Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hand in Hand Soap ~ Sustainable Suds Review

Sustainable Suds
Hand in Hand Soap was created in 2011 by a couple with a desire to make a difference. After reading an article regarding the staggering number of deaths each year caused by poor water quality and lack of proper hygeine, this amazing couple set out to make a difference. For every bar of Hand in Hand Soap sold, they donate one bar to a child in need. That is bar for bar! 

I'll start with some key features of this company as listed on their site and then let you know what I thought:

sustainable suds

  • 1 bar of soap donated for every bar purchased 
  • 50 sq ft of rainforest saved for every bar purchased 
  • To help alleviate poverty in the US and the developing world, a donation is made to fund micro-credit loans for every bar purchased
  • 100% vegetable based, vegan, organic ingredients, gluten-free, biodegradable, palm-free & cruelty-free 
  • Fair Trade USA certified 
  • Natural Products Association certified 
  • All shipments include carbon offset and eco-friendly packaging  
  • Paraben-free & petrochemical-free 
I received three bars of soap from Hand in Hand a few days ago and I could smell the soaps through the packaging! I received Orange Blossom, Tea Tree, and Lavender. I was interested in this company initially because they are a Fair Trade Company and are made from natural products.

I've been making a real effort recently to make sure that I only use all natural soaps and shampoos on me and my children after learning about all the chemicals added to most main stream products. The fact that Hand in Hand soaps are also vegan was a real plus for me too.

When I was finally able to open the packages (they are so beautifully wrapped it was almost a shame to do so) I was greeted by a nice, big bar of soap. They are 4.5 ounces each which was nice because many drugstore brands range from 3 to 4 ounces. I used the Orange Blossom to give my daughters a bath and it smelled really good in the bathroom that morning! I could even smell it on them a few hours later after they had been running around like crazy people. 

In short, these soaps are big, safe, effective and very pleasantly scented. But thats not even the best part....

hand in hand in HaitiMy favorite part about this company are the things they are doing to help others and the environment. In any possible way they could, they have helped the environment and others. Earlier this year they were able to head down to Haiti and deliver their soap to some beautiful children in Haiti.

Even the packaging on the soap is eco-friendly. Hand in Hand recently partnered with Whole Planet Foundation and has been featured in People Style Watch, Vogue Daily, Self, and House Beautiful. Go check out their blog for more information and to see the stories.

You can purchase Hand in Hand Soap on their website or at Anthropologie. They have also generously agreed to be a sponsor in the upcoming Fair Trade Giveaway Hop starting Monday, October 22 so be sure to check in and enter to win!

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. I received the above indicated products in order to facilitate this review at no cost to me. I will always give my honest opinion regardless of any compensation received. My opinions are my own and may differ from yours.


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