When it comes to using soap and other personal care products, I prefer those using more natural ingredients, but they can be difficult to find. I have sensitive skin and my husband has eczema, which also plays into the decisions in which brands to buy.
As luck would have it, when we were vacationing in Kona, Hawaii, we stopped by the Alii Marketplace, and here my daughter and I discovered the Kona Natural Soap Company. The owner, Greg, was super nice and explained how he makes his special soaps. They are made with rain water, natural oils like olive oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, and Hawaiian kukui nut oil. The soaps are scented with aromatherapy grade essential oils, and many of the plants that are used in the making of the soaps are grown on the orchards on the company farm.
Greg explained to me that he is trying to educate the public about the harmful effects of the sodium lauryl sulfates that are in so many cleaners, both personal care and household cleaners. The soaps made by the Kona Natural Soap Company are some of the most pure I have ever used.
The booth at the Alii Marketplace had all of the soaps on display, and there were bins with small sample sizes, which allowed us to smell each of the scents, and they all smelled so wonderful we had a hard time deciding which ones we wanted to buy. There were 23 different scents to choose from, as well as bottles of pure Hawaiian kukui nut oil.
The soaps are packaged in a decorative box with a Hawaiian flare. There is a picture of a turtle with a cut out of the shape of the Big Island in the center of the turtles body. I fell in love with the “Ao Kaulana”, which is scented with lime, spearmint, rosemary and fir. The ingredients are: saponified blend of olive, coconut, palm kernel,and Hawaiian kukui nut oils with a natural essential oil scent. The smell of this soap is amazing, it’s refreshing, invigorating, and it opens the nasal passages. Each bar measures 3 1/8″ by 2 1/4″ and are 3/4″ thick. They are cut with ridges on each side, which makes them easier to grip in the shower or bath.
In his display, Greg has his soaps sitting on a wooden tray, and I asked him if these soaps will melt in the shower. He said they will indeed because they do not contain any preservatives. This is especially true if they are sitting on a soap dish that can be filled up with water. He said the best way to store them is on a wood soap dish to keep them out of the water. Or you can cut them and use half a bar at a time. The insert that comes in the soap box also suggests that you could use these on pets, or place half a bar in a dresser drawer for a clean scent.
Although this soap is natural, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t produce suds, it does! And it cleans leaving the skin feeling fresh and super cleansed, with no soap residue. I am generally a user of body wash and shower gels, but since using the Kona Natural Soap Companies soaps, I am back to using bar soap again, but not any bar soap because I am spoiled after using Greg’s soaps! They retail for $5.50 per bar, and this is an amazing price for the high quality.
Available scents at the time of this review:
Alana: Bitter Orange, Lavender
‘Alani Lani: Sweet Orange, Litsea, Cacao
Hoku: Balsam Peru, Lavender, Cacao
Honua: Cedarwood, Fir, Oatmeal
Kilakila: Lavender, Ginger
Kokoleka Lani: Tangerine, Cinnamon, Leaf Cacao
Koni: Anise, Clove,Tangerine, Oatmeal
Kope Kokoleka: Coffee, Cacao
Lanui: Peppermint, Paprika
Lau Nahele: Clary Sage, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Rosemary
Loke: Lavender, Palmarosa
Luakaha: Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Papaya Seeds
Mahana Kai: Seaweed
Malama: Natural Grapefruit, Litsea, Oatmeal
Manomano: Clove, Sweet Orange, Litsea, Paprika
Mauna Ua: Tangerine, Litsea, Papaya Seed
Mohihi: Tea Tree, Spearmint
Momona: Balsam, Spearmint, and Lime
Nalu: Lemongrass, Eucalyptus
Nani Lemi: Lime, Litsea, Limeseeds
Okamila: Plain Oatmeal
‘Olu’olu: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Balsam Peru, Hawaiian Cacao
Po Hau: Rosemary, Wintergreen