Milk, oatmeal, coconut oil, honey, cocoa butter, olive oil...... almost sounds like a grocery list doesn't it? Although we do spend a lot of time researching the ingredients we put in our products, in what combination, and in what percentages, the ingredients themselves are not complicated. In our humble opinion, the earth provides all we need to take care of our skin and a chemistry lab is not required to create ingredients for our products.
Goats Milk - All of our bar soaps start with goats milk. Milk contains natural emollients, vitamins and triglycerides that moisturize the skin. Goat’s milk specifically contains the reputed highly effective moisturizer capric-caprylic triglyceride.
Sustainably sourced oils *- All of our soaps, scrubs, butters, and lotions contain sustainably sourced oils, many are organic. The oils are chosen for their skin care properties - most importantly moisture retention and breathability. We then consider the properties they lend to our products- things such as hardness of the bar, lather, solidity etc. We use unrefined oils when possible which better retain their natural nutrients.
Jojoba - Jojoba is added to most of our products for its many skin care qualities. It has a similar chemical makeup to the sebum oil that our skin naturally produces allowing for easy penetration and maximum moisture absorption. It is a great carrier oil and helps bring nutrients from many of our ingredients to your skin.
Oatmeal - Oatmeal is added to our soaps and scrubs because oats contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous in water and leave a fine protective film on the skin. Oats are full of healthy, lubricating fats which moisturize, and natural cleansers called saponins that gently remove dirt and oil. The proteins in oatmeal help maintain the skin's natural barrier function, which is what ensures that the world outside the skin stays out, and what's inside the skin stays in.
Essential Oils - We use essential oils for scent as opposed to fragrance oils for the very simple reason that we know what we are adding to our products. Fragrance oils can contain many different components ranging from natural essential oils to purely synthetic compounds. The problem, especially for those who are sensitive is, there is no requirement to list the compounds contained in fragrance oil. You really can’t know what you are putting on your skin.
Finally, unlike many commercial soap producers that remove glycerin for use in other more profitable products such as cosmetics, medicine, printing inks and the production of the explosive nitroglycerin – we leave the glycerin in our soap.
*Why do we use Palm Oil? If you have ever seen the deforestation caused by cheap palm oil production, well, it's enough to make you cry. As a company trying to "first, do no harm," using palm oil seems to contradict our mission. After much research we believe that by using Organic RSPO Palm oil, we become part of the solution. The suppliers we work with not only produce sustainably, they work to repair damage already done.
If not palm oil, then what is the substitute and will it cause the next crisis? "Palms require much less land to produce the same volume of oil as the best agricultural alternatives. Soya is about 10 times less productive per unit of cultivation, for instance, while rapeseed is around five times less. Saying no to palm oil means somewhere else you are going to have to produce one tonne more of another vegetable oil If you're saving one hectare of rainforest today from palm oil, you're removing four hectares of the Cerrado from Brazil tomorrow." Balch, Oliver, "Sustainable Palm Oil (How Sucessful is RSPO certification)" July 4, 2014 www.theguardian.com