There is something very satisfying about handmade skin care products. So pure and straight-forward – you can almost feel the passion that goes into them. Such is the case with Soapwalla products.
Soapwalla Chef (and yes, she does call herself a chef) Rachel Winard was kind enough to send me a selection of her lovely handmade skin care products. Rachel carefully creates Soapwalla products right in her own Brooklyn-based kitchen. Her inspiration came from her own skin-sensitivity issues, and all Soapwalla products are made with organic, food-grade ingredients, vegan, and toxin-free.
The samples I tried were as follows: Deodorant Cream, Restorative Face Serum, Luxurious Body Oil, Lemongrass & Green Tea and Eucalyptus Soap Bars.
Let’s start with the soap bars. I can always appreciate a good, natural soap bar. They are like a pretty chunk of candy for your skin. Though I am not usually very eucalyptus-y, the Eucalyptus Soap is so demure and the smooth lather makes it a pleasure to use. Also, it is solid white which is just so modern and summer-fresh. The Lemongrass & Green Tea Soap also has a clean, fresh scent, and is my kid’s favorite.
Next up, the Deodorant Cream. Now, you do need to use your fingers to rub this in, but it does soak right into skin, leaving behind no white residue. The day I sampled this product was actually my daughter’s recital and the auditorium was so hot and humid, so it was a great test. I stayed freshly scented and the finely ground vegetable powders and clay helped to keep me dry. Not a small feat on that particular outing.
Serums are something I often steer clear of because; a) I have an allergy to aloe and many natural serums use an aloe base, and b) they are not quite moisturizing enough for my dry skin. Restorative Face Serum is actually a combination of nourishing oils and is super hydrating, but soaks right into skin so isn’t at all greasy. Totally love this stuff – perfect for sun and surf dried summer skin.
Ah, and last but not least, the Luxurious Body Oil. You will seriously have dreams about the delicious aroma of this moisturizing oil. It sinks into skin, imparting a subtle sheen and the scent (like a dewy tropical flower garden) is absolutely divine. I can’t wait to get my hands on a big bottle.
You can purchase any of the Soapwalla products on Etsy, where you can view the entire line and complete ingredient listings.