You’ve seen Kirk’s soap bars in grocery stores since you were a small child, and so has your mother, and your grandmother. The venerable company has been around since 1839, manufacturing coconut castile soaps made from pure, vegan, all-natural ingredients. Founded by James Kirk (no relation to the captain of the Enterprise), sold to Procter and Gamble in 1929, Kirk’s became a family operation again during the early 2000s. Over the years, the company has expanded its repertoire to include liquid hand and body wash products. You’ll want to try them all!
Kirk’s straightforward website, www.kirkssoap.com, showcases its line and explains the benefits of each. The site will direct you to a store in your area where you can purchase their products. You don’t order directly from Kirk’s, but you’ll probably find many retail options nearby.
Kirk’s trademark Gentle Castile Bar Soap is ubiquitous. This item is a true bargain, as it usually retails for under $2.00 a bar. You can also buy the soap in three-packs and save even more money. It comes in three varieties — original scent, aloe vera, or unscented. The bars create a nice, soothing lather, and you’ll feel good knowing that they’re created from 100 percent pure coconut oil.
If you prefer a liquid hand soap, try Kirk’s Rosemary and Sage Odor Neutralizing Hand Wash. A 12-ounce bottle retails for approximately $5.00! This soap is creamy but tough, utilizing an all-natural vegetable fermentation technology (similar to natural deodorants) to eliminate kitchen prep smells. Your hands will feel soft after each use, due to the additional of Kirk’s trademark coconut oil. Like all of the company’s product, this hand wash is cruelty-free and contains no artificial fragrance, phthalates, sulfates, parabens, EDTA, glutens, or colorants. It’s also biodegradable!
Kirk’s makes an excellent all-body wash called the 3 in 1 Head to Toe Nourishing Cleanser. A 32-ounce bottle retails for under $20.00. You can choose the company’s original scent or its intriguingly-named Juniper and Lime. Both varieties are gentle enough to use as a shampoo, but strong enough to cleanse your entire body. The addition of aloe vera makes this product a winner!
The company boasts an impressive line of credentials. It’s Leaping Bunny certified, Non-GMO verified, certified vegan, and owned by a family company. It would be hard to find a more economical, ethically sourced product line than Kirk’s. Be sure to try some of the DIY recipes for laundry detergent, dish soap, and tile floor cleaner on their website! You can make any of these products from Kirk’s soap, at a fraction of the cost of store-bought items. Who says you can’t live well on a budget?