I’m the first to admit I’m not a hardcore bar soap fan. They take more time & honestly more coordination than my poof or sponge early in the morning. I’m lazy & I admit it. Dr. Woods sent me a sample of their Raw Shea Butter Soap in Garden Cucumber & I gave it a shot. Keep reading to see what I thought!
From Dr. Woods:
Our Garden Cucumber Soap with mint leaf exfoliant gently cleans and rejuvenates your skin to a fresh garden glow. Organic shea butter, crushed mint leaves and Vitamin E complement this refreshing fragrance with antioxidants and natural soothing properties that maintain your skin’s health and youthful clarity. Dr. Woods Garden Cucumber Shea Butter Soap utilizes nature’s essential elements to strengthen and refresh your skin.
This soap comes packaged in a simple cardboard box with lots of facts & writing around the outside. I personally appreciate a nice, recyclable box but this one arrived to me quite beat up. This is a pr sample so that might not be how yours arrives if ordering from the site but I can’t help but point it out since it is clearly visible in my photos.
Let’s just address the main issue I have with this soap: the scent just isn’t for me. At all. I’m not quite sure what garden cucumber is but to me it smells like basic hotel soap. The kind that makes me itchy. Do you know the scent I’m talking about? Flat, hard, cheap soap. Obviously this soap isn’t any of those things (okay, it is a bar of soap so maybe it is hard actually…) but it is hard for me to get past the scent since I’m such a fragrance person. Let me try to look beyond that though okay?
This soap is all natural, contains no animal ingredients, no artificial colors, cruelty free, sulfate free, & paraben free. All of those things are very good attributes to have! Raw shea butter is one of those ingredients that is so “in” right now because it penetrates even dry skin & already naturally contains vitamins A & E. You’re likely to find shea butter (but not always in its raw form which is even better) in soaps & lotions. My skin rather likes shea butter in general. I have dry skin so it soaks it right up!
The Dr. Woods Garden Cucumber Raw Shea Butter Soap is triple milled & contains crushed mint leaves to exfoliate gently. If you have sensitive skin, I think this would be a nice option while I usually use something a bit more scrubbing. I think the printing on the bottom is cute, it says “All Things Good” which is clearly what this company strives for.
While the scent isn’t for me I can appreciate the fact that it is both gluten free & 100% vegan, two things you can’t always find in soaps. I also like that the Dr. Woods brand is available at many convenient retailers which I had never noticed like Walmart, Walgreens, Vitacost, & even Sears! The retail price seems to be around $4.50 which isn’t nearly as expensive as many other natural brands I’ve gotten my hands on. I’d definitely be interested in trying some more products in varying scents!