05 November 2010

Wash your cares away (along with free radicals) via probiotic-enhanced soap bar

As with the constantly changing fashion industry, food and beauty products are also susceptible to hot ingredient trends such as the inclusion of acai, gogi berry and pomegranate (the latter of which, much to the dismay of men the world over, doesn’t actually enhance one’s schwing factor). If you think long and hard about the one natural additive that seems to be in every conceivable product on the shelves these days, priobiotics earn that crowning glory hands down.

In the last decade or so, it’s slightly surprising that our bacteria-phobic our society has rolled out the red carpet for these live microorganisms (including yeasts and viruses from the Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium group), but we stand to gain a lot from them. In addition to working symbiotically to help our immune systems fire on all cylinders, they also enable us to process nutrients more effectively, maintain optimal intestinal microbial balance and thwart a whole host of health challenges.

Consequently, manufacturers continue to incorporate these microscopic wonders into juice, liquid yogurt ‘shots’ and energy bars…but a soap bar that you scrub-a-dub with in the shower? Now that’s a new one. Essential Formulas, a company that sells whole-health dietary supplements and skin care items, offers Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar via multiple online/brick-and-mortar establishments.

This unique plant-based cleansing product -- designed for both face and body -- contains probiotic extracts (including seaweed, 14 hand-harvested raw botanicals and E. faecalis TH10 lactic acid bacteria) that are fermented for three years and more prone to absorbing deeply into skin. This is actually appealing because -- in addition to cleansing and moisturizing with its proprietary blend of herbs in a vegetable glycerin base -- Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar enables the skin to limit “the production of free radicals” which are typically associated with tissue damage, aging and specific diseases.

Vegans can use this product in full confidence, knowing that it is entirely plant-based (featuring an interesting blend of Chinese Cabbage, Chinese Matrimony, Chinese Bayberry, Oleaster, Apricot, Wild Vine, Plum, Mulberry, Sea Tangle, Shiitake Mushroom, Wild Strawberry, Loquat, Mugwort and Brown Seaweed), never tested on animals, and possesses naturally deodorizing properties with absolutely no synthetic fragrances or chemicals. Better Nutrition Magazine even bestowed it with a ‘Best of Beauty’ award in 2009.

Learn more about Essential Formulas’ product line by exploring their site, and make a point of looking into their vegan dietary oil supplement (Dr. Ohhira’s Essential Living Oils) while you're at it. Containing a comprehensive blend of heart-healthy organically grown, non-GMO rice bran, borage, sunflower, avocado, perilla, flax, green tea and olive oils, just one capsule per meal offers a complex array of plant-based Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It feels good to do right by your bod, doesn't it?

Elizah Leigh | @elizahleigh
A dedicated green journalist and currently commissioned to write a comprehensive reference book on vegetarianism, Elizah Leigh hopes to inspire people through her words. Follow Elizah on Facebook.

Photo credit: Essential Formulas