If you know me, you know I love a good bar soap. I’ve had the chance to try many, including Good Soap, Organic Bath Co., Rose and Water—to name a few. When I discovered Wild Lather, I knew I had stumbled upon something special.
Wild Lather’s Story
Launched in December 2018, Liz and Conrad—Wild Lather’s founders—started their bar soap company at a moment in their lives when they weren’t sure what would come next. As beautifully told on their website:
We had both quit our jobs and left the lease on our Boston studio. We were kind of broke, kind of had no place to live, and kind of terrified that we would never feel that happy again.
During that flight I thought about the people and places we met. The makers, bathers, and surfers along the way. I also thought about the beautiful landscapes I could barely comprehend, and in contrast, a glacier in New Zealand that had retreated so far back you could now stand on the stone it once covered. I thought about how everything I needed could fit into a single suitcase when utilizing simple, multi-use products. That realization made me feel more connected to myself and the environment. Lastly, I thought about my soap making hobby. How relevant this time-honored method of bathing with plants suddenly felt. Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, everything changed.
That summer we obsessively researched, sourced, and tested the ingredients for a bar soap that would gently cleanse and deeply nourish. A bar made from organic plants and free of palm oil and synthetic substances. As we poured ourselves into it, scent nostalgia crept in and our memories began to form our essential oil blends. By December 2018, we launched Wild Lather. And that bar turned out to be a triangle.
Lovingly made by hand, every batch of soap uses five organic plant oils: coconut oil, olive oil shea butter, camellia, and castor. After saponification, Wild Lather incorporates clays and botanicals. Each batch is then finished off with a blend of steam distilled essential oils and allowed to air-cure for a month. Wild Lather’s soaps are as performant as they are aesthetically pleasing. On to the review!
I find this soap to be very gentle on my sensitive skin. This is a boon in these drier winter/early spring months. The lather is impressive and my skin is left soft after use. I use Wild Lather’s triangles as a body soap and my skin seems to love the inclusion of clay (keeps my acne at bay!).
My only gripe is that one triangle of soap seems to only last for 2-2.5 weeks. I’ve done my best keeping the bars away from water when not in use, but they seem to dissolve quickly. I would prefer that a bar of soap lasts about a month and wish that it did (for the size and price).
Milford Sound: fresh and light with notes of soothing lavender and fresh peppermint
12 Apostles: sweet citrus dominates, with yuzu and grapefruit mixed with a grounding hinoki wood
Kyoto: calming florals like lavender and bergamot comprise the top notes with hints of lemon dancing gently in the background
I love that the scents are delicate and not overpowering. Intense scents tend to give me a headache; if you are scent sensitive too, this might be for you.
My favorite scent, out of the three I tried, was Milford Sound—there’s nothing like peppermint to wake you up in the morning!
Recyclable cardboard packaging on soap triangle and recyclable cardboard/paper shipping materials
saponified coconut oil*, olive oil*, shea butter*, camellia oil*, and castor oil*, kaolin clay, a unique blend of steam distilled essential oils (varies with each bar of soap)
*organic + unrefined
Overall, I really enjoy Wild Lather’s brand story and their products. I wish these triangles lasted a month with daily use, but that would be my only gripe. If you’re looking to support a wonderful small business, this is it!
FTC: These products were gifted. Opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.