Rose liquid soap:
Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide(combines with oils to make soap), Organic Olive Oil, Natural Rose Fragrance, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol(Vitamin E).
The new Certified Organic line of soaps include Organic Shikakai Lavender, Organic Shikakai Spearmint Peppermint, Organic Shikakai Tea Tree, Organic Shikakai Baby, and Organic Shikakai Lemongrass Lime.
I’m really looking forward to trying the Organic Shikakai Lemongrass Lime Soap.
Here are the ingredients:
Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Sucrose, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide(combines with the oils to make soap), Organic Olive Oil, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Lemongrass Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Lime Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
The one ingredient that might not be familiar is Organic Shikakai. This comes from the seed pods of the Acadia Concinna tree in South Asia. It has been used in India as a conditioning cleanser.
You can visit Dr. Bronner’s website here: http://www.drbronner.com/
I have just recently found out about this brand, and I love it. The Wild Greens Body Wash has milk thistle extract (which is detoxifying and has been shown to inhibit tumor promoters), hibiscus extract, and meadowsweet extract(this should be avoided if you have asthma).
Here are the full ingredients for the shower gel:
Organic Apple Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Purified Water, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Organic Lavender, Organic Patchouli, Organic Vetiver Essential Oil Blend, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)Oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Organic Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Organic Hibiscus Tillaceus (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Organic Spriaea Latifolia (Meadowsweet) Leaf Extract.
Nourish has other products including deodorants, face creams and other body products. I particularly enjoy their Cucumber and Watercress Face Wash – it smells like apple juice!
You can visit the nourish site here: http://www.sensibilitysoaps.com/html/nourish.html
Zum Wash hand/body wash is very effective and comes in an array of great scents. They’re made with 95% organic essential oils and certified organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils. The company that makes Zum products, Indigo Wild, does not use any petrochemicals, phthalates, cocamidopropyl betaine, or animal tallow in their products.
These soaps are very earthy-smelling to me, and come in scents including: Grapefruit, Patchouli, Frankincense and Myrrh, Lemongrass, Rosemary-Mint, and Eucalyptus. They even have a doggie-wash that has Citronella, Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils!
Here are the ingredients of the Frankincense & Myrrh soap:
Saponified oils of certified organic coconut, certified organic olive, castor, and certified organic jojoba, essential oils, fragrance oil*, tocopherol (vitamin E) and sodium borate.
*Frankincense and Myrrh products contain a trace of phthalate-free fragrance oil.
The essential oils are not specified on the label, which can be inconvenient if you have sensitivities. If you’re concerned about which essential oils are in a specific product, I’m sure they would be happy to let you know.
Indigo Wild also has many other products including bar soaps, face wash and scrub, lotions, facial toner, body oils, bath salts, diffusers, doggie products, and cleaning products. They even have laundry soap that I can’t wait to try.
You can visit Indigo Wild’s website here: http://www.indigowild.com/shopping/