Fresh and Clean Soaps!
June 19, 2011 § 6 Comments
I am very impressed with Quaking Canopy Soap Co. and for the first time I can say I absolutely love soap! Quaking Canopy goat milk soaps, at least. I have never gotten excited about soaps before. In fact, I’m one of those people that really dreads buying soaps because I hate scents, I have sensitive skin, I am into buying chemical and usually fragrance-free products for both my and the birds’ sake, and I also try to be as sustainable as possible. A lot of soaps contain petroleum products (well, dish soaps, but it’s still a pain– Dawn, for example, is a petrol-based soap) and if it’s not petrol then it’s palm oil, which is rapidly causing the habitat destruction of orangutans and general deforestation. So as you can see, I am nitpicky and neurotic to the maximum. I use organic, fair trade, all natural baby soaps for most of my needs because they are super gentle and generally the least offensive to my nose.
Well, I really needed to buy a gift for an older couple I don’t know very well, but I wanted it to be thoughtful, which makes it difficult. Quaking Canopy was participating in a sale on Avian Avenue, so I decided to check them out. Usually, I think that soap is a pretty lame gift that I hate getting myself, but the woman really loves soaps. I was a bit hesitant because I thought that would really make the gift solely for her rather than both of them, but I checked out the website anyway and lo and behold, Quaking Canopy also has shaving soap and a great shaving bristle brush! I thought it would make a lovely gift for the both of them, so I ordered some adorable soaps (in the shape of goats, no less), some lotion, and the shaving soap and brush set.
I thought I’d be done at that point, but the order arrived so quickly (less than 48 hours!) that I was even more pleased than I already was. It even came with free samples!! Expecting to hate them all, I smelled the Clean Linen soap and LOVED it. The scent was light, clean, and very fresh– not overpowering, artificial, or flowery at all. I also loved the Honey Almond Oatmeal and the Bamboo Vanilla Sugar Cane. I got curious and began thinking about an order for myself…
But I realized I should probably inquire about ingredients and whatnot due to my sensitive skin as well as the fact that they were not fragrance free. I exchanged several emails with the owner, Amanda, about her ingredients, the sources for her ingredients, scents, sustainability, and more– and I am so impressed! Not only did she actually answer all of my crazy questions, but she makes a serious commitment to sustainability and responsibly sources all of her materials. She pays more to use sustainably forested palm oil, and even supports a sustainable goat farm by purchasing their goat milk as well. All of her scents use only high quality essential oils, and everything is hand made by her, so she knows exactly what goes in.
I simply had to place a second order for myself and I am so happy with my selections. Another favorite scent is the Day at the Beach, which came as a sample on my order. I think I might be a regular customer from now on! Thank you to Quaking Canopy for making sustainable, fresh, and lovely soaps with delicate scents and safe ingredients that I can feel confident using myself and around my birds!