If you’re tired of using mass-produced, skin-stripping scrubs in the shower, Metropolis Soap Company’s cruelty-free, earth-friendly products are exactly what you need. I had the chance to test a selection of lavender offerings, including two luxurious soaps, a jar of whipped shea butter, and lip cream. Hand-crafted from 100 percent natural ingredients sourced from small farms, each item is cruelty-free and earth-friendly. And they’re made right here in New York (Betty’s team headquarters!).
I started off with Metropolis’ lavender and tangerine artisan soap ($7.99, metropolissoap.com) and aloe, chamomile, and lavender soap ($7.99, metropolissoap.com). Besides feeling like a luxurious, guilt-free treat in the shower after a long day, the bars boasted rich scents and left my skin feeling silky and radiant after only a week’s use. The refreshing lavender and tangerine soap is especially ideal when you’re in need of a morning pick-me-up.
Arms and hands feeling dry and scratchy after a seemingly never-ending winter? Consider the lavender whipped shea butter ($19.99, metropolissoap.com) –New Girl star Zooey Deschanel is a fan! I’ve used this product once each night after my shower, thoroughly massaging it into my skin in circular motions as the packaging suggests. The lavender scent was a bit strong for my taste, but wasn’t overwhelming. After just days, even the cracked skin on my knuckles felt refreshed and baby soft. My skin has never been this smooth, and I’ve invested in my fair share of pricey hand scrubs. Who knew that a combination of five ingredients (all of which are pronounceable!) –shea butter, coconut oil, tapioca starch, lavandin grosso essential oil, and vitamin E– would yield such amazing results?
Last but not least, I used the vitamin-packed lavender and spearmint vegan lip cream ($6.99, metropolissoap.com), which has now become a purse staple. It’s moisturizing, but doesn’t leave lips sticky, and tastes like gum –perfect for date night!
It’s easy to feel good about Metropolis Soap Company’s affordable, socially-conscious products. They’re friendly to animals, friendly to the earth, and friendly to your skin; the Zooey Deschanel-is-a-fan part is just an added bonus!
Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.