Monday, June 8, 2015

Moose Bay Rum Shaving Soap [Review]

One of my favorite all natural products to try are soaps. There are so many different brands of natural soaps available now, even soaps specifically made for men! Natural soaps offer superior quality and leave your skin feeling clean, soft, and moisturized. Moose Bay Rum Shaving Soap is a classic combination of bay leaf and cinnamon spice with a hint of lime. The rich lather helps the razor glide across the skin. Bentonite clay and wheat germ oil protect the skin.

Moose Bay Rum Shaving Soap      
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
All natural ingredients
Contains Fragrance Oil (potentially toxic)
Great lather

Doesn't leave skin feeling dry

Moose Bay Rum Shaving Soap is specifically designed to be used for shaving. Although this soap is targeted at men, especially with the manly scents like bay leaf and cinnamon, I can see women using this soap for shaving their legs. The ingredients, especially Bentonite clay and wheat germ oil protect the skin and allow for a safe shave.

I have been using natural soap to shave for quite some time. I do like that the ingredients are selected specifically for protecting and moisturizing the skin for shaving. Let's look at the ingredients.

Moose Bay Rum Shaving Soap Ingredients
Saponified Oils of Olive, Coconut, Castor, Shea Butter, Bentonite Clay, Glycerine, Wheat Germ Oil, Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils, Tocopherol T-50 (Vitamin E), Rosemary Oleoresin (a natural antioxidant).

I love the simple ingredient list that is made from mostly natural ingredients. I would like to see the Moose Bay Rum Soap be made with 100% organic ingredients, or at least use 100% essential oils instead of Fragrance Oil.

Fragrance is rated as Highly Hazard by EWG's Skin Deep Database. I recommend avoiding this ingredient in any product. I will reach out to the company to get more information about the actual ingredients in their Fragrance Oil. Since they are marketing the product as a natural soap, then it should not have one of the most toxic ingredients in it.

Castor Oil is rated as 2 (Low Hazard), so I would try to limit my use of products with Castor Oil.

I do like that the preservative is a natural one (Tocopherol/Vitamin E and Rosemary Oleoresin).

Usage: Wet the soap and rub directly on the skin or on your hands and then on your skin. Let air dry in a soap dish.

Results: The soap lathered well and stayed somewhat lathered on the skin while my husband shaved his face. The smell was pleasant and not overpowering. A little soap went a long way and rinsed cleanly. My husband had a pleasant experience with the soap. He does not usually use soap to shave, but said that his experience with it was better than expected.

For the price point of Moose Bay Rum Shaving Soap, I would expect 100% natural, if not 100% organic ingredients. If Moose removes or substitutes Fragrance Oil, then I would recommend this shaving soap.

Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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