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Why You Should Shop for Plant-Based, Cruelty-Free Soaps

Now more than ever, consumers are thinking more consciously about the production process and origin of the products they’re shopping for. Making informed purchasing decisions based on how our favorite items are made is (or should be) a huge factor in how we shop for ourselves and our loved ones.

Conscious consumption leads us toward wise environmental practices like being cruelty-free and choosing natural vegan soaps over other types for their nourishing skin care benefits, and for the fact that they’re kind to animals.

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This awareness can ultimately create a healthy society full of people who choose environmentally conscious living, which will also help wider communities thrive. So, if you’re looking for a way to shower more naturally with products that are good for you and the planet, shopping for vegan-friendly, plant-based soaps is a great place to start.

There are many benefits associated with replacing conventional soaps with natural soaps. But it’s important to know what to look for beforehand since, unfortunately, many brands practice greenwashing or misleading labeling. Here’s what’s worth knowing before making the switch.

Should my soap be organic?

If you’re looking for a gently scented, natural soap that’s kind to your skin and environment, then organic is the way forward. Not only are organic soaps better than their chemical-laden counterparts, but they are also much easier (and often cheaper) to produce.

Organic soaps contain plant-derived base oils and other necessary fats, rather than “natural” or synthetic ingredients. This means that no harmful chemicals are found in these soaps, which can often irritate your skin. The lack of harsh toxins also means less environmental damage is caused during production. What’s more is that many companies that commit to organic also set sustainability high throughout the manufacturing process goals, from growing their own ingredients to packaging and responsibly discarding of waste.

What are the benefits of vegan soaps?

Kinder to the skin

For starters, most vegan-friendly soaps are free of parabens, sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) and triclosan, which are present in conventional soap products and can irritate and cause damage to your skin long term. Organic, vegan-friendly soaps are made with nourishing natural oils that can help moisturize stubborn itchy and dry patches.

Cruelty-free is the way to be

You’ll feel better knowing that your hard-earned money is not going toward harming animals whether it be for testing cosmetics, or exploiting our non-human animal friends for ingredients.

If you’re not familiar with some of the ingredients we’re referring to, a quick Google search will yield pages of results. A couple include tallow (animal fat) and animal-derived milks, such as goat’s milk. Instead, plant-based soaps use natural sources of fat like coconut oil, which is then augmented by botanical herbs (essential oils from plants, flowers, spices and fruits) for natural fragrance, rather than synthetic ingredients.

Better for the environment

As mentioned, businesses that manufacture natural soaps often care about animal welfare, human welfare and eco sustainability. That’s why they go the natural route. For the brands that use unnatural ingredients, there’s often production runoff that can destroy wildlife and poison rivers. Since natural soaps are made with biodegradable botanical-based ingredients (like aloe vera), they break down more quickly after use, which means they’re less likely to harm water cycles or other living beings in lakes nearby after you wash your hands.

All-natural ingredients

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It absorbs lotions, soaps, serums, etc. into the body. Plant-based ingredients are effective in promoting healthy skin. Organic oils, butters and herbs are combined with flowers to create a rich lather that removes dirt from pores – while also providing relaxing aromatherapy – leaving your face clean and smelling great at the same time.

Support small business

There are so many small businesses dedicated to making artisan soaps. We love The Right to Shower, Plantlife and Sappo Hill. When you shop small, you’re showing the marketplace that there’s demand for the item you’re purchasing. In this case, it’s natural, vegan-friendly soaps! Thanks to you, the small biz is more likely to remain open and continue producing quality products.

They’re effective

Soaps are expected to be antibacterial. Many that market themselves a such, unfortunately, contain chemicals that can put you at risk for health issues (cough, parabens, cough).  Non-synthetic ingredients, such as peppermint, cleanse skin without harming its vital systems.

Natural soaps often contain more antioxidants than conventional soap, which help repair damage by free radicals on our bodies’ cells (especially those deep in wrinkles). Another fun fact, natural soaps have a higher pH level between 9-10 instead of 7-8, where most commercial brands land.

Variety is the spice of life

The soaps that fall into this category are often made in small batches, which gives consumers access to a variety of scents, sizes, colors, textures and shapes. So whether you’re shopping for yourself or a friend, you’re sure to find something that feels personalized.


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Saxon Wellbeing | Therapy | Massage | Counselling

Alternative therapy centre and online store for mind, body and soul.

Saxon Wellbeing, formerly Saxon Alternative Therapy Centre, is based in the heart of the gorgeous town of Beccles. Here we act as a centre for all your alternative needs by offering a range of products and therapies. We are open from 9:30AM until 4:00PM Monday to Saturday. 

Late night appointments are available. To book an appointment please visit the shop, or contact us via phone, email or social media. Contact details below.

Our welcoming staff are happy to help with any questions. We have rooms with disabled access so please make sure to state whether this is required. 

Saxon Wellbeing shop offers a huge number of natural, organic, paraben & sulfate free, cruelty free and local products in-store and online. Some of which include Neal’s Yard, Arran Aromatics, hand-made soaps and incense sticks.

We stock as many local products as we can to promote the local economy and businesses. Some of our products from Norfolk and Suffolk include, Artisan Soaps and Rose Lodge Bath Bombs.


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Whatever HC decides in hijab case, it will be a political advantage says BJP

BJP leaders insist that the hijab issue was not a part of their Hindutva project in the state and was not started by them, but they are looking at capitalising on it.

For weeks now, the hijab row has made headlines in Karnataka. While the row has moved to the court, the deadlock continues in schools with as many as 40 young women choosing to return home instead of removing their hijabs on Monday. Colleges are scheduled to reopen on February 16 and when they do, the Karnataka High Court order of not wearing either hijab or saffron shawls in classrooms will apply. For the ruling BJP, irrespective of which way the courts eventually decide, this is a controversy that will only reap political benefits.

BJP leaders insist that the hijab issue was not a part of their Hindutva project in the state and was not started by them. Referring to Campus Front of India (CFI), the student wing of the Popular Front of India, with whom the deadlock started in the Government Women College, the BJP leaders say that this started as a bid by CFI to get political leverage in coastal Karnataka. But once it became a state-wide issue, it was an opportunity for the BJP. “The issue was not started by us. The CFI and the SDPI wanted to gain political mileage in coastal Karnataka using this issue. But that said, we were given this opportunity on a platter,” a senior BJP leader said. 

For the first month, leaders from the Malenadu region, comprising the coastal districts along with Chikkamagaluru and Hassan, were involved. “It became a larger issue after students from other colleges started insisting on wearing the hijab and with that Hindu students were also polarised enough not to back down from their saffron shawl protest,” the leader added. 

Several Hindu organisations have been closely involved inside and outside campuses, in mobilising students. From Hindu Jagarana Vedike to Bajrang Dal, over eight organisations across the state have been coordinating protests by Hindu students. And several BJP leaders like K Raghupathy Bhat, Nalin Kateel, Araga Jnanendra, B C Nagesh and C T Ravi too have jumped in. For the BJP, insiders say, irrespective of which way the Courts rule, the controversy will be a political advantage.

With thousands of youngsters in colleges across the state taking a strong pro-Hindu stance, BJP hopes that they will turn into a votebase for the party in the upcoming elections. “The students have been exposed to the ideological stance of BJP and the Sangh now and have responded positively and overwhelmingly. We hope that many of them will turn up in large numbers to vote for us in both the Assembly and Parliament elections,” says a BJP leader. 

With the intense polarisation and anti-minority narrative whipped up over the last few days, many political fence-sitters too have started leaning towards BJP’s ideology and the party hopes to leverage this politically and electorally in the coming days. 

Another leader with the Sangh says that this issue has thrown up many surprising student leaders who will bolster their cause in the state and also elsewhere. “We have been watching some students closely and have been pleasantly surprised at how articulate they are and how committed to the cause (Hindutva) they have been. Many of them are not even members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. This is definitely an opportunity for us to groom them politically too,” he said. 

The hijab case is currently being heard at the Karnataka High Court and is expected to resume on Wednesday. The Court, on Friday, had given its interim order asking students not to wear any religious clothes inside classrooms, banning the hijab and saffron shawls. But the BJP leader who spoke to TNM said that irrespective of what the final outcome of the case will be, it will be advantageous for the BJP. “If the court allows hijab, it will help us as most Hindu students have already taken a strong stand that will help us. Even if hijab is allowed, it will evoke strong sentiments in the majority voters of the state. And if hijab is banned, then it is a remarkable victory,” the leader adds. 

Senior journalist Naheed Ataualla says that this has alienated the minorities further from the BJP.  “An issue which could have been resolved across the table was taken to the court. The matter was nipped in the bud by Congress MLA T D Raje Gowda representing Sringeri, who allowed hijab and managed to convince those wanting to sport saffron shawls to drop it before the interim order came. Whatever goodwill the BJP was trying to build with the minorities, seems to have been lost by politicising the hijab issue,” she says. 

“There is a divide now among students. Muslims and Hindu students who were sitting next to each other have turned hostile. And even if this was not the making of the BJP, they will make political use of it now,” she adds.


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10 Best Soaps For Oily Skin In India – 2021 Update

Oily skin comes with many related concerns like breakouts, acne, and blackheads and deserves special attention. Oily skin has overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess sebum – a natural oil that hydrates the skin. When mixed with dirt, impurities, and germs, it can clog your pores leading to acne and other multiple skin concerns.

Since cleansing is an essential part of the skin care routine, your oily skin would need a special soap. It must cleanse your body while maintaining the oil and pH balance of the skin. Here are the 10 Best Soaps For Oily Skin Available In India that cleanses your body while keeping you acne-free.

10 Best Soaps For Oily Skin

1. Santoor Total Skin Care With Sandalwood and Turmeric Bath Soap

Santoor Total Skin Care brings you gentle bathing soaps infused with the benefits of sandalwood and turmeric for glowing and younger-looking skin. Sandalwood helps to remove blemishes for smooth and soft skin. Turmeric has antiseptic healing properties, which fight acne and clarifies skin tone. This value-added pack comes with eight soaps.

Key ingredients: Sandalwood and Turmeric


  • Nourishes the skin
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Fades wrinkles
  • Removes acne
  • Reduces dark circles


  • Fragrance fades very fast

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2. Himalaya Herbals Neem and Turmeric Soap

Indian grandmothers have trusted neem and turmeric for treating acne and other skin concerns. The Himalaya Herbals bring these healing ingredients into their soaps to give you a more refreshing bathing experience. Each pack comes with four soaps is enriched with a natural blend of neem and turmeric. Neem oil cleanses and purifies the skin, while turmeric contains anti-inflammatory agents that protect and calm the skin. Lemon brightens the skin tone by reducing dark marks.

Key ingredients: Neem, Lemon, and Turmeric


  • Organic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Relieves dryness
  • Refreshing fragrance


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3. Medimix Ayurvedic Natural Glycerine Bathing Bar

Medimix Ayurvedic Natural bath soap is infused with glycerin that moisturizes the skin and makes it soft and supple. This soap contains lakshadi oil, an ayurvedic ingredient known for its therapeutic and moisturizing qualities. The exfoliating formula cleanses and detoxifies the skin while decelerating skin aging. Natural glycerin blended with other ayurvedic herbs keeps the skin hydrated, maintains pH balance, and gives it a dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Natural glycerin and Lakshadi oil


  • Natural soap
  • Hydrating ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Refreshing fragrance



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4. Liril Lemon & Tea Tree Soap

Indulge in the fresh scent of lemon and refreshing tea tree oil with this cult classic from Liril. The nourishing ingredients remove dirt and bacteria from the skin, maintain its natural oil balance, leaving your body moisturized and sanitized. The soap forms a thick lather that deep cleanses the body, giving you a feeling of instant rejuvenation.

Key ingredients: Lemon and Tea tree oil


  • Lathering soap
  • Maintains oil balance
  • Moisturizes the skin
  • Budget-friendly
  • Refreshing fragrance


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 5. Ancient Living Daily Bath Needs

Ancient Living Daily Bath Needs brings you an assorted set of three handmade soaps– Tulasi, Multani Mitti, and Kasturi Turmeric –free from chemicals and toxins. The Tulsi soap purifies the skin and keeps away germs, while the Multani mitti variant fades fine lines and wrinkles to give you younger-looking skin. The kasturi turmeric cleanser reduces ingrowths and facial hair and offers a clearer complexion. These soaps are infused with nourishing the blend of essentials oil, vitamin E, and natural herbs that harmonize the body, mind, and soul. The soap is therapeutic and gives the skin a fresh, youthful glow.

Key ingredients: Multani mitti, Tulsi, and Kasturi turmeric


  • Handmade
  • Moisturizing soap
  • Lathers well
  • Synthetic color-free
  • Synthetic fragrance-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan


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6. Godrej Cinthol Cool Bath Soap

This Cinthol Cool bath soap provides the skin with 99.9% germ protection. The formula is infused with extra cool menthol and active deo fragrance that refreshes your senses and leaves you with a cooling sensation that lasts throughout the day. This soap is suitable for all skin types.

Key ingredient: Menthol


  • Icy cool freshness
  • 9% germ protection
  • Refreshing fragrance
  • Budget-friendly


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7. Hamam Neem Tulsi & Aloe Vera Soap

Hamam soap is made with 100% pure neem oil that purifies and deep cleanses the skin. The potent combination of tulsi and aloe vera is tough on germs and gentle on the skin. The soap protects the skin from pollution, dust, and sweat. It leaves you feeling fresh and fragrant.

Key ingredients: Tulsi, Aloe vera, and Neem oil


  • Fights dirt and pollution
  • 100% pure neem oil
  • Gentle on the skin
  • Purifies skin


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8. Richfeel Naturals Calendula Anti Acne Soap

The Richfeel Naturals Anti-acne soap includes the antibacterial properties of calendula. The deep cleansing soap removes dirt and impurities from the skin while controlling sebum production for an oil-free, toned appearance. Calendula fights acne with its therapeutic and anti-inflammatory properties, leaving the face with a youthful sheen.

Key ingredient: Calendula


  • Antibacterial formula
  • Prevents acne
  • Tames skin inflammation
  • Removes impurities
  • Reduces sebum production
  • Refreshing fragrance


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9. SebaMed Cleansing Bar

SebaMed Cleansing Bar is a soap-free formula for normal to oily skin types. It cleanses the pores and removes excess oil, reducing pimples, blackheads, and other breakouts. Natural moisturizers like lecithin, vitamins, and amino acids in this formula help to rebalance stressed skin. Vitamin E protects the skin from free radical damages, while squalene maintains the skin’s moisture balance. This medicated soap is ideal for people with rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis as well.

Key ingredients: Vitamin E, Amino acid, and Panthenol


  • Soap-free formula
  • Combats pimples and blackheads
  • Removes excess sebum
  • Dermatologically tested


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10. TNW-THE NATURAL WASH Potato Rice Soap

TNW Handmade soap is specially blended to minimize tanning and pigmentation. It reduces open pores by cleansing out impurities and sebum. The formula is crafted with potato, rice, cucumber, and papaya that work in tandem to reduce dark spots and inflammations. Its vitamin-rich ayurvedic formula gives you a glowing, youthful skin tone. Rice is a natural toner and glycerin and cucumber help maintain the pH balance of the skin. Potato and rice keep the face hydrated and moisturized and offer to heal.

Key ingredients: Potato, Rice, Glycerin, and Cucumber


  • Handmade soap
  • Moisturizing formula
  • Reduces tanning
  • Paraben-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • Dye-free
  • Silicon-free


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This sums up the list of best soaps for oily skin available in India. But before your fill your cart with your favorite soap, here are few things you need to consider first.

What To Consider Before Buying Soaps For Oily Skin

Your oily skin needs a gentle cleanser that cleanses your face without aggravating sebum production. Here are few things to remember while buying soap for your oily skin:

1. Ingredients

Opt for a soap that comes with natural and safe ingredients. One such ingredient is turmeric that possesses antibacterial properties. It helps reduce excess oil and fights acne-causing bacteria. Other ingredients like neem, tea tree, and green tea help maintain proper oil balance by reducing excess oils. These ingredients and natural hydrating additives like almond, coconut, and avocado oils make a perfect formula for treating oily skin.

2. Quality

Check the product labels properly. Find out if the product is clinically tested or dermatologically approved. If you have any specific skin issue, consult your dermatologist before using any of these soaps.

3. Price

These soaps can very conveniently fit into your budget. However, check the labels thoroughly and invest only in products that are safe and dependable.

4. Reviews

User reviews tell you the facts of any product that you want to buy. Follow a reputed e-commerce site to collect all the information about the product you wish to purchase.

Oily skin is particularly prone to pimples and acne. Hence, soap or cleanser with pure, natural, and organic ingredients is the best for your skin. But there are soaps specially made for oily and sensitive skin and that is exactly what you need. Pick from the list of the 10 best soap for oily skin in India.

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