Here is a list of every ingredient we currently use in our products. Please click on the name of any ingredient to learn more about its properties and why we choose to use it in the products we do. Please note that not every ingredient is in every product. Certain ingredients may be considered “universal” and are in most of the products, but others are more specific to certain skin types and concerns, so they may be only included in a few of our products that address those concerns.
If you have any questions about an ingredient or product, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Sodium Hydroxide, or lye, is the ingredient in soap bars that make them soap. It reacts to fats in oils and saponifies them to give them the lathering and cleansing properties you expect in any bar of soap. Lye itself is highly caustic and dangerous to skin. However, the saponification process cahnges its properties to no longer be caustic and to actually help cleanse the skin. It can, however, still be drying to the skin, which is why most oils and fats in our soaps are chosen for their superior moisturizing and soothing properties – to help clean your skin without drying it out.
Olive oil is a common “main” oil in our soaps – meaning it makes up the largest portion of oil content in the soap recipe. It is rich in vitamins A,E, K, and D as well as natural squalenem which helps it absorb moisture from the environment and keep it locked into the skin for a long time. It is a hypoallergenic ingredient, making it a great addition to any soap formulated for sensitive skin. It also creates a very “fluffy” or foamy lather after saponification.
We use virgin, cold processed coconut oil because it has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also an excellent skin moisturizer that is readily absorbed by skin and hair better than many other oils. It’s rich in amino acids and and vitamin E, making it an excellent help in rebuilding and strengthening the skin’s natural barrier. It also creates a lot of fluffy lather in soap, and is an excellent cleanser. However, it can be drying on its own in a bar, so we tend to use it with complimentary oils to help balance the cleasning with moisture.
Virgin avocado oil is loaded with micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. It has high amounts of vitamins A, B, C D, and E, as well as skin-nourishing minerals like iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. It has has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and emollient properties. Because of this, it not only providies a rich lather and cleansing power to soap, but also may help soothe irritated skin from conditions like eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, or psoriasis. It is a humectant-style moisturizer, meaning it draws moisture in close to the skin and holds it there for a long time.