I aim to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the ingredients in my products! Every item in this shop has a list of ingredients in the description. Feel free to message me if you have any questions!
Real soap consists of 2 major parts- oil and lye. Most of my recipes use a variety of oils to achieve a balanced bar. Each oil offers different qualities to the recipe— some make big bubbles or plentiful lather; others offer gentle cleansing but don’t lather as well; some make the soaps harder and last longer; others make the soaps soft and dissolve easier.
My products commonly use mango butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and castor oil. I don’t ever use palm oil.
You can’t make soap without the chemical reaction known as saponification! So yes, all of my soaps contain lye. All of my soaps are ‘super fat’ recipes which means there’s more oils than the added lye can saponify. Those extra oils help keep the soap gentle on your skin.
During the soap making process, the lye is dissolved into a liquid before being combined with the oils. The possibilities here are many, but the most common are distilled water or goat milk or coconut milk.
All natural soaps are often scented with essential oils, which you would see listed in the ingredients. When a soap maker uses a synthetic fragrance, they are not required to list any specifics, so you will likely see it listed simply as 'fragrance' or 'fragrance oil'. I keep detailed records for every soap batch I make, including the brand and fragrance names. If you ever have questions regarding a particular ingredient in one of my recipes, please don't hesitate to contact me!
In most of my natural soaps, the colors come from clays- like green French clay, or purple Brazilian clay. I occasionally will use plant based additives like spirulina powder, but plant additives tend to lose their colors over time, so I prefer clays.
Other soaps may use a combination of micas and pigments, which I typically will list just as 'colorants' in the ingredients. Just as with my fragrance oils, I keep detailed records of the brand name and specific additives. If you ever have questions or need more information, please just email me!