Add Some Soybeans to Your Skin’s Diet

by Sonja on December 11, 2008

I just discovered that soybeans make my skin happy and healthy and that the oil from this little legume is great for your skin. It’s a vitamin-rich emollient that contains a lot of vitamin E, absorbs easily, helps skin retain moisture, and is excellent at softening dry skin so it’s very good this time of year as temperatures drop and sap skin of moisture.

Introducing Soy Indulgence

Fortunately, Cactus & Ivy, a company that makes vegan, cruelty-free, natural products, has introduced a wonderful new line called Soy Indulgence that contains ingredients derived from soybeans, including lots of soybean oil, so it’s perfect for parched skin. It’s not one of those drugstore products that looks like it’s natural while it actually contains tons of synthetic ingredients and a tiny bit of natural soy.

The Soy Indulgence Line

The Shea & Soy Body Melt ($14.25) is a rich balm that I smooth onto my hands before bed and on my legs after I shave. It really seals in moisture. The Coconut Soy Bath Grains ($12) contain coconut milk powder and soybean oil to moisturize in the bath. Both the melt and bath grains have a very subtle, warm, natural fragrance from vanilla and sandalwood essential oils. The Soy Milk Lip Balm ($3.50), made with shea butter and soybean and virgin coconut oils, keeps my lips soft and hydrated. I keep this in my pocket around the house, because my lips get so dry this time of year. Creamy Coconut Soy Luster ($16) is a great scrub that exfoliates with sugar and salt and moisturizes with virgin coconut, shea, and soybean oils, and soy butter. I especially like it, because it contains a lot of sugar and salt and isn’t dripping in oil like many sugar and salt scrubs are. It’s also the most fragrant of the bunch with a warm, refreshing blend of vanilla, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and key lime essential oils. The lime gives it a refreshing kick.

So tell me, do you use beauty products made with soybeans or soybean oil? And what do you think of them?

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violetville December 11, 2008 at 8:53 am

I feel like I practically OD on soy in my diet, so the thought of adding it to my skincare regimen doesn’t appeal in general…but the body melt with shea sounds divine!

Truly natural skincare is hard to find, and it’s disgusting how both beauty and food companies often call their products “natural” “healthy” and “organic” when typically they are none of those things!

Thanks for another great post!

Nurse Scrubs December 11, 2008 at 11:47 am

Its really hard to find real natural products now a days, so many companies claim theye have natural products but mostly are chemically treated. skin is very sensitive part of the body so better use natural products

Sonja December 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

❤ Thanks, Violetville! The body melt is really great. At first I thought the deodorant-style container was weird. But it’s actually the perfect dispenser. And the melt is super rich and really locks in moisture so it rocks.
❤ Violetville and Nurse Scrubs, isn’t that frustrating? I feel like I have to be a detective these days to figure out if something is truly natural or just greenwashed. argh.

Lisa M. Rodgers December 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Thanks Sonja for an awesome review! I am still on Cloud 9!

Your review and the comments your readers posted are so helpful in the creation of future products. Without feedback, I wouldn’t know whether I was getting it right or need to head back to the drawing board!

Thanks again for taking the time to put our Soy Indulgence line to the test. I hope you and your readers have a safe and happy holiday!

Lisa M. Rodgers
Cactus & Ivy

Sonja December 12, 2008 at 1:23 pm

❤ Absolutely, Lisa. You’ve created a great line! It’s refreshing to try a legitimately natural line that works well. :)

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