Our soaps are made in small batches to control the quality of our product and get consistent results. We use our products and test each one we have created. We even used our pet shampoo on ourselves before washing them with it. We use plant oils with differing qualities to design each of our soaps. We have used animal oils in some soaps for their qualities such as goats milk soap. Each of our products contains a list of the ingredients so you are informed of what you are putting on your body. We consider safety and sustainability of each of our choice oils to help keep you our earth and environment safe.
Our soaps are are made of hard oils that are solid at room temperature and soft oils that are liquid.
The oils used are:
Coconut Oil – This oil is highly cleansing when used in a soap and produces a fluffy lather but can be drying. 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.
- 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.
- 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, vinerals 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 thought to benefit dry skin. Has it own pleasant natural aroma.
- Cocoa Butter Unbleached – Cocoa butter helps to reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity. Hard butter and has a wonderful scent in the unbleached version which we use.
- Mango Butter Unbleached – It has a high content of stearic acid which makes it similar to cocoa butter’s properties, but this butter is more silky soft not hard.
- Flax Seed Oil – Rich source in omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. It helps sooth itchy skin, and nourishes.
- 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. 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 soft shiny curls.
- Vegetable Glycerin – Humectant that absorbs moisture and softens skin. It also makes it easier to mix our soaps.
- Herbs – grown organically so no chemicals attached to get into our soaps. Each herb has it’s 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 them this next year.
- 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 for safer shipping and lower weight in shipping which passes on a savings to you.
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 taht 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.