Castor Oil - Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant. It is used in foods and as a coating and lubricant in various industries. It acts similar to glycerin, drawing moisture to the skin. Castor oil contributes to creamy lather and thick, large bubbles in soap, and is known for its cleansing properties.
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is harvested from the seeds of the coconut tree (cocos nucifera) and is primarily cultivated from Southeast Asia and the Philippines. The unique fatty acid composition of coconut oil gives it fantastic cleansing properties, and produces large, copious bubbles in soap.
Kukui Nut Oil - Kukui oil comes from the Aleurites moluccana tree, also known as the kukui or candlenut tree (the state tree of Hawaii). The oil that is cold pressed from the kukui nuts is prized for its ability to leave the skin and hair feeling smooth and silky. It makes soap softer and more moisturizing.
Palm Oil - Palm oil is grown on vast plantations in Malaysia, Indonesia, and many other South Asian and African countries. It is used in soap as a secondary lathering agent and also contributes to a hard bar. If you are concerned about the use of Palm Oil in our soaps, please read our FAQs page.
Rice Bran Oil - Rice Bran oil is extracted from the hulls of brown rice, and is rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants. This oil has long been used in Japan as a base for soap and skin moisturizer. It adds creamy and moisturizing properties to soap.
Cocoa Butter - Cocoa butter is a vegetable fat obtained from cocoa beans, and is one of the most stable fats available. It contains natural antioxidants, and is thought to reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity.
Shea Butter - our shea butter is obtained by cold pressing the seeds of the karite tree (and is then refined). It is physically decolorized using organic clays (diatomaceous earth, aka "bleaching clays") to remove color and impurities. The odor is removed via injection of steam to "blow-off" the volatile oils which contribute to Shea butter's sharp, objectionable odor. There are no chemicals used to process our Shea butter; it is all natural. Shea Butter is high in vitamin and mineral content, and is known to benefit dry skin (skin-softening).
Buttermilk - we occasionally add buttermilk powder to our artisan soaps, which helps to produce a creamier lather.
Oatmeal - Colloidal oatmeal is a micro-fine, ground oatmeal that is not rough or abrasive. The hydrated granules of oatmeal adhere to the surface of the skin and provide a film attracting humidity and reducing friction. It is great for sensitive or irritated skin, and provides moisturizing and soothing properties to our soaps.
Sodium Lactate - sodium lactate is a liquid salt that is derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets. It helps to produce a harder and smoother bar of soap that lasts longer in the shower. Because Sodium Lactate is a salt, it is a natural humectant, providing moisture.
Tussah Silk Fibers - Tussah silk is produced from caterpillar-like insects called silk worms. The silk making process starts once the silkworm begins to construct its cocoon. Silkworm have glands on the mouth part of their body that produce a clear, proteinaceous fluid called fibroin. This fluid becomes hard once exposed to air. Once the cocoon is complete, the silk can be harvested. Our Silk is cruelty free (the fibers are collected from the cocoons after the silk worms have emerged). The fibers give our soaps more shine, more lather, and a luxurious "silky" feel.
Activated Charcoal - our activated charcoal powder comes from various hardwoods (a renewable resource). It is produced by a high temperature steam activation process and is used in pharmaceutical and food industries. We use it as a natural colorant and mild exfoliant.
Micas/Pigments/Oxides - some micas are a natural mineral, and some are synthetic (listed as "fluorphlogopite" on our labels). They have reflective properties, allowing for a beautiful shimmery effect in soaps.
Pigments and Oxides are considered “nature identical” meaning they are the exact same chemical structure as the platelet minerals found in the earth, but they are created in a lab to ensure purity. Oxides and pigments are the same product that mineral makeup lines use to achieve lovely natural hues. Manufacturing nature identical products keeps the bad stuff (like lead and arsenic, for example), out of the colorants. They do not have a shimmer like Micas do.
Titanium Dioxide - a natural pigment that creates an "angel white" color in soap.
Turmeric Powder - Turmeric powder is a rich yellow spice that adds mild exfoliation, stunning color, and contains antioxidant properties.
Brazilian - Brazilian clays are a type of kaolin clay, and come in a wide variety of vibrant hues (we use Natural, Pink, Purple, Yellow, and Red). They are naturally colored and do not contain any dyes or pigments. The various shades are achieved by variations in the minerals found in the soil in the different regions of Brazil. These clays have an “average” amount of absorption, making them suitable for a wide variety of skin types.
Kaolin - Kaolin clay is a very fine powdered, gentle clay, with less liquid absorbing abilities than most. It is thought to be more suitable for sensitive and dry skin.
Rose - Rose clay is considered a type of kaolin clay. It has a fine texture like kaolin, and is thought to be most suitable for dry skin. The clay is a light to medium pink shade, which comes from a naturally occurring iron oxide. Rose clay has gentle oil absorbing properties.
Sea - Sea clay originates from mud laid under the sea millions of years ago. It has a dark green, grayish color. It is thought to be most suitable for normal to oily skin types.