Albany-based company’s hemp soap cleans literally everything
“On the first day you’ll lose 10 pounds, on the second two, 15!
On the fourth day, you’ll inherit wealth beyond all your dreams.
On the fifth, you’ll fly to London, on the sixth you’ll meet the queen
And in seven days, we guarantee your lawn will be green!”
~ Michael Nesmith, “Dr. Duck’s Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce“
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Hempstile!
The latest and greatest in the lineup from the RAD Soap Co., Hempstile is a unique twist on classic Castile soap. It contains 65 percent virgin hemp oil along with olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil. It’s the first-ever liquid soap from RAD, and it comes in four varieties:
- Peppermint Ice (mint)
- Mau Waui (kelp/cucumber)
- Lemon Diesel (grapefruit/lemongrass)
- Harlequin (unscented)
Each variety is non-GMO, vegan-friendly, biodegradable and sustainable. You’re lucky if mainstream beauty products and cleaners hit even one of those points! Speaking of, if you have a bottle of Hempstile on hand, you don’t need any other personal care products. Or household cleaner. Or laundry detergent. Hempstile can be used as a body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, laundry soap, shaving lather, foot bath, fruit and veggie wash, window wash and all-purpose cleaner. You can mop floors with it or wash your car. You can even wash your dog with Hempstile!
Those of us who eat oil-free know how damaging oil can be when ingested, but when you use it externally, amazing things happen. Why hemp oil in particular? Aside from being allergy-friendly and highly sustainable, hemp works magic when included in cosmetic products. Its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is ideal for health both inside and out. Put it on your hair and enjoy:
- Thicker, stronger strands with less breakage
- Increased moisture with less dandruff
- A healthier scalp
The same fatty acids do wonders for your skin thanks to the fact that hemp’s fat balance mimics that of the lipids that are naturally present on your skin’s surface. Adding hemp to your skin care regimen:
- Moisturizes and rehydrates
- Improves elasticity, which is especially good for aging skin
- Increases circulation
Hemp is also a source of GLA, a fatty acid found in only a few plants and vegetable oils that, according to RAD, has the ability to detoxify the skin. GLA is also a rarity in that, unlike most omega-6 fats, it actually blocks the enzymes that promote inflammation and activates receptors that control how your cells respond to inflammatory triggers.
That’s a whole lot for one humble oil!
So Does Hempstile Deliver?
I put Hempstile through the paces recently with a sample bottle of the Maui Waui variety, and here’s what I found:
- As a body wash, it leaves your skin very soft.
- My hair has never, ever been softer than when using Hempstile followed by a bit of coconut conditioner.
- If you want to do your dishes with this, you’ll need the Harlequin because the scented ones leave a taste behind.
- It makes a fabulous moisturizing face wash.
My only qualm with this soap is that it doesn’t lather as well as RAD’s solid bars. I don’t know if the hard water in my apartment has anything to do with that, but I’m the type to judge how clean something is by how many suds I generate when washing. I didn’t try it as a toothpaste because I didn’t really fancy kelp/cucumber teeth, but I am going to give the peppermint a shot for that in the future! I think the mint would also make the best foot soak–I’ll keep you posted when I try that.
I really wanted to test Hempstile out as a laundry soap, but I never got a chance because I was so in love with the stuff as a shampoo that I used up my sample. Given how well it performs in other areas, though, I don’t doubt that it’s up to the task. And when the time comes to mop the hardwood floors in my apartment, RAD has assured me that the hemp oil will not only clean but also condition the wood.
Hempstile is a true all-purpose cleaner that’s miles ahead of the chemical-laden concoctions lining most store shelves. The ingredient list is short and recognizable, and the soap performs well for a bunch of different applications. My vote is that we toss our other cleaning products and make the switch–it’s better for our bodies and for the environment.
Two thumbs up, my RAD friends!
So which scent of Hempstile strikes your fancy? Bright peppermint? Earthy kelp? The citrus zing of lemon? Or would you rather go unscented and enjoy all the benefits of pure hemp?
Tell me in the comments and you could win your very own bottle of Hempstile! The amazing crew at RAD Soap is offering one lucky QV reader a free bottle of hempy magic. Get your entries in before Wednesday, July 15th Friday, July 17th to be eligible (US residents only, please)!
Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Nichelle! 😀
I’ll be soaking up the vegan awesomeness at Vegetarian Summerfest for the next few days, so you won’t see much here. Follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to and for a bunch of gratuitous pictures of the massive quantities of food I intend to eat. See you soon!