OUR GOAL – To provide you with natural, handcrafted soaps, lotions and more that are free of additives and preservatives! Our soaps and lotions are made in small batches to ensure quality. They are made from all natural ingredients you can feel great about using…products containing ingredients good for you and good for the environment!
When we say “all natural” we mean we use natural ingredients: carrier oils, butters, colorants, herbs, clays and essential oils.
Many may not know that there is a difference between “essential” and “fragrance” oils. Essential oils are extracted (normally by distillation) from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots or bark of plants and trees. They contain therapeutic qualities to produce multiple benefits such as relaxation, soothing of skin irritations, rejuvenation, stress & pain relief, protection from viruses and bacteria only to name a few. We receive these benefits by aromatherapy (inhaling the fragrance of the oil), Fragrance oils (also called perfume oils) on the other hand have no therapeutic benefits. Some fragrance oils may contain essential oils. Although they may have a more intense fragrance, most components of these oils are created in a laboratory.
We realize that not everyone is created the same. Even using the finest, all-natural ingredients can cause problems for some folks. Please be aware of any notes of caution detailing any potential reactions for various conditions such as pregnancy, liver problems, etc.
As we add new products or variations, our ingredient list may change, but our goal of providing quality natural products will not!
Just a quick note, you may notice that our handcrafted bars sometimes contain “specks” or “flakes”. No worries, the “specks” or “flakes” are either from the natural herbs we use or from the coloring variations that may occur.
OUR PROCESS – There are two major processes for creating and curing handcrafted soap: Cold Process and Hot Process. We use the Cold Process method. The Cold Process allows the naturally created glycerin to remain in the finished product. Glycerin is a natural humectant that draws moisture to our skin. Our soaps are allowed to “cure” for 4 – 6 weeks.
INGREDIENTS AND THEIR PROPERTIES – Since our skin is our largest organ, and its job is to protect our body from damage and infection, keeping it hydrated and in good health is one of our goals! Drinking plenty of quality water is a great internal hydrator for your skin.
Let’s take a look at some of our ingredients:
Herbs & Spices (moisturizing & colorants) – Calendula Petals, Marshmallow Root (CAUTION should be used if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease. Use is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.), Paprika, Annatto and Parsley.
Carrier Oils: Olive, Coconut, Palm, Castor, Grape Seed, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Jojoba
Butters: Shea & Cocoa
Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Rosemary(CAUTION:Do not use Rosemary when pregnant, having high blood pressure or suffering from epilepsy), Clove Bud (CAUTION: Do not use if you are pregnant, epileptic or have liver damage), and the following citrus essential oils can cause sensitivity to the sun’s rays, so limit sun exposure and use all precautions: Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon.
Other Ingredients: Oats, Honey, Sea Salt, Cucumber, Beeswax, Almond Milk, Paprika, Annatto, Parsley, Kombucha – (fermented organic green and black teas with organic sugar)
And then there’s Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) – What is lye, you may ask. Lye was historically made from a mixture of wood ash and water. It is now commercially made in mass production available in various forms such as flakes, pellets, micro beads, coarse powder or a solution.
In soap making one of two types of lye are used: sodium hydroxide (for solid soaps) and potassium hydroxide (for liquid soaps). Although lye in its origin state can have potentially harmful effects on living tissue, once the lye is mixed with water and then mixed with base oils, butters, essential oils, etc., a process called saponification (chemical reaction between the lye and fats) takes place producing the soap. After the saponification process is complete, no lye remains from the chemical reaction. Basically the chemical reaction is: Oil + Soda (Lye) = Soap + Glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap making process. It is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to skin.
We hope you enjoy our products!! If you have any questions, comments or would like to try any of our products, please contact us at email@example.com.