Sunday, February 22, 2009

Skin Food: Alabu Natural Goat Milk Soap

Do you suffer from skin allergies? Are you looking for a natural soap free of harmful chemicals? Do you wish you could have baby-soft skin again? Well, look no further! Alabu Natural Goat Milk Soap is the antidote to your rough heels and acne-infested back.

Okay, so the term 'goat milk' has a tendency to inspire puzzled looks and trepidation. Unfortunately, for those of us who have grown up in a cow milk world, the very thought of drinking goat milk is absurd and perhaps a bit unnerving. Then again, some of us readily eat goat products in the form of feta cheese (well, what else did you think it was made from?). But I'm not asking you to drink it. I'm challenging you to use it on your skin.

Here's why you should give goat milk soap a chance: The makers of Alabu know how harsh and drying conventional soaps are. Handmade natural soaps, on the other hand, are made in the traditional "cold soap" process that retains glycerin, which makes skin smoother and healthier. It's also ideal for those with skin allergies, like dermatitis or eczema, which I happened to suffer from as a child.

Concerned animal-lovers and non-meat eaters will be glad to hear that Alabu soaps are not tested on animals. In fact, Alabu is so sure that you'll love their products that they have a money-back guarantee on the product you paid for, as well as any additional sales tax. With a policy like that, you can't lose.

Alabu's 100% natural goat milk soaps come in three different forms:
-Unscented, for the most sensitive skin
-Essential oil, made with "medicinal plant-based essential oils"
-Fragranced soaps, for those who enjoy a variety of scents from around the world, including Lavender Delight, Green Tea, Oat-n-Honey and Tea Tree Oil (for those prone to breakouts)

Product on trial: Sara's Soap.

Maybe it's because of the name (which oddly, makes it seem like it was made for me), but I had an inkling that this soap was going to be a good one.

The website reads: "Sara's Soap is an extra moisturizing unscented recipe made for a special young lady who has numerous allergies." -- Sounds like the story of my life.

Sara's Soap is created with a generous dose of moisturizing olive oil and vegan squalane oil, making it safe for those with sensitive and extremely dry skin. While the soap does not contain any fragrance, it has a generous lather effect that I can testify to. The result? My skin felt super smooth and buttery soft. I didn't even need my daily post-shower moisturizer! That's both time- and money-saving.

After showering, keep the soap dry by getting rid of any residual water in your soap dish and hanging the bar of soap on a soap drying rack.

Ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Buttermilk, Coconut Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Squalane Oil, Castor Oil and Cocoa Butter

Oh, and for those of you interested in the baby-soft skin mentioned earlier, try BabyMe.

You can purchase Alabu goat milk soaps at a local retailer near you or online. Alabu also sells clothing, lip balm and shaving supplies, along with other personal care items.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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