Skincare is a big deal. Literally. Your skin is actually the largest organ of the human body. Have you taken a look at the ingredients in your store-bought soap lately? Kelsie Benge of Giving Living Co. (formerly Soap at Home) has and it inspired her to create a line of fresh soap products designed to clean the skin while adding valuable nutrients.
Natural soap is cruelty-free (i.e., not tested on animals) and does not contain any synthetic ingredients or harsh chemicals, so it is less likely to cause skin irritation or damage to the systems of the body. These soaps are different from commercially-manufactured soap, which are generally stripped of any natural benefits. “I have always enjoyed all things creative and I also have really sensitive skin. I set out initially to come up with something to improve my breakouts and eczema, but next thing I knew, people wanted to buy the things I was creating,” Benge explained. “My favorite part of soap-making is probably educating my customers about the dangers of commercial products, as well as the fact that I get to be creative all day, every day!”
A trained paramedic, Benge handcrafts bath and facial soap, scrubs with exfoliant properties, bath bombs, salts and other tub treats. “I find design inspiration all around me. I love taking hints from nature or the things I think of when I smell certain fragrances to come up with the colors,” she shared. “Most of my ideas happen when I’m laying in bed trying to sleep. I normally go through the fragrances and essential oils I have and smell them, while trying to hone in on which colors and textures the scent reminds me of, and then I sketch out what the soap or other product will look like.”
Giving Living Co.’s soap products are both moisturizing and nourishing to your skin’s natural oils. Natural soaps tend to be more subtly scented in a refreshing way (because no one wants to smell like sodium laurel sulfate). “I think everybody and their cousin is trying to make things that are natural, fresh, safe, etc., but I try to do all of that while still maintaining exciting colors and scents,” said Benge. “We color all of our soap with natural micas, herbs, spices, and botanicals. All of our essential oils are pure therapeutic grade and our fragrances are always phthalate free.”
Show your skin some love and toss out the chemically-laden soap in your shower. Check out the different Giving Living Co. products available for purchase on the shop’s website, proudly designed and built by Benge herself.