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Hi my dears. I hope you’re well today? In this post, I’d love to introduce you to a wonderful brand with fair trade at their heart. I hold them in deepest respect as they’re really making a difference to so many lives.
Poapoa harnesses plant power to bring you natural, hand-blended skincare that nourishes both skin & planet.
Not your average natural skincare company, Poapoa work with communities in Kenya, Ghana, and the Philippines to provide more opportunities for fairer trade. By breaking apart the traditional supply chain model, Poapoa give more money back to workers. They help lift communities out of poverty, while bringing us wonderful natural products that are ethical and pose no detriment to the environment.
Sounds ideal doesn’t it? That we can make a real positive difference through the personal care products we choose.
And the products themselves promise to take good care of your skin, hair and wellbeing. They’re full of natural, hand-blended ingredients, nourishing coconut oil, and therapeutic essential oils to clean the body and enliven the senses. I tried 3 products from the Poapoa soap range. Let’s take a look at them now.
Charcoal & Tea Tree Soap
The first thing to strike me about the Poapoa range is the attractive packaging. I really love the natural feeling card cover on the soap along with the graphic design of the packaging.
This beautiful marbled soap is 100% plant based with no animal derivatives. With charcoal and tea tree, it detoxifies while moisturising with its rich shea butter base. Just 5 ingredients! There’s also castor seed oil, and of course virgin coconut oil. The soap promises an ultra-absorbent and exfoliating finish.
Well, I’m ashamed to say it’s been a long time since I used an actual bar of soap. We mostly use the kids body washes to clean hands, as they’re gentler and easy to use on the little ones. So it was nice to use a real soap again. It has a lovely earthy aroma, I can smell the tea tree oil. The feel is slightly rough, it gently exfoliates my hands. I have to say here, I only used this bar of soap on my hands but you can use it anywhere on your body I believe – like a solid body wash bar.
My hands feel clean and comfortable after using the soap, and it hasn’t led to dryness or exacerbated my eczema. I use it to wash my little ones hands too. The only downside to this soap is that it leaves grey residue on the soap dish, but that’s a minor niggle when you consider the benefits of activated charcoal.
And I love that this soap supports emerging communities. It’s a real feel good soap!
Poapoa Charcoal & Tea Tree Soap
Lemon & Rosemary Shampoo
Next up, Poapoa shampoo. Again, the shampoo is 100% plant based like the soap. It claims to be a hydrating shampoo and it contains 7 essential oils said to heal, soothe, and invigorate hair, scalp, and senses.
Both the shampoo and the body wash come in reusable recyclable plastic bottles. The first thing I love about this shampoo is that it smells absolutely divine. It’s kind of vintage smelling, like you smelled it somewhere before but can’t place it. It smells ever so clean and refreshing.
Secondly, this is a water-free shampoo, which means it comes with all kinds of environmental benefits – it’s concentrated so you need less. I know the bottle is going to last us a while and I’m getting good value for money. Plus, with water free shampoo no preservative is needed, making for a naturally cleaner formulation.
The lather is amazing. I sometimes go several days without washing, but one wash cleans my hair so well. Yet, it doesn’t dry my hair out. And it’s left shiny, too! My husband is also a big fan of the shampoo, its gender neutrality makes it a great family product.
Poapoa Lemon & Rosemary Shampoo
Ylang Ylang & Tea Tree Body Wash
Last up is Poapoa body wash. This body wash contains ylang ylang and tea tree essential oils in a coconut oil base and claims to purify and heal tired or irritated skin. The fragrance is formulated to clear the airways, relieve stress, and enliven the mind.
Like the shampoo, the body wash is 100% plant based, water free, and super concentrated. A little really does go a long way with Poapoa soap! This body wash cleanses gently without any stinging or stripping the skin of its natural moisture. I love the sweet and earthy ylang ylang and tea tree fragrance. A great morning body wash to help sleepy heads feel ready for the day ahead.
Poapoa Ylang Ylang & Tea Tree Body Wash
Final thoughts on Poapoa soap
I’m so pleased I found Poapoa! Not only are their soap products wonderful natural beauty products in their own right, they’re also a great way to give back to emerging communities. The business model is leading the way in fair trade and it’d be great to see other brands following Poapoa.
View the full range and go read all about Poapoa at their website.
Do you have any questions or comments? I’d love to hear them!