Our Soap Ingredients
Our Soap Ingredients
Natural soap is created by mixing an oil or butter (your acid) with sodium hydroxide (lye, which is your base). The chemical reaction that occurs between an acid and a base is called "saponification". Properly formulated cold process soap saponifies all of the lye in the mixture and none is left in the soap at the end of the processs. Our signature recipe is formulated to leave extra unsaponified oils in the soap so that it is cleansing, but gentle on your skin - this isn't the harsh old-style lye soap your grandma made!
All of our soaps contain GMO-free sunflower oil as the primary oil in our recipes. Sunflower oil is extremely high in Vitamin E, is rich in Vitamins A, C and D, and is loaded with essential fatty acids, including omega-6. Being exceptionally light and non-greasy, it is absorbed into the skin easily. Due to its emollient properties, sunflower oil helps your skin retain its moisture.
Coconut oil is a super cleansing oil that also produces big, bubbly lather and contributes a harder bar of soap. It is rich in saturated fatty acids. We use refined, deodorized coconut oil, which does not retain a coconut scent.
Palm oil is used in cold process soap to add to the hardness of the bar. It is also rich in palmitic acid, Vitamins E and K, and magnesium and contains natural anti-oxidants. Our palm oil is physically refined without the use of chemical solvents and is purchased from a supplier that obtains palm oil from a source that is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that supports sustainable palm oil production.
Shea butter not only contributes to the hardness of a bar of soap, it is also a phenomenal moisturizer. Shea butter is rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and E. Our refined Shea butter is GMO-free, produced without solvents and is provided by a supplier that is a member of the Global Shea Alliance, an organization that promotes industry sustainability, quality practices and standards.
Every soap also contains real Tussah silk fibers. Tussah silk is cruelty free and collected after the worms have left their cocoons. Silk makes our already creamy, bubbly soap lather even more luxurious and silky smooth.
Essential Oils and Phthalate-Free Fragrances
The majority of our soaps are scented with pure essential oils. We do also offer some very popular scents that are only available as skin-safe, phthalate-free fragrance oils. While we do believe in making our products as natural as possible, there are just some scents that are impossible to replicate with essential oils. Sometimes "synthetic" fragrances get a bad rap - fragrance oil manufacturers have made great strides in recent years in producing safe fragrance oils that do not contain the harsh chemicals that were concerning in fragrance oils in the past. People can have a reaction to all-natural essential oils or man-made fragrance oils. Scent is a highly personal preference and we encourage everyone to enjoy the scent that best lets you be you!