review: Nature Clean sensitive bath bar

Usual cleanser = Everyday Shea unscented moisturising body wash.

Wish/intention: to switch back to a solid cleansing bar.

Problems, fussiness, etc. that make this less than obvious:

  • must be unscented
  • must work for both face and body
  • must have skin-neutral pH
  • must be non-drying
  • but not greasifying, clogging, and/or zittifying
  • not a traditional cold-method true soap (made using lye; which should still feature in the ingredient-list):
    their pH is too high and they strip my skin
  • cruelty-free
  • ingredients must be responsibly sourced: if there’s palm oil, that too. Especially that.
  • should not be a silly price
  • ideally, should fit in with my usual credo and caveats (which include much of the above)

I might have found a solution. A really boring, bland, old-fashioned one. But that’s often good (being very vanilla, anyway).

nature clean bath barMeet Nature Clean’s sensitive unscented bath bar.

It ticks all the boxes above.

Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water/Eau/Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate.

That is: it’s a classic glycerin-rich cleansing bar, with sodium citrate to lower pH (which is good: you want your cleanser to be more acidic).

Nice ethical company, who also tick the box on caring about consumers’ skins. Eco-Logo certified too, for many of their products, including this one (including the palm-oil sourcing). On that, see here. I went through the list to check. Scroll down to the last section:

Screen Shot 2013-03-07 at 12.42.35 PMPrice: between $2.99 and $4.99: health-food stores, online (ex. well.ca), and lots supermarkets and drugstores and suchlike. Come to think of it, very easy to find in Canada. See for ex. (and for more) Nature Clean’s “where to buy” page (there’s also a store locator search):

where to buy nature clean

If you’re in the US: online from Refreshingly Free, the American Environmental Health Foundation, and N.E.E.D.S. (Nutritional Ecological Environmental Delivery System)

  • Next review: probably hair stuff, the results of the Curelle shampo and conditioner experiments (going well so far; touch wood…). There’s still a while to go before the full 6 weeks are up, though.
  • Work in progress: waterproof smudgeproof non-flaking mascara. Herban Luxe is holding up fairly well, but not perfect (I get bits on my specs). Blinc has been working well so far: their newer amplified one, which has a way better brush than the classic version (used years ago).

4 comments

  1. croeyre

    This post is very cheering as I have been unable to use any soaps since infancy due to allergies to pretty much everything. I’ll have to see if it is available in the uk and give it a gi!

    • gingerama

      It’s nice, but I’m pretty sure you’ll not find it in the UK. This is a Canadian brand, and I’ve never seen it elsewhere… but you’d still be able to order it online. Have a google around.
      Other options: it’ll depend on how hard/soft your water is. I’ve found that with soft water, bar cleansers like this are fine; but with hard water, I’m better with other things: cream cleansers, emollient cream, etc. Last times I’ve been in the UK, it’s been often in hard-water areas (London, Cambridge, Manchester, Yorkshire,…).

      But: one tip: if you’re sure a bar cleanser is for you and your skin, look for similar ingredients to these; and look outside the usual skincare aisles. In health-food shops too: again, checking ingredients. The last bar cleansers I used in the UK were things like Aquabar (basically solid aqueous cream) and ones for babies and kids from Boots, Superdrug, Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, etc. And the Clinique facial soap mild. (Not the extra-mild, something in it clogs me rotten. This was before Clinique became persona non grata re. China.)

      For creamy cleansers, the main ones I used last in the UK were Elave (any of them), plus (before I knew they weren’t cruelty-free) Avène and A-Derma.

      Hope that helps…

  2. Dado

    Hate to burst your bubble but this soap is made with sodium hydroxide exactly like homemade soap. In fact if an artisan soap maker was making this it would be the worst kind of soap you can buy.

    • gingerama

      Many thanks: not actually used it in ages, and while one of the better of the soap bars available here (and online), still not as good as liquid cleansers, and nowhere near a good cream one on drier skin.

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