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Seed: 100% Natural Body Products

I recently was offered the opportunity to test out a new line of all natural bath and body products called Seed. Founded by Rebecca Gournay, this very small line of products focuses on the skin care benefits of one of my favorite natural oils~grapeseed oil.

I was sent three products: Nourishing Body Lotion in Invigorating Citrus Thyme, Moisturizing Body Soap in the same scent, and the Shampoo Bar in Simply Unscented.

So how did these products from Seed rate?

Body Lotion ($8.99 for an 8 ounce bottle)

The lotion is very lightweight, yet still moisturizing. It blends in so well and the scent is just lovely. I adore the grapefruit and lime, which are the notes that comes out the most. This would be a wonderful scent for summer. My only concern was that I had just shaved my legs an hour or two before applying, so the citrus oils stung my skin. This is common for any topical application of citrus essential oils, though, so I should have known better. I like the ingredients. You won't find anything synthetic. No parabens, petrochemicals, or phthalates in here. The lotion is preserved gently with Sodium Benzoate. There are some antioxidant essential oils in here, but as we know, essential oils are not effective preservatives.

I would recommend this lotion and say that it would be best used within 6 months or so, even with that natural preservative.

Body Soap ($4.49 for a 4.2 ounce bar)

The soap is quite nice. It contains both apricot and strawberry seeds, so it is gently exfoliating. You'll also find antioxidant-rich pomegranate seed and grapeseed extract. With the natural exfoliants, it was still very gentle and left my skin soft and with a glow. It didn't feel stripped at all. My one gripe with the bar--and it is a big one--is that the number one ingredient is Sodium Palmate.

This comes from palm oil and I do not recommend palm oil for ethical reasons. Click here to see why. There is no mention on the packaging or website about this being RSPO certified sustainable palm oil either (although that doesn't really matter when it comes to palm oil sourcing). Based on this alone, I cannot recommend the soap. I would not purchase it based on this ingredient.

Shampoo Bar ($4.49 for a 3.5 ounce bar)

The shampoo bar is shaped like a teardrop and is really nice because it is fragrance free. It did dry my hair a bit, although my hair is very thick and slightly coarse to begin with. It had a light lather and rinsed clean. Again, ingredient #1 is Sodium Palmate and for that reason alone I will not be able to recommend this product.

The C & G bottom line:

Seed is an afforably priced small skin care line with good intentions. Unfortunately, the company chooses to use Sodium Palmate, which eliminates 2 of the 3 products in my eyes. I do not understand why companies continue to ignore the destruction of the rain forest and the senseless deaths of orangutans all in the name of palm oil.

A Big Positive...and a Possibility

I really liked the lotion and would recommend this formula.

Even though I tried the citrus blend, I also looked at the ingredient list of the body lotion in the unscented formula and think this would make for a fantastic facial moisturizer.

I have people emailing me daily asking for recommendations for facial moisturizers since I closed my skin care business in 2009. I can tell you that, based solely on the ingredients label, that this could be a GREAT bet for a replacement. I might try this myself to see how it rates. At $8.99 for 8 ounces, it would be a steal for a facial lotion and it contains aloe, soybean oil (which I like on the skin), sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, green tea, and more.

You can find Seed at the Seed online store, select Whole Foods locations, and on Amazon.


I did not pay for these products. I received them, at no cost to me, from the company. In exchange, I was asked to review the products. Reviewing them has not affected my opinion/review in any way. All statements are my own and based on my personal experience using these products.