Utopia of Soap with Soaptopia

I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again – I love soap. When Integrity Botanicals asked if I wanted to try some soap, I wanted to reply ‘do bears shit in the woods???’ but I was professional, so instead I said, sure!

Soaptopia has a huge selection of soaps, and they are even at my local Whole Foods! The soaps are: all natural, handmade, synthetic free, most are vegan, petroleum free, fragrance free, eco-friendly, animal friendly and 100% pure yumminess. I’m not sure what that 100% pure yumminess means, but it’s on their website and it sounds good to me! Besides being yummy, I like that the soaps are handmade and fragrance-free. While I love the smell of soap, I do not like the phthalates that come along with artificial fragrance.

The ones I tried were: Beauty and the Beach, Purple Haze, Sea I Told You and Ocean’s 12. Their descriptions (from Integrity Botanicals):

Beauty and the Beach: Sweet orange-jasmine scent with vanilla undertones.

Purple Haze: Sweet lavender scent with patchouli undertones.

Sea I Told You: Clean eucalyptus, sweet mint scent.

Ocean’s 12: Refreshing ocean, lemongrass scent.

Overall, these are all very accurate. The one thing I am very impressed about is that the scents are all complex, yet natural. AND, no fragrance! The fact that they use essential oils to get these scents and not artificial is both impressive and awesome.

Soaptopia_BeautyBeach

Beauty and the Beach has a base of pumice sand so while the top of the soap is like normal, bubble-making soap, the bottom is pumicey. It’s really nice for elbows and feet to get clean and smooth, but it is a little harsh for other parts of my skin. I just used the top of the soap bar though and had no problems, or, you could always cut off the pumice part and just use that separately has a scrubby pumice.

The smell of orange-jasmine is very accurate. The jasmine is stronger than the orange, and I can’t really smell the vanilla, it just provides a hint of sweetness to the entire bar. It’s a really lovely scent.

Soaptopia_SeaToldSoSea I Told You So also has pumice sand in the soap, but it’s spread throughout in waves, rather than just being along the bottom. This made it a little harder for me to use all over my body, but I really liked it as a hand soap! Especially after working in the yard or doing lots of cleaning, the scrubby pumice really helped my hands feel clean and smooth.

The scent of eucalyptus and sweet mint is accurate, although not as strong as some other eucalytpus-minty soaps I’ve tried. It’s definitely a little more subdued and a little sweeter. I’m a huge fan of eucalyptus, so if it is strong and awakens my nostrils in the morning – so be it. But I do know some people may not like their sinuses kicked awake by smell, and if you are that someone, you will like this! It’s a fresh smell, but not too strong.

Soaptopia_Oceans12Ocean’s 12 has little seed scrubbie things throughout the bar. I can’t figure it out from the ingredients (listed below), but there are scrubbies and its not pumice like the other bars. This was a little too harsh using all over, but similar to the Sea soap, I have been loving it for my hands!

I’m not sure what ‘ocean’ smells like, but this does have a nice refreshing lemongrass scent. If not careful, lemongrass can smell a little pinesol-y, but this doesn’t. Its just fresh lemongrass all the way!

Soaptopia_PurpleHazePurple haze is the only one of these soaps without any sort of scrub. I was a little hesitant about the patchouli. Well I like the scent of patchouli in small doses, large doses reminds me of hippies and thrift stores in Prescott (if you are not from Arizona, take my word for it – that line was HILARIOUS). But the patchouli in this is in perfect amounts, just a teensy bit to help balance out the floral lavender. It’s a nice blend.

Now for the ingredients!

Beauty and the Beach Ingredients: Saponified oils of olea europaea(italian olive oil), palmitate(palm oil), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), glycerine, cannabis sativa seed oil(organic hemp seed oil), butyrospermum parkii(wildcrafted shea butter), tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), simmondsia chinensis seed oil(jojoba), citrus grandis seed(grapefruit seed extract), plant-based pigments, pumice sand and essential oils of sweet orange, jasmine and vanilla.

Sea I Told You So Ingredients: Saponified oils of olea europaea(italian olive oil), palmitate(palm oil), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), glycerine, cannabis sativa seed oil(organic hemp seed oil), butyrospermum parkii(wildcrafted shea butter), tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), simmondsia chinensis seed oil(jojoba), citrus grandis seed(grapefruit seed extract), plant-based pigments, sea kelp, sea salt, pumice sand and essential oils of eucalyptus and spearmint.

Purple Haze Ingredients: Saponified oils of olea europaea(italian olive oil), palmitate(palm oil), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), glycerine, cannabis sativa seed oil(organic hemp seed oil), butyrospermum parkii(wildcrafted shea butter), tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), simmondsia chinensis seed oil(jojoba), citrus grandis seed(grapefruit seed extract), plant-based pigments, essential oils of french lavender and patchouli.

Ocean’s 12 Ingredients: Saponified oils of olea europaea(italian olive oil), palmitate(palm oil), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), glycerine, cannabis sativa seed oil(organic hemp seed oil), butyrospermum parkii(wildcrafted shea butter), tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), simmondsia chinensis seed oil(jojoba), citrus grandis seed(grapefruit seed extract), plant-based pigments, sea kelp, lemongrass essential oil, kuikui and macadamia nut oils.

Overall, these have the same base of olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, glycerin, hemp seed oil, shea butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil – wow. That is a pretty awesome list of oils to use for a soap. A lot of time you see palm and coconut – which really are just ok and not that moisturizing. The fact that olive oil is first (and therefore in the greatest amount) was pretty cool, and having shea butter and jojoba in there as well is very nice. I can feel it on my skin too, this soap isn’t as drying as others can be. The foam is thick and frothy and just feels nice.

I’m really loving this Soaptopia soaps. I love the complex scents and the moisturizing oil base – they are pretty awesome! Knowing I can pick some up at my local Whole Foods is also very dangerous to my wallet…

Disclosure: Samples were provided to me by Integrity Botanicals to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.

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