Review: Made from Earth Personal Care Products

made from earth[If you use natural personal care products (and of course you do, don’t you? After all, our skin is our largest organ, so what we put on our skin may be just as significant in our health as what we put in it.) then you may be interested in this company: Made from Earth. I recently received some samples of their products and was able to give them a good trial in our bathroom, although from the perspective of a 42 year old man – so keep that in mind.]

In the world of personal care products, there are quite a few sketchy ingredients and products, some of which should never come in contact with human skin. While that is a bold claim, there is actually quite a big movement to help consumers become aware of the dangers of noxious chemical ingredients in body care and grooming products. Check it out for yourself.

The products from Made from Earth, however, are free of them, and they state that you will never find chemical ingredients such as Petrochemicals and Phthalates, Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl), Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Mineral Oil, or Cosmetic Fragrance in their products.

“For the past decade, we have searched for the most healthy holistic skin care products with an emphasis on high concentrations of organic ingredients. Most skin care products on the market today use “cosmetic fillers” to bulk up their lotions, or, use harmful chemical fillers with their organic ingredients and still claim their product is organic. All our skin care products are chemical free. We want to return back to herbal healthy natural beauty by ensuring our lotions and skin care products contain high concentrations of each formulas’ organic ingredients.”

The products we tried out were the Citrus Lavender soap, the Peppermint Herbal Conditioner, the Green Tea Toxin Cleanser, and the Rosehip and Hibiscus Face Serum.

Let’s start with the easy one: soap.

The Citrus Lavender soap is made with orange essential oil, and has hints of tangerine, lemon, lime, and lavender, all of which complimented each other without a strong or overpowering soap. It lathered up nicely and left no residue on the skin, and the only drawback that I experienced was that it was softer than what we usually use (Dr. Bronners bar soap), and it therefor didn’t last nearly as long as we’re used to. Overall, I thought it was a good product.

I tend to be in the “no poo” or shampoo free camp, but I do end up using shampoo and conditioner at times. The Peppermint Herbal Conditioner felt nice on my hair and scalp without being overly greasy (I really dislike heavy conditioners which leave an oily residue on my hair), and the scent wasn’t overpowering. It’s made with Aloe, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Tea Tree Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, and Organic Black Willow Bark Extract.

My daily grooming habits for my face don’t usually include anything I consider “foofy”, so when I tried the Green Tea Toxin Cleanser, it felt like an extra step in my routine. However, after using it for a couple of days, I could tell that my face was less dry afterward (compared to my normal soap), and that it was indeed ‘cleansed’. I don’t think I can speak to the ‘toxin cleanser’ part of the label, but according to the company, the aloe and green tea provides “an antioxidant boost to remove free radicals restoring healthier skin.”

And now on to the most difficult thing for me to evaluate: the Rosehip and Hibiscus Organic Face Serum. I must admit that I was somewhat stumped as to what a serum was, exactly. I looked it up, but the definitions I found had nothing to do with something you apply to your face. However, I agreed to let some things remain a mystery, and dutifully applied it to my face after washing it. It goes on lightly and easily, and was absorbed by my skin fairly quickly. The company says that the ingredients in the serum “play a primary role in the regeneration process of skin cells and repair of damaged tissues”, but again, I don’t think I can speak to that, as I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to wrinkles on my face. The serum did leave the skin on my face feeling rather nice and moisturized, yet without a greasy feel to it.

Overall, I was happy with the results of using Made from Earth products, and I can recommend them to anyone looking for some alternatives in personal care products which aren’t packed full of 6-syllable words and sketchy ingredients. Catch up with them on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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