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).
Regardless of the product, we utilize all-natural or naturally derived ingredients in everything we make.
Butters and Oils
GMO-free 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.
GMO-free, expeller pressed mango butter not only contributes to the hardness of a bar of soap, it is also a phenomenal conditioning agent and emollient for your skin. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and contains high levels of Vitamins A, C and E.
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!