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Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is a small, but expanding company based in Canmore, Alberta, that produces only completely natural products. We all know companies that claim to be natural, but still use synthetics. Well, Rocky Mountain Soap products are 100% natural. Their stores are also completely toxin-free, and made with “reused, re-claimed, recycled or compostable with a further tenant that no parts of the store will ever end up in a landfill.”, according to the president of the company.
To be completely honest, I normally wouldn’t give a second look to an unscented product. I like skincare scented with a little bit of essential oils, and enjoy such products more. However, this year I was suddenly in a position where I HAD TO use only unscented products, and I realized only then how hard it is to find such products, especially natural ones. Luckily, I remembered that Rocky Mountain Soap Co, one of my favorite Canadian skincare companies, carries a whole line of unscented products. Since it’s so hard to find good unscented products, I wanted to share a review of the few I’ve purchased and used up.
If you are wondering why you may need unscented skincare, there can be multiple reasons:
- Sensitive skin – although essential oils are normally good for use in small quantities and properly diluted, people that have sensitive skin, eczema, allergies, rosacea and similar issues may benefit from simpler products with no scents and dyes.
- Medical procedures – most hospitals, clinics and labs in Canada are scent free, and this doesn’t include just perfumes, which means your highly scented body lotion that you adore might be too much for such places. I’ve never heard of anyone being asked to leave, but it’s nice to be aware that other people at such places may be sensitive to scents for various reasons. Also, you may be asked not to use fragranced body products before some medical procedures (I was).
- First trimester of pregnancy – use of essential oils in pregnancy is controversial, with some being mostly allowed and some that should be avoided. However, most people agree that in the first trimester, when the developing embryo (and later fetus) is very sensitive, you should try to avoid all essential oils.
- Camping or hiking – some scents attract bugs, so it’s good to use unscented products when in nature.
This is a very basic bar of soap, but that is exactly what I needed. It’s all natural, and contains nourishing oils and butter. The scent is not to bad, considering the lack of added scents – some unscented products can smell quite weird. When used, there is pretty much no scent whatsoever. It cleans well, and doesn’t leave my skin too tight or dry (although with my skin being naturally dry, I have to moisturize afterwards). Also, when you keep it somewhere where it gets to drain properly, it lasts for a really long time.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil), Sodium Olivate (Olive Oil), Sodium Shea Butterate (Shea Butter), Sodium Sunflowerate (Sunflower Oil)
I have to admit, this is not my favorite body lotion ever, but it did the job well. I like that it comes in a pump bottle, which makes it very convenient. It also spreads very well, and it’s quite easy to rub in. However, since I have dry skin, I could only use it as a daily lotion, meaning it doesn’t keep my skin moisturized for too long. I’d say it’s better suited for those with normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin like me, you should check out their body butters instead. The scent is a bit unpleasant out of the bottle, like most unscented products, but once on my skin it really blends in and there is virtually no scent.
The lotion doesn’t have a greasy residue, so I love that I can get dressed right after using it. It’s great in the summer, since I don’t like greasy products when it’s hot. I had an issue with the pump, and couldn’t really use up the bottom 10% of the lotion, since the pump had some trouble pulling it up, and it was to thick to shake out of the bottle. Other than that, it’s a good lotion if you’re looking for something natural and unscented. It also lasted for quite a long time, since I didn’t need too much for each use.
I believe that the packaging (label) has changed some time since February, which is when I bought this bottle, but I think the ingredients have stayed the same!
Ingredients: Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Avena sativa (Oat) kernel oil, Carthamus tinctorius oleosomes, Cetearyl alcohol (Cetearyl alcohol), Coco-glucoside, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil
I actually often use Rocky Mountain Soap Co deodorant in tea tree, since I find that that particular scent works best for me. Since I was already familiar with their deodorant, it was very natural for me to choose their unscented one when I needed to go unscented this year. This deodorant has the same slightly unpleasant scent like as the lotion that disappears once applied.
The deodorant is a milky liquid, that is clear once applied. You have to shake it well, and it’s a bit wet upon application, but dries fairly quickly. It doesn’t stain my shirts, and the best part – it is a roll-on! So many natural deodorants come as a paste and have to be applied with fingers, which is one of the reasons I prefer this one. For me the deodorant works for 4-8h, depending on the temperature and activity levels. If I do an intense workout, or if it’s really hot, I have to wash it off and reapply sooner (which I would do anyways). If I have a slow winter day, it can easily last all day. I think this is really good for a natural deodorant.
As with all other natural deodorants, you should apply it on clean skin. I tried reapplying it without washing my skin and it didn’t work . However, if I wipe my underarms with a wet wipe, dry and then reapply, it gives me a few more hours of wear. This is a good method if you are traveling. And remember, if you are switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, you will go through a detox period. Give yourself at least a month to fully detox before you dismiss a natural deodorant.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Potassium Alum (Deodorant Crystal), Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Lipids), Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate (Basil Oil), Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Waxes), Sclerotium Gum (Vegetable Gum), Glyceryl Caprylate
Although these are not the most exciting products ever, given that it is so hard to find unscented skincare when you need it, I’m glad that Rocky Mountain Soap Co decided to keep a whole line of such products. It makes it easier, since I was able to purchase everything I needed in one place. All these products are available in their stores, and online, at these prices:
- Unscented soap – $5.95/ 100 g
- Unscented body lotion – $20/ 240 ml
- Unscented deodorant – $9.75/ 60 ml
And for those that shop on well.ca, I’ve noticed that they carry some Rocky Mountain Soap Co products, too.
I also recommend you to join their toxin-free movement. I get free sample-sized and full-sized products, switched toxic for non-toxic products, and get gift with purchase offers. It is free to join and totally worth it!
Do you use natural products? Do you have a need for unscented ones every now and then (or always)? Do you find it hard to find unscented products?