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Natural and Organic Handmade Soaps That Have Ability to Reduce Acne and Other Skin Conditions

Nature has always been the best and gentlest pharmacy when it comes to taking care of our skin. Nature provides emollients like cocoa butter, which is a great antioxidant and skin moisturizer; jojoba oil, which is a great anti-inflammatory; sesame seed oil, which is great for psoriasis and eczema; and tea tree oil, which has great antiseptic and antifungals properties.

Zesty Orange Soap. Photo courtesy of A Wicked Scrub.

Nature has also provided us with a lot of great natural scrubs and exfoliators. 

Among them, rose clay is a mineral that is great for gently cleaning and exfoliating the skin by drawing out impurities from pores. Another great exfoliator is oatmeal, which is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Also another exfoliator that you might not expect is coffee, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is said to stimulate collagen production.

Natural soap makers use all of these ingredients and many more to create products that are healthy, gentle, and very effective.

So, why don’t conventional mass producing soap makers use these ingredients in their manufacturing (other than sometimes a drop for marketing purposes), because although these natural ingredients work better and are better for you, they’re expensive compared to synthetics that are less effective and can often also irritate your skin.

Looking for some great natural and organic handmade soap makers, I found three great companies – Natural Handcrafted Soap, A Wicked Scrub, and Vermont Soap – each with a good variety of products that are worth looking at.

Natural Handcrafted Soap

Natural Handcrafted Soap are made with an olive oil base, without the use of synthetic chemicals, preservatives, artificial dyes, and synthetic fragrance oils.

Olive oil has great health properties including decreasing inflammation, reducing acne, and is full of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids to heal and improve skin texture.

The company says that, “Every bar begins with a high percentage of cold pressed olive oil to which we add (a combination of other ingredients, depending on the particular soap, that include) organic coconut oil, palm and castor, avocado, Brazilian nut, almond and hazelnut, tea tree, and copaiba oils.”

These ingredients have some really amazing benefits. Coconut oil, for example, is a moisturizer that’s also great for treating skin conditions, including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and skin infections. It also has a lot of antioxidants that are great for reducing the signs of premature aging.

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Three Baby Mantra Products Achieve Certification From The Natural Products Association

Photo by Baby Mantra.

This was a great month for Baby Mantra – who makes natural and organic shampoos, oils, lotions, and body butters for both babies and their moms. 

First of all, the company qualified to particiapte in the New York City Green Festival. To qualify, exhibitors had to pass the Green America screening process and earn the Green America Seal of Approval.

Seal recipients are required to show their commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible by how they source, manufacture, and market their products, as well as how they run their offices and factories, explains the Green Business Network.

This month Baby Mantra also received Natural Products Association (NPA) certification for three of its products – Shampoo & Body Wash, Calming Massaging Oil, and Calming Lotion. The Baby Mantra Body Butter is currently in the process of gaining certification.

Baby Mantra’s products contain a combination of great natural ingredients including:

  • Coconut Oil – helps protect skin against excessive sun damage.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil – a moisturizer for sensitive skin with natural nutrients, including Vitamin A and E.
  • Avocado Oil – rehydrates dry and damaged skin and contains nutrients, including Vitamin A, D, and C.
  • Lavender – has antiseptic properties which are soothing and also great for relieving insect bites.
  • Jojoba Oil – a moisturizer for sensitive skin with natural nutrients, including Vitamin E and B. It also relieves skin irritations, such as acne and insect bites.

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