Soaps, shampoos and cleansing products are some of the most difficult things to source without palm oil. By returning to the traditional methods, Friendly Soap have created a range of soaps that are both ethical and effective. They are both cruelty free and skin friendly and are made using the Cold Process method that uses minimal energy and produces no waste. All ingredients are natural, ethically sourced and palm oil free.
This soap is specially designed to be kind to more sensitive skin. It is free from all fragrances and additives that would be found in commercial soap. For me, it quickly became my go-to soap for using on my children's skin as well as my own.
I have two children aged one and three years old and like all children, they have very sensitive skin. The soap lathers up nicely so the children enjoyed the bubbles and I felt that it was getting them clean. The soap has a really neutral fragrance but my three year old loved the smell of it. She mentioned that she couldn't smell it if she smelt the bar of soap, but that after she'd used it, her skin smelt nice and clean. I found this soap really moisturising, I didn't feel that I needed to use moisturising cream on myself or the children after washing with it. I would recommend it for anybody with sensitive skin.
I have always been a fan of hemp as an ingredient because it is a very low-waste product. In this soap, it is combined with natural lemongrass oil. Lemongrass has all sorts of positive properties. It is antibacterial, antiseptic and naturally deodorising. But my favourite thing about it is that it smells fabulous.
I have started to use this lemongrass and hemp soap in the mornings when I have a shower. The fragrance is incredibly refreshing because of the citrus scent. I really feel like it wakes me up. I have also been impressed that this hasn't dried my skin at all. I would recommend this for anybody looking for a reviving, refreshing start to the morning.
This shampoo bar is made with castor oil, combined with lavender and tea tree essential oils. This makes it nourishing and conditioning as well as cleansing. I am seriously impressed with the price of this shampoo. One bar is currently priced at £2.49 and it lasts as long as three bottles of liquid shampoo.
Much like the soap bars, this shampoo bar lathers up really nicely. I have very long hair - I have been growing it to donate to the Wigs for Kids charity but haven't got around to having it cut yet. It is easily long enough for me to donate 7 inches to them, which gives you an idea of how much hair I've got. Despite this, I have been washing my hair with the soap bar for three weeks and it has hardly depleted at all. To get a good lather, you just rub the soap bar either on your hands to apply to the hair, or rub it directly onto the hair. My hair has looked and felt clean and been totally manageable since using this shampoo.
When you are used to using a cream or a wipe to clean your face, it is a bit of a revelation to use a soap bar. I have been keeping this in the shower and find it makes my skincare routine a lot quicker to just give my face a quick wash whilst I am in there. As well as shea butter, this contains both olive oil and coconut oil. The bar is great for people with psoriasis and eczema, shea butter is also known to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
I do suffer from dry skin, particularly at this time of year. It wasn't until I sat down to write this review that I realised I haven't used moisturiser for a good few weeks. I honestly don't feel like I need to either, the natural oils in the cleansing bar are moisturising enough to negate the need to use an additional moisturiser.
I have been really impressed with all the items I have reviewed from Friendly Soap and I would happily buy them all again. Do check out their website for their full range and prices, they are excellent value for money as well as being kind to both the skin and the environment.
Please note, I was sent these products by Friendly Soap for the purpose of an honest review. All words views and opinions are my own.