I love discovering new products and recently I noticed that the Visionary Soap Company were looking for bloggers. The Visionary Soap Company was not a company I was familiar with so I decided to find out more about them.
The first thing I found out is that they are a Fairtrade company and all the ingredients that are used in their products are sourced ethically. The Visionary Soap Company uses Olive Oil from Palestinian Fair Trade Producers Company, Shea Butter from the Akoma Cooperative Multipurpose Society, Cocoa butter from Conacado in the Dominican Republic, herbs and spices from SOFA, the Small Organic Farmer Association in Sri Lanka, sesame seed from Del Campo in Nicaragua and Rooibos from Citrusdal Bergendal in South Africa. Sourcing the ingredients from Fairtrade sources is beneficial to the local communities and gives local people a better quality of life as well as valuable skills. All of the Visionary Soap Companies products have been certified in accordance with international Fairtrade standards.
The Visionary Soap Company goes a step further though as all the products are hand-made in the UK. They are based in Hastings and work with the Hastings Trust in a community project that provides employment to the local community. All of the products are free from palm oil, synthetic dyes or fragrances, parabens, petroleum-based ingredients, alcohol, sodium laureth sulphate and animal products. They are also GMO and gluten free. I was looking forward to trying them out.
When the envelope containing the products arrived, when I opened it I was hit with a gorgeous scent which wafted out. It was lovely, you could really smell the different scents in the products. I had been sent a selection of soaps and also some Orange Geranium Hand and Body Balm.
I decided to try the soaps first as after all that is what the Visionary Soap Company is named after. I discovered that all their soaps are made using the traditional cold process method and contain 60% Fairtrade certified ingredients instead of the 2% required for Fairtrade certification.
I was sent four small soap bars, which are the perfect size for taking on holiday or using for guest. I received Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium Rose and Cinnamon Orange Clove.
The fragrances are gorgeous and they produce a lovely lather. You can even smell the scent on your skin for a while after use. My favourite was the lemongrass as this is quite an unusual scent for a soap, but they are all fabulous. You can even see the little bits of petals in the soap. You can get a box of eight mini soaps for RRP £11.20 which would be a great way to try the soap or make a lovely gift.
I was also sent this Organic Shea Butter and Oatmeal Soap in a larger bar which comes in a box.
I found this soap fabulous for my dry skin, it left it feeling moisturised after use. I think the mix of shea butter with olive oil, coconut oil and oatmeal may well have done the trick. It is a lovely soap and is RRP £3.69 for 100g bar.
As well as soap the Visionary Soap Company also produce a range of bath and body oils, lips balms, bath melts and organic body butters. I tried this Orange Geranium Body Butter. RRP £6.85
This product is suitable for dry skin and can also be used if you have eczema which I do. It has a lovely orange smell which is not overpowering and the balm is very soft and fluffy when you apply it. I thought that it might be greasy but it isn’t, the skin just drinks it in and is left feeling soft and moisturised after use. Since using this my skin has improved greatly and I am very pleased with it.
I was very impressed with the Visionary Soap Companies products and it is good to know that by buying these products you are also helping local communities. You can buy Visionary Soap Products online on their website. You can also find them on https://www.facebook.com/visionarysoap and twitter @visionarysoap
Disclosure: I was sent some Visionary Soap products in order to do an honest review. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.