You take oils and mix them with an acid and the oil changes into something that bubbles and binds with dirt that rinses away with water. The trick to it is getting the amount and kind of oil right for the acid used. One kind of acid produces liquid soap and another kind produces bar soap. Cooking it all together is key as to how it all turns out also. That is how our ancestors made soap for centuries using the fats and acids that were available to them which was usually tallow or lard here in the USA.
We use plant oils as opposed to animal oils in our soap as the main ingredients. We use no petroleum products or chemicals that are derived from them. We also do not use any chemically engineered substances in our soaps that cause irritation. And don’t get me started on the chemicals the big companies put in there products that are actually hazardous to us and our enviroment.
The ingredients found in our soap:
- Coconut Oil – This oil is highly cleansing when used in a soap and produces a fluffy lather but can be drying if overused. If it used by itself continuously or when there is too much in a soap it can dry out your skin. We use this in small amounts with other oils to counteract the drying effects. It is used in higher amounts in our laundry and general household cleaning products due its cleaning properties after being saponified.
- Palm Oil Sustainably Grown – Natural source of tocotrienol which is part of the Vitamin E family. Popular in cold and hot process soap making because it produces a big, fluffy lather.
- Palm Kernal Flakes – Same as above but is more concentrated. Makes even more lather.
- Vegetable Stearic Acid – Again from palm nut and concentrated down even more.
- Olive Oil – Highly emollient and produces thick sustaining lather. Contains vitamins, lipids and fats that are good for us on the inside and outside of our bodies. Our mildest soap is created with 100% olive oil and is best for newborns and those with extremely sensitive skin types.
- Soy Oil – Very emollient and produces a thick lather.
- Grape Seed Oil – Light oil that is high in vitamins, minerals and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Helps preserve the natural moisture in aging skin.
- Castor Oil – Helps with lather and is rich in fatty acids that soothes and lubricates. It is a humectant attracting moisture to the skin.
- Shea Butter Unbleached– Pure shea butter is high in vitamin and mineral content which is a benefit to dry skin. It is great outside of soap to put on our skin and is soothing.
- Cocoa Butter Unbleached – Cocoa butter helps to reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity. It is a hard butter and has a wonderful scent in the unbleached version which we use.
- Mango Butter Unbleached – This oil has a high content of stearic acid which makes it similar to cocoa butter’s properties, but this butter is more silky soft and creamy.
- Flax Seed Oil – Rich source in omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. It helps sooth itchy skin, and nourishes. Used in our special shampoos.
- Sunflower Seed Oil – High in essential fatty acids and helps to moisturize, regenerate and condition skin.
- Safflower Oil – This oil is high in linoleic acid which helps moisturize, nourish and restructure skin.
- Neem Oil – Thought to be very effective antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral agent. We have used for eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and acne. Considered to be a natural insect repellent. But it has a very strong odor so we use only in very small amounts. But that is all you need. Also used in gardening and old timers used in pet soaps, etc. Hubby prefers this for his itchy dandruff shampoo and starts itching and flaking when he uses any other soap or shampoo in his hair.
- Karanja Nut Oil – The same qualities as above but without the strong smell. Also used in organic gardening. I prefer this in my shampoo and found that it works on our itchy little Petey (our little Yorkshire Terror) who has dry skin and ‘was’ constantly itching even though the vet, the groomer and we could never find a flea or other pest causing it. Petey’s Pet Shampoo was created and our little fluffy princess (mix breed) uses it too for her soft shiny curls.
- Vegetable Glycerin – This is a humectant that absorbs moisture and softens skin. It also makes it easier to mix our soaps. It is actually a by product of making soap. All our soaps have the retained glycerin in them and we add more when needed.
- Herbs – grown organically so no chemicals attached to get into our soaps. Each herb has its own qualities such as soothing, hydrating, and astringent. Some, such as the food herbs are grown here organically and the flower type have been purchased, but we will be growing more of the flower types this next year.
- Plant Cellulose – Used as a thickener and helps lather. Liquid soap when done is pretty thin, so we add some of this to make our products thicker. We choose not to use the drying types of thickeners or chemical thickeners in our products.
- Essential Oils – Oils are extracted from plants and have strong scents, plus qualities that are different for each kind, such as soothing, kills germs and viruses, lifts our spirits, calms our nerves, cuts through oil and grease, stops smells such as garlic or fish that are so hard to get rid of, etc. We choose these to work with each other and compliment each others scents. Used in perfumery.
- Hydroxides (Potassium or Sodium) Food Grade – are used in each soap to saponify the oils and make them into a lathering cleaning soap that binds with the dirt and allows it to be rinsed it away in water.
Packaging – We use packaging that is either bio-degradable such as paper for wrapping bar soap or that is re-useable such as our bottles and pumps. We do package our liquids in plastic that can be recycled and re-used. We use plastic bottles for safer shipping and lower weight in shipping which passes on a savings to you. In the future we will be offering refills of our products so you can re-use the pumps and foamer bottles our products come in.
When I decided to sell our soaps the one thing that I found amazing is that the FDA does not require registering or licensing soap (as opposed to chemical detergent). Soap contains oils from plants and/or animals that are saponified using hydroxides with the addition of natural ingredients and are safe to eat or can be used on the body. If chemicals are added to a soap the FDA then requires registration and becomes a detergent or cosmetic.
We hope you have learned a bit about our products and the ingredients that are safe to use in soaps.