High Quality Ingredients
Palm Oil: One of the best soap-making oils and efficiently produced from the oil palm tree. Palm oil is high in oleic acid (think olive oil) and palmitic acid which are nourishing and make a balanced hard bar of soap. We are very selective, and only using organic sustainable palm oil from certified sources that don’t deforest or negatively impact orangutan populations. Some soap makers claim to be sustainable but use a “mass balance” palm oil from regions that deplete rainforests and threaten wildlife such as orangutans. This is all in order to cut costs as mass balance palm oil is roughly half the cost of organic sustainable palm. The palm oil in our soap comes from known origins and is Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Rainforest Alliance certified.
Shea Butter: Softens skin. Abundant in vitamins and fatty acids making it incredibly nourishing for the skin and helps produce balanced lather and a harder bar.
Olive Oil: High in oleic acid and antioxidants, olive oil produces a balanced lather that is mild yet effective, leaving your skin with natural moisture.
Coconut Oil: The king of lather, every soap should be made with at least some coconut oil (in our opinion). We perfectly balance the coconut so there is not too much or too little lather.
Activated Charcoal: Often used for detoxification, charcoal is typically used to purify water and even eaten to purify the body. In soap, it can help to purify the skin in the washing process and add micro-exfoliation.
Kaolin Clay: A mild clay that helps with slip and lather balance and helps remove oils and toxins.
Bentonite Clay: Draws toxins from the skin and helps oily skin. Too much bentonite will dry a person out, so we use just the right amount.
Rose Clay: A type of kaolin clay, it is a mild clay used for all skin types. A mild clay that helps with slip, lather, and balance and helps remove oils and toxins.
Aloe: Skin soothing and often times used on sunburns to soothe and heal, aloe has long been seen as the go to for helping a variety of skin issues. In soap, it can cause a softening effect even though it is rinsed off. In leave on applications, it will have an even greater softening effect.
Sodium Hydroxide: Necessary like yeast is to bread, sodium hydroxide (lye) is the “active” that turns oils into soap. No worries, our formulas are created by experts to make sure the exact right amount is used.
Water: Needed in the soap making process, it seems water is needed in all of life.
Salt: Helps with exfoliation, hardness, and balance.
Pumice: Mined, usually, from volcanic rock, pumice is a great natural exfoliant.
Oatmeal: Natural exfoliant and also an “oil balancer” for skin. Some individuals may wish to avoid oatmeal if they have dry or sensitive skin.
Mica: Mica is considered a natural colorant. Mined and then mixed with a variety of colors, mica can have a shimmer sometimes in concentrate. We only use mica that has been verified to not be mined by children (which is common in the industry).
Chromium Oxide: A green colorant, often considered more natural than dyes.
Iron Oxide: Reds, yellows and browns, iron oxide (aka rust) are great natural color additions to our soaps.
Annatto Seed Powder: A natural orange herbal colorant.
Rosehip Powder: A natural reddish-brown colorant with slightly exfoliating effect. Thought to help with a variety of skin issues including inflammation.
Hibiscus Powder: A purplish red powder used as a natural colorant that can also be slightly exfoliating
Titanium Dioxide: Considered a natural colorant, titanium dioxide is used to create a whitening effect in products. If used in too great a concentration, it can also have a drying effect.
Ultramarines: Considered a natural colorant, ultramarines are blues and purples.
Essential Oils (Blends): Extracted from plants, via chemical, cold press, steam distillation (most common), or CO2 extraction, essential oils are all-natural if they are unadulterated. Some essential oils are purely from one variety while others are a blend of different varieties.
Natural Fragrance: Compounded aroma chemicals that are naturally derived and may also be blended with essential oils in some cases.
Fragrance: Compounded aroma chemicals. Often synthetic, but often can be derived from natural aroma chemicals (see natural fragrance). All of our fragrances and essential oils are used in accordance with “IFRA” data and are also free from harmful phthalates or harmful chemicals.
Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the world due to its variety of uses in aromatherapy and topical applications. Soothing, slightly medicinal, slightly floral, and definitely herbaceous. Sadly, many lavender essential oils on the market are adulterated with synthetic aroma chemicals in order to smell “sweeter” or more “floral”. Our lavender essential is tested and confirmed as all-natural.
Orange Essential Oil: A natural by-product of the orange industry, orange essential oil comes from the orange peel and is cold pressed to keep the sweet citrus aroma.
Patchouli Essential Oil: Deep, rich, and earthy, real patchouli essential oil can produce a “love” or “hate” relationship with those who smell the straight essential oil. Often blended with other oils to produce an earthy, somewhat sweet, base note.
Clove Essential Oil: A sweet spice oil that adds that special something in an aroma application, but sometimes used topically to treat a variety of skin ailments.
Cinnamon Essential Oil: A sweet and spicy oil used in small amounts due to skin sensitivity issues. Some suggest it may be useful in treating aches and pains.
Amyris Essential Oil: Often considered “west Indian sandalwood,” it may have some similarities, but it is not really sandalwood (which is a very expensive essential oil). However, Amyris is a light woody, yet somewhat sweet essential oil for natural fragrance applications.
Anise Essential Oil: Very sweet and licorice-like in scent, anise is a great subtle addition to some of our essential oil blends.
Cedarwood Essential Oil: Cedarwood is often used not only for its insect repelling ability, but also its strong aroma, that brings a wonderful natural balance to many of our essential oil blends.
Palmarosa Essential Oil: Natural essential oil that smells a touch rosy, a touch herby, and somewhat similar to citronella. Great for the skin, Palmarosa can help balance skin’s oil production, and is often considered “anti-bacterial.”
Clary Sage Essential Oil: A natural, sweet, and herbaceous essential oil. Also considered an “anti-inflammatory.”
Peppermint Essential Oil: Sharp and invigorating, peppermint can create quite a tingle in different “areas” so use with caution. Be aware, peppermint can also be drying, so be cautious if you have sensitive skin. Thought of also as “anti-inflammatory” so may assist with trouble skin areas.
Spearmint Essential Oil: Peppermint’s “sweeter sister,” spearmint has a lighter tingling effect, and sweeter softer aroma. Some suggest spearmint could be useful for reducing wrinkles and blemishes.
Eucalyptus Globulus: Camphorous, when smelled “straight,” but often blended with other oils, complementing many in a supporting role. Eucalyptus is seen as an anti-inflammatory, cooling, and soothing to the skin.
Thyme Essential Oil: A natural, camphorous, anti-inflammatory, and stimulating oil. Often used in blends to complement the natural aromas and skin benefits.
Cypress Essential Oil: A natural, camphorous essential oil, often blended with other “woodsy” scents, but used in some aromatherapy and medicinal circles to draw out impurities.
Menthol: Naturally derived aroma chemical known for its cooling feeling, as well as its cleansing effects.