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The natural brand that's changed my mind about soap

Bars of soap get a really bad rap in the beauty world. Traditional soap can be drying, and no one likes that weird residue that gets left behind when you rinse off the lather. But when natural soap company Sabai Soaps got in touch and asked me to review their bars* - made using cruelty free, vegan, organic ingredients - I took a chance and gave it a go.

The first thing that struck me when I unwrapped the (beautifully wrapped) package was the amazing citrus smell. The main essential oil in the bar I was kindly sent to review is from the mangosteen fruit. It sounded so exotic that I had to Google it, but it turns out this stuff is great for calming the skin, especially if you suffer from inflammation or a condition like eczema. The soap also contains Rice Bran Oil to hydrate and protect against ageing and olive oil for additional moisture.

I was pleased to find out that Sabai is both an affordable brand and an ethical one - the bar I was sent retails at £5.95 and given how often I've used it so far is going to last me a good 6-8 weeks at least. With no harsh chemicals the soap is as kind on the skin as it is on the environment, and with my sensitive skin and allergies that's very good news! Inspired by Thai soaps and the small family businesses that make them, the word 'Sabai' literally translates from Thai as 'happy'. The company also support a range of charities across the world, so bring happiness not just to your skin, but to disadvantaged families and children too.

I've been using the soap for almost two weeks now as I wanted to give you guys a thorough, honest review and I can safely say I've never loved a soap this much! As I said before, the scent is amazing, but the real benefit for me is how clean and fresh and soft my skin feels after washing. A little goes a long way, as the natural oils give the lather a moisturising feel. After continuous use I'd say my skin is not only much softer but brighter, and my foundation seems to sit better on my skin. I've noticed a reduction in redness around my spottier areas like my cheeks too.

If you've been put off soap in the past then I'd definitely suggest indulging in one of Sabai's bars as a natural and non-drying alternative to gel cleansers - they'd also be lovely as a gift and can be purchased in sets. I can't wait to try some more.

*Items in this post were kindly sent to me for review purposes, but all opinions are honest and completely my own. I will only share products on my blog that I would purchase for myself.

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