If cleanliness is next to Godliness, then SkinnySkinny must have some major pull with the Big Guy Up There. The purveyor of organic bath-and-body products, based in Brooklyn, handcrafts its cruelty-free, mostly vegan-friendly soaps in a local workshop. Besides using certified-organic ingredients, the carbon-neutral outfit also uses recycled, reclaimed, and sustainable materials for its packaging. SkinnySkinny wraps its cleansing bars in reclaimed papers, then slaps on a 100 percent post-consumer recycled belly band designed by Tara Hogan of Ink + Wit.
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Chockfull of skin-nourishing ingredients like detoxifying sea kelp, exfoliating oatmeal, and hydrating rosehip oil, the soaps come in eight different scents. For a quick epidermal pick-me-up, try the Coriander and Lemon, made with cornmeal and calendula flowers to pander and heal. Wash skin afflictions right out of your hair with the Neem With Tea Tree Lavender, which is infused with natural antibacterial ingredients said to cure a variety of ailments, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff. Need a calorie-free chocolate fix? The Real Cocoa packs a wallop of unrefined cocoa butter (more than 20 percent) to drench your skin in moisture.
More important than what goes into the soaps, however, is what SkinnySkinny leaves out: All its products are stripped clean of any nasty chemical gobbledygook (parabens, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfate, and artificial anything), leaving behind grime-fighters that are naturally good.