Oils and Butters:
Avocado oil is known for its moisturising properties, and is rich in vitamin A, B, D and E. It absorbs easily into the skin, making it popular for lotions, balms, massage oils and more.
Coconut oil is a staple of soap makers. It is cleansing and produces a hard bar with fluffy lather. Coconut oil is almost 50% lauric acid, with capric and caprylic acids making up another 18%. These are absorbed into the skin, where they can be directly utilised for nutrition and energy and give antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant benefits.
Castor oil is used in soap for it’s lather producing properties and as a humectant. It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair.
Cocoa butter is a by-product in the chocolate making process and is used in soap for its moisturising qualities. When combined with other oils it acts as a humectant and skin softener.
Hemp oil is rich in Omega 3, 6 & Gamma-linolenic acid. making it nourishing to skin with anti-aging properties.
Mango butter is a new favourite in soap making. It contains fatty acids and antioxidents and adds a rich silkiness to the bar.
Neem oil has insecticidal properties, is antibacterial and anti-fungal, soothing and moisturising. It has been used to help such conditions as acne, scabies, psoriasis, ringworm, preventing infections and ulcers, as well as skin problems in pets.
Olive oil is the oldest vegetable oil used in the soap making process. Olive oil acts as a humectant; drawing moisture to the skin and creating a breathable film to prevent internal moisture loss. Olive oil is a natural source of the antioxidants vitamins E and A, which fight free radicals. It is believed to help to relieve dry skin, reduce scars, minimise wrinkles and is also known to help treat rashes, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Rice bran oil is particularly high in fatty acids and is rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants so it is very beneficial for mature, delicate and sensitive skin.
Shea butter is much loved by soap makers. It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter is incredibly moisturising and has been known to help reduce inflammation.
Sunflower oil has wonderful moisturising and conditioning properties. It is rich in essential fatty acids and contains high amounts of Vitamin E.
Sweet almond oil produces a rich conditioning lather. High in Vitamins E, A and D as well as Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids, this oil is perfect for soothing dry, flaky and irritated skin. It is said to be beneficial for skin ailments like rashes, psoriasis and eczema.
Water is used to dissolved the lye in most of our soaps. We use pure New Zealand distilled water to ensure no impurities are incorporated into the soap.
Coffee has many benefits when used to dissolve the lye in soap. It is great for removing smells from your hands such as garlic, onion, fish etc. It is believed to help make cellulite less noticeable and help blood circulation in the skin. Coffee can be soothing for sunburned and winter burned skin. It has anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is believed to eliminate free radicals in the skin .
Goat's Milk can also be used to dissolve the lye. We use full-cream New Zealand goat's milk. Goat milk soap is well known for its creamy lather and skin-loving properties. Goat's milk is particularly nourishing because of capric-caprylic triglyceride, which helps form a barrier on the skin to help inhibit the loss of moisture. Goat's milk also contains vitamins A, D and B6, as well lactic acid which is thought to contribute to skin smoothness.
Coconut milk is the other liquid we use in our soap making. Coconut milk contains high levels of fatty acids such as lauric, caprylic, and capric acid which provide deep moisture and hydration to a dull and gloomy skin, it helps to eliminate dirt, dead skin and other blemishing issues. Coconut milk soap is high in vitamin E, which is believed to benefit dry skin, small cuts, burns and rashes.
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye, is an essential ingredient in the soap making process. When sodium hydroxide beads or flakes are mixed with a liquid, a lye solution is created. This solution, when mixed with fats and oils, will cause a chemical reaction called saponification. The bottom line is: no lye, no soap. Technically no sodium hydroxide will actually be in the soap as it is all used up in the saponification process.
Salt is full of minerals beneficial to the skin like magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium and more. Salt can also draw toxins out of the body while providing a catalyst which helps the glycerin in our pure, real soap absorb more easily into the skin.
Fragrance oils are sourced from the best suppliers in New Zealand and overseas. All of these fragrances are made of a combination of natural and synthetic materials and, unlike some inferior products, our fragrances do not contain any phthalates. In many cases fragrance oils are far superior for use in soaps than essential oils because they have been tested rigorously for their safe use on skin.
Essentials are only used where they are known to be totally safe for topical use. We use only the best quality, purest essential oils in our soaps for a totally natural bar.
Mica is used to produce the most vibrant colours in our soaps. Whilst not considered completely natural, they are as "like" to natural as possible. The majority of our micas contain only mica and iron oxides, which both readily occur in nature and can, therefore, be considered natural.
Clays are also used as colourants in our soaps. As well as providing wonderful subtle colours they give a silkiness and creaminess to soaps.