Beauty is more than skin deep

There’s a 3 minute video been released by Dove which is very touching. They arranged for a sketch artist to draw women as they describe themselves. Then the artist draws again, but as someone else describes the person. It’s a powerful and hard hitting video that really makes you stop to think about beauty and how women look at themselves, and then how they feel about themselves as a result. in 2 days, the video has had over 3.3 million views. The tag line is ‘You are more beautiful than you think’.

What a beautiful piece of PR. Such care has gone in to the mental mindset of their customers. It’s just a shame that they don’t hold the same regard for their customers when it comes to the ingredients they put in their soap.

Enter the beautiful Grace from Pure & Green Organics, which is one of the organic skin care brands we stock here at Shop Naturally. Pure & Green Organics make a saponified soap out of THREE ingredients.

Saponified Australian Olive Oil (sodium olivate)*, Saponified Far trade Coconut Oil (Sodium cocoate)*, Shea nut butter** = certified organic

Dove, on the other hand use the following in their Dove Beauty Bar.

Sodium Lauroyl isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Aqua, Lauric Acid, Sodium isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Parfum, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Do you recognise much in there? Nope? Me neither. You can read the full article written by Grace from Pure & Green HERE that explains what all the ingredients are. Why they’re needed in a cake of soap is beyond me, but that’s what Dove have chosen.

I prefer to use soap like the Pure & Green Cleansing Bar (the unscented one is suitable for babies), or a pure olive oil soap (or castille soap) from The Olive Oil Skin Care Company. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It not only absorbs what you put on it, but it helps your body to detox undesirable things as well. How you treat your skin is really important. Choosing natural skin care, even if it’s not certified organic, is a really good step in the right direction. Pop a dry body brush in to your regime and your body will thank you.

I hope some day, the folks at Dove will be just as concerned about your skin as they are about your mind. I comment them for the latter, but I can’t be a part of putting that stuff on my body any more.



Joanne is the owner & founder of Shop Naturally. She is a Holistic Health Coach and studying the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine.

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