Why buy boring soap? Instead you could buy soap that has a story and a purpose. The story is that it's Made in the USA from entirely natural, healthy ingredients. The purpose is to help fund clean water projects and soap donations to those who desparately need it.
So, again, why buy boring soap?
You may think there's not a ton to say in regards to reviewing soap. Perhaps all you've cared about in the past is that it isn't anything remotely similar to what you'd find in a public bathroom. But after you think about how frequently you wash your hands in a day, you realize that a quality hand soap may make a big impact on your skin. Even more importantly, the product you buy may make a big impact on other people around the world.
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Janet, our ingredient expert, reviews the African Black Soap scented soap:
"When I first handled the sleek grey bottle that held Soapbox brand 100% Natural Black Soap, I was instantly drawn to the unique, woodsy packaging. With a wood grain print and a clean, bold label, it stood out as 'not just another hand soap'.
With the first pump, the liquid soap inside is noticeably rich, and much thicker than its average competition. The scent is light and clean, and lingers. I took this as a symptom of quality.
Quality ingredients are something I already knew this product to contain, since I'd researched them before ever trying the soap labeled as containing shea butter, aloe and jojoba oil. Besides having a list of ingredients that are pure, natural and costly, the true heart of this product is revealed in the disclaimers printed on all sides. Comments such as "this soap is good" and "this soap does good" informs a consumer that this is a company who works hard to overcome the stereotype of manufacturing and bridges the gap to help provide for children in need. With each purchase, Soapbox charity partner Raincatcher provides a month's worth of clean water to an underprivileged child, to provide protection to those less fortunate. Savvy shoppers will love the discreet label proclamation that lists what the product is free of: sulfates, parabens, phalates, EDTA and artificial fragrance and color.
Overall, great product manufactured with integrity by a company leaving a positive mark on local communities."
Behind the Product
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On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being Xan Voorhee's insults and 10 being Kimmy Schmidt's comebacks, how would I rate the...
Feel: 8. It's good. It's not like it instantly transforms my appendages into silken glory, but it does it's job better than most competitors.
Design: 7. I like the packaging design. The scents are poignant and really, stinken good (ha, get it). I'd love to see the packaging use even more recycled material.
Quality: 7.5. I love that it's free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances and coloring. The soap itself works well, smells good and is made with good ingredients. The packaging quality isn't anything to write home about, but that doesn't bother me at all.
Eco-Consciousness: 7.5. The company is more centered on making a social impact, but they still aim to be 100% natural and 100% recyclable. Some packaging is made with 35% post consumer recycled material and printed using vegitable based inks. They are cruelty-free and vegan.
Social impact: 8. The product is Made in the USA. Every purchase directly supports clean water efforts and the overall mission is to improve the lives of children living in impoverished conditions.
SoapBox manufactures all-natural soaps in the USA. They use ingredients that are meant to clean, soften and nourish your skin. But more than that, they partner with organizations like RainCatcher and Global Soap Project to help provide clean water and good soap to people around the world.
RainCatcher aligns itself with the United Nations Development Program's goals. Specifically, they want to provide clean drinking water for every community in the world. They do this by learning what the community is already doing and just helping them along. One specific program works to install raincatchers outfitted with filtration systems.
Global Soap Project works to distribute soap in schools, in releif situations and through educational programs. Their entire goal is to get more people throughout the world washing with soap. They support local soap manufacturers in developing communities, they utilize soap from hotels that would normally throw the soap away and they partner with various organizations to get the widest reach possible.
With two people using the soap on a regular basis, plus guests, it lasted about 3 months. These particular bottles were on the smaller side, but they are also very affordable. The quality of the product itself was maintained throughout the product life, though the packaging wasn't the most sturdy.
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Brandon, resident soap connoisseur, has the following thoughts on the lovely Tea and Ginger scented liquid soap:
Scent: To be frank, Tea and Ginger was a suspicious-sounding combination of scents when I first picked up this bottle. But when you wash your hands with it and let the aroma spread to the environment of your bathroom with the gentle push of steam from your sink, the words elegant and soothing come to mind. If ever there was an elegantly fragrant soap, this is it.
Feel and Effectiveness: The Tea and Ginger soap feels as you would expect any other liquid soap to feel. There is no residual textures after rinsing, except of course for the satisfying clean-hand feel. The scent will stay on your hands for a good 30-60 minutes after washing, carrying the elegant sense into your next endeavor.
Would you buy again? Yes.