The following are a list of the ingredients I use in my soap, lotions, lip balms, etc. All of the ingredients used in products used on the skin are natural, or in the case of fragrance oils and some colorants, almost natural. If you have any questions regarding the ingredients or our finished products, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also love to hear what your thoughts are on the products you purchase from us!
SOAP INGREDIENTS – Our Soaps are made from a combination of different oils. They include avocado, castor, coconut, olive, palm, palm kernel, safflower, cocoa & shea butter, essential and or fragrance oils for scent, colorants (mostly micas and oxides), herbs, or a combination thereof.
Avocado Oil – This is a rich emollient oil that contains Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, as well as essential fatty acids. It is nourishing, moisturizing, restorative, and softening to the skin. It is great for sensitive, dry, mature, and problem skin. This a base oil in every soap we make except the doggie shampoo bar. It is very high in unsaponifiables.
Castor Oil – This oil gives soap a rich, creamy lather with concentrated conditioning. It is also a humectant oil. Again, this oil is in all the soap recipes we make.
Cocoa Butter – This is another skin conditioning oil. We use this butter to superfat (add after saponification) our soap and in some of our creams. It adds extra moisturizing and a chocolate scent in some of the finished products.
Coconut Oil – This is a soap making staple used in almost all soap recipes. It makes a hard bar of soap with quick foamy lather, and has great cleaning qualities.
Palm Oil – Another soap making staple. While the coconut oil provides great lather, the palm oil adds stability, making a harder bar, and long lasting lather. It is a very mild oil with a yellow cast to the color.
Palm Kernel Oil – This oil has properties very similar to coconut oil. It is a much harder oil (brittle) as well as whiter.
Olive Oil – Again, another soap making staple. This oil is in all our recipes. Olive oil brings out the characteristics of the other oils used in the soap recipe. It is a very mild and moisturizing oil.
Safflower Oil – This oil provides light skin conditioning and rinses clean. We use it in our Critter Shampoo Bar for those qualities.
Shea Butter – High in unsaponifiables, this butter is great for its moisturizing, smoothing, and softening properties. This oil is great for aged and damaged skin.
Sodium Hydroxide - Also known as lye. This is the chemical that combines with oil to make soap, with glycerine as a natural by-product of the process.
LOTION - Our Body Lotion is wonderful for all skin types. The oils used are easily absorbed into the skin and, in the case of jojoba oil, are very close to the oils produced by the skin. We also use essential or fragrance oils, emulsifying wax (to combine oil and water), glycerin (a humectant), ROE (rosemary oleoresin extract – an antioxidant), and Vitamin E. Besides being good for the skin, the last two ingredients, ROE and Vitamin E also act as a preservative to some extent.