Monday, July 21, 2014

Brand Focus: New Leaf Naturals

A few months ago, I was contacted by the super sweet Shawna who owns New Leaf Naturals. They are a USA based small business that hand makes (in small batches) all natural, tea inspired bath and body products. In love with the extensive range of products and the sound of the scents, I happily offered to provide some feedback.

Shawna was kind enough to send me a full sized *Chai to Relax Foaming Hand Soap, samples of *A Hint of Mint, *Chamomile Lemongrass, and *Lovely Lavender Foaming Hand Soap, *Stink Stopper Natural Deodorant, and three lip balms; *Honeyed Grapefruit, *Peppermint Stick, and *Lime in the Coconut.
 

Foaming Hand Soap: After long hours deliberating with our legal, marketing, and communications teams, we have gained a consensus on the following description of our foaming hand soaps: they are soaps, and they foam. Ok, that's not entirely true...we don't have a legal team, and I am the marketing and communications team. In truth, our soaps are handmade in small batches with the highest quality ingredients we can find so that they are tough on dirt and germs, but gentle on your skin.  

Available in: Chai to Relax, A Hint of Mint, Lovely Lavender, Chamomile Lemongrass, and Orange You Glad. Retails for $7 USD for 8.75 oz. Click here to view ingredients.

ha! Soaps that foam, there ya have it folks! Love their wit. These soaps are lovely for getting off dirt or, in my case, makeup. Since castile soap tends to irritate and dry out my skin with continued use, I only use these when my hands need a deep clean. While all four scents are nice, my favourite has to be A Hint of Mint. I've been digging the minty scents lately, they're so refreshing. In terms of fragrance, they're all lightly scented and don't linger. Personally, if something smells nice, I like it to linger a bit. While that's a downfall for me, I know that there are many who would appreciate the faint/light fragrance of each of these.


Stink Stopper All Natural Deodorant: A natural deodorant that works! Tamanu and Coconut oils lend their anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties to a skin pampering body butter base. Add in some bakng soda and tea tree and lavender essential oils, and you have an all natural deodorant with some serious stink stopping power.  

Retails for $7 USD for 1 oz. Click here to view ingredients.

This is the very first baking soda containing deodorant that actually works, for me, without irritating my pits! It's always creamy, no stirring required, and applies easily under the arms. The texture is actually whipped, like a whipped mousse or something. Ready for it? I'm not a huge fan of the scent. It smells like cilantro, which I know one of my good pals just loves. I got used to it for sure, I just wish there were more scents available. On really hot days, this deo did need at least one reapplication. For the most part though, it stands up to stink well! Another thing to note, it has a light green colour to it (thanks tamanu) which can transfer (a bit) on white clothing. So when I wear white, and sweat, it turns the under arm part a little green. Luckily, it washes out but I thought I'd let you all know. This is my absolute favourite product of all the ones sent to me by New Leaf Naturals and one to check out!


Lip Balms: Winter's cold, dry air taking its toll on your lips? Our natural lip balms, made from beeswax and mango butter, will help to heal and protect them. Keep those lips healthy, soft, and kissable!  

Available in: Honeyed Grapefruit, Peppermint Stick, Lime in the Coconut, Chai to Relax, Orange Smoothie, and Chocolate Covered Orange. Retails for $3 USD. Click here to view ingredients.

I have really mixed feelings about these lip balms. The texture and formula is spot on; smooth and creamy. It's, once again, the scents that don't do it for me. All three smell exactly like you think they would but, the scents have changed over the last couple of months. Peppermint Stick smells stale (might be the vanilla), Lime the Coconut smells like nothing, and Honeyed Grapefruit smells like a very faint sweet grapefruit/orange. All of the balms were never strong in scent to begin with, but they shouldn't have changed. So while I enjoy the formulas, the scents need work.

My American friends can purchase New Leaf Naturals directly from their website. Anyone outside of the USA can contact Shawna for an estimate on how much shipping will cost.

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*Products provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

6 comments:

  1. WOW, thanks for the great review, seems like a great company! the packaging is lovely! the handsoap is on my wish-list!!

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    1. They are great, they just have a few things to work on. xo

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  2. Sounds like an interesting company but as you point out perhaps some of their formulas need tweaking. I would gravitate towards mint or chai hand wash

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    1. Definitely. Oooo no chamomile lemongrass for you? Perhaps if it was chamomile lavender :P

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  3. Sounds like a great company but they just need a little bit of work tweaking some of the formulas to get it just right. The mint wash sounds lovely though x

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    1. They're going to me amazing when they have the formulations down. Mint was very lovely! xo

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