The Switch to Natural Soap

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When we started this switch to real food I had no idea that it would also leak into other areas of our life. Slowly the switch to real food became the switch to trying to live more natural. And now, that includes a switch to real soap. Already we’re using castile soap a lot and we love it, but I suddenly knew I wanted to switch to natural soap for our bodies as well.

Why? My friend Anna posted something on Twitter about how children’s soaps are full of parabens. That was a total wake-up call. Do you mean I’m rubbing Annie all over with something that might give her CANCER?! I got mad. Really mad. I threw them out. I switched Annie to California Baby bubble bath and got a price shock…it’s expensive. But, I only use a bit each time and I know it’s something she enjoys – and I want her to enjoy it safely (and as I write this, she’s sitting at the table with a pair of scissors, ha!).

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Barry had already been using a natural soap for his shaving needs. I bought it every year at a local craft festival. THEN, the business that sold that soap moved to our town and I did the happy dance. Thistle Ridge Soap has become my go-to for homemade soap.

I’m very aware that I could make my own soap. I’m also very aware that I’m crunched for time and I don’t know that I have the time to add something like that to my list – I’m already making several other things and I don’t want to get “natural mama burnout.” And thus, I buy my soap and support a local business person – I’m happy.

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Is it cheaper than store soap? Nope. I pay about $30 for 7 bars of natural soap – but they last a long time….and what price can you put on your peace of mind? Annie has been using the Oatmeal scent and she hasn’t had any breakouts like she did with the other soap I was using. I love that natural soap comes in so many scents – I like variety…except in husbands. I just want one husband. Amen.

So, other than the fact that it’s more natural, what do I like best about our new soap? It only takes one bar to do everything in the shower. One. I use a bar of natural soap to wash my body, my face, my hair, and I also use it for shaving. I’ve gotten rid of tons of other silly stuff that was in there, making it easy to clean…and I’m also not as likely to turn over 42 bottles of stuff when I turn around.

I was contacted by Spunky Suds and asked if I wanted to review some of their soaps. Of course I said yes…because even though I use Thistle Ridge, I still like to try new things and I wanted you guys who don’t live here to have another option for homemade soaps. And plus, I like getting stuff in the mail – who doesn’t? It’s my goal in life to get more mail than Barry. Ha!

They arrived in a simple waxed bag…and it was full. :-D  I received one large soap, five mini soaps, three sample soaps, and a sample of peppermint body butter. Barry started using it immediately, but I finished up my bar of lady soap first.  It is really great soap! The scents are so nice and refreshing – both manly scents and lady scents…and there were even some gender-neutral scents. For some reason, Barry doesn’t like using my flowery stuff. Go figure.

It lathers GREAT and I feel squeaky clean when I’m done. I’m not sure about you guys, but I don’t care for lotion-type soaps, because I feel like I can never wash them off. I like feeling clean when I get out of the bathtub. It’s really working great for washing our hair and I also used it to shave with and got excellent results.

I’ve really been enjoying the body butter – the peppermint scent is not too strong and I can smell it off and on during the day – I like that…it’s WAY better than smelling like soured milk and peepee. I had never used body butter before, so the oiliness of it was a little weird at first…but it soaks in quickly and it makes my legs REALLY smooth. I told her that I felt like a glistening super model. Ha! That’s funny isn’t it?

Ashley Haynes lives in the Inland Northwest, is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mother of 5.  Her and her husband enjoy small scale farming with cows, 1 horse, chickens, and more.  Ashley loves to bake and provide nutritional meals for her family.  She likes being active and enjoys hobbies such as riding horses, 4-wheeling and snowmobiling just to name a few.  God is first in her life and she strives to please Him in all she does.

In 2009 Ashley started researching soapmaking.  It was 2010 before she became brave enough to try her first batch of soap.  Not wanting to spend a bunch of money to get set up with all the right the equipment, (in case it turned out to be something she didn’t enjoy) her first batch of soap was made in a sheetrock mud pan, was not blended correctly and not a great color.  But regardless, she fell in love with the process!   Ashley is passionate about providing natural, healthy and fun soaps for everyone! Visit Spunky Suds to learn more!

*This post is linked at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, and at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable.


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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • http://crunchycountrymama.blogspot.com/ Nikki

    I switched to natural soap for me and my daughter about 2 months ago, and I can tell a big difference in my skin. She has eczema, so that’s a different story. :( I got some tea tree oil soap for her (supposed to be good with eczema, and I think it does help) and I got a bar of oatmeal honey or something for me. I love it! I get our soap from a local shop. Its in a center for people with mental handicaps, and the guys that make the soap are all patients there, so all their profits go to the center. I love supporting that and the soaps are CHEAP. Well, cheaper than I thought they would be. The bars are $1.75 each I believe. I also switched to their facial moisturizer and WOAH what a difference!!! ( :