Urban Forest Soap is proudly Canadian from Wakefield, Quebec since 1996. It was started by Trina, whose family suffered from various allergies and skin sensitivities. As is the case with many hand-made natural brands, she created her own products from scratch in her kitchen due to the lack of appropriate product offerings in stores to suit allergies.

Originally called "Brighid's Bard," the company was rebranded under the new name "Urban Forest Soap" in 2004. The lovely celtic spiral logo was retained in the rebrand because it represents the company's essence. All products are always earth-, animal- and skin-friendly -- you can indulge guilt free!

Today I'm covering the Bar Soap in Lavender! According to Urban Forest Soap Co.'s website, all of the soaps are "superfatted". This means that they add extra emoliating oils that are never completely saponified, making all their bars super rich and extremely gentle to your skin. The best part for those of us with sensitive skin and allergies is that none of their products contain synthetic fragrances, perfumes, colourants or preservatives.

Fun Fact: Urban Forest Soap Co. was the first soap I tried when converting to natural products!

Like all Urban Forests's soap, the Lavender Bar Soap is rich and creates a thick lather that feels smooth and moisturizing. It's not as frothy as you might be used to with conventional soaps that have sulfates in them. But, this natural soap is way better for your skin. It won't strip the natural oils your skin needs, and if you are prone to rashes and dry skin this will improve those issues.

Although sodium hydroxide (lye) is used as a saponification agent, none remains in the final bars. Keep in mind these soaps are truly natural and have a maximum shelf life of 1 year. The soaps contain only genuinely natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives (yay!).

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