Coconut-Lime Vegan Body Butta by Sol Food Natural Soaps

Posted by:  Jordan

My mom is credited for discovering this delightful smelling handmade body butter from Sol Food Natural Soaps, based in Fox River Grove, IL.  She first found it at her local farmer’s market in Barrington, IL and upon further investigation we found that it’s also sold at a new local shop in her town called Acacia Organics, which sells lots of different natural health and beauty brands both in-store and online.  It’s a fun store to poke around in, if you happen to live in the suburbs of Chicago!

Image from Sol Food

But back to this body butter, which reminds me of slathering the intoxicating scent of Hawaiian Tropics suntan lotion on my skin at the beach (a sunscreen I now obviously avoid since it’s packed with a cocktail of parabens, but still–you can’t beat that classic “suntan lotion” coconut scent!).  This rich body butter will bring all those memories back–without the chemicals–while hydrating and softening your skin.  I love when I put my robe on in the morning and can still smell the lingering coconut-lime scent from when I put the lotion on just after getting out of the shower the night before.  It’s such an uplifting summer smell.

The moisturizing ingredients in this body butter are all up to our standards, with the main hydrating ingredients being organic aloe vera juice and shea, cocoa and avocado butters.  The only eyebrow-raising ingredient is at the end of the list–phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative with a 3-4 hazard score on EWG.  I found a good article debating the potential concerns with this preservative on Truth in Aging, which I urge you to check out if this ingredient concerns you at all.  While I wish there was a more natural alternative used in this body butter, the scent is enough to make me turn a blind eye on this one!  And if pina colada summery scents aren’t your thing, they also have this body butter available in citrus-tomato, which sounds right up my Midwestern alley!  Or, if you’re really creative you can come up with your own scent and LeeLee, the creator of this line, will customize a scent just for you!



Filed under Moisturizers, Product Reviews

5 responses to “Coconut-Lime Vegan Body Butta by Sol Food Natural Soaps

  1. Stephanie

    Not to become a spokesperson for Bubble and Bee, but they also have a Coconut Lime body butter that is 100% organic with no added preservatives or other junky stuff. Unfortunately, it does have almond oil in it, so those of us who have tree nut allergies can’t use it. So, I’ve never tried it, but if it smells anything like their Coconut Lime lip balm, I’m sure it is devine!

    • Jordan

      Haha! I saw that on their website and wondered if the scent was as intoxicating as my container of Sol Food body butter–I’ll just have to try it and cure my curiosity! And thank you for pointing out the nut allergy factor–Sol Food’s version is nut-free, according to their packaging

      • Phenoxyethynol is created by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium. Each ingredient individually does not sound great, but when they react it creates a safe and effective preservative. Individually many chemicals may harm you, but together they create a beneficial product. For instance, lye alone is extremely dangerous, but after it reacts with oil and water to create castile soap it is harmless and useful. The MSDS for a pure ingredient can cause undo alarm. But as you consider other ingredients that are widely used and safe in cosmetics you will find that the MSDS sounds alarming for them as well. For instance commonly used ingredients like glycolic acid, lye, citric acid, potassium sorbate and even essential oils have MSDS warnings that could be misunderstood and deemed as too dangerous to use in cosmetics. However, we all know that these ingredients are commonly used in cosmetics. The MSDS sheet is designed to inform the end user of how to handle the ingredient properly in an undiluted form.

        Some companies claim that phenoxyethynol is derived from rose oil, sage oil, minerals, plant derivatives and even coconut. But honestly, phenoxyethynol is not even remotely related to these ingredients. It is, however, very safe. It is not pH dependant and not a formaldehyde releasing agent. It is paraben free. It does not react with other ingredients, air or light. It is very stable. According to the CIR Expert Panel it is safe as a cosmetic ingredient as it is currently used. It has been tested on the skin and eyes and it is non irritating and non sensitizing at levels of 2.2% or lower. We use phenoxyethynol at 1% or less. You may have seen phenoxyethynol used in cosmetics in conjunction with other preservatives, such as parabens. This is because phenoxyethynol is not a broad spectrum preservative by itself. Through extensive research and testing, we have found success in combining it with another commonly used and completely safe cosmetic ingredient, Edta.

        Tetrasodium Edta is derived from sodium salts. Edta is used as a chelating agent. The Greek root of the word chelate is chele which means “to claw”. The root of the word creates a great visual image of what Edta as a chelating agent does. Edta “claws” or “binds” minerals, which are necessary components for the growth of mold. For instance, Edta binds up magnesium which is necessary for mold to grow. In cosmetics, Edta not only is a great additive to create a stable product, but it also pulls heavy metals from your skin when you apply the cosmetic. Edta is widely used for chelation therapy, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for lead and heavy metal poisoning. An estimated one million people in America use chelation therapy for this purpose. The NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is currently funding a study to prove the effectiveness of Edta chelation therapy for heart disease. Over 100,000 people per year use it in place of heart surgery. In chelation therapy, Edta is injected intravenously. Once in the bloodstream, Edta latches onto lead and other metals to form a compound that can be excreted in the urine. Edta is also used in many foods, for instance mayonnaise and soft drinks, that include ascorbic and sodium benzoate to reduce the formation of benzene (a carcinogen). It is often used in household products. In household products it is sent out into waste water and it binds up the minerals. While Edta is non toxic in waste water it can impact the natural balance of minerals.

        Some might wonder why we use preservatives at all. The water portion of a product is the perfect breeding ground for mold, fungus, bacteria and yeast. It is only a matter of time and all unpreserved cosmetics will go bad. What is frightening is that the product might look and smell just fine, but be filled with micro organisms that are dangerous for your skin and health. Some products may look fine on the outside, but when we run them through micro tests, the bacteria, yeast, fungus and mold count is off the chart. Other times, the signs of contamination are more obvious. Possible signs of a product going bad can be an off smell, separation and visual evidence of mold. An unstable, unpreserved product can be contaminated by the water in the product, spores in the air, even unseen contaminates in your packaging and the germs on your hands.
        ANy other questions please contact us at
        Im always open to make the product better!

      • Jordan

        Wow, thanks for all that info, Leelee!! That’s really helpful! Totally makes sense.

  2. Sorry to make is so long, it was just a lot of important
    Thanks for the kind words, I work very hard on makeing my products the best they can be. I always love to hear when a customer loves the product, it lets me know Im headed in the right direction..

    Sol Food Natural Soaps

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