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Clean Your Skin the Gentle Way

Are you tired of getting out of the shower feeling weighed down by films left behind by your body wash? Are you frustrated by the lack of truly natural skin care products you find at the pharmacy or box store near you? Do you react to dyes, sulfates, or fragrances? If so, we could have the solution you’ve been looking for.


One of the most satisfying aspects of a warm bath or shower is getting the soap lathered perfectly. Some natural cleansers don’t provide that satisfaction. Pure Gardenia and Shea does. You just know you’ll be clean when you get finished.

The emollients and the cleansers in the body wash create a gentle lather that cleans, hydrates, and moisturizes your skin. Your skin will feel nourished and fresh, unlike the dry, dead feeling created by some other brands of body wash.


The Pure Gardenia and Shea body wash is created to be gentle and suitable even for the most sensitive skin. You won’t deal with synthetic, overpowering fragrances, dyes, or any caustic agents. There are no sulfates, parabens, or phosphates used in the body wash formulation.

No animal by-products were used to create the body wash either. The Pure Gardenia and Shea body wash shouldn’t irritate your skin if you have sensitive skin.


Many cosmetic, skincare, and hair care companies test their products on animals after using chemical after chemical to create their line. Not Hand Over Heart. They are environmentally and animal friendly.

The products are pure, vegan, gluten-free, and biodegradable. Not only that but they are certified cruelty-free. The bathing products are never tested on animals.

Why is it important that the products aren’t tested on animals? Testing on animals is cruel and often unnecessary. Many products available could be manufactured using ingredients that have already been deemed safe for human use without further testing. There are more modern methods of testing that don’t include animal testing and are just as effective for evaluating the safety and efficacy of a product.

The Ingredients to Avoid

Have you ever read the ingredients on the side of your body wash bottle? No? You might be surprised what you find. Even some that are labeled as natural really aren’t.

Most body washes contain chemicals that are harmful to your skin. Some of them even contain chemicals that affect your hormone levels. These chemicals are called endocrine disruptors

. You might more commonly see the words “paraben,” “triclosan,” “BPA,” or “benzophenone-3” when you look at the ingredients list.

Parabens are some of the most popular preservatives used by the cosmetics industry. Those chemicals absorb easily into the human body, which is why we shouldn’t use products that contain them. If you are trying to identify them on a label, watch for methylparaben, isoparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben.

Another ingredient to be avoided is BPA. BPA is thought to interact with hormone receptors in your body and change how they function. Often BPA is used in packaging materials, and it can absorb into a product and then into your body through the products. If you don’t see a label listing ingredients, the plastics could contain BPA if you see recycle codes 3 or 7.

Triclosan is used as an antimicrobial agent in beauty and personal care products. When reading your labels, you will see triclosan listed independently as an ingredient. Triclosan can be absorbed through the skin easily, which can lead to several issues. Reproductive issues, damaged immune responses, and diminished cardiovascular function have all been linked to the absorption of triclosan.

Benzophenone-3 is often incorporated into sunscreen and cosmetics because it offers protection from UV rays. The chemical was found by a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health to disrupt immune and reproductive system functions. Like triclosan, benzophenone-3 will stand alone on the ingredients list.

Experts also suggest avoiding phthalates. These are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that a published study in Scientific Reports contends are associated with adverse obstetrical outcomes and pregnancy loss. These chemicals are found in everything from nail polish to perfume with shampoos, soaps, and aftershave lotions included in the mix. Sometimes these products are listed as “fragrance” on the ingredients list.

Benefits of Cleaner Beauty Products

Many of us think of our eating habits when we hear the term “clean” associated with the products we use. However, clean beauty products do exist, and they are better for your skin and your overall health than the typical chemical-laden products. You want to look for products that are made without parabens, sulfates, triclocarban, and any synthetic fragrances.

Clean beauty products do not have government regulations to meet before being deemed clean. However, the general consensus is that clean products use natural ingredients along with some synthetic products that are considered safe for human use. So, a natural product can be a clean product, but a clean product is not necessarily natural. It’s interesting to note that the only portion of cosmetics that requires testing by the Food and Drug Administration is the color additives in products.

Hand Over Heart makes beauty products with pure ingredients. The products are gentle and appropriate for the entire family to use. Coconut oil leads the list of hydrating, gentle ingredients found in the Pure Gardenia and Shea body wash.

Wrapping It Up

Hand Over Heart proudly makes its beauty products, including the Pure Gardenia and Shea Body Wash, in the USA. The products are created using gentle, pure ingredients and without testing them on animals. The product formulation avoids endocrine disruptors that have dangerous side effects for some people.

The Pure Gardenia and Shea body wash by Hand Over Heart has a gentle cleansing formula that is appropriate for even the most sensitive skin. The product comes with the Hand Over Heart pledge that if the product doesn’t meet your standards, then it doesn’t meet theirs either.






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