I bought this soap on the Isle of Wight (£4.95 for 110g).
What I like about this soap:
🙂 It is handmade on the Isle of Wight, so buying it supports the local economy
🙂 Since it is made in Britain, I can be confident that sweatshop labour was not involved, and that the producer was paid fairly
🙂 It’s not tested on animals
🙂 The ingredients are vegan
🙂 It smells lovely
🙂 It’s ingredients are excellent & safe
There is room for improvement however, since not all of the ingredients were organic. In particular, it is important that essential oils are organic, because they are highly concentrated, and any pesticides/insecticides/herbicides that were used to grow the plant will have been concentrated as well. In addition, the soap was packaged in plastic (cellophane). I am not a fan of plastic, particularly plastic that can’t be recycled. I learned all about the problems associated with plastic and how to live as plastic-free as possible from this blog. The author lists 95 steps to reducing your plastic consumption.
Ingredients of Willowherb Soap (As quoted on the packet)
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Organic responsibly sourced palm oil – it is important to ensure that palm oil is from responsible sources, since currently tropical rainforests and peatlands in South East Asia are being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations.
- IW (Isle of Wight) rapeseed oil – local 🙂
- Organic shea butter (from the nut of the African shea tree)
- Castor oil (from the castor bean)
- IW (Isle of Wight) spring water
- Sodium hydroxide – otherwise known as lye. This reacts with the oils to produce the soap, in a process known as saponification. Lye is corrosive, but after this process it is neutralised.
- Turmeric (a spice)
- Essential oils: patchouli, orange, lime & ginger
What soap do you use? Do you read the ingredients list on your soap? I like to know exactly what each ingredient is and what it is doing in my soap, as well as if it is environmentally friendly. This also applies to shampoos, moisturizers, toothpastes, cosmetics… anything really!