This is a sponsored post by Philip Given, co-owner of The Susquehanna Photographic.
“really…? why? …you?” – That’s what my friend Lauren asked when I told her that I’d be writing about Sunrise Soap Co. for this Boutique Week blog. Well, L-Dawg, it’s because I need a moment with the gentlemen (and ladies) of York.
Look at your elbows. Your nails, your flip flop feet, your dry skin. Eesh. Temperature changes are not good for the skin, and neither is crappy big box store soap and lotion.
Sunrise Soap Company (29 N. Beaver St, York) puts out high quality soaps & lotions that have developed a bit of a cult following in town. With products made of natural ingredients and free of chemicals and preservatives, Sunrise lives by its motto: ALL SOAPS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL.
So what are my picks to get your skin in tip top shape in preparation for the cold, dreary winter?
Ignoring the fact that the leading wintertime lip-protector is made by a $60 billion dollar global pharmaceutical empire, it also contains camphor, menthol, and phenol. You know what that lovely trio does to your lips? Dries them out. Seriously. (http://lifehacker.com/5974745/know-which-ingredients-in-lip-balm-actually-cause-dry-lips)
But, “Philip!” you say, “I like the feeling of menthol on my lips.” I know you do, darling, but how about some peppermint oil instead? Sunrise Soap Company’s Peppermint Lip Balm is made with 4 simple ingredients: beeswax, cocoa butter, almond oil, and peppermint essential oil. Get it, protect your lips from the drying weather, and kiss someone special. Trust me on this one.
Let me repeat that. Lotion STICK. Yep. This guy soothes chapped knuckles, dry elbows, and whatever else ails you without being greasy or slippery. It will fit in your purse/murse or at your desk. And once the ladies or gents get a whiff of this intoxicating scent, they won’t stay away. This alone will get you through the winter.
You work hard, I know, you don’t have to tell me. Don’t be ashamed to treat yourself with this stuff. It’s refreshing, soothing, and a great way to spruce up your gross feet before bedtime. Bonus: you’ll smell like a candy cane the entire night.
Compare the ingredients of Sunrise Soap Company’s Foot Butter and the drugstore brand.
Sunrise’s Foot Butter: shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond oil, peppermint essential oil
Their “extra enriched foot creme”: Water, Glycerin, Urea, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Petrolatum, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Octyldodecanol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG 40 Castor Oil, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Carbomer, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol
Which do you want to put on your skin every day? I vote for the ingredient list that you can pronounce.
The crown jewel, right? Sunrise’s soaps contain only coconut oil, olive oil, palm kernel, soybean, rice bran, & castor; shea & cocoa butters; and either essential oils or fragrance oils. That’s it. They are purpose-built machines of natural cleaning and once you switch to a handmade soap you’ll never go back to the skin-drying, chemical-filled detergent that lives in your shower today.
My favorites are Peppermint, Oatmeal, Milk and Honey, and Canadian Wilderness. I gravitate towards the spicy and earthy scents but Sunrise has something for everyone.
That’s it. It’s simple. Get all of these, one of these, or anything from Sunrise Soap Company. It’s Boutique Week. Spend a little on your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband, and get something for yourself while you’re there. I guarantee you’ll be back.