Whether you choose to make your own or allow us to hand craft soap for you, bathing with natural and thoughtfully produced soaps is a lovely experience. Handmade soaps are often contain gentler, more wholesome ingredients that are safe for the whole family, especially little ones.
So what goes into good handmade soap? Plenty of oils and butters—they're essential to the soap-making process and the vital components that create the cleansing, conditioning and lathering effects of soap. We highlight a few that are most common in our artisan soaps.
Shea butter is rich in minerals as well as vitamins A, E and F. As soap cures, shea butter helps the bar develop deep moisturization qualities for the skin. This ingredient is a true skin saver for people who feel the effects of eczema or psoriasis.
Sweet almond oil is beneficial for cleansing itchy, dry or scaly skin. Vitamins A, B1, B6 and E and its fatty acids all work hard to help condition skin.
Olive oil is for so much more than cooking. It's actually one of the most consistently used oils for soap. Works beautifully as an ingredient on sensitive skin, especially for young children because it provides the most gentle conditioning skin could ask for.
Cocoa butter helps seal in skin's moisture by creating a natural barrier on skin. It works wonders on dry skin and is a godsend once the weather cools.
Coconut oil is cleansing and helps create a naturally bubbly lather.
Palm oil contains vitamin E and K and lends a flaxen, slightly peachy color you see in many of our soaps. We use only RSPO-certified palm oil to ensure sustainability.
Jojoba oil helps cleanse, moisturize and control acne because of its unique molecular makeup. Jojoba oil is similar to the oils our body naturally produces to protect skin. It's theorized that jojoba oil helps prevent acne because the skin is triggered to produce less oil when the skin detects jojoba oil.
Rosemary Oleoresin is added to prevent oxygen from reacting with soap to extend each bar's shelf life. Tip: If you happen to have extra bars of our soap, we recommend storing them in a cool, dry place or in a dresser drawer where they'll continue to cure while giving your laundry a subtle, beautiful scent. Handcrafted soap can easily absorb off odors so keeping them in a place away strong smells helps keep them fresh.
Essential oils are useful not only for its gorgeous scents but also for its antiseptic properties. Certain oils such as rose, lemon eucalyptus, sweet orange and lemongrass can help neutralize bacteria, fungi and viruses while smelling absolutely divine. Unlike the anti-bacterial ingredients of commercial soaps, germs cannot mutate to develop immunity from essential oils. Nature is truly amazing, isn't it? If you have allergies or are pregnant, do check with a doctor before using essential oils.
You may be at the beginning or several years into your journey into reducing the amount of chemicals in your home but its a rewarding and important endeavor. We hope this is helpful in your journey for skincare that's closer to earth.