I've had eczema. I've had chicken pox. Suffice to say that I got sensitive skin and very careful what I put on it. Like most men, I've gone through my rotations of Old spice, Axe and Dove for Men body wash and they are alright but I've always been curious as to what else is out there. Well, If you recall back in October, Dove had put out a Facebook ad that many deemed as insensitive and racist and being that the majority of people I follow on social media are minorities, I had a front row seat at the backlash. In the midst of verbal onslaught, a friend recommended supporting black owned businesses that provide just the same or even higher quality product, in this case, soap. A name was mentioned, Herb N Eden, a black owned business based out of Atlanta GA that produces handmade soaps (have recently ventured out to lotions as well) made from natural herbal ingredients. So what the heck, decided to check them out to see if they were a valuable alternative to the commercialized house hold name brands we all know.
What I Got and Their Ingredients
Before I actually bought anything, Herb N Eden actually offers a free sample pack of the four best selling soaps and all you do is pay shipping and handling. Pretty great deal if you don't want to jump all in and just want to test it out. So my pack consisted of Activated Charcoal, Rosemary and Lavender, Lemongrass and Patchouli and Oatmeal Honey. Those lasted for a good month and I knew I had to buy them so I settled for the Activated Charcoal and Lemongrass and Patchouli, let's start with the Activated Charcoal.
The scents of these soaps are what will body-slam your nostrils as soon as you up the package and the Activated Charcoal(let's just call it AC for now) isn't any different. I could sniff on that peppermint scent forever and it smells even better in the shower. The ingredients they used are coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, activated charcoal. All natural products that helps fight eczema if you suffer from it. The coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that helps prevent inflammation one might get from eczema. Remember a while back I did a post on Facial Care Routine when I spoke on the Scotch Porter products I used and the Boscia Face Mask Peel? Click on the links if you missed them but that was my first time being introduced to charcoal being used as a skin care ingredient. So those had charcoal and this soap has charcoal so what's the deal? Well, charcoal naturally detoxifies and cleanses your skin from all the bacteria and chemicals on the surface of your skin. It also removes any excess oils you may have leaving your skin really smooth. You don't know what chemicals they are using in these commercialized brands so you're better of safe than sorry.
Lemongrass and Patchouli
Next up is the Lemongrass and Patchouli. I'm a newbie to this whole grooming thing so I was like 'what heck is lemongrass or patchouli?' Well, as the name suggest Lemongrass is grass that can be found in warm climate locatins such as Africa, Australia and South Asia that can be digested for health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and curing stomach disorders but also can be applied on your skin as an anti septic to prevent acne. It's known for its citrus flavor and scent. Patchouli is a plant where the patchouli oil is extracted from and is used as an aphrodisiac, used to relieve inflammation (from your eczema) and it is one of nature's natural anti depressant that is commonly used in aromatheraphy for those suffering from depression. This particular product is recommended for exfoliating which removes the old dead skin cells that cause dryness and itchiness.
Starting in November, Herb N Eden added lotions and liquid soap to their products line. Those would have to be my next purchases. Who knew herbal ingredients in soap would put me in a relaxed mood every time I use it, not only do you get a clean wash but the aroma from the soaps will put you in a good mood. If you're in the market for something different, or you want to support black businesses or you want to do both, give Herb N Eden a shot. So far, I'm pressed and they'll be seeing more of my business.