For this product review I tried Hugo Naturals Liquid Hand Soap in nourishing Creamy Coconut scent. The liquid soap is gluten-free and vegan, as well as being enriched with essential oils, botanical extracts and vitamin E.
Hugo Naturals (which is now Hugo & Debra Naturals) is best known for their stunning handcrafted artisan soaps, but they also make wonderful liquid soaps, bath products, moisturizers and deodorants. Their products are handcrafted in the USA from natural, food-grade ingredients.
While at the Natural Products Expo West I had the opportunity to see some of their artisans working on splendid soap wheel designs! The Hugo & Debra Naturals exhibit was the most beautiful exhibit at the Natural Products Expo West. There were even flower petals on the floor!
A Natural Alternative to
Liquid Hand Soap in Creamy Coconut by Hugo Naturals is an natural alternative to liquid hand soaps containing artificial fragrances and colors, DMDM Hydatoin- which is a formaldehyde releasing preservative, and other artificial ingredients.
Hugo Naturals is also a liquid hand soap without antibacterial ingredients. I recently watched a Dateline video about the hormone distruptors that we can find in products throughout our households (see video at the bottom of post). One of the hormone disruptors it mentioned was Triclosan, which is used as an antibacterial agent. I had not even realized that the liquid hand soap near the kitchen sink, which I had been using about five times a day, was antibacterial. I looked at the ingredients list and sure enough, it contains Triclosan. Triclosan is “persistent in the environment and may be associated with endocrine (hormonal) toxicity.”[1. Triclosan, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706623/TRICLOSAN/]
Even putting the health concerns surrounding hormone disruptors aside, antibacterial hand products should be avoided. The overuse of antibiotics is leading to stronger resistant bacteria. Its best to go back to basics and just wash your hands with plain old soap and water.
- Aqua/ purified water,
- Lauryl glucoside [sugar and lipid-based surfactant],
- Decyl glucoside [glucose-based surfactant],
- Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine [derived from coconut],
- Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*,
- Sodium cocoabutteramphoacetate,
- Tocopherol [Vitamin E],
- Citric acid,
- Cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract,
- Aloe barbadensis leaf extract,
- Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) bark/leaf/twig extract,
- Calendula officinalis flower extract,
- Arnica montana flower extract,
- Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract,
- cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,
- Coffea arabica (coffee) seed oil,
- Bulnesia sarmientoi wood oil,
- Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract,
- Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract,
I was surprised to see that Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is listed in Skin Deep as a synthetic skin and hair conditioning agent, when Hugo Natural products are supposed to be made with all-natural ingredients. One article explained that although cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine can be derived from fatty acids found in coconut, the final product is so processed in the laboratory that it can no longer be considered “natural”. Chemical of the Day describes cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine as a “synthetic detergent used also as a foam booster, thickener, and anti-static agent”.[2. Cocamidopropyl-hydroxysultaine, Chemical of the Day, http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/todays-chemical/2011/3/8/cocamidopropyl-hydroxysultaine.html] Update 4/10/2013: I contacted Hugo Naturals about this ingredients and they explained that each ingredient they use is 100% natural and 100% food grade. The Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine that they use is derived from sustainably and responsibly harvested coconuts.
I could not find the nourishing Creamy Coconut scent of the Hugo Naturals hand soap in the Skin Deep database, but the other scents of Hugo Naturals Liquid Hand Soap have scores of 0, 1, or 2, indicating low health hazard. I used Skin Deep to create my own report, entering all of the ingredients in the Creamy Coconut scent and it returned an overall score of 1, low hazard.
The Hugo Naturals liquid hand soap comes in a recyclable plastic bottle with a pump top lip, containing 237 ML (8 FL OZ).
Ultra-rich formula produces a luscious, creamy lather that cleanses without stripping, drying or leaving residue. Treating your hands with nourishing kindness every time you wash them.
NEVER ANY: parabens, phenoxyethanol, SLS, PEGs, propylene glycol, petroleum products, artificial colors or synthetic fragrances.
The Hugo Naturals Liquid Hand Soap in Creamy Coconut has a lovely coconut scent. It lathers into a nice bubbly froth. I still need to apply hand lotion after washing my hands with this liquid soap, but it does not feel overly drying.
This hand soap does a good job of cleaning hands, but it may be stripping some natural oils from my skin.
Rating (3.5 / 5)
Hugo & Debra Naturals liquid hand soap in nourishing Creamy Coconut scent receives its first star for containing natural ingredients.
The liquid hand soap receives half a star for coming in a recyclable plastic bottle. I plan to re-use this bottle later for one of my DIY projects.
This hand soap receives another star for effectively washing hands.
It misses out on a star because $7.99 is expensive for 8 FL OZ of hand soap, even comparing to other natural brands.
A final star is awarded for being a pleasure to use. I especially love the delicious coconut scent of Creamy Coconut!
Overall, Hugo Natural Liquid Hand Soap in Creamy Coconut receives 3.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this hand soap if you like the smell of coconut and you don’t mind the cost.
Where to Buy Hugo Naturals Liquid Hand Soap
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