About our Ingredients

We work with several base recipes to create our soaps. Specific ingredients are, of course, listed on each bar of soap and in our Etsy shop. However, I’d like to tell you some general information about all of the ingredients that we use in our workshop. We’ve worked hard to find suppliers that care about quality, purity, and ethical sourcing so that we can put our effort into making bars of soap that are pretty, smell nice, and feel great on your skin!

oliveoilsmall Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Oil) – Olive oil is obtained from the olive, which is the fruit of the olive tree. We get our olive oil from a supplier that specializes in soap making, and it is a blend of extra virgin and grade A refined olive oil. This oil makes a very mild bar of soap (pure olive oil soap is known as Castile soap). While it has many benefits, it doesn’t lather very well so we usually combine it with other oils that do.
almondssmall Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil) – Almond oil is cold pressed from the nut of almond trees that produce sweet almonds. With its high vitamin E content, it makes a wonderful massage oil on its own. We like it for soap as it is an emollient, helps produce a luxuriously rich lather, and is a great carrier oil for our colors.
coconutsmall Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil) – Coconut oil is cold pressed from the meat of the coconut. We use this in all of our soaps because of it’s incredible cleaning and lathering properties. Coconut oil lathers so well in fact, it is one of the few oils that will still produce lather in salt water! As a solid oil, it also helps makes the bars very hard, which in turn helps them last longer.
castorseedssmall Castor Oil (Ricinus communis Seed Oil) – Castor oil is expeller pressed from the bean of the Ricinus communis shrub. In soap it acts as a natural preservative, a humectant, and helps produce a stable lather.
palmoilsmall Palm Oil (Elaeis Guineensis Oil) – Palm oil is cold pressed from the fruit of the palm tree. Palm oil production has been somewhat controversial, but due to it’s unique properties we’ve decided to keep it on our ingredient list and only purchase from suppliers who are RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) Certified. You can read more about the benefits of sustainable palm oil here.
hempseedoilsmall Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil) – Hemp Seed Oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is full of goodness such as important amino and fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins A, B, D, and E, and is a phenomenal emollient.
cocoabuttersmalll Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter) – Cocoa butter is extracted from the beans of the Theobroma cacao plant. First the beans are fermented, roasted, then removed from their shells. Then chocolate liquor is used to separate the cocoa butter from the cocoa solids. We use natural, non-deodorized cocoa butter-it smells like chocolate, and your skin will love it!
Cup of shea butter with shea nuts Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit Butter) – Shea butter is expeller pressed from the nut of the African Shea tree (also called Vitellaria paradoxa). We use refined shea butter so it is filtered to remove most of the scent and impurities but leaves all of the vitamins and essential fatty acids we want in our soap.
rainbowsmall Colors – We use a variety of methods to color our soap. This decision relies mainly on what design we want to use. Different types of colorants behave several different ways when being mixed and we use these behaviors to achieve the effects we want. Natural colorants, like clays, give us beautiful, earthy tones. Micas can give a shimmery, almost metallic look. Oxide pigments give us lovely, solid matte colors.
Sodium Hydroxide – Commonly referred to as lye, sodium hydroxide is what takes all of these fantastic oils and turns them in to soap through a process called saponification. Once this process completes there is actually no sodium hydroxide in the finished bar because once it combines with the oils, alkali salts are formed, a.k.a. soap!
essentialoilssmall Essential Oils – An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing aroma compounds from plants. An oil is essential in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance. Examples of this would be Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil. Unfortunately, while natural, not all essential oils have a pleasant scent, and for some plants it’s not possible to extract the compounds. This is why we also use fragrance oils.
fragranceoils1small Fragrance Oils – Fragrance oils are synthetic aroma compounds. Since many fragrances cannot be extracted directly from their plant or flower (or are prohibitively expensive), fragrance oils allow us a much wider selection of scents to offer. For example, strawberry is a very popular and pleasing scent, but it cannot be naturally extracted from the plant.  As fragrance oils are used to scent many things from soaps, to candles, to air fresheners, we only use oils that have been extensively tested and deemed skin-safe.



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