Wembe is a Paraguayan company based in NYC dedicated to making the highest quality Fair Trade and organic products using indigenous and renewable rainforest ingredients. One of our goals is to provide meaningful employment to our local populace, and to make people aware of the incredible array of beneficial plans in the Amazon rainforest. By harvesting these ingredients in an ethical and renewable manner we are working to help preserve the rain forest and its diversity. (www.wembe.com)
I was generously sent 4 products to try out: Assai Cleansing Blend, Mango Cleansing Blend, Loofah Exfoliating Blend and Clean Face Makeup Remover.
Mango Cleansing Blend ($8 USD):
This is a vegan and gluten-free soap. Blended with mango, it is rich in vitamins A, C an E. According to the website it "energizes while unclogging pores" and has an aromatherapy effect that leaves you relaxed and calm.
I loved this soap. After a long day it was nice to hop in a hot shower and unwind with the calming scent. The downside is that it melts so quickly! I literally had it in my shower for about a week when I noticed it was half it's original size. I don't think this soap lasted much longer than two weeks. It's such a shame because I really enjoyed using it...
Assai Cleansing Bleand ($5 USD):
This is the soap I am currently using. It definitely lasts longer than the Mango Blend as I still have the majority of the bar left. It smells delicious and really does leave my skin feeling wonderfully smooth. My only criticism is that the colour tends to leak (is that the proper word?). I'm not sure what it is because there doesn't seem to be any dye in the ingredients list, but I tend to see purple drops in the tub after my shower. Other than that it feels great and smells amazing - it's a great way to wake up in the morning!
Loofah Exfoliating Blend ($25 USD for 3):
Because I wax my arms, I am left with small bumpies on the backs of my arms. I think they are tiny ingrown hairs, but it's never fun to touch. I've tried many drugstore brand exfoliators but nothing makes my skin feel as smooth as this bar...I'm slightly addicted to it. The bar is coated in the natural loofah ingredient along with thyme seeds. Man, those tiny seeds scrub so well I'm surprised I can't see my face reflected on my skin! The only downside to this soap (which I hesitate to even write because it's so minor given the benefits of the soap) is that there are lots of thyme seeds and they come off very easily, leaving tiny black seeds in your shower. To me it's not a big deal, I just rinse the tub and let the seeds go down the drain, not sure that I'm supposed to do that...but oh well :) It's a really good exfoliator that works better than anything I've tried so far, so I will definitely be using this throughout the winter!
Clean Face Make Up Remover ($10.50 USD):
This bar is actually quite soft when you first open it. I wasn't sure how to use it at first because it was very squishy, but I decided to use it as a regular soap bar and it eventually hardened. It's a cleanser made with olive oil and cocoa butter that helps remove makeup and clean pores.
To be honest, I haven't used it for the purpose of removing makeup. I still use my regular makeup remover and then use this soap to take away any remaining makeup or residue from my original cleanser. I think my skin is a tiny bit sensitive, but I have not had any problems with this cleanser so far. It lathers nicely and removes oil and dirt very well - the bonus is that it comes free with any Wembe purchase over $50 - more of an incentive to keep trying this brand!
Overall, I am really happy with the Wembe products. I am most impressed with the lasting power of the amazing scents - it feels like a spa everytime I walk into my bathroom! My favourite, by far, is the Loofah exfoliating blend with the Assai Cleansing blend coming in at a close second. These products are all vegan and gluten-free, organic and earth-friendly. Right now I think you can only order online paying in US funds. Check out their website www.wembe.com for more information in their products, ingredients and pricing.
Let me know if you try anything out - I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Disclaimer: This product was provided to me by Wembe for consideration only. The above post consists of my honest opinion and thoughts on the product.