Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hugo Naturals Handcrafted Soaps Review

I debated a little on how I should start off this review and because I feel I have so much to say, I'm going to start off with their claim/promise, as I usually do, and then get into my review of how I came across these and what I think about them.

Claim/Promise: This isn’t just soap: It’s a luxurious, all-natural skin conditioner in a bar. And it’s the 100% natural skincare product that our company was built upon. Our approach today is the same as it was when we began selling handcrafted soaps at our local farmers’ market all those years ago: we blend 100% pure and natural ingredients into a wonderfully luxurious cleansing bar that leaves your skin remarkably soft. All-natural vegetable Glycerin, nutrition-quality Vitamin E and pure essential oils of Coconut, Safflower and Castor create a rich, creamy lather that pampers and nourishes your skin while it gently cleans. Natural botanical extracts infuse a delightful fragrance that lightly perfumes the body. Cleanse your skin with confidence, knowing our all-natural soap is always safe for you and for the earth. Never any: parabens, phenoxyethanol, sulfates, PEGs, propylene glycol, petroleum products, silicones, phthalates, synthetic surfactants, artificial colors or synthetic fragrances.
  • Made from 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Soy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Cruelty Free

The Review...

OH-EM-GEE, I just adore these soaps. It took me a little while to really fall in love with a natural soap that wasn't Dove (not natural). When I look for soap, I smell it and that's how I decide if I'm going to buy it or not. Yes, yes I purchase products based on smell I'm a horrible person. I dont want to gag through my entire shower. The point of bathing is to clean off the dirt and smell fresh and clean. I discovered the Vanilla & Sweet Orange scent at Whole Foods, that was the very first one that I tried of this brand. It was love at first wash *angels singing*. It smelled delicious, lathered nicely, cleansed great, didn't irritate my skin, lasted quite a few weeks (I'm the only one who uses it), left my skin so soft and is 100% natural. Could you really ask for anything else in a bar of soap?! Like really though, could you!? If so, I'd like to hear it.

As my Vanilla & Sweet Orange bar got littler and littler, I paid Whole Foods a visit. At Whole Foods, these bar soaps retail for $5.50/ish regularly. When I went in, they had them as 2 for $7. I immediately picked up an Shea Butter & Oatmeal bar as well as a Grapefruit one. All the bars are pretty much similar with the exception of scent, they do the same thing and work amazing. The Shea Butter & Oatmeal bar is different in that it has real oatmeal on the top of the bar. REAL OATMEAL *pause* TOP OF BAR *pause* AMAZING! It's like a gentle exfoliation with every wash. I just am so obessessed with this particular bar from them, I will soon put into perspective my obsession. It smells so light, yet fresh. It's a smell that anyone who's sensitive to smells could use. Anyone who has delicate or sensitive skin could also use. Oatmeal is not abrasive whatsoever. It's just lovely. Now, to put my obsession into perspective...I was at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago and they had a 1 day only, 50% off Hugo handcrafted soap special. I purchased 5 bars of the Oatmeal & Shea. I regretted not buying more. I still regret it to this day. Crazy? Yes, very. Crazy for Hugo Naturals soaps!!

I have not used any other soap since trying Hugo Naturals, no word of a lie. I am a Hugo Naturals handcrafted soap convert and customer for life. I even got my mom on it, she's a huge fan of lavender and thought their lavender soap had the perfect lavender scent. Each soap has slightly different ingredients, to learn more go to

What is your favourite Hugo Naturals soap scent?


  1. WOW - what a great review!!! I just ordered some of their soaps today and then stumbled upon this review. Imagine how excited I am to receive this package NOW!!!! :)

    I look forward to following your blog. (I'm just recently starting my journey to natural product conversion!)

  2. You are going to love the soaps and the journey to natural products! You'll have to let me know what you think about them. Keep me posted on your journey!

  3. Just stumbled upon your review for this soap. Cool! I'm looking forward to trying some out! is having a sale of these bars for $4.39 each. :)

  4. Ohhh really?! I'm going to have to order some. I've been trying some other soaps and they honestly don't even come close, you'll love them.

  5. I'm curious if you still feel the same way- I also loved these soaps- especially the orange and vanilla. I recently had my better half pick some up on their recent Whole food run and thought they had picked up the wrong ones as they were brown, not orange. Unfortunately, it was the right one, but they had obviously changed the formula. It seems to now have more lotion and less soap. Now, instead of the bar lasting 3 weeks, it last 1 and just doesn't feel like it cleans as well.

    1. oh no, really? I noticed that I used up their Artisan White Chocolate Raspberry soap rather quickly but I didn't think much of it. I have a few of their handcrafted soaps in different scents waiting to be used so we'll see if I sense a change in formulation. I'll likely note it in an empties post :)


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