Things to Love for Valentine's Day: A Non-Profit Luxury Soap + Back to Just Beauty!

I’ll admit it:  I love to splurge on luxury beauty items.  There’s just something about a Yves Saint Laurent Touche de Eclat concealer, or a jar of luxurious Eve Lom Cleanser that feels elegant and special.  Yet occasionally these luxurious purchases make me feel a little guilty, especially when I consider the number of people out there for whom the extra $20 USD between a drugstore brand and a high-end one could make a world of difference.

That’s why I’m thrilled that I recently found The Life Soap Company, a brilliant beauty company centered around the idea consumers no longer have to choose between the right thing and the luxurious thing.  For $20 each month, the company will send you a bar of one of three soap varieties:  Sol, Peace, or Love.

Each soap is primarily constructed of saponified oils of safflower or sunflower, which has been shown in a published study from the American Society of Nutrition to hydrate the skin by restoring fatty acids.  Palm and coconut oils are also in high concentration in all three soap varieties; palm is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin E (The American Society for Nutritional Sciences), whereas coconut oil has been shown to treat xerosis (dry skin) at a rate comparable to mineral oil in a randomized double-blind clinical trial (Dermatitis).

And as for the site announcement…

Despite my ambitious cravings to start covering other topics than beauty and skin care, I’ve received dozens of e-mails requesting that I stick to just those on, with an added emphasis on reader questions and insightful product reviews.  I’ve also been asked to update more frequently, and so the site will be updated daily from now on.

With that said, my interests have also grown.  While I absolutely love beauty and skin care writing still, I have also found a strong attraction to researching nutrition, fitness, and other weight loss-related topics recently, so I am going to explore these on a new partner site, A Diet A, beginning on February 21, 2012.  However, I will be keeping FutureDerm to just what my readers seem to love best:  that is, beauty-related questions-and-answers, skin care, cosmetics, hair care, and product reviews.  Thanks so much for hanging in there while all of this was being figured out!  :-)