I wrote an article awhile back clarifying that often when I feature items on this blog I don’t want to encourage too much consumerism but, I do want to help you find alternative places to shop instead of giving big corporations all your money.
Now finding a jeweler, clothing maker or artists handmade product in lieu of running to Targets’ latest world collection may be pretty easy. Resisting the urge to run out to the nearest drug store when you run out of soap is not always so easy. Often times we like to stick with our normal habits when it comes to hygiene. Nowadays though there are so many unnecessary or unfamiliar ingredients in popular brands you might think you need a degree in chemistry to interpret what they all do.
So I suggest, instead of your usual, try something new, and try something handmade.
Now pomegranate is a big deal right now as it has tons of health benefits. Of course it smells and tastes yummy too! The Anderson Soap Co. sells a VEGAN friendly pomegranate soap bar. Better yet, I counted only seven ingredients in it, all recognizable. I like that! If bar soap isn’t your thing there’s always fluffy whip soap in a jar. (coconut obsession pictured below) Dennis Anderson also sells many other products including lip balms, shower gels, hemp soaps, and shower gels.
Pomegranate Bar Soap
Coconut Obsession Fluffy Whip
A local Cleveland connection is Zaja Natural Confections. When I took a look at her shop the first item that caught my attention was a dead sea scrub. It sounds incredibly luxurious. Even better it includes ingredients like grape seeds, strawberry seeds, genuine dead sea mud, pure cane sugar, clay and jojoba oil. Talk about letting nature take care of your skin!
Dead Sea Mud Foaming Face and Body Scrub
In Zaja’s shop, she offers a full line of skin care products, scrubs, body washes and lots of scents. In own words she’s “addicted to smelling good” so she has a full room of fragrances and essential oils.
If you’re not sure about this handmade soap stuff (why not?) Zaja has sample packs available for sale so you can also try her different products and fragrances before purchasing a bigger item.
I must put a disclaimer out that I haven’t **used** any of these items, as I only recently discovered both sellers—but both have come highly recommended by others and have marvelous feedback about their products.