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
- 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).
Meet 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:
Price: 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):
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).