Ingredients list: Coconut oil fatty acids, palm kernal oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, De-Ionized water, vegetable glycerin, shea butter, sodium stearate, sodium cocoyl isothionate (coconut derived), sorbitol, citric acid, black seed, lavender essential oil.
Ever since reading Kristen Ma’s article about black cumin seed I’ve been itching to try products containing this ingredient. Black cumin seed is also called black seed & nigella sativa. Some of its beneficial properties are that it’s great at sealing moisture in, is purifying & clarifying for the skin. I came across this soap on Healthy Planet while making a routine order to stock up on some essentials (like Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap).
I’m not always a bar soap kinda gal but there are some soaps I do like. This was one of them. While using this soap I didn’t experience any of my normal hormonal break outs on upper chest & back. So that was a big plus. The only iffy ingredient in my opinion is the palm kernel oil. There were no details on the website about how they source their palm oil. But I’d rather avoid palm oil because of all the hubub going around about conflict palm oil. Some companies are razing protected lands to plant illegal palm oil crops & destroying the habitats of animals living there. Other than that the ingredients are fine. Coconut oil, olive oil & shea butter are all great for their moisturizing properties. As for performance, this soap bar lathers up nicely & rinses clean. It doesn’t have much of a smell despite lavender essential oil being one of the ingredients. So I would say this soap bar could be used by both the ladies & the gents. Not sure if I would repurchase this because of the palm oil. But I would definitely see what other products Afragreen has to offer.
By the way, I should mention that I checked the toxicity rating for each ingredient on the EWG Skin Deep site & only citric acid was rated a 2 due to its potential to irritate the skin. Everything else was either a 0 or 1 rating. Anything 3 & below is considered safe. But being the perfectionist I am, I strive to use products that has ingredients which are all a 0 rating. So this one is close, but not quite!