Handmade Soap Ingredients
Only a few, but the best!
Soap is made by humans (since 2800 B.C.) right in our workshop and since we only use essential oils and plant or earth based colorants they are considered 100% natural. Most of the ingredients are organic, but occasionally we have to settle for sustainable and natural for sourcing reasons.
The base oils we have chosen include:
Mango Butter –Mango butter is similar to some of the other more popular butters used in natural products, such as shea and cocoa butter although its fatty acid profile is a little different and it contains higher concentrations of nutrients. One of those nutrients (and my favorite part) is the caffeic acid, otherwise known as caffeine! A lightening and brightening treat for the skin. Mango butter considered a healing ingredient because it contains great amounts of vitamins A and C, and it has a deserved reputation for being a rich moisturizer. The skin doesn’t soak it up right away, allowing the butter to serve as an occlusive (or protective) barrier for your skin. I also started using Mango butter because it is much friendlier to the beginning product maker, and since I teach so many classes I want each student to be as successful as possible at the outset.
Coconut oil – Coconut Oil creates a hard, white bar with loads of fluffy lather and boosts the cleansing power.
Olive oil – Olive oil soap is one of the most moisturizing oils, high in oleic acid, and great for all skin types. It has been used since 450 A.D. to create gentle vegetable oil based bar soaps.
Castor Oil - Castor oil offers a silky, velvety stable, lather that you can't get from any other oil. It is also very similar to your skin's own sebum and can be absorbed readily for deep moisturizing action. A very sustainable plant considered a weed in much of the world. No need to GMO this beauty!
Beeswax - Since I am located in the frozen north we don't grow many oil producing plants here! But there is a little critter that produces a wax that has amazing benefits for the skin. This is why I can't call my products vegan, but I only source from friends who have more wax than they need. Beeswax contains propolis which is anti-inflammatory and healing. Beeswax also has antibacterial properties. It can help keep the skin clean and reduce the risk of contamination from pathogens.
Other Ingredients -
- Essential Oils (organic and wild crafted)
- Clays (Kaolin & Montmorillonite)
- Activated Charcoal
- Calendula Petals
- Rose Hip Powder
- Carrot Powder
- Beet Juice Powder