While we chose our ingredients so that they would be better for our bodies and having some great soap making properties, we do not make any medical claims that our stuff is going to cure, treat, or otherwise better your life other than they are more natural (most of our ingredients are edible, though we don't recommend you chomp on a bar of soap) and have a less polluting impact on the environment. I'm also not going to bedazzle you with all the claims that I have read about the ingredients we've used, although a lot have beneficial properties. I will say that I think our products better our own life because we are empowering ourselves with knowledge of what is going on and in our bodies. We have a choice to use what we want and we want to share that with you!
Oils & Butters:
- Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima) - Valued in the cosmetic industry for its regenerative and moisturizing properties.
- Almond Oil, Sweet (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) - emollient and quick absorbing oil
- Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil) - used for its excellent lather bubble making
- Coconut Oil, Fractionated (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride) - very cleansing, silky, dry oil
- Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) - used to make a harder bar of soap or lip balm, also lovely chocolaty smell and flavor and used as a skin moisturizer
- Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), unrefined - mulituse skin relief
- Palm Oil (Elaeis Guineensis) - Used to give the soap hardness and stable, creamy lather
- Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera) - light and easily absorbed in the skin, hi gh amounts of Vitamin E
- Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis) - used for its skin conditioning properties
- Olive Oil (Olea Europaea) - Used for moisturizing properties, high content of Vit. E
- Neem Oil (Azadirachta Indica) - Said to be very effective antiseptic, antifungal, and insect repellant and combat many problematic skin problems and has a wide range of medicinal uses
Colorants: We use plants and clays for our natural colorants for our soap.
- Alkanet Root Root Powder - lends to a blue to purplish coloring depending on pH
- Nettle Leaf - Natural green colorant, ground leaves add exfoliation properties to soap bar
- Madder Root - gives a rosy pink to deep reddish-pink coloring
- Red Sandalwood Powder - blue-purplish depending on pH
- Spirulina - blue-green sea algae for a green shade
- Black Walnut - ground walnut hulls used all shades of nutty browns depending on amount used
- Comfrey Leaf Root Powder - natural green colorant
- Fuller’s Earth Clay - a good helper for cleaning power to absorb oils and dirt
- French Green Clay - Used as a colorant, but also supposedly helps clear impurities in skin.
- Annatto Seed - yellow to bright orange coloring,
- Indigo Powder - shades of blue
- Cocoa Powder - deep chocolate brown color and scent
- Red Moroccan Clay - Used as a red colorant, also good for it’s drying properties for oily skin types
Additives: Other ingredients we use in our products
- Lanolin - Helps skin retain moisture and acts as skin protectant
- Pumice - Volcanic rock used to clean by exfoliation
- Emulsifying Wax (Cetyl Alcohol) - Used to bind oil and water together
- Stearic Acid - used to make soap harder and a thickener in lotions
- Beeswax (Cera Alba)-Natural product of bees used for hardening & helps seal moisture in
- Bentonite clay - Added into our shaving soap for “slip”, this helps the razorglide over your skin.
- Coffee - Coffee Arabica - good old java absorbs odors and the granules are great for exfoliation
- Epson Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) - mineral salts to help soothe and soften rough spots
- Honey - Natural humectant and sweetener
- Oatmeal (Avena Sativa) Oat Kernel - Great for exfoliation, relief of itchiness or irritations of the skin
- Phenonip - (Phenoxyethanol, Methylparben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben) - preservative used in lotion to prevent mold, fungi, and bacteria from growing in the water based product
Soap Ingredient Essentials: Need these to make soap!
- Sodium Hydroxide, (commonly known as lye) or caustic soda - chemical base that reacts with oils that make soap (saponify)
- Liquids - Water (we use distilled), the catalyst for sodium hydroxide
- Goat’s Milk - Conditioning and moisturizing properties to help with skin ailments
Essential & Fragrance Oils: Essential oils are all natural. Fragrance oils are synthetics.
- Cedar wood (Juniperus Virginiana) - Woodsy, earthy scent.
- Egyptian Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) Oil-Very rosy smelling
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) - Cough drops are recognized for this scent, good for antiseptic, cleansing, and insect repellant properties
- Fragrances: Cucumber Melon, Red Delicious Apple, Fresh Rain, Tropical, Papaya Coconut
- Lavender 40/42 (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil - Herbaceous lavender aroma known for it’s relaxing and soothing scent. 40/42 is a blend of crops for a more even and consistent fragrance.
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus) - invigorating citrusy scent
- Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) - Classic orange
- Orange (Citrus Sinensis) - A little bit sweeter orange
- Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) - Clean and invigorating mint
- Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin) - Earthy and exotic “hippie” scent
- Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) - smells just like a pine tree
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) - This is popular for antiseptic and decongestant properties
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) - very herby and medicinal scent
- Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) - warm and sensuous vanilla