Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A soaptacular review

With all the natural and safe soap bars out there, it's surprising to me that people are still choosing conventional, toxin-laced bars and liquids for showering and hand washing. Really? With 60% of what you put on your skin being absorbed into your body, tell me why anyone would choose to put possible carcinogens, hormone disruptors and other poisons into their systems? And did you know there is a possible link between Triclosan and resistance to antibiotics? Lovely. But all the natural choices make it difficult at times to pick the right soaps for your family. Some of them are a bit pricey, especially if you order online and have to add shipping.

That's just one of the reasons I love the soaps from Wise Wife Soaps -- they are inexpensive. Just $3/bar plus a reasonable s/h fee ($2 to ship a bar to my house, $2.29 for three). Katie Ann, founder of Wise Wife Soaps, is a Proverbs 31:30 woman. Her wisdom shines through in her blog posts about things like triclosan and sodium laureth sulfate, the chemical that makes conventional soaps so bubbly. She gets it. That's why I trust her.

Katie Ann contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing some of her soaps and hosting a giveaway. Of course, I replied. So, she sent me the soaps, at no charge of course, and here are my thoughts on them.

First, I loved the packaging. Festive cloth sacks with sparkly red dots, a white ribbon and a red tag with handwritten ingredients listed on one side. The ingredients impressed me. For example, on the delightly cinnamon-scented Christmas Soap, the ingredients are saponified olive oil, vitamin E, pine needle, balsam fir and cinnamon oils. That's it. Simple, safe and fragrant.

I also loved the scent of the Lemon Drops soap (Saponified olive oil, vitamin E, lemongrass and lemon essential oils). The night after I received the package from Wise Wife Soaps, I crawled into a hot bath with a novel and my new bar of soap. I expected to enjoy the novel. I didn't expect to enjoy the soap quite so much.

I am one who enjoys the shape of soaps. I don't like big bricks of soap. They're awkward to hold and there's nothing pleasurable about washing with them. While I have rectangles of soap in my home, because most natural soaps are shaped that way), I have to tell you how much I enjoyed holding this round muffin-shaped soap in the palm of my hand. As I started washing my arms, I couldn't believe the luxurious feeling of this soap. It was soft and smooth and so delicately scented that I just kept washing myself over and over. It felt that wonderful! I honestly could have used the whole bar if I'd allowed myself and if the water wouldn't have eventually chilled to the point of being uncomfortable! This is amazing soap. Truly.

I must admit, however, that I do not like the scent of the third bar she sent me). The Aloe and E soap reminded me of turpentine somehow. Maybe it was the eucalyptus and tea tree oil combo that didn't work for me, but my husband had no problem with it and told me I was nuts when I said what it reminded me of. He's enjoying using the soap himself.

Wise Wife Soaps only has four formulas at this point, with the fourth one being a Peppermint and Lavender soap which I am anxious to try.

You can find out more about Wise Wife Soaps on Facebook or check out the blog or website.

Now, of course, here comes the fun part! The giveaway! The gift basket includes: 8 soaps (2 Christmas, 2 lavender and peppermint, 2 peppermint and vanilla twist, and 2 Lemon) 3 bath puffs, and 1 loofa, plus a $25.00 gift certificate!

Just check out the Rafflecopter below to enter. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. only.

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Disclaimer: The opinions in this post are just that... opinions. Always do additional research whenever any medical information is shared on a blog or website.


  1. I would love to try the aloe and vitamin e soap.

  2. Their Peppermint and lavender soap looks nice.

    Brook E.

  3. I would love the Peppermint lavender soap!

  4. I love the lavender soap, it smells fantastic!

  5. I have used many of Wise Wife's soaps, they just keep getting better and better! I love the smell of the peppermint and lavender. I can tell you they lather luxiorously, just like Green Grandma wrote. The aromatherapy in the shower is wonderful for tired bodies.

  6. I love lemons so I would love to try her Lemon Drops soap. :-)

    ziggy28028 at yahoo dot com

  7. I would like to try the Christmas this time of the year, but the Lavendar sounds great too

  8. They all sound good to try! K.Rae


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