The Essential Ingredients You’ll Find in Our Soaps
The Essential Ingredients You’ll Find in Our Soaps
- Coconut oil is full of vitamin E and antioxidants. It moisturizes, soothes, and fights the effects of aging (such as wrinkles and saggy skin) and contributes to the amazing lather you’ll find in our soap.
- Babassu oil is a tropical oil made from the seeds of the babassu palm, a tree native to the rain forests of South America. Babassu works well as a substitute for coconut-free soap. Babassu is packed with antioxidants and healthy fats, it can boost the health of your skin and hair, moisturizing them without causing you to feel greasy or develop acne.
- Olive oil has been an all-star of the culinary and beauty worlds for centuries. It’s loaded with antioxidants and rich properties that leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Olive oil by itself can make the soap soft, but we paired ours with palm oil which hardens the bar, giving it a solid feel in your hands and allowing it to last longer.
- Avocado oil will increase the conditioning and add creaminess to the soap's lather. Avocado oil also has wonderful skin care advantages such as a high content of vitamin A, D and E.
- Palm oil helps harden each bar of soap that we make and has a number of important nourishing qualities that are great for your skin. Palm oil is loaded with Vitamin E and is extremely moisturizing. It also contributes to that wonderful lather you’ll find in our soap. We love this oil for its multifaceted properties.
- Cocoa butter adds firmness and moisture to the bar. Cocoa butter gives the soaps the hardness. Cocoa butter is used to help create a firm yet spreadable texture that’s perfect for cracked, dry heels.
- Palm kernel flakes are simply palm kernel oil made into flake form. These flakes make this oil extremely easy to use. The flakes help to produce a harder bar and a thick creamier lather. This oil contains vitamin E, rarely found tocotrienols and a wide array of antioxidants.
Reasons to include oatmeal, charcoal, aloe, ground coffee, cucumber, etc. additives in soaps:
- Beer produces a wonderful creamy conditioning lather and creates lots of bubbles. Beer is made with hops which is known for its relaxing properties. Hops contains skin softening amino acids, which can soothe irritated and inflamed skin.
- Oatmeal can help protect the skin from exposure to different harmful elements. Oatmeal Soap Leaves Your Skin Clean and Exfoliated. Oatmeal contains many different nutrients such as beta-glucan, enzymes, protein, vitamins, flavonoids, prostaglandin-synthesis inhibitors, lipids and polysaccharides. These are all naturally occurring elements that can help nourish the skin and even stimulate collagen deposition. Oatmeal has natural anti-inflammatory properties and other healing elements that can help repair the skin. This is beneficial to calm enflamed skin due to exposure to the elements or certain chemicals and toxins. For those with skin conditions such as eczema, acne, rosacea or rashes, oatmeal can help soothe and treat the skin. Oatmeal also can reduce the appearance of large pores and even out your skin tone. Oatmeal contains a gentle, natural lightening agent that can reduce dark spots or blotches on your skin, giving it a younger, smoother appearance.
- Coffee, when added to one’s daily skin care routine via a cleansing bar for example, can reduce dryness, dull appearance and puffiness associated with aging. Anti-oxidants in coffee beans provide a soothing effect and sense of calm and quiet when applied directly to the skin via a soap bar or other skin care product. Finely ground coffee beans can rid the skin of dry, dead skin cells and restore it to a more radiant and smooth appearance. Coffee, by stimulating blood flow, improves circulation and consequently the appearance of the skin. Roasted coffee beans are rich in Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin. B3 is thought to fight non-melanoma skin cancers and other growths on the skin. Utilizing a coffee cleansing bar supports this cancer fighting behavior. The antioxidants, stimulants, and chlorogenic acids found in coffee make it an effective acne-fighting agent. Acne can be exacerbated by excessive oil, dead skin cells and topically applied products that clog the pores. Gently scrubbing the face with a coffee bean infused soap can help to clear away dead skin cells, unclog the pores and fight bacteria. Because of the ability to dilate, or widen, the blood vessels under the skin’s surface, a coffee based soap or nonabrasive face mask can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes for a more illuminated appearance. Coffee beans have natural anti-inflammatory properties. When the skin is subjected to too much sun and a sun burn results, a coffee soap when used very cautiously and gently on a sun burn can reduce inflammation and sooth the skin. Rosacea flare ups are often caused by bacteria and inflammation. Because of the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of coffee beans, using a coffee based soap in a daily skin routine can reduce the number of occurrences.
- Charcoal helps to remove dirt and other impurities from the skin's pores. Charcoal helps to “detox” or “purify” skin when used as a soap or facial cleanser. Charcoal helps clear up acne.
- Aloe Vera helps to clean the pores and strengthens the superficial layer of the dermis, and so it is an excellent treatment to clean and eliminate impurities, which in the medium term, prevent the deterioration of the skin.
- Cucumber contains 96 percent water, it removes the lack of water in the skin. Leaves skin refreshed, clean & soft.
We use essential oils to impart therapeutic and restorative properties into our products. We’re proud to share that our essential oils are 100% natural, 100% pure, undiluted, and often times steam-distilled to obtain the highest levels of purity. All of the essential oils we use are sourced from high-grade botanicals from around the world to ensure that each bar of soap gives you the highest quality therapeutic and restorative effects as possible. And of course, we make sure to choose essential oils that hold more “commonly approved” aromas and scents.
Ingredients You WON’T Find in Our Products
Just as important as what we DO put in the products is what we DON'T put in! So, do you know what’s in your soap? Have you checked the label? You’ll be shocked to find that most soaps you find on the shelves include a long list of these not so nourishing and potentially harmful ingredients — the average bar of soap or body wash contains 15-20 chemicals!
- #1 GMO Oils
Even “handmade” soaps often contain petroleum based glycerin or genetically modified oils such as soybean or corn oil (often disguised under the nefarious term “vegetable oil”), and canola oil (genetically modified grape seed oil). The effects of consuming genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or applying them to the skin are unknown. Many countries have banned GMOs because of the lack of information regarding the long-term effects of GMOs on the human body and environment. We strongly encourage everyone to do their own research regarding GMOs and cosmetic chemicals that they may make informed decisions regarding what’s best for their family’s health as well as their own.
- #2 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
A common ingredient in commercial soap and skincare products, this ingredient is also used to degrease engines and clean garage floors. But, why put it in soap? It’s a lathering agent and dissolves the oils of your skin just like it dissolves the oils on an engine block. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is just one of the numerous harsh chemicals found in other soaps and body washes that dries and irritates the skin. The skin does a great job of protecting us from harmful substances, but it can only do so much. Today, the average person harbors an unprecedented amount of foreign and hazardous chemicals in their body with children having more chemicals than adults! Could some of these chemicals be infiltrating our bodies through our skin? After reading about some of the chemicals in commercial skin care products it’s hard not to believe that this is probably the case.
- #3 Dyes
With most commercial products, dyes are often used to color soaps synthetically. A big reason we’ve chosen to avoid using dyes is that they can be troublesome and unnecessary for those with skin sensitivities such as psoriasis and eczema. Our soap is 100% natural in color — we don’t use any type of dye to alter the look of our products.
- #4 Detergents
Most commercially produced soaps contain synthetic additives, such as detergents, that are intended to remove dirt from the skin. Such detergents actually strip the skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated with even just one use. Because of our deep commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients, we believe that detergents are completely unnecessary and go against the all-natural hydrating, exfoliating, and cleansing properties that are in the soap.
- #5 Fillers
As you can imagine, using 100% pure, all-natural ingredients is not the cheapest way to make soap. Many soap makers (both large commercial corporations and small batch soap makers alike) will add in fillers or dilutions. This makes the product volume “stretch” which is done to reduce costs and increase profits. But, it also reduces the quality and purity of the soap. Because of our commitment to making products that are 100% pure and all-natural, each of our soap products are made using the highest quality of ingredients in their undiluted form with zero fillers.
- #6 Synthetic Preservatives
Chemicals like these are actually banned in other countries because they have been known to aggravate skin disorders (such as eczema), morph skin cells, compromise the integrity of the skin barrier, and more. Despite all of this, they are often found in many beauty-related products (such as soap) in the US. Synthetic preservatives are an unnecessary ingredient to have on your skin and in the products you use, so why risk it?
- #7 Pthalates
This is a man-made ingredient that is often used as a softener in many different types of cosmetics. Some research has shown that these ingredients have been linked to many other issues. These phthalates are also found in synthetic fragrances (another ingredient we refuse to use in our products).
- #8 Parabens
These chemicals are widely used as preservatives in many cosmetic products. However, in the 1990’s scientists found that when used, Parabens stay and build up in the body over time. Not only that, Parabens contain agents that mimic estrogen when they enter the bloodstream. When our bodies have abnormal levels of estrogen, there is an increased potential for many different issues. We highly recommend you avoid any soap products with parabens!
- #9 Alcohols
Plain and simple, this ingredient contains properties that cause the skin to dry out.
- #10 Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic fragrances are man-made scents that are often added to skin care products in order to create unique smells. However, the companies that produce these fragrances are not required to disclose their ingredients. The ingredients can contain anything from alcohols to harsh chemicals, to phthalates, and any number of other ingredients that are harmful to the body.
- #11 Premade Bases
The quality of our soap is extremely important to us which is why we make every bar soap from scratch using high-quality individual ingredients and steering clear of any premade bases. Many soap makers who claim their products are “100% handmade and all-natural” use these premade bases when creating their soap as a way to speed up production and reduce costs. However, these premade bases contain chemicals and other unnecessary ingredients in them which significantly reduce the quality of the soap and at times are even dangerous to use on our bodies.