Mountain Girl Vegan Soaps

August 12, 2010 by Keri

I’ve absolutely always loved handmade soaps.  There’s just something special about buying handmade rather than that same ol’ store-bought bar every time.  With handmade, you can buy soap that’s more than just a means to get clean; it’s art!  Each batch is unique and sometimes you can even help the soaper create new scent combinations through their blog, Twitter, Facebook, or store contests.  But the thing is, a lot of handmade soaps, or soaps in general, aren’t vegan.  Many soaps have animal-derived bases, and in the name of creativity, soapers often blend in milks, honey, chemicals, or dyes.  So when Naomi of Mountain Girl Soaps contacted me about reviewing her all-vegan soaps, I was so excited!

Vegan Soaps

Vegan Soaps

Naomi kindly sent me four bars to try: Blackberry Sage, Red Currant, Papaya Nectar, and Coconut Lemongrass.  When I began sniffing through the bars, Red Currant was my instant favorite, but they all smell amazing!  And they’re just beautiful.  Some people may think I’m crazy for finding beauty in hand-crafted soap, but I definitely do.  Plus, all of Mountain Girl Soap‘s products are vegan certified and “never contain chemical preservatives, synthetic pigments, dyes, detergents, fillers, solidifiers, solvents, synthetic softeners, anti-caking agents, animal-derived ingredients, animal by-products, ingredients tested on animals, beeswax, egg, emu oil, fish oil, honey, lanolin, lard, milk, suet or tallow.”  When I was browsing their products, I also noticed a few vegan lip balms available!  Vegan lip balm is such a great find!

Vegan Soaps

Vegan Soaps

I personally like to cut off little slices of my soaps at a time, so I can try the different scents without getting the whole bar slimy in the shower all at once.  And this way I’m not ending up with a soap buffet on my limited shelf space.  Do any of you do that too or am I just weird?  I’m so glad I got to try these soaps; they’re just lovely.  They’re well-scented, lather great, don’t dry out my skin, and are 100% cruelty free. If you’re in the market for beautiful handmade vegan soaps, definitely check out Mountain Girl Soaps!

Vegan Soaps

What are your favorite vegan soaps? Do you prefer handmade?

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  1. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    I don’t think you’re crazy! I love handmade soaps, too, and these are just gorgeous! Thanks for letting us know about this company. I’ll definitely have to check them out.

    That Red Currant sounds like it would smell amazing! There is a vegan olive oil soap stand at one of the farmers markets around here, and I love getting those soaps for presents (or for myself ;)). My favorite one so far has been Almond. It smells so delicious, and makes my hands so soft! I also love their Oatmeal Chocolate.

  2. Cristy says:

    You aren’t crazy, I love hand crafted items that I can apprecitate as art! That fact these are vegan, well, that is something I can get behind. Also, that is an awesome tip for cutting a piece of soap off to use!! I definitely doing that next time (will prevent the gooey-soap-puddle that usually ends up in my soap dish…haha).

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, it’s great for that! 🙂 And then if you do end up with soap good puddle, it’s just a little piece and not your whole fancy bar!

  3. Woz says:

    A couple of years ago I owned a little health and wellness store and carried a couple vegan soaps. I would have loved to have these there for sure! I know exactly what you mean about the art and the beauty of a handmade soap. While they can be a little bit more in cash, they are always worth it. 😀

    • Keri says:

      You had a little store?! That’s so cool!

      • Woz says:

        I did! I opened it pre-Vegan so at first had icky things like whey protein and fish oil but by the end everything in my shoppe was vegan, including the creamer for the coffee I served in my little cafe! Oh how I miss being self employed. One day again…and if it’s another shoppe, I’m carrying this soap. 😀

  4. Noelle says:

    I buy homemade ones from a lady at the Farmer’s MArkets and have been now buying from her since last year. I love them! Patchouli, Tea Tree Oil, Orange Blossom, etc. All so good. My hubby tells me how soft my skin is.

  5. VegMuffinMan says:

    You arn’t crazy at all. I too am a fan of vegan soaps, but have not found any lately. i have been stuck with Irish spring which i dont think is vegan, so thank you so much. I will have to look into Mountain Girl so i can get some soap!

    (oh. and i too cut pieces off if i get handmade vegan soap. It keeps the rest of it dry instead of everything getting slippery and wet. Love it!)

    -Andrew “VegMuffinMan” Morrison-

    Clean Health Freax Unite!

  6. Sharee Clewis says:

    Excellent article over again. Thank you;)