Our Handmade Soap Ingredients
The Ingredients Behind Our Lusciously Lathering, Bubbly Bars of Goodness
Olive oil is rich in oleic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid that provides beneficial conditioning power in our bars of natural handmade soap.
Coconut Oil- We use organic coconut oil, especially rich in two all-natural fatty acids; Lauric and Myristic Acid. Essential to a good bar of soap, coconut oil contributes bubbliness, hardness and cleansing power to vegetable-based natural soap bars.
Palm Oil- We use sustainable palm oil in our natural soaps. The palm oil we use is grown on palm plantations that agree to be transparent and align themselves with the suggestions outlined by the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil ("RSPO"). The RSPO seeks to limit the environmental and societal pressure caused by the palm industry. Palm oil is arguably a more green alternative to petroleum oils and can be grown and harvested in environmentally conscious ways. Palm oil creates firm bars that last a good long time without any use of artificial bar hardeners. High in palmitic and oleic acid, palm oil also contributes creaminess and conditioning power to our handmade soaps.
Castor Oil- perhaps my favorite oil in our natural soap formula, castor oil contributes outstanding conditioning and moisturizing properties to our natural soap bars, with the added benefit of a boost in bubbles! Castor Oil is high in ricinoleic acid, an unsaturated omega 9 fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid has analgesic (pain killing) and anti-inflammatory effects. Researchers are currently exploring the use of castor components for the treatment of cancer.
Triple Buttercream Soap Recipe- A super conditioning variety of our unscented bar soaps, with rich butters and oils. A favorite of those with dry skin, or anyone wanting a boost of moisturizing power. Appropriate for face and body, children and adults.
Shea Butter: A yellowish colored solid fat (butter) from the nut of the African Karite tree. High in Stearic and Oleic Acids, shea butter is widely recognized as a natural powerhouse. It is rich in vitamins A, E, and F, phytonutrients, and unsaponifiables (components that are not fully converted into soap). Shea butter has anti-inflammatory effects and is used worldwide to treat a variety of skin ailments. Since up to 75% of the bioactive components of shea butter are lost when shea butter is commercially refined, we use Unrefined Shea Butter in our handmade soaps.
Grapeseed Oil: Rich in linoleic acid and antioxidants, with a good amount of unsaponifiables and tocopherols such as vitamin E, grapeseed oil is cherished in cosmetic products for its slick feel and moisturizing properties. Due to its fast rate of oxidation, grapeseed oil must be used sparingly to avoid bars becoming rancid. Antioxidants like rosemary extract or grapefuit seed extract can be used to counteract this.
Cocoa Butter: High in stearic acid and palmitic acid, cocoa butter contributes hardness, cleaning power and bubbles to handmade soap bars. Cocoa butter is extracted from Cacao Beans and is a very stable fat with a high degree of antioxidants to protect it from going rancid.
Mango Butter: With its wonderful moisturizing properties, Mango Butter melts at body temperature, but is a solid at room temperature. It contributes hardness and conditioning power to natural soap.
Coconut Oil - See above
Apricot Kernel Oil- High in oleic and linoleic acids, Apricot Kernel Oil is a great moisturizer. This unsaturated fat is a wonderful emollient addition to natural bar soap, and is relied on in the cosmetic industry for softening skin and smoothing its texture.
Castor Oil - See Above
Rose Kaolin Clay - One of many cosmetically used clays. Helpful in polishing skin gently, and cleansing. Appropriate for use on oily to dry skin, faces and bodies, adults and children. Clay often adds a silkiness to a handmade soap bar, as well as "slip" which is helpful when the soap is used for shaving, as it allows a razor to glide smoothly.
Unruly Sweet Almond Shea:- A luxuriously indulgent bar, with a slippery smooth feel in the hand, and lofty, fluffy bubbles. Appropriate for face and body, children and adults.
Olive Oil - See Above
Coconut Oil - See Above
Sweet Almond Oil - See Above
Cocoa Butter- See Above
Shea Butter- See Above
Castor Oil - See Above
Soap Colors & Soap Colorants:
We rely on cosmetic clays, herbs, flowers, roots, seeds, spices, bark, nut shells and other botanicals to create the beautiful, all natural colors in our soaps. Occasionally, we use virgin oils that have not been stripped of their naturally occurring color-rich components. A good example of this is Red Palm Oil. Traditionally used as an ingredient in African cuisine and also as a nutrient-rich dietary supplement, Red Palm Oil is naturally a ghastly and horrific shade of deep orange, with an odd aroma. Why anyone would want to eat this does puzzle us a bit... but it sure does make an awesome colorant for all natural handmade soap.
A special note on "mineral" colorants (mica, ultramarines and oxide):
The FDA Regulations for Cosmetics specifically identifies "synthetically prepared oxides" (brown, red, black, orange, yellow) as colorants allowed in cosmetics. They do not simply mention "oxides." Oxide mined directly from the Earth often contains heavy metal impurities or other compounds that may be hazardous for use on skin. The same is true of mica.
The FDA requires all ingredients used in cosmetics to be safe and therefore, all earth minerals must undergo processing to be determined as such. The expense involved can be immense, and is the reason why naturally mined minerals are very rarely used in cosmetic preparations. The cost of those ingredients to a humble soap maker would be astronomical. Synthetic alternatives allow the beauty of oxides and micas to be safely used without that great expense.
However, synthetic mica and oxide can be created using either natural or synthetic raw ingredients. Again, it comes down to expense. Synthetic raw materials can be produced easily, inexpensively and in abundance. Since the end products (colored mica or oxide) are chemically equivalent, it's next to impossible to know whether synthetic or natural raw materials were used unless the manufacturer and the supplier are willing and able to disclose it. We haven't met one yet. While we feel synthetic oxides and mica are perfectly safe for use, the uncertainty of their synthetic/natural composition doesn't meet our standards. Many soap makers use oxides and mica for color and continue to market their soaps as all-natural, despite the likelihood that the ingredients are completely synthetic. We won't do that to you. You came here for natural, and natural is what you'll get. You won't find oxide or mica in the natural handmade soaps we sell here at BarSoapNatural.com.
For more info and helpful links to the FDA information above, see our blog article.
For our line of "95% or Greater" Natural Soaps, you'll soon be able to visit our sister site, SuiteTwenty7.com (still under construction!). This site will feature soaps made with our same great olive oil batter, but colored with brighter, flashier colors and scented with crazier scents. Since color and scent make up less than 5% of our formula, 95% of the bar will be the same goodness you've come to expect from The Natural Bar Soap Company.