Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review & Giveaway: YesterYear Soap Company


As mentioned on a previous post, our family has recently gone non-toxic. We removed anything and everything that didn't contain organic or all-natural ingredients on their labels. Since then, we have only purchased Earth-friendly products or made our own. So far, we haven't turned back. We feel great about the choice to surround our children with only things we know are safe and healthy.

With that said, one of the products that I have had an opportunity to review and introduce to my family are handmade soaps from YesterYear Soap Company. I received a 3-pack consisting of Mississippi Mud, Cherry Almond, and Orange Patchouli. They smell absolutely AMAZING!

I love how each one is made by hand, giving every single piece their own unique look and feel. There is no guessing as to what is in YesterYear soaps, since they are all made with all-natural vegetable oils and mixed with pure essential oils and organic herb colorings. Nothing more! The simple ingredients make the products suitable for everyone in the family, even those with sensitive skins. That is perfect for my children as they have evidently inherited my dry skin. These are the first soaps I have used that have not dried out my skin and have not left me needing lotion or any kind of moisturizer afterwards. My skin is left clean, soft, and smelling great all the time.

For as long as I can remember, most of our hand soaps were purchased or gifted from a country-chic bath & body store or from a secret lingerie shop that are to remain nameless. I love how I was able to choose from so many colors and scents to match each bathroom in our home. And there was always some deal going on, so of course, I was always getting the most bang for my buck. But as we shifted our lifestyle to purchasing less abrasive products that contained ingredients that I can't pronounce, we have been on the hunt for other alternative soaps that did their job and still looked pretty enough to "display."

I must confess - I was never a fan of soap bars.  They stick to whatever container you lay them on, and they leave a gooey mess. And to be honest, YesterYear soaps are no different. BUT, my kids love them. I don't know if it's because they like to play with the soap, but if it gets them to wash their hands, I'm all for it.  We have soap pumps at every sink in the house, and I could never get them to wash their hands as often as they do with YesterYear soaps. I know that's not exactly a great way to conserve water, but I also don't like germs, so I'm a happy Mommy when I hear the water running, knowing the kids are getting their hands cleaned. I think my daughter just loves the beautiful colors, especially the deep pink of the Mississippi Mud soap. And as mentioned earlier, their little hands are always soft after using the YesterYear soaps. It could just be because they don't contain any of the other harsh ingredients that other soaps have, and that is just fine by me.

YesterYear Soaps were first made with the history and culture of the 19th century settlers of Mississippi in mind. Having purchased a land in the Holly Springs National Forest, YesterYear preserved what was left of the property, including the existing pine trees and log cabins, establishing the YesterYear Lodge, available for private event and vacation rental.

While getting "settled" into their new home and getting accustomed to their surroundings and the way of life of the inhabitants who used to occupy the land, YesterYear made it their goal to introduce some of the same natural products from generations past to the public today. Learning the correct way to make by hand all-natural soaps is what sets YesterYear apart from the brands you find at big box stores, drug stores, or mall shops. You can find their products online or at local boutiques in your area

They offer a lot of different soap bars and sets that are perfect for yourself or for gifts. They are all unique cosmetically and having each soap being made with only all-natural, organic ingredients makes any gift to a family or friend even more special.

Even now, as I am working on this review, I am happy and pleased with these soaps. I applaud and congratulate YesterYear with achieving their mission on bringing forth the traditions of generations past and products that will continue to bring to life the history of soap making and the importance of green living. 

Aside from soaps, YesterYear also offers hand and body lotions. With a variety of fragrances to choose from, you can satisfy your senses and moisturize your skin with these lovely body care creams without the worries of parabens, phthalates, and petroleum products. How many of the sweet smelling lotions in your purse, cupboard or cabinet say that on their labels?

School starts just around the corner, so if you've got a child who's college bound, start their year right by sending them with products that are good for them and for the environment. These  soaps and lotions will also make great hostess gifts, birthday presents, and stocking stuffers.

Don't forget to follow YesterYear on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and read up on some of their blog posts for product updates, deals, giveaways, and green tidbits.


BUY:  You can purchase any of YesterYear product on their website.  They offer a gift basket for less than $10 with sample chunks of their best soaps. The hand and body lotions are $12 each or $30 for a collection of 5 scents.

WIN:  YesterYear Soap Company is giving one (1) lucky The Green House follower a 3-bar set that includes Mississippi Mud, Cherry Almond, and Orange Patchouli.

This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win! You must complete the mandatory task first, then complete the other tasks to get as many entries as you'd like.  Good luck!  **If the Rafflecopter form does not show up, please refresh your screen, or click on the post title!

The Green House Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  The products(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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Sarah Hull said...

I would love the 4 Bar Set of 'African Black' Soap with Wooden Tray!

Angie said...

The "chunks of soap" gift basket I think would be a great way to sample some different scents

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