Product Review: The Joy of Soap

Photo: The Joy of Soap

Company: The Joy of Soap

Item Tested: Hand-crafted, hand-cut vegetable recipe soap. (5oz $7.50, 2oz $3.50).

Items can be purchased: Online at their website.

The Claim of the Product: The Joy of Soap offers organic, natural, and sustainable handmade soaps. 100% green practices and ingredients. From ingredients, to wrapping and shipping, The Joy of Soap is environmentally aware.

How does it work: Like any bar of soap (in the shower, tub and sink).

What is great about this product:

  • The Ingredient List (which is printed right on the packaging) contains none of the The Cosmetic Dirty Dozen. They even list what fragrance they use rather than hiding it under the word "Fragrance". Here are the ingredients of the 2 bars we tested:
  1. Feeling Frisky Soap: Water, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Sweet Orange and Grapefruit Essential Oils and Calendula flower petals.
  2. Lay me Down Lavender: Water, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Lavender Flowers Powder.
  • It includes calendula, a great plant for healing (think summer sunburns this is perfect!).
  • The simple fragrances of Lavender and Sweet Orange where subtle and stayed with you all day. It is such a fresh scent!
  • Able to customize your scent via their website.
  • Long Lasting, the soap itself lasts for about 4 weeks (of twice a day showers) versus a normal bar of Ivory that lasts about 1 week to 10 days.
  • Great Lather! It is creamy and full of moisture. It feels luxurious when you wash with it!
  • Leaves your skin moist, some days we did not need to apply a separate moisturizer after the shower!
  • Cruelty Free and Vegan (3rd party approved)

What is not so great about the product:

  • The Packaging, they use 100% cotton muslin bags - we would like to see this as at least organic cotton or a recycled material, though these bags have a long life for things around the house.

Grade from Green Living: A (a great gift for anyone on your list through out the year! We really enjoyed the product!)

Other fun soaps The Joy of Soap Makes:

  • Manly Man Soap - made for a man but gently enough for a women- Sweet Orange, and tea tree oils, and finely ground pumice
  • Peppermint Passion - Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils and spearmint leaves
  • Rosy Cheeks Rosemary - Spearmint and rosemary essential oils and spearmint leaves
  • Two in the Shower Tea Tree - Lavender and tea tree essential oils, rose fragrance oil and green tea powder
  • Ginger Snap - Ginger and sweet orange essential oils, ginger root powder

Other Green Practices from the Company:

  • They Ship using UPS (certified Cradle to Cradle shipper)
  • They package their shipping purchases only using recycled materials
  • They use CFL light bulbs in their workshop!
  • Labeling: They use a certified Green Printer in CA (where they are located)