Do you remember my earlier post where I had mentioned that I use homemade ubtans (bathing powders)? No? Well, read this to refresh your mind. I am a big fan of these ubtans as I precisely know what’s going to touch my skin – rose petal powders, neem leaves powder, orange peel powder, sandalwood powder, milk cream, turmeric, etc. However, there are times when I yearn for an all-natural handmade soap. These handmade soaps that are made of ingredients that I don’t have or don’t include it in my bathing ritual. That’s what I got recently.
These handcrafted soaps using ingredients like avocado and Australian clay was brought to my attention, and I knew I had to try them. Did I like them? Oh, yes, definitely yes!
These soaps are made using ingredients like palm oil, olive oil, rice bran oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, canola oil, castor oil, shea butter, coconut oil, glycerine, water and MSM along with the core ingredient Avocado and Australian Clay.
Now, I didn’t know about MSM, sounded like a weird chemical to me. So I went to Google, and found that MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane is a chemical found in green plants, animals, and humans. People take MSM orally or apply it on the skin for chronic pain, osteoarthritis, joint inflammation, osteoporosis, muscle cramps, eye inflammation, etc. It is also used to lighten scar tissue, stretch marks, wrinkles, wound healing apart from
It gave me immense relief and confidence to learn that MSM is something commonly found in the human body.
Now, coming to these soap bars and how I found them:
ONULE Avocado Soap
It’s faint green in colour, doesn’t smell of avocado really, but something light and refreshing. I used it for good 10 days.
It leaves my body hydrated. Mumbai is not cold at this moment, but bathing with hot water leaves the skin dry. However, I don’t need to apply cream or oil post shower. Also, avocado soap is good for eczema and since I have been using it, I have got no new flare ups, thankfully.
ONULE Australian Clay Soap
Now, as soon as I opened the packaging, my 7-year old daughter who was standing nearby saw this coral pink bar and shouted full of excitement, “I want to use this one!”
She had previously used avocado soap a couple of times and found it ‘nice smelling’, hence wanted this one for herself.
Australian clay is good for detoxifying and deep restorative properties. It removes acne, blackheads and breakouts.
A few things I liked about these soaps:
- The no-fuss no-plastic packaging earned a thumbs-up from my side.
- The soaps have very mild fragrance which I like.
- The skin doesn’t feel dry or itchy post shower, hence can be used in monsoon or at the early onset of winter or in the humid climate of Mumbai.
IONIC MSM have a variety of products for health care, hair care, skin care, oral care and even pet care. Do visit their site to find out.
Meanwhile, I will tell you about one more product that arrested my attention.
It was their Stretch Marks Removal gel.
Stretch marks are silver stripes on the skin, especially on the abdomen, thighs and buttock caused by distention of the skin from weight gain or loss or during pregnancy.
I didn’t get a single stretch mark during my pregnancy, but that’s a rarity as most women get stretch marks.
These marks are a sign of your motherhood or what you went through to get your baby, but they look ungainly all the same. Some women even lose confidence and desire to wear certain types of clothes. There are some ways to get rid of these stretch marks:
Foods – Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins specifically A, C and E are good for skin health. They have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce free radicals in the body and skin, helping the skin maintain its natural elasticity. Vitamin C specifically helps in collagen formation which in turn provides elasticity to the skin and helps it look more youthful and healthier.
Laser treatments and cosmetic surgeries – Laser therapy helps in improving the appearance of stretch marks and increasing collagen production over time. But these treatments are costly. Also, it’s advisable to avail of a good plastic, cosmetic or skin surgeon to carry out these procedures.
Stretch marks removal gel – A non-invasive method to reduce stretch marks is using stretch mark removal gel. It smoothens and tones the skin, repairs broken collagen and helps to lighten stretch marks without causing allergies, pigmentation or irritation to the skin. They even widen blood vessels to improve circulation soothes stretched skin. Many women have benefited from using such gels.
That’s it from my side. Hope you liked this honest review of all-natural handmade soaps. Do give a shout out if you liked it and get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to know more about these products.