Natural soap is created by mixing an oil or butter (your acid) with sodium hydroxide or potassium 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 process. 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!
We make our soap and shampoo bars using the cold process method of soap making - which means we do not "cook" the soap - we melt the oils, mix our lye solution, combine it all together, and let nature and chemistry do its thing.
Our liquid soaps do require the application of heat during the process (known as hot process) and our lotions and whipped body cream are a little more complex, with ingredients needing to be added and mixed at different temperatures throughout the process to maintain their integrity and efficacy.
Regardless of the product, we utilize all-natural or naturally derived ingredients in everything we make.
Butters and Oils
All of our products contain GMO-free sunflower oil - in many products it is the primary oil the recipe. 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.
All of our products also contain either real Tussah silk fibers or silk amino acids - both are cruelty free sourced products. Silk makes our already creamy, bubbly soap lather and our skin loving moisturizers 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!
Our lotions and whipped body cream contain emulsifiers - these are necessary to hold the oil and liquid components of our moisturizers together. Without them, they would separate back into oil and liquid layers - remember chemistry class? We have opted to use an all-natural oil-in-water emulsifier and provides conditioning to both hair and skin due to acyl lactylates.Fatty acids, lactic acid & sodium lactate. You'll find these on the ingredients list under their individual chemical compound names (as required by labeling guidelines) - Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
Glyceryl Stearate is a fatty acid derived from vegetable oil and is also naturally occurring in the human body. It acts as a lubricant on the skin's surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin's surface
Cetearyl Alcohol is made from cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, both fatty alcohols. found in coconut and palm oil. Fatty alcohols are quite different from skin-aggravating forms of alcohol and do not pose a risk of sensitizing skin.
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate derived from the sodium salt of lactic acid and stearic acid.
What? Why do natural products have preservatives in them? Simple - because science. While our bar soaps and shampoo bars do not require or contain preservatives, the chemical composition of liquid soaps and moisturizers requires that we use a preservative to provide you the safest, healthiest products possible. Liquid soaps, lotions, and whipped body cream contain high water contents in them - and all of that water creates the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of nasty stuff to grow without a preservative. Rather than selling an "all-natural" product that will grow mold and other unmentionables, we have decided that it is better to include a preservative for your health and ours. Sometimes things like preservatives get frowned upon by over-the-top-crunch-granola-natural-purists, but preservatives do have a place in the world, and we have chosen to opt for safety over any marketing ploy we could use crying "all natural".
However, there are good and bad preservatives out there. After much research and testing, we opted to use preservatives that are derived from natural materials and are as close to nature as possible, while still working effectively. Our preservative is GMO-free and complies with the criteria of NATRUE and COSMOS (including ECOCERT) for natural products. You'll find these on the ingredients list under their individual chemical compound names (as required by labeling guidelines) - Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, and Tocopherol.
Benzyl Alcohol is an organic alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruits (apricots, cranberries) and teas and it’s among the least sensitizing preservatives in use.
Benzoic Acid is naturally occurring in most types of berries and a plant called gum benzoin.
Dehydroacetic Acid is an organic compound effective at preventing growth of microbes.
Tocopherol - naturally derived Vitamin E