THE BEAUTY SPOTLIGHT
This month, The Beauty Spotlight shines on the gorgeous local indie beauty brand, Earth Care Soaps.
Fronted by its lovely founder, Samantha Tan, Earth Care Soaps personally handcrafts an all-natural bath & beauty range that works as beautifully as it looks.
Each Earth Care product arrives lovingly hand-wrapped with a girlish whimsy and easy charm and is conveniently ready to give as a gift for someone special or use as an inexpensive but indulgent treat for yourself.
In addition to the pretty packaging, each item is always clearly labelled with what you need to know ingredient-wise and this comes along with some handy instructions for use.
Now, one of the first products by Earth Care that I had the opportunity to try was the Wake Me Up Body Scrub which, even from just a little sniff of the contents in the jar, does just that – it wakes me up!
This particular scrub is designed as an invigorating cocktail of citrus-based essential oils and Vitamin E blended into a textural medley of delicate pink sea salt, colloidal oatmeal, and basil seeds. Into this is then swirled a lubricating mix of glycerine and natural oils from coconut, almonds and grape seed.
The result is a very savory and zesty-scented body scrub that awakens both your skin cells and olfactory senses.
It smells pretty tasty too and I had a really hard time keeping myself from having a taste of it! This always happens to me when it comes to organic bath products. They always seem good enough to eat!
Anyway, this is the perfect morning scrub for someone like me who has often has no trouble sleeping but plenty of tough times in waking up.
Earth Care recommends that we add this scrub to our shower routine as a gentle way to ease ourselves out of that intense desire to stay in bed all day and it does seem like a preferable antidote compared with the unpleasantness of a cold shower, for example, to solve a chronic bed head.
Anyway, the ingredients in this are truly all-natural -:
- Himalaya Sea Salt (pretty & pink!)
- A patented blend of coconut oil/ almond oil/ grape seed oil
- Vitamin E
- A Gylcerin Soap Base
- Colloidal Oatmeal
- Basil Seeds
- Essential Oils cocktail with sweet orange/ lemon/ pink grapefruit
I’d like to elaborate a little on the Colloidal Oatmeal ingredient because it is a great active ingredient for balancing your skin’s pH levels and is often used as a remedy against dry and problem skin.
In fact, it known to have a naturally soothing and anti-itch effect against psoriasis, acne, bug bites, sunburns, and other minor skin irritations.
Kudos to Earth Care Soaps for including Colloidal Oatmeal as an ingredient in this scrub. My skin loves it!
A peek inside the scrub jar reveals a lovely composite of pink salt grains peppered with little black basil seeds and it is all tossed together with an abundance of good oils that help lubricate the salt grains against the skin.
The result is a natural exfoliating product that feels good, smells great and doesn’t dry out the skin.
Now, just a little word of warning but being that this is actually a salt-based scrub, you should note that this product should NOT be used anywhere near your sensitive eye or nose area or let it come in contact with open wounds or cuts.
It will sting!
Now, with my sluggish mornings resolved by my jar of Wake Me Up Body Scrub, I’ve been easing myself into a radiant dusk with the next product I had a chance to try – The Sweet Sunset Soap.
It’s impossible to not think about soaps when it comes to Earth Care Soaps because soaps are chiefly the company’s star product and there is a full menu of these bars and blocks and it’s a line that will keep expanding in tune with demand and design. The company also provides a custom soap service and you can contact them directly to discuss your bespoke needs.
Earth Care‘s soaps come in all sorts of blocks, bars, pops and even cute shapes like Hello Kitty as well as soaps shaped in critters like bees, butterflies and even zoo animals. My favourite is their Hippo-shaped soap actually. Who can resist a smiling hippo!
As a reference, I’m including this current menu of soaps made by Earth Care for your convenience. As you can see, there are soaps that are good for a whole range of skin types and ailments.
Coming fresh from a review of the Kiehl’s Calendula products in my last post, I’m keen on trying some more Calendula goodness and the Smooth Operator soap sounds interesting.
The Smooth Operator soap sounds a bit cheesy but it has a purpose and basically marries Calendula to Aloe Vera to result in a gentle union of soothing goodness if ever there was one.
As with the scrubs, these soaps are packaged artfully and this time it’s a little chiffon pouch that makes them a ready gift or favour to anyone deserving in your life. I imagine they would be great as wedding favors or stocking fillers too.
Anyway, let’s look specifically at my bar of Sweet Sunset Soap.
Apparently, every generous chunk of the Sweet Sunset soap has an anti-ageing, nourishing and radiance function. Can’t say no to anything that promises to deliver all that, can I? Earth Care is speaking my language here!
With ingredients like carrot, turmeric powder, a variety of natural vegetable and nut oils as well as essential oils, the scent behind this bar of soap is light and delicate yet made more sophisticated with that touch of turmeric spice.
Incidentally, applied topically, turmeric has a range of anti-microbial and anti-septic properties that are excellent for the treatment of skin problems and wounds.
The extra dimension of herbal earthiness in this soap comes from this blend of the following essential oils-:
- sweet orange
- rose geranium
The soap itself foams gently and does lather well if you work it but unlike harsh alkaline soaps, this bar cleanses gently without stripping and leaves the skin fresh but mostly scentless.
Admittedly, I’ve not been a huge soap user because adulthood has found me shifting to liquid cleansers but soaps remind me warmly of childhood and playing in a bathtub until my fingers wrinkled.
Notably, the artisan soaps of today are a great departure from the over-drying commercial soap bars I used as a child and Earth Care is part of a blossoming movement of small-batch beauty manufacturers worldwide who are keen on developing a conscientious sensitivity toward creating not only beautiful but wholesome and natural beauty products that are first and foremost, gentle on the skin.
Personally, I hope this handmade beauty movement picks up speed and gains more supporters because really, it can also be a sentimental thing to buy uniquely natural products that are created lovingly by someone who is passionate about what they do.
Here is my Carrot & Turmeric soap stamped with a cute reminder of its origins.
Earth Care makes all products by hand and is proud of it too!
Finally, I couldn’t end this post without some mention of an amazing service offered by Earth Care.
Now, this isn’t relevant to me but it might be interesting to you if you are currently a breastfeeding mum because Earth Care Soaps has a very special Mother’s Milk Soapmaking Service where they can produce a lovely natural soap for your baby’s sensitive skin that is made from your own breast milk!
This is the first time I’ve heard of such a service and it’s intriguing!
Although it may sound weird to some of us, Mother’s Milk happens to be one of the purest sources of nutrients for human babies and has a host of amazing benefits for humans in terms of being suitable, nourishing and antibody-rich.
In fact, it’s much, much more rare and beneficial than milk derived from any other farm animal source such as goat or cow and actually makes perfect sense when applied as a natural ingredient in soap making.
In fact, a breastfeeding mother can now give her baby the best and most natural start in life with Earth Care‘s unique soap making service by using her own milk for a truly personalised, natural and beneficial soap for her child.
Impressively, this Mother’s Milk Service does take the idea of a mother’s tender loving care to a completely new level!
I’m including the details of the Earth Care Mother’s Milk Soapmaking Service if you are interested or know of someone who might be interested.
I first came across the Earth Care brand at their booth at the Publika Fu-Yoh markets and Earth Care Soaps relishes the idea of small-batch production and is very passionate about creating beauty goods that are freshly made and not just pretty but nice to use, good for your body and natural too.
There is absolutely no testing on animals at Earth Care and their products do not contain any of the following nasties that are common to commercial beauty products-:
- Petroleum (Parrifin Oil/ Wax)
- Animal Fats (Lard/ Tallow)
- Any other toxins and preservativs
The Earth Care collection isn’t limited to just soaps either. There is a comprehensive range of tasty lip balms, prescriptive body scrubs, lip scrubs and bath salts to remedy a good range of conditions or if you just need an all-natural home spa kit.
So, there you have it, this month’s Beauty Spotlight post on one of the sweetest artisan beauty brands in the country – Earth Care Soaps.
I hope you enjoyed reading about Earth Care as much as I enjoyed writing about this post. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s always a joy for me to write about pink and whimsical girlish things so this was no sweat.
Now, I’m not so sure I need LUSH to open up here anymore! We have plenty of local options and they’re more natural and less expensive to boot.
Why not support small-batch artisan beauty brands by buying your next beauty product locally from a company like Earth Care? You will be doing your skin a favour in the process too.
Occasionally, Earth Care Soaps does make a cameo appearance at some of the artisan bazaars around the Klang Valley and this is a good chance for you to buy or sample their goodies in person and perhaps, even have a chat with Earth Care‘s founder, the affable Samantha Tan.
For details of these pop-up locations or to place a mail order, you may contact Earth Care via any of the following links…
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