Some of you may remember my anal-retentive post about how much money I’ve been saving since my decision to green my beauty routine. You may have noticed something was missing: body wash.
I ran out of it a while ago. And by a while ago, I mean years ago. While I had kicked my bar soap habit for my face washing routine, my body was getting scrubbed with regular, old, scentless bar soap.
Can I admit something? I missed the scent. I missed smelling like vanilla or cherry blossoms or peppermint or whatever the season dictated. But there was no way I was going back to chemical-ridden body wash just to sate my olfactory desires. I considered making my own soap, but one of the main ingredients is lye. Lye cannot be in the house at the same time as my children.
My problem has recently been solved. Nicole at Given Soap was kind enough to send me some samples of their all-natural homemade soaps for me to try on for size.
Guys, I’ve been smelling like pumpkin pie for a week now. I’m in love.
Given Soap is a locally-owned small business here in Pittsburgh. Their story is kind of amazing, too. Here it is in Nicole’s own words:
“My husband lost his job a couple years ago, and as a family we were forced to really look at our financial situation. The two big changes we made were getting rid of cable and changing our cell phone provider. These two changes saved us over $200.00 a month. Next we started looking into some of the smaller things in our everyday life that we could change. We came across making our own soap and tried it out. Not only was it more cost effective; it was much healthier for me and my family. Our basic soaps only have vegetable oils, lye, water, and essential oils in them. The fancier soaps have oxides, micas, and clays which are pulverized rocks and minerals. We loved it, and started sharing it with friends and family who also loved it. That’s when we got the ideal of sharing it with everyone. Making changes can be hard sometimes, big or small, but you never know what amazing things can happen with even small changes. Now we have a small business doing something we love, enjoy, and believe in.”
Did you get that? Implementing frugality led to the creation of a business that helps them replace an income. Pretty darn impressive.
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As for the ingredients, they’re all purposeful and easy to pronounce, which as a general rule makes them better for your body. Clay detoxifies, and helps add some coloring to the soap along with trace minerals. Oxides and minerals add color and trace minerals, as well, so they don’t have to add artificial dyes.
My samples have been lasting. I use them in the shower, but don’t leave them in the shower. I don’t want the water built up in the dish to eat away at them. So I remove them to a place where they can dry, and then store them in their bags. I wish this blog had smell-o-vision so I could show you just how amazing they all smell.
There’s a wide variety of scents, too. For the holidays, there’s Peppermint, Pumpkin Spice, Frank & Myrrh, and Sweet Orange, Cinnamon and Clove. The best part? There are SALES.
Black Friday-Cyber Monday Deals!
No matter where you’re shopping from, you can order online through their site. They are having a Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale this weekend for 25% off. Just use code 25%Off at checkout! There are also additional discounts on Cinnamon Cedarwood and Citrus with Lavendar soaps.
Small Business Saturday just got easier to support.
Go get some soap in person! That way you’ll be able to try out all the scents. Given Soap will be at the White Oak Athletic Association’s Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 5th, from 10a-4p.