Miracle In A Bar? Wonderbar
I have a new product to add to my short list of strange new products. I recently got a Wonderbar. This tiny bar of soap is made with 3000 year old clay and algae and claims to be the solution for all of your skin problems. Well, I love crazy new products, so I put it to the test.
The 3000 year old clay is called Helimoor and comes from Austria. The algae is meant to help improve your skin. All in all, the bar is like a mud bath and a seaweed wrap in one…for your face. You lather the bar onto your skin, let it sit 3-5 minutes and then rinse off. I have to admit that I didn’t first realize that this was for your face. After returning from a camping trip, my husband and I gave this a go on our bodies – I guess I just associate bars with body soap. After a weekend in the woods without showers and dousing ourselves in sunscreen and DEET every few hours, we were feeling pretty grimy. The Wonderbar left our skin feeling super clean and soft.
Later I looked more closely at the literature accompanying this tiny bar and realized it is really intended for the face. It says it is suitable for all skin types and helps clear up psoriasis, eczema and acne. Well, my skin wasn’t looking too hot after camping so I used the bar on my face. The bar lathers well and smells clean and earthy. Leaving the soap on your skin is a bit like using a clay face mask, but it doesn’t dry hard like a masque would. The bubbles from the lather create a little tingle as they pop and I had to keep wiping down my eyebrows and lips to keep the soap from running into my eyes and mouth. But 3 minutes is up quickly. The soap rinses off easily and left my skin feeling super duper soft. The only thing I didn’t realize is that I should have removed my eye makeup first.
I’m used to having clean skin associated with dry skin, so I was worried that this bar didn’t get my skin clean and that I’d wake up broken out. I didn’t. I the morning my skin was still soft and looked great. The literature talks about a “detox” period they call a “healing crisis” your skin might go through while using the bar. The idea is that the bar will help bring toxins to the surface of the skin and it’ll look bad until the toxins are all out of your skin. I’ve been using the bar for a few days now and haven’t noticed this. I have noticed a reduction in blackheads, no new zits and a lightening of the red spots that zits have left behind. I like the idea of this gentle deep cleanser – like a mini facial each time I wash my face – and the results are promising so far. So I’m going to keep using it to see how good my skin can get. And this tiny bar is going to last a long, long time. It hasn’t “melted” away when it has gotten wet and the corners are still square. A little definitely goes a long way with the Wonderbar.
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