Esperanza Soap is my new obsession.
First let me give you a little bit of background on the soap! It’s all natural and hand-crafted. It comes in several different scents/flavors.
*Image curtsey of Upward Ventures!
I personally had the opportunity to try the Cocoa Mint Flavor. This flavor is a mixture of real mint, cocoa butter, and peppermint essential oils. Yummy.
The first thing that I noticed about the soap was that is smells so delicious! I can’t stand soaps that have no smell or that smell too strong and this was definitely a happy medium. You could smell the minty-ness in the steam in the shower but after I got out it didn’t linger on my skin all day long.
If you don’t use a loofah or washcloth when you take a shower, you might want to try using one if you plan on trying this soap! Many of the different flavors have natural exfoliants like sea salt, pine needles, and coconut shavings which can irritate your skin if you have sensitive skin.
Reminder: When you are trying any new product for the first time you should always patch test it first. Use a small amount on a small portion of your skin to ensure that you won’t have an adverse reaction to it all over your body.
I normally have extremely sensitive skin… I can’t wear anything that has a strong scent and some of the different soap brands that I’ve purchased from the store have left my skin dry and un-moisturized or even with a red rash.
When I went to Cancun last month for spring break, I had an awful allergic reaction that left me with itchy hives all over my body. I was still recovering from some of the after effects from the hives – mostly extremely dry patches on my skin. The exfoliants in this soap really helped me with this issue! I rubbed the bar directly against my skin instead of onto a loofah or wash cloth. Over the next couple of days my skin was slowly feeling softer and more moisturized.
Esperanza Soap is a company started by the organization Upward Ventures.
There are so many benefits to supporting this organization! First, they’re all about women’s empowerment. The goal is to build a factory in rural Las Malvinas, Santa Domingo and give five women in the community jobs to be able to support and empower their families.
Upward Ventures has a powerful message. It reminds of the old saying: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Rather than just donating money that will only temporarily help people in impoverished areas, they want to empower them to be able to lift themselves out of poverty.
Being blessed with the opportunity to travel has allowed me to truly see how thankful and grateful I should be of my circumstances. Although I do not have everything I could ever want in the world, I have everything that I can ever need. I personally feel that it’s my duty to give back and to allow other people to experience that same opportunity.
One of the things that I definitely take for granted is soap and access to clean water. I never have to wake up in the morning and wonder how I’m going to be able to get clean for the day. There are many places around the world that lack access to clean water and soap. In fact, two million children are killed from sicknesses such as diarrhea or other infectious diseases each year. 41% of these deaths are preventable! Esperanza Soaps will be providing the community in Las Malvinas that lacks a sewer system with a way to make a positive health impact and save lives.
I loved using this soap. I am a huge fan of anything that’s all natural and hand-crafted. The fact that I can know exactly what products went into this was a huge plus for me. Also, the fact that I can now say that by supporting this organization, I will actually know the people whose hands helped to make and craft this is really special to me as well.
Unfortunately these soaps are not currently available for retail. Upward Ventures is still fundraising to build their soap factory. There are a few more days left in their campaign for this venture. If this product and cause interests you at all, I would urge you to donate and spread the word while you still can! There are even some perks for donating… like getting a free bar of soap in the mail! Check out their Indiegogo campaign here.
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