Things I Love Thursday: Consonant soaps and a contest!

tilt.jpgOver at The Diaper Diaries, it’s time for Jill’s weekly “Things I Love Thursday” blog carnival. A couple of months ago I did my TILT (Things I Love Thursday) posting and held a contest to give away what I loved. It was a success, so I did it again, this time using a huge messenger bag from Teletoon, stuffed with Teletoon-themed DVDs, books, travel mug, school supplies, and the winner is HenniPenni! You can read all about this uber-cool great-grandmother who loves the Simpsons in this post. And I’ll be doing a giveaway on the fabulous line I’m talking about today!

PhotobucketPhotobucketWhile I am the first person to scoff at hokey ad come-ons, “Change your TV, change your life,” and the way they drill concepts into the brains of our kids (and us!), I am a sucker for well-written, clever copy. Hence my very first impression of Consonant Body Organic Skincare’s body soap. I picked up the box, turned it over in my hand and read:

“Well look at you, you unapologetically discerning shopper. you. Holding this bar of organic body soap just inches from your meticulously groomed face. Examining every last detail. Ensuring it contains the finest quality natural ingredients. Wondering whether it’s safe for all skin types and hoping you are right for such a great product.

“Well, it does. And it is. And you are.”

Obviously this has to be a superior soap, because it has superior copy! How clever, how tongue-in-cheek, how presumptuous! I loved it before I even opened the box, which, when I did, let escape a wonderful “eat me, chew, me, spread me on your skin” fragrance of spearmint and sage. Folded carefully into the box was a slice of loofah, all the better to exfoliate, and a bonus since I had no idea it would be there.

I received three soaps, and have tried all three. Warm, gentle and rich describe them. The scents are subtle, and even the exfoliating soaps feel soft and gentle. The slogan for Consonant Body is “What goes on your body goes in your body,” and so only the puest and fewest ingredients are used. The president of the company, Bill Baker, says “Our bodies can’t process all the chemicals we absorb. They are ‘persistent bio-cumulative,’ and as they build in our bodies they are irritating at best; toxic and dangerous at worst.” Consonant Body products have no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, artificial colours, dyes or synthetic fragrances—all those things you usually see on the shampoo bottle if you can focus your eyes in the shower.

I have tried the body wash and the body moisturizer too—both are amazing—but I’m stuck on the soaps for now. These are the types:

  • clove (organic vanilla, buttermilk and clove oil)
  • goat’s milk (organic vanilla and goat’s milk)
  • goat’s milk and hemp (organic oatmeal, shredded hemp and goat’s milk)
  • olive oil (organic beeswax, spring water and glycerin)
  • spearmint and sage (organic citrus oil, spearmint and sage)
  • spearmint and sage with exfoliating sage (hominy grits, dillweed, polenta, oatbran, spearmint and sage)

This company is Canadian (yay!), and just starting out, with plans to expand its line of soaps, body washes and body lotions to products for the face (double yay!).

And the best news for you: Consonant Body Organic Skincare is providing me with a giveaway of items from the Pure collection, perfect for babies, children, pregnant women and anyone with sensitive skin or a sensitive nose, because this line has no added colours or scents, organic or otherwise.

The giveaway consists of a full-size Pure Unscented Body Wash, Pure Unscented Body Lotion and the Organic Olive Oil Pure Unscented Soap. And all you need to do is answer one of my questions (or more, if you’d like).

QUESTIONS FOR YOU: on a scale of 1 (not important at all) to 10 (vitally important), how imortant is organic purity in what you put on your body? How important is organic purity in what you put on your face? How important is organic purity in what you put IN your body? Would you buy a skin care product from the internet after researching it and finding good reviews? Or would you have to be able to try it, or at least examine it, in store before buying? And last, but not least, who would you buy a $12 bar of organic soap for: yourself? your partner? your teen? your grade-schooler? your baby?

That’s it! Post an answer and maybe you’ll be loving your skin with Consonant Body products. Contest closes January 30th, so spread the word, get your mum to enter, your sister, your friend—just decide ahead of time if you’re sharing!

You can buy all the Consonant products online from Consonant Body, or in Toronto at Delineation, Lileo, Outer Layer and Pir Cosmetics.

Good luck!

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21 Responses

  1. Thanks for the comment on my blog! 🙂 I may just go check it out from the library. 🙂

    The soaps look amazing! I’m not much of a bar soap person, so good to hear they have a body wash too. I’ll go check it out! 😉

  2. I have to be honest – I am not an organic shopper; shocking since I have a 22 month old and a 2 month old.
    But this is the first time I have heard of organic soap – I do not tend to buy something like that unless I have heard a positive review from someone I can trust (not the person endorsing it on TV).
    On a scale of 1 to 10 – I guess I would have to say right now – about a 3. Would I buy off the internet – absolutly, but more likely if a friend endorsed it first.
    I would be more inclined to buy organic soap for my baby and myself.
    Jenny

  3. Purity is high on my scale, #10 when purchasing skin care items. I have sensitive skin and have to be careful when trying any new product. I would not buy on the internet because I like to see, feel and smell any new product (too strong of a smell and my body rejects the item). For me $12 is too steep a price to pay for soap.

  4. I don’t do organic anything because of the exorbitant costs associated with organic products. This line, however, would be excellent for my teen who has some eczema, and sensitive skin as well. I am guilty of purchasing outlandishly costly products to help her. That said, I wouldn’t buy it just because it is organic. I would buy it if it helped her skin. And since you are endorsing it, and if I win the giveaway and if Erika likes it, I would buy it again – even at $12 a bar!

  5. I guess it depends. I always buy organic soap for the family bath/shower. We use it every day. But for my own face, the products I use are not organic. I would love to find some that suit my sensitive skin (like sunscreen and face wash). I just haven’t yet. I would definitely heed someone’s recommendation for good product. And money is no issue if it’s really good and lasts a long time.

  6. I do try to do the organic thing more and more because of my alergies. I just think that the less chemicals we put on our bodies the less that will get into our bodies. I think that this sounds like a great product. I have no family at home so it is just me using these products but I always pass on these great ideas to my children and their families. It would be great if I won this giveaway because then I would know for sure that I am using something that my body would like.

  7. I don’t usually buy organic products for my skin. I eat organic, but I guess I don’t think of buying it in skin care. I like to get recommendations from others before I buy things online, but if I read about in a magazine or blog I will often times check it out. This stuff does sound good enough to eat 🙂

  8. I went for a facial last year, and the woman who did it was shocked at what I was using on my skin, particularly my face. She recommended I try a particular pair of organic facial wash and moisturizer. As well, she suggested I try to eat more foods where I can actually pronounce all of what is on the label.

    I can’t tell you what a difference this has made for my skin. I would rate the importance of using organic ingredients in and on my body at an 8. It is almost impossible to stay totally organic, but the areas of my life where I have ‘gone organic’ have really improved.

    I normally do not pay a lot of attention to media reports etc. (I do not use my TV for much except movies) but there are certain sources of information I trust for ideas on products I may want to try, like CL. Once I find a product I like, I’ll buy it for anyone in my family. I would rather spend the money for something that is good for me and mine.

    And I almost never try anything in store. For me, it takes time and reular use before I know something will work, and I tend to stick with what I find effective.

  9. I care about our environment, but I would have a hard time, very hard time to spend $12.on soap.I would mostly give a 4 for the answer to the questions.

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  11. The truth is I don’t wear make-up because I honestly don’t know how to apply it properly. So as a teen I wore lip gloss & mascara. Lipstick doubled as “blush”. I was in my early 20’s when I stopped wearing any of that stuff as well. I now have roshaysa (spelled it as it sounds not spelled correctly) and have been told not to use “soap” on my face at all. (Too drying.) And advised to use a mild facial cleanser that does not contain soap. So do I think I would spend $12 on organic soap or facial cleanser NO. Would I have to try it vs. research it online YES. I would need to have it in my hands & touch it & smell it & actually try it before I would be able to commit to it especially at that price!
    You see I would need to see how my skin felt after use. Would it feel good for only a couple of minutes before feeling terribly dry? Or would I get a few hours of a nice feeling before it went dry? (as has happened with most products I have tried)
    So as to how important is it to me? I currently use water and when I think of it a mild facial cleanser (cost about $4.00 per bar) So 1 would cover that ~ not important to me at all.

  12. I must admit I am a die hard Aveda fan when it comes to facial products. These days I cleanse with Aveda Sensitive cleansing lotion. Then I mix two drops of Aveda essential moisturing oil with two squirts of Aveda Sensitive Skin Moisturizer lotion in the palm of my hand and apply all of it to my face and neck every morning. I am too lazy to do this at night, but I know I should.
    I cannot afford Aveda for the rest of my body! So I tend to use Aveeno from the drug store – still expensive! But my entire family is fair and freckled and winter with forced air heat – it’s torture. So we need to moisturize big time.
    I always thought someone should invent a shower head kind of like they have at car washes. So at the end of the shower you could just flip the switch, and instead of the carnuba wax jetting out to leave a glossy shine on my over all surface, I would get the sensitive skin moisturizer of my choice. Maybe that’s a Dragon’s Den idea?

  13. It’s important to me to buy organic, both for what we eat and what we put on out skin. But I also have to factor price in, so I don’t organic as often as I would like. I’d say we use organic about half the time. Ideally I’d use it more. When my son was a baby, however, I would only give him organic food. I think it’s especially important for little bodies to avoid chemicals.

  14. Ok…total confession time. I haven’t gone all organic. I do love things that I have bought that are organic.
    So…on a scale of 1-10… I would say 6!
    I would buy $12 soap for my girls and hubs/son!
    No biggie!

  15. Great blog!
    I do use some organic skin care products and have to say they work just as well if not better than regular drug store products. Plus the peace of mind knowing I’m not slathering chemicals all over my skin… but I am not completely converted yet, as it’s difficult to spend twice the money on organic products. I would have to say a 7 on a scale of 1-10.
    My husband has eczema and we have yet to find a lotion that really works for him, so it would be nice to try out this new line of products.

  16. My daughter is pregnant and very concerned about what goes on or in her body. There are too many toxins in our world. I would consider buying organic soap for her, but $12 is pretty steep. My commitment: 6 out of 10

  17. I don’t use soap or commercial lotions on my face for about 4 years now. While in Europe, someone introduced me to absolutely natural organic cream mixed by pharmacist. After trying it out I always make sure that I order enough to last me till last visit. After this experience I have to say it is 10 on the scale (vitally important) that I put organic produc on my face. I did not think it would make a such a big difference, but at 62 I feel I am doing my best to take care of myself.

    As to organic food, except for a few types of grains I just buy and eat a lot of supermarket vegetables and fruit and hope for the best. In season I enjoy buying local fruit and vegetables and some of them are organic.

    I would not buy a skin care product from the internet after researching it and finding good reviews. Reviews are experiences of other people, but not mine. I would, for example, order oranic face/body cream I am using now, but it is not available on internet and I can only buy it in Europe on my annual trips.

    Trying product in the store is not really enough time to find out if it is working for me. I would have to REALLY use it first to be convinced that it is the right product for me.

    I would not buy $12 bar of organic soap for myself or family unless I would try out the product first. I would buy it as a gift for a friend if I would know she likes it.
    Greetings from Canada!

  18. Organic purity in products for my face and body is of utmost importance. I often research products on the internet but rarely will buy them from the internet. I like to support local small businesses whenever possible, which means physically going to the shops and talking to the staff. I would not buy a $12.00 bar of soap for anyone unless it was the only product available that met my needs at the cheapest price available.

  19. Q: On a scale of 1 (not important at all) to 10 (vitally important), how important is organic purity in what you put on your body?

    A: 10. I love things that are organic.

    Q: How important is organic purity in what you put on your face?

    A: 10.

    Q: How important is organic purity in what you put IN your body?

    A: 10+. It’s especially important if it’s going INTO the body.

    Q: Would you buy a skin care product from the internet after researching it and finding good reviews?

    A: Yes, providing that the reviews are independent.

    Q: Or would you have to be able to try it, or at least examine it, in store before buying?

    A: Yes, if it’s available in stores in Canada.

    Q: And last, but not least, who would you buy a $12 bar of organic soap for: yourself? your partner? your teen? your grade-schooler? your baby?

    A: I love to buy organic products for my entire family.

  20. Now that I’m 40, organic purity inwhat I put in my body becoming very important.

    I would you have to be able to try a skin care product, or at least examine it, in store before buying it.

    I have, and would buy a $12 bar of organic soap for myself and my daughter.

  21. How important is organic purity in what I put on my body? Extremely important and 10/10! I want to make sure that it’s safe for my body. I wouldn’t mind buying $12 soap for all of my family, because their safety is worth it. Hurray for organic purity!

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