Tangerine essential oil has a calming effect? For reals? Just when I thought I had enough Hawaiian handmade soap to keep me squeaky clean until summer, I ran into this bar of Love Child, made by The Indigenous Soap Company ($8.50 for 5-oz.).
A line on the packaging about tangerine oil, which supposedly helps children chill the eff out, sealed the deal.
Even though my childhood was — holy crap! — decades ago, I need all the calming help I can get on high stress days. If tangerine oil takes my mental sh*zz down a notch or two, then I’m all for it.
Love Child’s one of seven soaps from the small local line, which is based on Oahu. I snagged a bar when I was at the Blue Hawaii Cafe at Ala Moana getting an acai bowl the other day (ever have one of those? so good!), but you can buy ’em at stores all over Hawaii and online at indigenousoap.com.
This particular soap’s supposed to be gentle enough for kids, and I’d believe it from the short and sweet ingredient list. It’s made with lots of natural good-for-your-skin stuff (like shea butter and aloe vera gel) and without synthetic preservatives, color or fragrance.
Small touches like the “born on” date, drawings, feel-good text and the hidden “soap of fortune” lend a really personal touch.
So that’s all I needed to free my doubts, *smacks forehead*!
Love Child smells earthier and more herbal than Hana Lima’s light, feminine fragrances; my nose gets notes of crushed rosemary and fresh orange peels. I’m gonna use it in the kitchen, but if you like more unisex scents in your shower you might want to keep a bar in the bathroom.
I’ve been washing my hands throughout the day, and so far I’m really enjoying Love Child’s light scent, big bubbles and rich moisture. Whether or not the calming effect is legit still remains to be seen, but I’ll be sure to send you a note from nirvana if it does.
AVAILABILITY: At stores in Hawaii and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Speaking of feeling good
Have you heard Yogi Tea? They make herbal blends that you can find at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe. Since it’s cold season, I’ve been drinking gallons of their Echinacea Immune Support tea (okay, well, more like a few cups a day). Anywho, their tea bags usually have different quotes and sayings on them, and today mine said this:
Kind of a nice thought, right?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,