When you walk down the bath products aisle at any grocery or department store, you’ll encounter all kinds of liquid and bar soaps that try to lure in the buyer with phrases like, “Summer Fresh”, “Caribbean Breeze”, or “Rainkissed Leaves.” While it’s unclear what “rainkissed leaves” are actually supposed to smell like, one thing is clear about soaps that use artificial fragrances: they’re not good for your skin, your health, or the environment.
What’s wrong with all these creatively-named fragrances? For one thing, the fragrance industry is self-regulated, which means that they don’t have to be transparent about the ingredients they use to create those distinctive scents. Some fragranced products may include ingredients like phthalates (which have been linked to reproductive issues and other health problems), benzenes (which are considered a cancer risk), and synthetic musk (which contains a combination of harsh chemicals that can harm the environment).
Fortunately, it’s possible to find soap products with all-natural ingredients that smell great, feel great on sensitive skin, and don’t introduce harsh chemicals into the environment. Check out three summer-scented, all-natural bar soaps available from Pure & Gentle below.
Anyone who has ever peeled a perfectly ripe orange or cut open a lemon can attest to the sweet citrus scent of both the fruit and the peel. There’s a reason why lemon zest often appears as an ingredient in popular summer dishes and desserts like lemon cheesecake—that edible rind smells and tastes delicious. And the good news is that it can also be used as a natural fragrance. This citrus peel bar soap contains ingredients like orange peel, lemon peel, orange oil, lemon oil, and more.
The herb lemon verbena is often used in tea varieties like Lady Grey to give the beverage a distinct citrus flavor. Its extract also makes a great ingredient in natural bar soap, and the lemon verbena herb and its oil are two of the key ingredients in the Bath & Beauty Lemon Verbena Soap. Other ingredients include green tea herb, shea butter, and coconut oil.
What’s better than lemonade? Strawberry lemonade, of course. If you look forward to summer because it’s the season when you’ll be able to get fresh-squeezed fruit juices, then you’ll love this strawberry lemonade bar soap. As with the citrus peel bar soap, it contains lemon peel and oil, but it also includes strawberry essential oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, canola oil, and olive oil.
With all-natural ingredient soaps like these three, you can keep smelling great without damaging your skin or the environment.