Most of us put effort into watching what goes into our body, but it’s also important to watch what we put on our body.
The ingredients that I use in my soap bars are each chosen to provide a specific quality to the soap that I make. I have soaped since 1999 and after much trial and error have created a recipe that my sensitive skin loves.
OILS AND BUTTERS USED IN MY SOAPS:
My soap recipe has been formulated to create a beautiful hard bar of soap with a lotion like lather that leaves your skin so soft. The main ingredient used in the soap that I make is farm fresh goat milk. Goat milk is amazing for the skin… it is moisturizing and makes a very mild skin-loving soap. Goat milk has a high content of alpha-hydroxy acids which break down dead skin cell bonds, removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and leaving behind new cells on the surface that appear smoother and more youthful. Olive oil produces a soap that is very mild, conditioning, and moisturizing. Olive oil contains antioxidants that fight cell degeneration. Olive oil softens and smooths your skin. Tallow makes a hard bar of soap that is very moisturizing and gentle. Tallow is an ingredient that has been used in soaps since approximately 2800 BC. Many people these days think that “all-vegetable soaps” are the way to go, but no “all-vegetable soap” has ever done for my skin what my tallow based soap has done. I have psoriasis, which leaves my skin inflamed, itchy and flaky. My tallow based soap is not a miracle cure, but it sure helps my skin to feel better, and the itchiness, redness, and flakiness has been minimized, and even eliminated in some areas. Tallow contains a harmonious balance of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. It also has an abundance of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which as been shown to have anti-inflammatory effect. Coconut Oil is great for the skin and it adds to the hardness and lather of the soap. Cocoa Butter is added for superior moisturization. My soaps contain 10% cocoa butter in each recipe. Hempseed Oil is added for the amazing skin loving qualities that it adds to my soaps, it is rich in vitamins that nourish the skin. Castor Oil adds to the richness of the soap, and also adds fluffiness to the lather.
OTHER INGREDIENTS USED IN MY SOAPS:
Sodium Lactate is used to help create a harder, longer lasting bar of soap. Derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets, sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid. Kaolin Clay adds a nice lotion like feel to the soap bar, but it also helps to purify, detox, and nourish the skin. Grains, Flowers, Herbs, or other additives such as oatmeal, lavender, calendula, chamomile, coffee, honey, etc. are used in some bars for the qualities they can give in soap. I enjoy fragrances, so most of my soaps include Fragrance or Essential Oils. I also love pretty colors, so many of my soaps use colorants in the form of micas, titanium dioxide, and other oxides or natural colorants. All fragrances, colorants, and additional ingredients are skin safe. For the most sensitive skin, I do have a completely natural soap with no color or fragrance called “No Scents Fragrance Free Goat Milk Soap”.
Lastly, Sodium Hydroxide (lye) is used in all soap. Sodium Hydroxide and the oils used go through a chemical change which, when combined, produces soap. No Sodium Hydroxide is present in completed soap. My soaps are made with excess oils added so that the lye is completely used up, leaving a percentage of unsaponified oils remaining in each bar of soap, thus, creating a more moisturizing bar of soap.
Ingredients are listed for each bar of soap in the description.