take a look at everything we put in our products

ingredients a-z

  • Activated Charcoal:

    Activated Charcoal Powder is used in our cosmetic formulations to help absorb excess oil and remove impurities from hair and skin.
  • Castor Oil: (Ricinus communis seed oil)

    Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor plant. Commonly used commercially in 50% of lipsticks in the United States. Creates a protective barrier on the skin and is soothing and glossy.
  • Citric Acid:

    Derived from citrus fruits by fermentation of crude sugars. Used as a preservative and to adjust acid-alkali balance. Citric acid is said to have antioxidant and toning properties. Citric acid is one of the alpha-hydroxy acids. AHA’s are used not only to reduce wrinkles but also to brighten your skin.
  • Cocoa Butter:

    Cocoa butter is the solid fat expressed from the roasted seed of the cocoa seed (AKA beans). It is highly protective and acts as a water repellant. It contains about 5 IU of vitamin E per ounce. Cocoa Butter softens and lubricates the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: (Cocos nucifera)

    Coconut oil is expressed from coconut kernels. Coconut is solid at temperatures below 76 degrees. This highly saturated fat contains twice the heavy fats as lard. Coconut oil is commonly used to promote lather in soaps and gel. Wonderfully emollient and has cooling properties. Coconut adds to the hardness and creates “big bubbles” in soap.
  • Dead Sea Mineral Mud:

    The Dead Sea is unique due to its high concentrations of salts and minerals. It is particularly rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium. Symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne may be helped by using Dead Sea mud. Its rich mineral content accelerates natural exfoliation and restores your skin’s pH balance. A Dead Sea mud mask can improve the appearance of your facial skin by improving elasticity and minimizing pores, wrinkles and lines. When it dries, toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet are drawn out. Your face will feel clean and refreshed.
  • Essential Oils:

    Naturally occurring aromatic essences from plants, herbs, and flowers. Distilled or expressed from the plant material to give us the many therapeutic properties our natural botanicals possess.
  • Kaolin Clay:

    A highly adsorbent clay that cleanses the skin. It’s especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin and wonderful in use as a clay facial mask. It gently exfoliates and cleanses.
  • Lavender distillate: (Lavandula angustifolia)

    Aids in relieving irritation due to dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, insect bites, rashes, pimples, blackheads and light forms of acne. Good for all skin types and is relaxing and sedating.
  • Natural Fragrance:

    Essential Oils vs. Natural Fragrance: An Essential Oil is a naturally derived plant fluid (usually by distillation of the plant) extracted from bark, leaf, root, or petals of the plant. Essential oil is a “pure”, single plant oil, example “Patcholi essential oil” will be from the “Patchouli” leaf. The FDA has noted that these must be listed separately on labels or they should be called “fragrance”. If we make an all natural essential oil blend, we will list the oils separately. If we didn’t wish to divulge our blend, the FDA says we have to list the blend as “fragrance” if each oil is not listed separately.

    Some of our aromas are a combination of essential oils and natural, plant-derived aroma materials. We list these as “Natural Fragrance” on our labels. Our trusted suppliers formulate our natural fragrances with essential oil isolates and other natural plant materials to make our certified natural blends. Since the aromas have been created by them after long hours of blending these natural ingredients together to get just the right scent, they wish to keep the complex formulas a trade secret. (A third part ycertifies for us that these fragrances are 100% plant-derived). And since they do not wish to disclose every ingredient, it is only legal for us to list the aromas as “Certified Natural Fragrance”, -since this informs the consumer that it is indeed of natural origin.

    There is a great deal of lab created aroma chemicals in personal care products that are not naturally-derived from plant sources. Because of the possibility of solvents, petrochemicals, and other unknown substances in these traditional “Synthetic Fragrances”, we do not use those in our products.

  • Olive Oil: (Olea europaea)

    A traditional emollient used in formulas because it is mild and gives a moisturized feel. Olive oil is obtained by crushing and pressing the fruit of the olive tree. Highly nutritive and stable. Contains protein, minerals, and vitamins. Superior penetrating power. Has acidic and antioxidant values. Olive oil is high in unsaponifiables, which is a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins – They soften the skin, have a superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars. Emollients do help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.

  • Palm Oil – Organic: (Elaesis guineesis)

    We use organic sustainable palm, for the reasons of deforestation in tropical regions. We source Certified Organic Palm Oil from an round-table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified producers who are also strategic partners of the Orangutan Land Trust. Palm is excellent in making a harder bar of soap. A rich source of Vitamin A, it makes a nice hard bar when used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil. It is less water-soluble and resists “melting” as many softer soaps do.
  • Shea Butter: (Butyrospermum parkii)

    Shea butter is an emollient. It is extremely therapeutic; helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Its chemical constituents help to heal bruising and soreness. Shea butter penetrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It has vitamin A, E and is highly compatible with skin. Shea butter is renowned for is skin softening and moisture retaining ability.
  • Sodium Hydroxide:

    (otherwise known as caustic salt, potash, soda, or “lye”) An alkali used to bring about “saponification” in the soap-making process. The “lye” is dissolved in water and mixed with oils (in most cases, vegetable oils) at a designated temperature to begin the chemical reaction that makes soap. At the end of the process, the chemical reaction between the ingredients leaves no trace of the lye, it’s completely neutralized, and mild. Every bar of soap is made with lye. When people think of “lye soap”, they think of as a harsh and abrasive soap that could take the paint off the wall (this could have been true because the soap-maker had no idea how much lye they were putting in). These days, we have it down to an exact science – in fact, our soaps are “superfatted” which means that the amount of lye we put in is completely neutralized while extra butters and oils remain in the bar. This is what makes our bar soaps so incredibly creamy and moisturizing – it’s like using soap and lotion at the same time. Handmade soap differs from industrial soap in that, usually, an excess of fat is used to consume the alkali (superfatting), and in that the glycerin is not removed, leaving a naturally mild soap and extra fat (moisture). One of the main reasons that handmade soap is more skin-friendly than industrial soap (think Irish Spring or Ivory), besides superfatting, is that the natural glycerin is not removed during the soap-making process (and sold as a more profitable commodity – not very KIND of them is it?).
  • Water: (Aqua)

    We only used distilled or de-ionized water in our products.