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Oils

The oils used in soap-making can provide some quite exciting and luxurious qualities in the soap. And when they are mixed in various ratios, a nicely well-balanced bar can be produced. We use the following oils in our soap products:

Almond Oil (Sweet)

This oil is a highly-effective humectant, which means it naturally attracts and retains moisture from the air into your skin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and offers a nice sustained lather to the bar.

Avocado Oil

This oil, made from the pulp of the Avocado fruit, is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E. This makes it very good for the skin, and serves as an effective moisturizing agent for sensitive skin.

Coconut Oil

This oil contains anti-microbial benefits. It nourishes the skin keeping it soft and smooth. It is a natural moisturizer for the skin and doesn't clog pores. It helps to create a hard bar of soap, and provides large fluffy bubbles with high cleansing properties.

Castor Oil

This oil acts as a humectant, naturally attracting and retaining moisture from the air to your skin. It provides a great creamy lather, and when used along with coconut oil, it also helps to hold and stabilize the bubbly lather produced by the coconut oil.

Olive Oil

This oil is an excellent moisturizer and is very mild and gentle to the skin. It provides wonderful skin-conditioning properties to the bar

Palm Oil

This oil is a great base oil for veggie-based soaps. It works very well in creating a hard, long-lasting bar, it is mild to the skin, and stabilizes the lather.



Essential Oils

Essential oils are 100% natural and typically obtained by distillation (through steam or CO2) or cold-pressed. They usually maintain the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted. Some beauty and health products use fragrance oils, which are synthetic in nature. And while fragrance oils are cheaper, they are completely derived from man-made chemicals. So be very AWARE of the ingredients used to incorporate scents into your purchased products. You want ESSENTIAL OILS only. And to that point, we ONLY use the following all-natural essential oils in our soaps:

Geranium Rose

This oil is sweet and floral with a distinct richness that is quite enjoyable. It has a range of qualities including use as an astringent and a deodorant.

Lavender

Aside from being one of the most popular scents on the market, this oil is beneficial for treatment of issues with the nervous system, insomnia, pain relief, skin care, and hair care. It is known to be calming, sleep inducing, a disinfectant, anti inflammatory, anti fungal, and an antiseptic.

Lemongrass

This oil has an aroma that is similar to fresh lemons with earthy and slightly spicy notes. Traditionally, lemongrass reduces pain, fights depression, inhibits microbial growth, and protects wounds from being septic. This essential oil kills bacteria, reduces body odor, stops fungal infections, and soothes inflammation and nervous disturbances.

Orange

This oil traditionally is used to soothe inflammation, fight depression and uplift mood, protect against sepsis, enhance libido, and reduces emotional and nervous disturbances. It is an anti inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, and antiseptic.

Pink Grapefruit

This oil smells just like the fruit. It is a very pleasant and refreshing aroma. It is used as a disinfectant and antidepressant and is antiseptic. In various parts of the world, it is used to fight infections, reduce depression and uplift spirits and mood. It also protects wounds from becoming septic while increasing the elimination of of toxins.

Rosemary Oleoresin Extract

This oil, commonly referred to as ROE, is a natural antioxidant extract ingredient that combats oxidation of oils and quite effectively extends the shelf life of the product.

Tea Tree

This oil is fresh and camphoraceous with hidden spice notes. People love it for its many therapeutic properties and skin care advantages. It is often used to inhibit bacterial, microbial, and viral infections since it is known to be antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial and an antiseptic.



Exfoliates

There are a handful of reasons why we tend to include an exfoliate in each of our bars. One is purely for the visual appeal. Since we don't include colorants (natural or otherwise) in our soaps, adding a simple and creative exfoliate to the bar gives it that "something special". But beyond that, there are real and tangible benefits to a mild exfoliation practice. This action helps the body to shed any dry, dead skin cells, and in doing so can help prevent pores from getting clogged. It also provides a satisfying, refreshed, clean feel to the skin, and to a larger extent, it hastens the renewal process of your skin by allowing smoother and healthier skin cells to surface. Our soaps include the following all-natural exfoliates:

  • Basil Leaves (Dried & Crushed)
  • Carandula (Marigold) Petals (Dried)
  • Coffee Beans (Freshly-ground)
  • Oatmeal (Coarsely-chopped)
  • Orange Peel (Freshly-zested)


Lye Solutions

Lye is crucial to the soap-making process, but it can't just be added to the oils in a solid or crystal form. It first needs to be dissolved into water or some other liquid before it is incorporated into the oil. Our soaps use the following liquids when dissolving the lye:

Brewed Coffee

There are many opinions and "facts" on the Web touting the many miracle qualities of coffee, ranging from protection against skin cancer to anti-aging. We can't speak to any of that. But we can tell you that coffee is great for sensitive skin, includes natural antioxidants, and provides inherent odor-absorbing qualities. Our Unscented Coffee soap is produced using a lye solution made from fresh, strongly brewed coffee.

Water

What else can you say, it's water :-)

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