The more I’ve learned about skincare, the more I’ve come to appreciate all-natural, chemical-free soaps. I’m a fan of Kirk’s Natural and Dr. Bronner’s, so when Kalliste Soap Shop offered to send me a sample for review, I was very interested to try it out.
Launched in 2008, the New York-based company creates truly natural, plant-based soaps that are good for your skin, animals, and the environment. Founder Marie Labropoulos grew up in Greece making soap alongside her grandmother, using generations-old methods. She’s taken those methods, tweaked the ingredients, and is now creating handcrafted soaps that are vegan, organic, sulfate- and paraben-free.
Kalliste asked that I pick from their best-selling boxed soaps, so of course I picked the one with the cat label. The scent is rose, which I know is somewhat of an acquired taste, but I think it’s lovely. Yes, there is an old-fashioned element to rose scents, but for me it’s more nostalgic, 1950′s glamour than out-dated. But of course, if rose isn’t your thing, Kalliste offers a variety of other scents as well.
This soap feels so wonderfully gentle. It does lather, but not as much as soaps with detergents. I love it as a body cleanser – it leaves your skin feeling so soft and fresh. My skin can sometimes get crazy dry, yet I could skip body lotion after using this soap.
Kalliste soap is also great for cleaning makeup brushes. I just wet the brush slightly, run it across the top of the soap, swirl it onto a clean paper towel, then rinse. It breaks down and removes makeup residue easily. As with any oil-based cleansers, you only need a tiny bit of soap. Any more can be difficult to fully rinse out of the bristles.
While it’s easy for brands to claim their products are green, natural, etc., we all know that the reality often doesn’t support the claims. Kalliste is a company whose all-natural claims are backed up with their practices and ingredients. And that is very refreshing!
- Where to Buy: Online at Kalliste.com or in-stores at select locations
- Price: $6.50
- Availability: Based in NY but ships internationally
- Animal Testing Policy: Kalliste is PETA-approved cruelty-free and vegan
Do you use all-natural and/or plant-based soaps?