Welcome to our first blog! I thought what better way to kick off our opening with a blog!
Some of you may be new to buying natural coldprocess soap and some of you may only buy natural! So I thought I would give you all a little run down on my soap and the oils and butters that I use to help you choose the best bar that will suit your skins needs!
Each soap maker goes through extensive researching and testing when creating each coldprocess soap recipe. Depending on what type of bar we are trying to create, whether it is a nice hard bar that lathers really well and gives good moisturising properties, or if it is a luxurious creamy bar that cleanses the skin and has a beautiful smoothe glide, it all comes down to the types of oils and butters that go into the soap. These oils and butters all have their own benefits and each do something a little different that help create the perfect bar of goodness.
Once the base recipe is formulated, then the fun can really begin by adding additional additives into the soap such as Aloe Vera (what a perfect addition for those that need a bar to soothe, nourish and moisturise), Goats milk (packed with vitamins and minerals and can help balance the skins pH levels), colloidal oatmeal (what a perfect addition to add to a bar for those who suffer with sensitive skin- like me!) and so many more (ill add them below!)
Below are a list of the oils and butters that I use with a brief background of what they provide and how they can contribute to in the soaps, this will hopefully help you choose what bar will be suited to your skin type.
Almond oil (Sweet)- Stable Medium Lather. Gentle on the skin, contains vitamin A and E and oleic and linoleic acid.
Apricot Kernal Oil- Highly Conditioning, Moisturising, Stable Creamy Lather. High in vitamin A, C, E, linoleic and oleic acids.
Castor Oil- Conditioning, Moisturising, Creamy Lather with High Stable Bubbles. 90% ricinoleic acid, which has traditionally been used to help heal skin conditions
Coconut Oil- A staple in my soaps! Cleansing, Adds Hardness, High Lather with High Stable Bubbles.
Rice Bran oil- High level of vitamin E, vitamin B, omega-9, a rich array of fatty acids, these vitamins can promote hydration, reduce pigmentation, even out skin tones
Olive Oil- Very Conditioning, Low Cleansing. Gentle oil. Little cleansing properties, but high in antioxidants (Vitamin E and polyphenols).
Palm Oil (sustainable)- Adds hardens, creates lather, smooth creamy bubbles. Natural source of vitamins A, C, and E, which also have antioxidant properties. All our palm oil is sourced from a RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) supplier
Infused Calendula oil (organic)- used for Soothing, healing and antiseptic, Calendula is traditionally used for its ability to help heal wounds and abrasions, and to soothe red, irritated skin.
Organic Cocoa Butter- Conditioning, Adds Hardness, Stable Lather. High in fatty acids, ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity.
Organic Shea Buter- Conditioning, Adds Hardness, Stable Lather. Gives the bar a silky feeling. High in vitamins A and E, fatty acids and minerals- overall a great addition for the skin.
Goats Milk- full of vitamins, including A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E and also minerals; zinc, copper, iron, selenium. Goats milk also contains fatty acids, amino acids, citric acid, antioxidants and enzymes. The benefits of using goats milk on the skin is it can penetrate the surface layer and provide each of our tissues loads of nutrients and can feed the skin and nourish from within!
Coconut Milk- has a super large fat content and includes fatty acids. These are beneficial for the skin and can result in hydrating dry skin and offer a deep clean, also makes the bar super creamy and smooth on application
Cucumber- great natural moisturiser, has anti-inflammatory properties, this will assist with soothing skin irritations and can reduce swelling
Aloe Vera- this piece of goodness has so many skin loving properties; it can soothe, hydrate and nourish the skin. Great for, oily and dry skin, can help prevent sunburn and if you do happen to get sunburn it can help soothe the skin
Collodial Oatmeal- can help alleviate itchiness and provide soothing and comforting effect.
Calendula petals- these are used for antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulating. Using these petals can help treat various types of skin irritations like dermatitis and eczema
Activated Charcoal- this is huge in the cosmetic world now- with so many benefits it can provide to the body, a few reasons i love it in cold process soap are it can help with oily skin, provides a deep clean, assist with helping reduce acne, gentle exfoliant and can help reduce pore size
Kaolin Clay- helps to stimulate circulation whilst gently exfoliating the skin
How good does all of this sound! Your skin will truly thank you for feeding it with all of these nutrient properties, after all, your skin is the largest organ of the body so take care of it and go natural! The earth will thank you too!
Much Love, Sam xx