I just discovered that soybeans make my skin happy and healthy and that the oil from this little legume is great for your skin. It’s a vitamin-rich emollient that contains a lot of vitamin E, absorbs easily, helps skin retain moisture, and is excellent at softening dry skin so it’s very good this time of year as temperatures drop and sap skin of moisture.
Introducing Soy Indulgence
Fortunately, Cactus & Ivy, a company that makes vegan, cruelty-free, natural products, has introduced a wonderful new line called Soy Indulgence that contains ingredients derived from soybeans, including lots of soybean oil, so it’s perfect for parched skin. It’s not one of those drugstore products that looks like it’s natural while it actually contains tons of synthetic ingredients and a tiny bit of natural soy.
The Soy Indulgence Line
The Shea & Soy Body Melt ($14.25) is a rich balm that I smooth onto my hands before bed and on my legs after I shave. It really seals in moisture. The Coconut Soy Bath Grains ($12) contain coconut milk powder and soybean oil to moisturize in the bath. Both the melt and bath grains have a very subtle, warm, natural fragrance from vanilla and sandalwood essential oils. The Soy Milk Lip Balm ($3.50), made with shea butter and soybean and virgin coconut oils, keeps my lips soft and hydrated. I keep this in my pocket around the house, because my lips get so dry this time of year. Creamy Coconut Soy Luster ($16) is a great scrub that exfoliates with sugar and salt and moisturizes with virgin coconut, shea, and soybean oils, and soy butter. I especially like it, because it contains a lot of sugar and salt and isn’t dripping in oil like many sugar and salt scrubs are. It’s also the most fragrant of the bunch with a warm, refreshing blend of vanilla, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and key lime essential oils. The lime gives it a refreshing kick.