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BUBBLE GYAL A BUBBLE // Let’s talk about these soaps

It’s always a challenge finding natural beauty products that actually get the job done. When I first started playing with the idea of collaborating with this local brand I was skeptical because of this notion of not being able to trust the quality of a locally made “natural” skin care product. But, a brand that has been in the business for over 70 years must be doing something right, right?

CGA “is proud to be the only indigenous manufacturer of soaps, edible oils, and fat for over 70 years”. With a long standing reputation, and having grown up seeing their products on the grocery shelves most of my life I was intrigued to try out a variety of their bath soaps to see what the outcome may be.

You know here at NMFV we are all about honest feedback so I went into this challenge with a clean slate and a very critical mindset. Being a huge supporter of ethical, clean beauty products I was excited to get this testing challenge started.

The first product I tried was the Purist Soap.

The packaging states that this soap bar contains no colour or fragrance and is coconut oil based. Now, I can’t say I was a fan of using this soap in the shower because I felt like it left my skin feeling a little dry. However, I decided to use the rest of the soap bar before throwing it out. I have discovered that this Purist Soap is a secret gem for cleaning my makeup brushes and sponges. I am a dedicated Beauty Blender cleanser girl, it’s really the best product for cleaning makeup sponges. But this Purist soap works wonders for cleaning my makeup tools! It’s SO much more affordable, plus without all the harsh chemicals I’d say it’s worth trying out AND I’ve been using it for about 3 months now and it’s not even halfway finished.

The second soap I tried out was the Duet Ocean Fresh.

I loved using this one in the shower. This one is vegetable based and contains coconut oil as well, but it kept my skin feeling moisturized. I am also very sensitive to scents and this specific one was pleasant and not too overpowering, it was a fresh and clean scent which I love.

The third soap I tried was the D’or Lotus Flower and Silk Skin Care.  

This luxury bath soap claims to “combine coconut oil with lotus flower and silk to leave the skin moisturized and fresh”. I agree with the statement above. Definitely the most moisturizing of all three that I tried, but the only issue for me was the scent. Like I said, I am sensitive to scents and this one was a little too sweet for me, but that’s just personal preference.

Having sensitive skin, it’s always a plus to find natural beauty products that work. I would definitely recommend these soaps to someone trying to find a more natural product to use in the shower.

We focus so much energy on our face and hair moisturizers, but what about the rest of your body? Your skin is your biggest organ and needs to be taken care of just as much as the rest of your body, so why not try out an alternative to the usual chemical filled brands that we have grown up using.

The fewer ingredients in the product the better! Using ethical, clean products becomes a lot easier when brands create something worth investing in – so good job CGA, we are supporters.

P.S. – When I was trying to name this post, I reached out to the NMFV team for some advice. In a laughing mood?

Here are some of the suggestions they gave me:

“How Dirty Girls Stay Clean”

“Bathing to catch #peopleman” (can you guess that this one came from Ian?)

“Bubble Gyal a Bubble”

“When your Mingey gets Fringey, don’t be stingy with the CGA soaps” (and Estevan via his sister!)

“Slippery When Wet” (and this one was from Stephanie‘s Dad! That’s who she takes after, clearly)

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