One of the most familiar body care products for just about everyone is a bar of soap. Maybe you grew up with a bar of Irish Spring in the shower or always had Dove’s classic product on hand, but many of us tend to evolve and grow past it, moving on to gels, cleansers or creams to do the job on a daily basis.
Today, I’m inviting you to return to your roots and give bar soap a second chance with Soap Stories, a company that’s bringing handmade soaps that are ethically sound and organic to the market. As someone who pretty much exclusively uses shower gel, it was a nice change of pace to bring the bar back in the shower and try out some of Soap Stories’ offerings – they do more than just soap!
First up, their signature handmade soaps. For $12.00 a piece, you can get a handmade, organic product that is paraben and cruelty-free and smells so incredible. The first thing I noticed with these was just how genuine the scents were – no failed attempts at mimicking a popular fragrance here. I used both the Rose and Sandalwood products, and both are just those quintessential fragrances we all know and love when we’re looking to kick back and relax in the bath.
The soaps are also without question a quality, handmade product – the Rose bar even has real dried petals along the top contributing to the scent. Each soap is made with essential oils and moisturizers so they don’t dry out your skin like some traditional bars do. Overall, they’re a great product and would make a really lovely gift or guest bathroom piece in your home!
I also had the chance to try one of their gift sets, the Natural Shine Nail Kit in Lavender. For $100, you get their best-selling Oatmeal-Lavendar Exfoliating Soap, Natural Shine Nail Buffer And Nail File and a tube of Cuticle Oil. As someone who is still trying to break a nasty nail-biting habit, this was a welcome sample to try as half the battle with trying to stop biting is keeping up with caring for my hands.
The exfoliating soap is hands down my favourite product I’ve tried from Soap Stories. I love a good natural exfoliating product, and this marries the incredible scent of lavender with a gentle ingredient like oatmeal to take care of dry skin. Just use as you would a typical hand soap and feel the difference in your skin – it’s awesome. The cuticle oil has a really nice soft scent and dries quickly, and can be applied as many times a day as you like. Finally, the file includes four sides to file, smooth, buff and shine your natural nails. I really want to try and get in the habit of using this routine to help grow my nails and keep my hands soft!
Finally, I had the chance to give their Shea and Cocoa Body Butter a try ($59.99 reg. price, on sale for $39.99). I got hooked on shea butter years ago working at the Toronto Zoo where a vendor made all-natural, 100% shea butter onsite and sold it by the jar. I began using it for every single dry spot I could find and ended up giving the remainder of my jar to my mother who found it soothed her rosacea and eczema. Since then, I’ve always looked for it as a key ingredient in moisturizing products so I was thrilled to give this a try.
As promised, the body butter is a thick all-over moisturizer you can use on even the driest of spots to get some relief. Containing shea butter, cocoa butter, grape seed oil, vitamin E and more natural and powerful ingredients, you can trust it to be gentle on the skin. It too smells great and will last a long time – a little goes a very long way. I use it on my legs and sometimes arms, and even put it on after a sunburn last week and found it helped!
Overall, I’m really impressed with Soap Stories and what they have to offer. Knowing the products are all natural and handmade gives me a lot more confidence in knowing what I’m putting on my skin, which is a huge plus. Admittedly, the products are pricey so they may not be something you add to your usual regime, but they would make amazing gifts or products to put on display for guests!
Find the products online for all Canadian shoppers, or if you’re in Toronto you can stop by a store at places like Toronto Pearson Airport and First Canadian Place!