Hey Love Buds!
We're coming down the stretch to my birthday. Later this week, I'll give you a peek at my current soap dish situation and an awesome giveaway for my birthday. But today, I want to talk about soap ballin' on a budget!
My need for an extensive soap collection has necessitated a need to be thrifty. Quality handmade soap can sell for over $10 a bar and though I love to treat myself, there are lots of soap artisans who don't sacrifice quality while still providing a reasonably priced product.
This statement by no means discounts the hard work and craftsmanship put into creating handmade soap. It takes a keen scientific insight and creativity to create great soap. But for those of us on a tight budget, there are still some great options to be found. I've personally tried all of the soaps I present today and none of them disappoint. Each was provided to me without charge in exchange for my honest opinion. Here are a few options for finding great handmade soap for $5 a bar or less:
LOVE YOUR SUDS
This company is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, so for those of us in the US and other countries, shipping may be an issue, but I highly recommend this soap. The bar pictures is Mocha Mint and it is truly TO DIE FOR! It sells for $3 Canadian and is about the size of a half to a third bar of soap (just about 2.5 ounces). I know, for 4.5 to 5.5 bar, the equivalent price is not as thrifty, but if you have tons of soap like me, this is the perfect size.
Even if this was a proportional priced 5 or so ounce bar, I suggest you give it a try. Not only is it gorgeous, but it is filled with ground espresso beans giving it scrubby, tingly, chocolatey, invigoratingly awesome bathing texture. With my sensitive skin, I'm not for overly exfoliating bars. Though this bar is just a bit rough for my skin, I kept bathing with it because the lather and fragrance are intoxicating. Check out Love Your Suds on Facebook and Instagram.
CAST SOAP CO.
The nice people behind Cast Soap Company create awesome soap in Dublin, Ohio. The magnificent 4 ounce sudsy creations sold by Cast Soap are priced at just $4 per bar. You can grab these locally in several shops in Ohio and Cast Soap can also be found on Etsy. These bars are hot processed with great lather and leave skin feeling great. I tried the Oatmeal Scrub, which was nicely exfoliating, but not overly so. I also received the sweet honey almond to try and though almond is not one of my favorite scents, my mother really enjoys almond and loved this soap. Check our Cast Soap on Facebook and Etsy.
I've previously reviewed these soaps and absolutely love the natural soap bars offered by Unearth Malee. These bars are Asian inspired, delicately scented and beautifully crafted. While the regular price of these bars is $6.50 each (4.5 to 5 oz bars), every month, one bar is marked down to $5.00. For July, it is their Dead Sea Minerals Salt and Mud Bar (pictured left). I highly recommend these amazing bars which are made without palm oil to support orangutan habitats. Visit Unearth Malee on Facebook and Etsy.
I still have a few more vendors to cover and that will be in part 2 of this series, later this month. The other creators I will review include, Emily's Soaps, Ladybug Suds and Sundries and A&M Soap.
In the meantime, check out my creations here! All soaps are always $5 or less and for my birthday, they are marked down to $3 plus every order of $6 or more receives a free gift of your choice.
Until next time,
Peace, Love and lots of affordable yummy Bubbles!